Aleks Krotoski

is an academic and journalistwho writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Her PhD thesis in Social Psychology (University of Surrey, 2009) examined how information spreads around the social networks of the World Wide Web. Read up on her academic and research interests here.

She is currently working on the 4-part, prime timeBBC 2 series Virtual Revolution, about the social history of the World Wide Web, broadcasting at 8:30pm from Saturday 30 January 2010 (repeated Monday nights at 11pm). She blogs for the projecthere.

Aleks writes for The Guardian newspaper, and hostsTech Weekly, their technology podcast. Her writing also appears in The Observer, on BBC Technology,New StatesmanMIT Technology Review and The Telegraph. Check out her words here.

Finally, she’s the New Media Sector Champion forUKTI, the government department that promotes British businesses around the world. Find out morehere.

You can find Aleks all over the Web.

Or follower her on Twitter



Virtual Revolution – Pt.2

Taken from Aleks’ Website/Blog.

The second episode of the Virtual Revolution series broadcasts tomorrow night at 20:15pm on BBC2. The programme, Enemy of the State?, looks closely at how individuals are using the powerful Web tools against governments and in support of them, how governments are (successfully and unsuccessfully) using the Web to control individuals, and the many groups who are using the agnostic Web to create their own politic – from the good to the downright evil.

Here’s what it says on the official site:

Aleks charts how the web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes.

With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and Youtube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers.

Yet, at the same time, the web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.

If this has you hankering for more before the show airs, check out the excellent and in-depth piece about the issues covered in tomorrow night’s film for BBC News from Rajan Malhotra, programme 2’s awesome assistant producer. Here’s a taster:

As the web empowers the ordinary citizen and gives a voice to the masses, so it has equally strengthened the hold of governments around the world. Freedom versus Control is an age old battle that has now moved to the web…

Twenty years ago, as the web was born, it would have been difficult to imagine that it would start to evolve into such a powerful social and political tool.

But that is just what the web is becoming – from the Chinese government’s attempt to control the blogosphere through its own “50 Cent” army of bloggers to tweets and status updates from the Iranian protestors, the web might be on the way to becoming one of the most powerful weapons of our time.

If you’d like to see the film in action before tomorrow, head to The Guardian, where they have an exclusive clip of what happens in the beating heart of the Web.

And, of course, you can play ‘spot the programme 2 behind-the-scenes photos’ while you’re watching on Saturday night or catching up during the repeat on Monday 8 February at 23:20, or with iPlayer, with my Flickr Virtual Revolution set.

The Virtual Revolution

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Hi Readers,

New aim from me as the publisher of this blog.

To write up an evaluation of a new peice of software that I’ve downloaded and tried every week.

I’ve already done this a couple of times, but each one lack information – more of just a pointer to where the software comes from and what it does.

Thanks, Keep Reading!

A Design Student.

iPad vs iPhone

Relax, the iPad isn't going to kill the iPhone

Taken from TUAW – “The Unofficial Apple Weblog”

Relax, the iPad isn’t going to kill the iPhone!

There are ways I want to use my iPhone. There are ways I want to use my iPad. And I’m perfectly happy owning both. Because there are things the iPhone does really well (GPS stuff, iPod listening stuff, and so forth) that make it pocket-awesome and there are things the iPad does and will do well (eBook reading, bigger Web pages, better movie size, iWork) that make it backpack-awesome.

Loving one does not mean you have to stop loving the other. Any parent can tell you that.

Sure, the iPad with its 3G-assisted Skype service may be able to allow me to chat comfortably with others. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, I seriously look forward to doing exactly that while traveling cross country with the family. But the iPad’s ability to subsume iPhone functionality does not make the iPhone obsolete.

There’s a reason why I haven’t hooked up my Mac mini to a portable UPS system to carry along with a keyboard and monitor to my local Starbucks. Form does matter. And it matters just as much as function. The iPhone isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It complements the iPad rather than replaces it. Long live the iPhone. Long live the iPad.

Now using Schoolhouse

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Is has some great features like automatic grade calculation, smart criteria and file attachments make organizing your tasks simple. Schoolhouse 3 builds on this by adding better customization, support for in-app websites, MobileMe syncing and more.

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