The human search engine

March 29th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m working my way through danah boyd’s recent book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and really enjoy it.  It describes the Internet in a way that feels like it actually is, situated somewhere between our worst fears, and highest aspirations for technology.  Framing youth through their use of social media also serves to […]


Geography, Safety, and White Flight

July 22nd, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

It’s after bedtime and things I’ve been thinking about all day seem to be converging.  One of the biggest changes in moving to Chicago is hearing about shootings on a daily basis.  I found this map today and I don’t know how to interpret it, but it’s staggering, horrible, and also engrossing. I can’t help […]


Core technologies/concepts for community organizing

February 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Last summer at the AMC, I presented a session about Web 2.0 and social movements.  Because I inherited the session from someone else, I kept the session proposer’s rubric of introducing technologies/services by name  (Twitter, Jott, del.icio.us) so that people would be able to link the name/buzz with an idea of what it could do.  […]


Digital Barn Raising

January 26th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I was recently asked to advise on the 2009 Allied Media Conference’s How-To Track (you can check the 2008 track out here) and I’m trying to think how to approach it.  Watching teachers recently and thinking about the community organizing that’s happening here in Bloomington, a lot of the skills I want to know how-to […]


Take Back The Tech

November 30th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Take Back the Tech: take action – online and off – to end violence against women Whether its through community radio, posters, sms, emails, audiocasts or websites, creative and informed use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) helps get the word out on violence against women (VAW). We have to know about technology to best […]


technology and activism

May 2nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Here are two new instances of technology (both via boingboing) that seem to really aid social justice movements. Cause Caller is a VOIP tool that lets you define a cause and contacts related to that cause (for instance, congressional representatives on a panel investigating a particular issue).  Users can then enter their phone number and […]


“I feel the problem is that we’re not represented in our culture. We don’t create it and it’s not born of anything of us”

March 15th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The title to this post is from a young person quoted in Susan Herrig‘s article Questioning the generational divide: Technological exoticism and adult construction of online youth identity. (In: D. Buckingham (Ed.), Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (pp. 71-94). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.) which deals with the differing perspectives of digital media from adults and […]


gender and software

March 12th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I was browsing the web looking for information about social justice movements and technology and I found a blog post talking about the involvement of women in free/libre/opensource software projects.  The conversation centers around the question of whether the disparity between male and female participation in FLOSS projects is because of fundamental differences in preferences […]


e-learning and a changing collegiate culture

November 29th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Online classes were just emerging as I left college.  There was a piece on Morning Edition this morning about the technology and trends in general and an instance of them at on University of Illinois branch.  I think this technology is inevitable and it does have some egalitarian advantages, as the president of the University […]


Chris Soghoian Interview

December 7th, 2006 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

My started a blog which comments on a recent local radio interview with computer researcher Chris Soghoian. WFHB describes the interview this way: Does the government’s “no-fly” list make air travel any safer? Do other supposed “security measures” really protect us from terrorists? Host Chad Carrothers spends an hour with Chris Soghoian, the Bloomington grad […]