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All posts by: Brendan Kirwin

Brendan Kirwin

About Brendan Kirwin

Brendan is a media producer and documentary filmmaker passionate about using new media to create connections and strengthen communities. As a second year student in the CCT program, he is interested in issues surrounding social media activism, media representation and international development, and the relationship between technology and culture in general.
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Creation Nets and the Future of Social Networks

Since the beginning of the new year, there has been much talk of Facebook’s Graph Search and the company’s attempt to quantify the information goldmine that makes up a social network. Analyzing how individuals negotiate their online networks is a … Continue reading

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The Next Battle for the Net

So the SOPA and PIPA legislation has been postponed in Congress and the Internet will safely remain open and democratic, right? Well, not so fast. There’s another potential danger for regulation, and this time it comes from the United Nations. … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry, We Just Don’t Trust You

As discussed in my last post, Congress’ approval rating is at an all time low among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Senator Michael Bennet (D- Colo.) even went so far as to create a chart showing how Congress is less popular … Continue reading

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Democracy: Armageddon

The latest Rasmussen report finds that only five percent of “Likely U.S. Voters” rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent. When Mike Huckabee went on Fox and Friends last month he noted that this number puts Congress, … Continue reading

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Going Dark: Creating Change Through Online and Offline Action

At midnight on Wednesday, January 18, a group of major websites closed down their services. Google redacted its image, Mozilla’s page went black, and Reddit and Wikipedia users were shut out. The Internet, something that is often portrayed as a … Continue reading