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Confusion about indieweb

Posted on June 23, 2017
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The confusion about the indieweb by Colin Walker (Social Thoughts) The community wrestles with the self-realised existential crisis that it is, currently, a developer community not a user community. Colin, you hit the nail on the head. The IndieWeb community has done brilliant work over the years, but I think 2017 is the year to make it easier for “the users” to tap into these Open Web technologies too. It feels quite similar to 2003/04Read More

Openness, rivers, the IndieWeb community

Posted on June 22, 2017
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Category: Open Web
Yesterday I wrote a post about blogrolls. I published it on AltPlatform, the new tech blog I recently started with my old ReadWriteWeb friend Emre Sokullu. It was the second post in a series I’m doing about IndieWebifying my personal website. I got some great responses, which I’m going to discuss in this post. Firstly, a note about what I’m attempting to do in 2017 with blogging. My goal is to explore the latest socialRead More

Title-less Status Updates for Micro.blog

Posted on June 17, 2017
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Title-less Status Updates for Micro.blog by Chris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko) Micro.blog just launched in beta recently and one of the biggest things burning up the airwaves there is how to easily post content from one’s own site as notes without including titles. Why? If a post has a title, then micro.blog thinks it’s an article and just posts the title along with a perm... I’m IndieWebifying my blog. This is a test ofRead More

Update on my writing activities

Posted on May 31, 2017
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Category: Writer's Log
A quick update on where I’m at with three writing projects: a new group blog, my weekly tech column, and my latest scifi novel… AltPlatform Today, myself and four other people launched a new tech blog. It’s called AltPlatform and is a non-profit blog collective devoted to Open Web technologies. The target audience is Internet developers, entrepreneurs and early adopters. If you are any one of those, I invite you to subscribe via RSS or by email. AndRead More
ReadWriteWeb in 2007
Today marks the 14th anniversary of my first post on ReadWriteWeb, on 20 April 2003. Every year I do a post about it, but this year I’m adding my thoughts about the meaning of blogging in 2017. Do blogs even matter now? I think they do, but in an Internet landscape dominated by Walled Gardens (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and so on), it’s undeniable that blogging on the Open Web has suffered. Do you remember whatRead More
AI
My weekly tech column has just launched at Newsroom, a New Zealand-based news and current affairs website. My debut column is about how Google is ushering in a new era of “AI first” technologies. This won’t be an era of shiny devices. To paraphrase Doc from Back to the Future, “Where we’re going we don’t need smartphones!” Here’s a small taster: […] Another way to look at Google’s device-less vision is that in the near future,Read More
Newsroom

My New Gig: Tech Columnist At Newsroom

Posted on February 23, 2017
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Category: Writer's Log
I’m pleased to announce my role as Tech Columnist at Newsroom, a soon to be launched news and current affairs website. Full details in the press release below. See also Newsroom’s announcement. *** February 22, 2017 – Newsroom is pleased to announce that Richard MacManus, the founder of ReadWriteWeb, will be Newsroom’s Technology columnist. MacManus launched ReadWriteWeb in 2003 from Wellington and built it up into a pioneering technology blog that helped define the social mediaRead More
blue robot
At the end of 2016, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) issued the first draft of a handbook entitled Ethically Aligned Design. The 138-page document provides guidelines for “prioritizing human wellbeing” in the development and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Systems (AS). I’m sure we all agree that a people-centred approach is much needed in this era of rapid advancement in AI and automation. But will technologists, particularly in Silicon Valley,Read More
Palmer Luckey Oculus
Each December going back to 2004, I’ve done a year in review blog post about technology. This year I’m focusing on technology trends rather than specific products. But I’ll mention many of my favorite tech products as part of the review. In time, we may look back on 2016 as the beginning of the big shift away from mobile phones. Why? Because much of the innovation in 2016 happened in product categories like Virtual Reality,Read More

Presence: Early Reviews, Sales & Learnings

Posted on November 3, 2016
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Category: My Books
Five weeks after the launch of Presence, I've had some nice reviews and sales had an early peak. Since then it's been a struggle...but a fun one.Read More