Most buzzed universities on the Internet and an academic roundup… Occupy movement, Publishing industry and more..

25 Most-Buzzed Universities on the Internet

from Mashable! by Zoe Fox

The complete ranking of the top 25 are listed below.

  • 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2. Harvard University
  • 3. University of Chicago
  • 4. Columbia University
  • 5. University of Wisconsin ? Madison
  • 6. Cornell University
  • 7. University of California ? Los Angeles
  • 8. Stanford University
  • 9. Yale University
  • 10. University of Texas ? Austin


#TakeTheSpring ? In Chicago, Minneapolis, Philly and Beyond | #OWS

Online Privacy: Kids Know More Than You Think

from MediaShift
Much of the anxiety around tweens and social media lies in the fear that they don’t care about or understand privacy settings. Parents worry that kids will either willingly or unintentionally expose themselves to dangerous anonymous predators, or that they don’t fully understand that the information they share about themselves can be used against them.

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age

from MediaShift
Think of sitting quietly in a spartan room. There are no TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines or music. If you’re like most people, this probably sounds like a recipe for boredom. In our culture, we avoid moments of “not-doing” because we don’t associate boredom with having any value. And our aversion to boredom and not-doing have been amplified in our hyper-connected age.


The Rise of e-Reading

from Docuticker
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project From the summary : One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read an e-book in the past year, and this number increased following a gift-giving season that saw a spike in the ownership of both tablet computers and e-book reading devices such


China Mieville’s London: the (authentic) city and the (banks and surveillance) city

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Writing in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, China Mieville blazingly describes two Londons: an exuberant, organic place that has been lived and built over and remade, bursting with energy and vitality; and a fearful, banker-driven collection of megaprojects and guard labour, where billions of pounds can be found to surround the Olympics with snipers and legions of police, but nothing can be found for the library on the corner, where the center of town is being purged of anyone but the super-rich, and where rioting has nothing to do with stop-and-search powers and poverty, and is the result of mere “pure criminality.”

Blackboard’s Open-Source Pivot
In a major plot twist in the battle between open-source and proprietary learning platforms, Blackboard buys a major open-source service provider and plans a division around it.

Op-Ed: How Traditional Publishing Hurts Scientific Progress

from Wired Top Stories by Michael Eisen
A battle that has raged for over a decade between advocates of open science and publishers of traditional scientific journals is coming to a head. Traditional publishers are fighting to defend their paywalls, but molecular biologist and co-founder of the open access publisher Public Library of Science, Michael Eisen argues that keeping published research locked up hurts scientific progress and shortchanges the public.


?Occupy? and the emerging open-source civilisation by Michel Bauwens | Al Jezeera

from Social Network Unionism by OrsanSenalp

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities.



Einstein?s Complete Archives Now Online

from Mashable! by Sonia Paul


Written for the Late, Lamented Occupied London, Todd Gitlin

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Todd Gitlin
An American celebrates the achievement of the Occupy movement in a ‘farewell but let’s meet again soon’ letter sent across the Atlantic to Occupy London.

Albert Einstein Archive Now Online, Bringing 80,000+ Documents to the Web

from Open Culture by Dan Colman

Interview with Dr. Ahmet KURU on his new book ?Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey?

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey
Dr. Ahmet T. Kuru (San Diego State University, USA)
Dr. Kuru is an Associate Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He was Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion at SIPA of Columbia University. His dissertation received the American Political Science Association?s Religion and Politics Section?s best dissertation award. Its revised version was published by Cambridge University Press with the titleSecularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey. Kuru is also the author of articles published in journals including World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Science Quarterly.

2012 Hugo Award nominees announced

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Last night saw the announcement of the 2012 nominees for science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award. It’s a particularly fine ballot, reflecting a record number of nominating ballots (wisdom of the crowds and all that). Included on the ballot are our own moderator Avram (as part of the team that publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction) and one of my all-time favorite books, Among Others. Also noteworthy: the much-deserved John W Campbell Award nomination (for best new writer) for the fabulous Mur Lafferty, a nomination for the indispensable Science Fiction Encyclopedia, Third Edition, a nomination for IO9’s Charlie Jane Anders’s storySix Months, Three Days, and a fourth nomination for much-favored Fables graphic novels.


Christian genealogies of religious freedom

from The Immanent Frame by Robert Yelle
As a historian of religion, much of my recent work has focused on tracing the genealogy of what we call religious freedom in developments internal to European Christianity. My goal has not been to frame a normative theory of what limit ought to be placed on the freedom of religion?whatever this word is taken to mean?in any contemporary jurisdiction nor (apart from the effect of British colonialism on India) to trace the very different histories of the modernization of cultural traditions in other parts of the world, as these traditions have been shaped by the complex forces of economic development, nationalism, and technologization. My concern has been instead to trace the entanglement, in its origins, of the secular ideology of freedom of religion with theological antecedents, in keeping with Friedrich Nietzsche?s understanding of genealogy as the uncovering of relations between categories that are ostensibly opposed: in this case, religion and secular law. This genealogical work does not depend upon a reification and reinscription of these categories, but rather takes its motivation from their effective separation in our discourse, and the accompanying ?communication gap? between lawyers and scholars of religion: two groups to which I happen to belong.


Does the Humanitarian Industry Have a Future in The Digital Age?

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier


I recently had the distinct honor of being on the opening plenary of the 2012 Skoll World Forum in Oxford. The panel, ?Innovation in Times of Flux: Opportunities on the Heels of Crisis? was moderated by Judith Rodin, CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation. I?ve spent the past six years creating linkages between the humanitarian space and technology community, so the conversations we began during the panel prompted me to think more deeply about innovation in the humanitarian industry. Clearly, humanitarian crises have catalyzed a number of important innovations in recent years. At the same time, however, these crises extend the cracks that ultimately reveal the inadequacies of existing humanita-rian organizations, particularly those resistant to change; and ?any organization that is not changing is a battle-field monument? (While 1992).

How the Occupy movement thinks today, the world should think tomorrow, Piyush Pushkar

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Piyush Pushkar

Piyush Pushkar finds Dan Hind’s new pamphlet ‘Common Sense’ an inspiring and jargon free guide to the Occupy movement and its experiments with deliberative democracy. It is also being published in a new way, originating with Myriad Editions, but published in their own editions by the New Left Project and OurKingdom.

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