Last summer, the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come from academia, industry, government, international organisations and wider civil society.
The top three issues highlighted for 2014 concerned rising societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa; widening income disparities, and persistent structural unemployment. Perhaps surprisingly, in tenth place was a concern over the rapid spread of misinformation online, specifically social media’s role in this. At a value of 3.35 this was seen as "somewhat to very significant".
David Harradine is artistic director of Fevered Sleep, a London-based arts producing company that makes projects which combine performance, film, installation, books, and digital art. In this article, David talks about making It’s the Skin You’re Living In, a cross-platform film project that has recently been released as an iPhone app.
Punchcard Economy is a work from Sam Meech which reflects on the "8-hour day" ethic of industrialist and social reformer Robert Owen. The knitted work, which was recently shown at FutureEverything, incorporates data collected from "workers" within the creative industries, who had their working times recorded and embedded into the work. We caught up with Sam to talk about his creation, and how our wider views of "work" have changed since Owen's time.
The Internet Advertising Bureau and the beautifully-named Viewable Impressions Cross-Industry Working Group have finally acknowledged the metric of "viewability" for digital display advertising. This means that the possibility of someone actually seeing a banner is now a metric.
I am late, and because it's Easter next weekend and you'll all be too busy stuffing yourselves with a variety of confectionery to care about whether I write this crap or not it means that I get the next week or so OFF THE INTERNET! I don't think I can adequately explain how happy this makes me, although I accept that I'll probably be having dreadful palpitations and withdrawal symptoms come Wednesday and will probably start doing things like attempting to click strangers on the bus or something.
Anyway, this edition of Web Curios is dedicated to the late, great Sue Townsend and the complete, total and utter bellend behind the 'women eating on the tube' Facebook Page who this morning described himself as both 'an artist' and 'a creative' on Radio 4; mate, you're a bloke who started a webpage featuring pictures of people eating on public transport, get over yourself.
Ahem. Sorry, that was an unusually personal attack. SORRY, BELLEND BEHIND THAT FACEBOOK PAGE. Anyway, let's crack on; just like Jesus, I'm here to take the punishment for you - THE INTERNET IS MY BODY, WEBMONGS, CONSUME IT IN MEMORY OF ME (Web Curios would like to apologise for this piece of light blasphemy and hopes that it doesn't offend anyone too much; the author blames his Catholic education and the fact that he had his own desk in the corridor for about a month due to a long-running theological dispute with Sister Janet over the finer points of transubstantiation).
Women who eat on Tubes is the subject of a Tumblr site and Facebook page. As its description clearly implies, it's a photographic record of women caught eating while on the London Underground. A deluge of media and social media coverage about the group over the past week has brought it, and its effects, into wider public discourse.
With the Prime Minister’s recent £45-million investment pledge and Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs, the Internet of Things is now widely considered as a fundamental part of the future of both products and the Internet.