March 20, 2009

Understanding networks by watching videos

Networks. They are important for so many aspects of the economy, science, innovation, society and probably even nature in general, as is so eloquently stated in this video:

Howard Rheingold launched the first videos in a series about how structure and dynamics of networks influence political freedom, economic wealth creation, and participation in the creation of culture.

He will present the thinking of authors such as David P. Reed, who was heavily involved in the early development of TCP/IP, Lawrence Lessig, who explored the issue of "code is law", Manuel Castells who developed the notion of the space of flows, Duncan J. Watts, the author of Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks and last but not least Howard Rheingold himself, specialist in virtual communities and smart mobs. 

Networks are not just about engineering but also about freedom and the location of control - decentralized control or centralized by states or private companies. Rheingold has a fascinating collection of videos on his site and here is the first video in the network series:

Roland Legrand


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