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Is "crowdsourcing" the new "design by committee"?

While asking for input on the New Internationalist redesign process the other day, one of my friends replied (in jest) “Is ‘crowdsourcing’ the new ‘design by committee’?” It got me thinking about why I’m excited by open and transparent design processes, and how concepts like crowdsourcing are exactly the opposite of design by committee. (Well, sometimes.) For me, the excitement stems from a passion for learning.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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An act of solidarity

You may have worn your red ribbon with pride last week, but 22 years after the first World AIDS Day was observed, the African response to the AIDS epidemic still leaves a lot to be desired.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
  • Rank: 100

Anita Roddick

It’s not often I get a pang of grief from the mass media, but I gotone from the news of the sudden, premature death of Anita Roddick. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
  • Rank: 100

Exploring Perl web frameworks

A couple of years ago I started looking at options to deliver common “front end” functionality for sites using Bricolage, the content-management system that is used at New Internationalist Initially, what I had in mind to provide this front-end functionality was a “swarm” of micro-applications, where each little application provided one simple, specific, function, e.g., user registration, comments on content, voting and rating, sharing content, etc.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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The Perl ecosystem toolbar: Now it's your turn.

A couple weeks back, I asked the question Where is the big 'Explore Perl' button? and followed up last week with a short demo of the kind of thing I was thinking about. Some folks liked it: so today it's one step closer to reality. And now it's your turn to take it to the next level.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
  • Rank: 100

Tribal revival

Guess which country the Radio New Internationalist team is talking about today? Its indigenous people - still struggling for rights to their land and resources - often live in shanty communities overrepresented by the unemployed, drug addicted, and alcoholic. Fringe-dwellers, they die much earlier than non-indigenous people, and suffer a range of chronic health problems. Many non-indigenous people say that these folk need to be integrated into mainstream society, but the standard of education…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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BP: is the party over?

20 April is the one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest environmental catastrophe in the US. It's far from over, and the oil giant continues gambling with our planet.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
  • Rank: 100

Bricolage daily activity summary.

By default Bricolage sends email notifications with root relative URLs/like/this. Some time ago the NI techs were chatting about how it'd benice to be able to click the URLs from the emails. This is a partialsolution to that.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
  • Rank: 100

A dangerous profession

Journalists working in Pakistan face serious challenges – but their commitment is second to none.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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