Tag Archives: Net Generation

Clay Shirky Interviews Me on The Atlantic

Clay Shirky, a widely published authority on the Internet’s effects on society, and Don Tapscott, an author and adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto took the time to pose tough, timely questions to each other on how social media, intellectual property laws, and generational divides are affecting politics, business, and culture.


Don Tapscott’s TEDGlobal Talk: Four Principles for the Open World

Don Tapscott TEDGlobal 2012

The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.


Government 2.0 with the U.S. State Department

Don Tapscott U.S. State Dept

Don Tapscott presents Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Government for the Networked Age to the U.S. State Department. Don discusses the Wiki Revolutions, WikiLeaks and transparency, government as a platform, collaborative democracy, networked models of global problem solving and the Wiki Workplace.


The Guardian: The world’s unemployed youth: revolution in the air?


A common thread to the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and protests elsewhere in the Middle East and north Africa is the soul-crushing high rate of youth unemployment. Twenty-four percent of young people in the region cannot find jobs. To be sure, protesters were also agitating for democracy, but nonexistent employment opportunities were the powerful […]


Top trends and developments for 2011

Thanks largely to the Internet, long-standing monopolies and power imbalances are being challenged as more people from more regions of the world connect, collaborate, and compete on the global stage. Young digital natives everywhere are questioning the historic traditions of venerable institutions such as the university, the newspaper, and the entire apparatus of representative government. […]


Needed: A New Model of Pedagogy

The film Waiting for Superman has sparked heated discussion about the failures of the U.S. public school system, and more broadly with public education everywhere.  The movie argues that teachers are at the center of the problem and that the solution is charter schools. But it’s wrong to blame teachers, who are usually a) underpaid, […]


Negroponte offers good advice to India’s $35 computer project

Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chair of the One Laptop per Child Foundation, just posted an open letter to the Indian government, offering to share his hard-earned expertise and help the government achieve its recently announced goal to distribute a $35 tablet computer to millions of students.  (Full disclosure: Negroponte is a good friend.) The new […]


Why transparency and privacy should go hand in hand

I was speaking at the recent Google Zeitgeist conference in London.  On one panel, a privacy advocate argued that she was against transparency, and that all this talk about openness was frightening.  She argued that anyone who favors privacy should oppose transparency. I for one, am both a transparency advocate and a privacy advocate. Transparency […]


Net Gen Education Challenge extended to June 6

The Net Gen Education Challenge deadline has been extended to midnight, June 6. This is the second year for the Challenge, where students are asked to produce a video illustrating how the social web nurtures teaching, learning, collaboration, and innovation for the 21st century. Read my post from March 13th for the Challenge details. The […]


HP is title sponsor of the Net Gen Education Challenge

I’m pleased to announce HP as the title sponsor of the two global video challenges I announced in March. The HP Net Gen Education Challenge calls for ideas to shape the future of education and the HP MacroWikinomics Challenge calls for ideas on how to fix what’s wrong with the world and its institutions, like […]


Openness will prove more effective for the military

Reversing a decision it made last summer, the U.S. Marine Corps has decided earlier this week to allow Marines to use Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to keep in touch with family and friends.  The service now encourages “responsible and effective use” of social networking technology. As quoted by Wired.com, a […]