Author Archives: Martin Wolske

About Martin Wolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.

Neighborhood Gardening

Recently I posted about urban farming as civic duty. Today in my email one of the aggregator lists I subscribe to sent me a link to this article about Neighborhood Gardening in Mother Earth News. This is a great example of … Continue reading

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The Making of a Savior

The raw materials are slowly extracted from the ground – silicon, copper, gold, palladium, platinum, yttrium, scandium, the lanthanides, alumina, borax, feldspar, nepheline syenite, magnesite, silica sand, limestone, soda ash, kaolin clay. Some workers run heavy equipment to strip the resources from … Continue reading

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Dehumanizing or Empowering?

I saw this commercial on TV a couple of times this weekend. I’ve decided it is dehumanizing, defined as “deprive of positive human qualities”. Why do I say this? Because I see many images presented that show remarkable humans doing … Continue reading

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Creation Science?

The debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye has stirred up some interesting discussion by some of the bloggers I follow. After posting one of those on Facebook, it started a followup dialog with a friend, which subsequently included another … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Word

Throughout my life I’ve regular found myself struggling to find the right word (or name) because of a bad memory — I was destined to be an absent minded professor. But at other times I struggle to find the right … Continue reading

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Changing the Unhealthy Way We Look at Technology

Do a search on the term Internet, and you find a wealth of business ads and news stories. Do a search on the term capitalism and you find a wealth of books and news articles. Do a search on the … Continue reading

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Urban farming as civic duty

As we prepare for our first backyard chickens and experience our first winter with backyard meat rabbits, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to ease into urban farming. There is the personal gains of having close at … Continue reading

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http://prospect.org/article/want-predict-future-surveillance-ask-poor-communities A wonderful article from colleague Virginia Eubanks. She points out that this is not an individual concern, but a community concern. It is not a privacy issue but a civil rights issue. We need to move from a fixation … Continue reading

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Why Linux and not Microsoft

Here’s an interesting thread that just came across the Digital Inclusion Network mailing list, and my response to a question posed in the thread: On Jan 17, 2014 2:13 PM, “Phil Shapiro” <pshapiro@his.com> wrote: This is quite some story. http://www.pennmanor.net/techblog/?cat=69Continue reading

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The Hoopla Over the DC Court’s Ruling and Net Neutrality

There are several good articles quickly appearing regarding the DC Court’s rulings in favor of Verizon’s case against the FCC. I encourage readers to take a look at Sam Gusten’s Time Business and Money article, Dian Schaffhauser’s Campus Technology article, … Continue reading

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