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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

we are dependent on human connection

Harold Jarche

Our networks are great places for serendipitous connections. The difference between an open social network (e.g. They are not shaming people in public, as happens frequently on Twitter with its loose social ties. To make sense of our complex world and its often-veiled media sources, we need both open social networks and more closed communities of practice/interest. Only collectively can we confront the post-truth machines of the network era.


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learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

Sharing on social media is usually cooperative — unless you are in marketing. Cooperation is a fundamental behaviour for effectively working in networks, and it’s in networks where most of us will be working in the digital age. People in knowledge networks cannot be told what to do, only influenced through other people due to their reputation. In a distributed network you have to be seen as having some value, though not the same value, by many others.

six ways to make sense

Harold Jarche

connecting the curious —2019. Continuous ambiguity exerts continuous pressures on organizations to modify their patterns of interaction, information flow and decision making. This creates a demand for innovative approaches in sensemaking.” diversity trumps ability — 2019.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And, as he notes, ““There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use it[s]resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition.” 2019) Ethical Codes As Standards of Conduct While ethics commonly applies to people in general, there is a specific class of ethics that applies to people by virtue of their membership in a professional group. 2019).