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A Couple of ISEA Takeaways

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One nice project talk from ISEA was The Bank of Common Knowledge. I always love projects that harness the participatory nature of UGC technologies for good and not for evil. This group sets up online and offline events for the purpose of free amataur and professional knowledge exchange. It is “a collective platform for knowledge exchange and mutual education”. I think what I like about their project is that they take what is already happening on the web into offline events in a really interesting way.

Another site I came across while researching these guys is PledgeBank. This site is a crowdsourcing site used for socially aware projects. The idea is that you pledge to do something useful if a certain target number of people also agree to do the same.

eg:

“I will give £100 donation to the sea shepherd conservation society but only if 50 people will give the at least £20.”

“I will not procreate or add to the global population of human beings but only if 10 other people will do the same.”

I think I must be getting more political in my old age because another project I really liked was a guy called Delappe called Dead in Iraq, who logs into the US Army recruiting game, “America’s Army”, stands still and waits to get shot. Once dead he uses the games message system to type the name, age, service branch and date of death of an officer killed in Iraq. He understandably gets some very mixed reactions from other players.

Another great subversive war protest piece was by a collective called SWAMP. These guys used microprint to record the names of every civillian killed in Iraq into the lines of yellow notepads. They then smuggled them into the United States Congress where they hope that this paper (and data) will eventually make it into the government archives.

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Written by narindajane

August 3, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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