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  • April 2020 Weblog: Learning to Be on a New Web

    Our latest crisis has produced a different kind of web, and for many of us, a different attitude towards our online lives. Continue reading

  • March 2020 Weblog: Trying to Think about Something Else

    March has been a weird month, but the web trudges onward. Continue reading

  • February 2020 Weblog: We blog, you blog

    This month is all about blog posts, from pesonal experiences with the web to the long-term effects of social media. Continue reading

  • January 2020 Weblog: It’s a New Year, Let’s Try New Things

    Quick personal note. Now seems like as good a time as any to try out a few new things on this blog / newsletter / timeline. So in no paritcular order, here’s a quick of laundry list of stuff I’ll be trying. Let’s see how I do. I want to tweet more. In the coming… Continue reading

  • December 2019 Weblog: I Hope Next Year Goes Better

    This decade was not great for the web… There’s more than a few decade retrospective think-pieces making the rounds right now, but here’s a real kicker from Clio Chang, The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy. Chang’s essential argument is that over the last ten years the web has gotten worse in every conceivable way.… Continue reading

  • November 2019 Weblog: Pre-Thanksgiving Wishes for the Web

    Join me at Flashback Conference, February 10-11 in Orlando In February, I’ll be in Orlando, Florida giving a talk at Flashback Conference, a conference focused on the development of the web, and how its past has informed its present. It’s the first of its kind, which is going to pretty great right there, plus I’ll… Continue reading

  • October 2019 Weblog: Changing How We Make the Web

    A Great Reckoning I missed this last month, but if you read one thing from this months weblog, I ask that it be Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On by danah boyd, a researcher and technology analyst that’s made an enormous impact on the tech industry over the years. Last month, she accepted the Barlow/Pioneer Award… Continue reading

  • September 2019 Weblog: Communities and Where They Sometimes Go Wrong

    The Darker Side of Blogging We web folk tend to look at the olden days of blogging as a simpler time when people on the web would gather for discussions and collaborative experiments. In our tinge of nostalgia, it can be hard to pull down those rose colored glasses. I find myself doing it just… Continue reading

  • June 2019 Weblog: IPO’s and the New and Old Web

    IPO’s Old and New Slack had its so-called “non-IPO” this month, which seems to have gone pretty well and came with its own bells and whistles and fanfare. It got me thinking back to other major tech IPO’s, the single largest still being Netscape, which kind of started this whole tech company going public to… Continue reading

  • May 2019 Weblog: Ask Me Anything!

    The web’s history is always being written, and not just by me. So each month I like to go through and share bits of research and great posts that continue to explore the heart and history of the web. It’s my sites own personal weblog. Ask Me Anything If you’ve never been to Cake, it’s… Continue reading

  • April 2019 Weblog: Giving the Web Its Spirit Back

    The web’s history is always being written, and not just by me. So each month I like to go through and share bits of research and great posts that continue to explore the heart and history of the web. It’s my sites own personal weblog. Bringing Back the Indie Web With the many, many failures… Continue reading

  • The World Wide Web Recap, February 2019

    Each month, I send out a list of links from my research or around the web. Here’s the very best links I found in February. Recreating the First Web Browser at CERN After rebuilding the first ever website back in 2013, the CERN hack team came back together this year for an even more ambitious… Continue reading