MacGuffins, hackerkids and the troublesome 21st century: Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton discusses a future of education that addresses the as yet unknown needs of the future rather than one that continues to be built on twentieth century institutions. This in the context of current self-organized communities online and off, such as Anonymous and Burning Man. Well worth the time.

The Internet’s Own Boy: Aaron Swartz

The full film about online activist and technologist Aaron Swartz, contributor to the Creative Commons project, RSS, and cofounder of Reddit.

Aaron’s life was lost after a prolonged campaign by the US government to make an example of him after he  download a large volume of scientific journals from a closed system at MIT.

Longform: Joe Sexton of ProPublica

Joe Sexton is an editor at ProPublica, formerly of the New York Times, where he led the team that produced “Snow Fall.” Here he discusses some of his experiences in traditional newsrooms and insights into how news organizations are faring with the transition online.