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"Clay Shirky's work focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self-limiting."

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Clay Shirky: como a mídia social pode fazer história FILMED JUN 2009 • POSTED JUN 2009 • TED@State

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In this video of his talk at PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Clay Shirky talks about the work of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts…

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Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

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Clay Shirky: What Motivates Us How cognitive surplus will change the world via TED

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Shirky is talking about social networks and society broadly, but I see this message as fundamentally affecting schools and the broad institution of schooling. Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government via TED

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

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Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure.

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7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information and the Internet

Great TED talk about the cognitive surplus, found on the great Brainpikings.Org