Author: Brian Fitzgerald

Of Clay Pots and Shards of Google Glass

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Note: SXSW in Austin Texas bills itself as “The Place Where the Future is Invented.” Hyperbole aside, it’s an incredibly rich playground of both highly practical panels full of things we as activists can use today, blended ferociously with entrepreneurs and visionaries pitching ideas and applications that will alter the shape of the world to come. This piece, cross-posted from my blog, is focussed more on that big picture. We may not know yet what to do with wearable computers and in-home 3D printing technologies, but we ignore things that will change the world at our own peril, and...

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Digital creativity and innovation deep in the heart of Texas: Report from SXSW 2012

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If you want to get a taste of what new tools and trends we’ll be seeing in world of digital creativity, interactive technology, and networked activism over the next few years, SXSW in Austin, Texas, is a great place to put up the periscope. Originally founded as a music and film festival, a “multimedia” event splintered off in 1995 and became, in 1999, SXSW “Interactive” — described as a “breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies” and the largest conference of its kind in the world. This is my sixth SXSW. I was here in 2007 when Biz...

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