Upcoming: LeWeb 2010, December 8. / 9.


Announcing this early and in time makes sense – I am again going to LeWeb as an official blogger. Thanks to those that put up my name on the list Steph chose from – I definitely appreciate that 😉

This will be my third time in a row, first time in the new venue, Les Docks in St. Denis. Topic this year will be platforms, if you’re going to attend, let me know. It’s in a way same procedure as every year:

“It’s about meeting and talking to people face-to-face after all”

ps. this year I will be covering the conference in German – the LeWeb team are trying to get more international grip and attention, that’s fine with me and it’s German from now on. I may add english summaries to the posts – very much like Steph does all the time – so you, the English-speaking audience of this blog mustn’t unsubscribe right now. All my blogs are kind of eng-ger-language hybrids, it’s just the way I am doing knowledge work all of the time and it feels very natural to me.

Gated communities and necessary conversations

leweb logoMymy, I’ve missed Danah Boyd‘s talk because of mingling with some fellow bloggers in the lounge area – that’s both a shame and a peek into the social effects and the nature of great conferences.

Luckily Stephanie jotted down some live notes, check them out – I earmarked Danah’s take on the Internet as “bringing diverse people together mechanism”, by enhancing visibility overall. Indeed platforms like Twitter are potentially “demasking mechanisms” – exposing prejudices, narrow-mindedness and :

People move to gated communities to get away from different people and not have to deal with them but the internet is bringing all these people together. We might not want to be in such a mixed space.


We’re making all sorts of parts of society visible, parts we like and others we don’t.

Yes, there’s a number of necessary conversations that we need to have: from questions of online privacy and security, to how we deal with the visibility of hurtful and harmful things on social networks. Lots of real web issues indeed …

Beyond Enterprise 2.0

Just found: Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee are interviewed in the latest edition of the MIT Sloan Management Review. “Beyond Enterprise 2.0” in a section which looks promising as well: The Future of the Web. Best of all – it’s available as a free pdf.

Nearly all businesses today are critically dependent on the Web for their everyday functioning, so it is important to stay attuned to its continuing evolution, innovation and challenges. In this special report, a variety of noted experts explore a wide range of topics pivotal to the Web’s future, from e-commerce to collaboration tools to some of the Web’s unsettling vulnerabilities.

[Crossposting into the BMID-blog]