My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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Ben Brown posted an absolutely intriguing observation from SXSW concerning the power of rendezvous (both the tool and the practice). iChat allowed a group of people to negotiate the physical space, do favors and connect up with folks that they barely knew. It’s a fantastic depiction of the future that anyone interested in backchannels, IM and ad-hoc networks should read.

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