Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Political action and emerging technologies

UPI asked anti-war activist Lorie Kellogg of Napanoch, N.Y., to keep a diary of last weekend's rally in Washington. [via smartmobs]

Ever since I read the first Usenet postings on Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin wall, I've been thinking about how mobile technologies will change the face of political action. I suspect it will be harder to keep secrets, but that also has the potential to bog us down with mundane detail. Still, the access to multiple perspectives and the real-time advantage are amazing - even if we're still the "mobile few" rather than the "mobile many."

Vaguely related is the MIT Tech Review's 10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World and Nicholas Negroponte on what it will take to make them happen.

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