2010

 

Spark 97 - January 3 & 5, 2010

On this episode of Spark: two different looks at how to reclaim meaning in your work life. Click below to listen, or download the...

Digital Swiss Army knives

Original image by IK's World Trip Once upon a time, my telephone did one thing: make telephone calls. Now, my telephone does many different...

Full Interview: Bill Buxton and Jared Spool

Earlier this week, I wrote about digital Swiss Army knives. Today, Nora talked to researchers Bill Buxton and Jared Spool about the relative merits...

Spark 98 - January 10 & 12, 2010

Original image by Rodrigo_Soldon On this episode of Spark: Traffic lights, digital companions, and Swiss Army knives. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Peter Nowak...

Nora's Computer Club: Setting Up a Blog

Original Image by atomicjeep Hi, and welcome to Computer Club! Here's a step-by-step overview of how to set up a blog. The first thing... Read More »

How Much Digital Tech is Too Much for Kids?

Original Image by Diego Cupolo I got a thought-provoking email the other day from a listener named Natalie. She writes, in part: "[M]y dilemma:...

Full Interview: Matt Mason on piracy as a business model

Original image by peasap This morning, Nora interviewed Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma. They talked about digital piracy, and how smart businesses...

Spark 99 - January 17 & 19, 2010

Original image by Jim Sneddon On this episode of Spark: Pirates, protecting children, and Web 2.0 suicide. To listen download the MP3 (runs 54:00)....

Full Interview: Rebecca MacKinnon on Google's "new approach to China"

Earlier this week, Google announced its new approach to China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn,...

The Evolution of Social Media: My Latest Column

As well as being the host of Spark, I also have a weekly column on technology, which airs on CBC Radio One afternoon shows across...

Full Interview: Danny Sullivan on the dark side of the cloud

Last week, Google announced that in mid-December, they detected "a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in...

Spark 100 - January 24 & 26, 2010

Original image by chaosinjune On this episode of Spark: Distracting clowns, earbud etiquette, and the dark side of the cloud. To listen, download the...

Full Interview: Mark Coleran on Fantasy User Interfaces

I just interviewed Mark Coleran. Mark is a visual and interface designer. Part of his work has been in designing "fantasy user interfaces": the computer...

Full Interview: John Gruber on Apple's iPad announcement

When it comes to Apple-watchers, they don't get much more thoughtful or insightful than John Gruber of Daring Fireball. So when Apple unveiled its...

Full Interview: Scott Berkun on boring UI

Yesterday, Nora interviewed Mark Coleran about fantasy user interfaces, the made-up computer systems you see in movies and television shows. Today, as a follow-up, Nora...

Full Interview: Andrew McAfee on Enterprise 2.0

Earlier today, Nora interviewed Andrew McAfee, author of the new book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges. It's about using social...

Spark 101 - January 31 & February 2, 2010

Original image by Matti Mattila On this episode of Spark: iPads, fantasy user interfaces, and workplace surveillance. To listen, download the MP3 (runs 54:00)....

Remake, Remodel: What's Next for Spark?

Original Image by -: pranav :- Elizabeth, Dan and I just had a brainstorming session. We wanted to take a step back and look...

Full Interview: Rob Ennals on DisputeFinder, bias and trust online

Last week, Nora interviewed Rob Ennals. Rob is a Research Scientist at Intel Research Berkeley, and he's one of the creators of DisputeFinder. DisputeFinder is...

Questions Wanted: Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget

Original Image by threemobilebuzz On February 16th, I'm interviewing Jaron Lanier, about his new book, You Are Not a Gadget. In part, it's a...

Announcing an experiment: SparkExchange

Here's the thing: the Spark community is full of people who are experts, technologists, and über-geeks. But, the Spark community is also full of people...

Full Interview: Jason Paul on Living Craigslist

Original photo by acloudman Last Spring, Jason Paul graduated from college with a degree in communications. While in school, he interned at USA Today,...

An "encore presentation" of Spark 86

This week on Spark's regular, over-the-air radio broadcast, you'll hear an "encore presentation" of Spark 86: Digital forgetting, email salutations, and food pills. Because we've...

Full Interview: Steven Yantis on Multitasking

Recently, I spoke to Steven Yantis. He is in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. I wanted to talk to...

Full Interview: Sam Yagan on math and dating

Sam Yagan is a Harvard math grad who thinks algorithms are a pretty good tool when it comes to online dating. With some buddies, Sam started a dating website...

Spark 102 - February 14 & 16, 2010

Original image by CarbonNYC On this episode of Spark: The mathematics of love, password sharing, and Enterprise 2.0. Download the MP3 (runs 51:00). Nora...

Web 2.0 defined by the Spark community

On Spark 102,  we aired Nora's interview with Andrew McAfee about Enterprise 2.0. In preparation for that, we asked the Spark community to define "Web 2.0." We...

Spark 103 - February 21 & 23, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Personalized email scams, anti-human software design, and living Craigslist. Download the MP3 (runs 51:00). Anne Wright-Howard tells the story...

Full Interview: Boy van Amstel from PleaseRobMe.com

We've talked a lot about location-based services on Spark, from Nora's interview with Steven Johnson on the geoweb, to our coverage of the emerging augmented...

Friend or "Friend" - Crowdsourcing questions for danah boyd and William Deresiewicz

Tomorrow, Nora will interview danah boyd and William Deresiewicz about the nature of friendship online -- whether social networking has changed what we mean when...

Full Interview: danah boyd and William Deresiewicz on friendship

This afternoon, Nora interviewed danah boyd and William Deresiewicz about the nature of friendship online -- whether social networking has changed what we mean when we say...

Spark 104 - February 28 & March 2, 2010

Original image by josephsardin On this episode of Spark: Online friendship, personal branding, and geoweb privacy. To listen download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Nora...

Does ad blocking hurt websites?

Do you use an ad-blocker? Plugins like Adblock Plus for Firefox or AdBlock for Google Chrome make it trivial to remove most advertising from...

Spark's Dematerialization Toolkit

Over at the SparkExchange, there's also been a lot of discussion about dematerializing: Patrick is looking for a scanner to digitize binders full of...

Full Interview: Jay Frank on the future of hit songs

Original image by aloshbennett I love music. I love making music, and I love listening to music. And these days, almost all of my...

The Future of Games: Crowdsourcing Questions for Jesse Schell

Original Image by TedsBlog Recently, I watched a great talk by Jesse Schell. Jesse teaches game design at Carnegie Mellon University, and he is...

An "encore presentation" of Spark 88

This week on Spark's regular, over-the-air radio broadcast, you'll hear an "encore presentation" of Spark 88: Tracking trash, the real value of stories, and social...

Help Us Out: Most Important Memento

Original image by tibchris On this week's Spark, we're talking about documenting lives and histories, keeping memories of the past, and when it's ok...

Ancillary: DIY book scanning

Original image by PugnoM Late last year, Nora interviewed Gabriella Coleman about digital book piracy. One of the reasons Gabriella cited for the increase...

Full Interview: Marie Bjerede on cell phones in the classroom

Here in Toronto, where I live, public school students must leave their cell phones in their lockers. At Dartmouth High School, "Cell phones must be...

Spark 106 - March 21 & 23, 2010

Original image by Meryl Swiatek On this episode of Spark: Dematerialization, illegal cassette dubs, and intangible cultural heritage. To listen, download the MP3 (runs...

Toolkit: Recording Your Digital History

  Original image by visual.dichotomy This week on Spark, we're sharing some tips for getting started with digital recording.  If you've always wanted to...

Full Interview: Tina Roth Eisenberg (AKA SwissMiss) on crowdsourcing a baby name

This past Valentine's day, Tina Roth Eisenberg gave birth to a baby boy, who she named Tilo. How did she decide on her son's name?...

Computers are hard. Who's to blame?

On January 27th, Apple announced the iPad. And even though the device isn't even on sale yet, it's sparked a lot of debate over the...

Crowdsourcing questions for Kevin Kelly

Tomorrow, Nora is interviewing Kevin Kelly and we're looking for your last minute help with the script. Kevin is an author, blogger, and co-founder of...

Full Interview: Kevin Kelly on the pleasures of wasting time online

original photo by /ivan Next week, Spark will feature an interview with Kevin Kelly. Kevin is currently senior maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded...

Full Interview: Jesse Schell on Game Design

Recently, I spoke to Jesse Schell, he's a game designer and a professor at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. I wanted...

Spark 107 - March 28 & 30, 2010

Original image by Dan Phiffer On this episode of Spark: Bamboo bicycles, pig spleen weather forecasts, and sermon stealing. To listen download the MP3...

Tom Lucier's social media baby moratorium

One of the things we often talk about on Spark is privacy and personal information. How much of yourself should you put online, and how...

Crowdsourcing Questions for Daniel Pink

Original Image by Rennett Stowe I just finished reading Daniel Pink's new book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Dan is the...

Spark 108 - April 4 & 6, 2010

Original image by broma On this episode of Spark: Games, play, and technology with Jesse Schell and Kevin Kelly. To listen, download the MP3...

The Slow Web

Original image by Robert Thomson I don't know about you, but when I sit down at my computer, I have a lot of programs... Read More »

Full Interview: Daniel Pink on Motivation 3.0

 This morning, Nora interviewed Daniel Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In it, Dan talks about Motivation 3.0, an alternative...

Spark 109 - April 11 & 13, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Extreme crowdsourcing, the slow web, and motivation 3.0. To listen, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Joanne McNeil of Tomorrow Museum...

Does music have soul?

original photo by tanakawho Relax for a moment and imagine a beautiful piece of music. The volume rises then trails. The key shifts at...

Full Interview: David Cope on Music by Computers

David Cope is a classical music composer who has created software with the ability to independently compose music. Emily Howell, as Cope has named...

Spark 110 - April 18 & 20, 2010

 On this episode of Spark: Computers that write music, play chess, and listen to cocktail parties. To listen, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Justin...

Full Interview: Kyle Wiens on iFixit's plan to "change repair forever"

Original image by iRobot Let's say you have a broken iPod. Or perhaps your beloved Power Mac G4 Cube is on the fritz. What...

Annie Leonard on The Story of Stuff

 Earlier this week, Nora interviewed Annie Leonard, the author of The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our...

Spark 111 - April 25 & 27, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Virtual choirs, virtual mourning, and the story of stuff. To listen to the whole show, or download the MP3 (runs...

Full Interview: Homer Spring on cell phones in the classroom

A few weeks ago, Nora interviewed Marie Bjerede about cell phones in the classroom. Marie is Vice President of Wireless Education Technology at Qualcomm, which sponsors...

Jon Kalish on window farming

The warm weather is here and gardeners are kicking into high gear. But what about those of us with limited green space or only...

Spark 112 - May 2 & 4, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Sex ed, floppy disks, and cellies in the classroom. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00).... Read More »

Full Interview: Dave Tompkins on The Vocoder

Original image by Scragz This morning, I interviewed Dave Tompkins. Dave is a music writer and the author of the new book, How to...

Are Moms Stupid?

We noticed something recently in our travels through tech media. It's common--cliche almost--for journalists to talk about simplified technologies, or simplified explanations of technology, as...

Full Interview: Frederick Balagadde on Microfluidics

Original image from balagadde.org This afternoon, Nora talked to Frederick Balagadde. Frederick is a research scientist from Uganda whose personal experience living through Africa's...

Repeat Episode: May 9 & 11, 2010

This week, we've prepared a collection of stories that originally aired in the fall of 2009. But never fear, we are working on a brand...

What Do You Think About Facebook and Privacy?

Original image by katerha Recent privacy changes at Facebook--and the complexity of them--have been the cause for much discussion and dissection in tech journalism,...

Spark 113 - May 16 & 18, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Vocoders, microfluidics, and hybrid leaders. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). The history of the...

How should news sites deal with comments?

Here at Spark, we're lucky to have thoughtful and constructive discussions on our blog. But elsewhere on the internet, it's not hard to find heated...

Spark 114 - May 23 & 25, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Facebook privacy, video game localization, and universal translators. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Facebook...

Ever get lost the high-tech way?

original image by Kentfield Do you use a GPS navigator in your car? It's cool, right? You can be totally unfamiliar with a route...

Do You Have Privacy Questions for Facebook?

On next week's show, I'll be speaking to a representative from Facebook. We'd like to talk about people's privacy concerns, particularly in light of...

Full Interview: Mary Madden on reputation management and social media

Today, The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report that looks at reputation management and social media, how people monitor their identity and...

Spark 115 - May 30 & June 1, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Text 2.0, reputation management, and Facebook privacy. To listen to the whole show,  download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Text 2.0...

New copyright laws -- do you care?

Original image by mikeblogs Copyright legislation.  Yee haw. There's nothing that perks up our Sparky ears like talk of new copyright laws for Canada....

Full Interview: Adam Harvey on anti-face recognition makeup

Increasingly, computers can detect and recognize faces. From "smile shutter" features built into digital cameras, to age-testing cigarette vending machines in Japan, to Amazon's...

Spark 116 - June 6 & 8, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Copyright reform, responsive architecture, and India's unsung inventors. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Fair Comment When it comes to comments...

Questions and Comments for Nicholas Carr?

Original Image of Nicholas Carr by SandyFleischmann On June 23rd, I'll be interviewing Nicholas Carr, author of the new book, The Shallows. In it,...

Full Interview: Gerry Meek on the future of public libraries

Original image by westher A little while ago, PSFK pointed to the beautiful redesign of a library in Almere, The Netherlands. The new library...

An "encore presentation" of Spark 87

This week on Spark's regular, over-the-air radio broadcast, you'll hear an "encore presentation" of Spark 87:  Open science, general knowledge, and doctors before the internet...

Full Interview: John Ewing on Virtual Street Corners

Earlier today, Nora interviewed John Ewing. John's an artist based in Boston, and earlier this month, he launched Virtual Street Corners. It's a pair...

Full Interview: Ted Sullivan on GameChanger

Original image by StuSeeger Yesterday, Nora interviewed Ted Sullivan. Ted's the CEO of Fungo Media, the company behind a new iPhone app called GameChanger,...

Spark 117 - June 20 & 22, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Virtual Street Corners, responsive architecture, and the future of public libraries. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3...

Full Interview: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi on Bursts

In Bursts, Albert-Laszlo Barabasi takes on a big question: can human behaviour ever be predicted in the same way we can predict other phenomena?...

Full Interview: Nicholas Carr on The Shallows

Original Image by SandyFleischmann I've been noticing something in the last few years. I can't read books anymore. I mean, really read them....sink into...

Spark 118 - June 27 & 29, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Bursts, Shallows, and Game Changers. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). You can also listen to individual stories below. GameChanger This...

Full Interview: Debbie Frost from Facebook explains new privacy settings

This past Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to Facebook's privacy settings. To find out more about the changes, and to get a response to...

Spark's Summer Plans

Photo by kwerfeldein The final episode of Spark's third season aired on June 26, 27, and 29. Thanks to everyone who listened and visited...

Skype interviews on Spark

From the Spark mailbag, Terry Kozlyk asks: [H]ow do you get your skype call interviews so clear? Do you just use one of the...

Joel Johnson and Jonah Lehrer on following complete strangers on Twitter

There's an old saying: "Don't talk to strangers!" But what about following them on Twitter? According to Joel Johnson, there can be real advantages...

Do we have too many digital memories?

Photo by Plutor A while back I tried to do this little project I called "35 birthdays". I wanted to make an album on...

Full Interview: Kelly McBride on the "Ground Zero Mosque" and SEO

This summer, there's been great controversy about a proposed mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. But here's the thing: it's not a...

Full Interview: Micki Krimmel on NeighborGoods

CC photo by Lenore Edman Back in 2008, Nora interviewed Alex Steffen from WORLDCHANGING.com. During the interview, an interesting question came up: "Why buy...

Full Interview: Gary Shteyngart

Photo by Mercedes Ramirez Guerrero Gary Shteyngart's new novel is called Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel, and it's been getting great reviews...

Full Interview: Peter Rukavina on paper e-books

Photo by Peter Rukavina Peter Rukavina has a new e-book reader. No, it's not an iPad, or a Kindle. It's not a Kobo, or...

Full Interview: Human DJ vs. computer playlists

Photo by David Gallard What makes a good playlist? The rhythm of the music? The flow of the songs? The semi-autobiographical narrative that emerges...

Spark 119 - September 12 & 15, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Big Books, Micro-volunteering, and Search Engine Misnomers. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). "Ground Zero... Read More »

Your digital television questions for Michael Geist and Bill St. Arnaud

CC photo by João Paulo Corrêa de Carvalho Here in Canada, we're less than one year away from the digital television transition. After August...

Full Doc: Sarah Bridge on Genetic Testing & Breast Cancer

Photo by Felix Francis Freelance journalist Sarah Bridge brings Spark a look at the intersection of medical technology and the deeply emotional experiences it...

Spark 120 - September 19 & 22, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Cyborgs, Digital Sabbaths, and Super Sad True Love. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Super...

Full Interview: Tim Maly on Cyborgs

Original Image by Lampeduza Recently, I received an intriguing note from Tim Maly. He maintains the Quiet Babylon blog, about cyborgs and architects, and...

Full Interview: Michael Geist and Bill St. Arnaud on Canada's digital television transition

Photo by Woodly Wonderworks After August 31, 2011, most Canadians will no longer be able to receive analog television transmissions over the air. Are...

Full Interview: Don Tapscott on MacroWikinomics

CC photo by Robert Scoble More than three years ago, for the pilot episode of Spark, Nora interviewed Don Tapscott about his book, Wikinomics....

Are Portable Devices Fueling Interest in Old Art?

Original Image by Tom Maisey This summer, I bought a new laptop, and, because it was so hot upstairs, I started working downstairs on...

Full Interview: Tim Carmody on Blooks

Photo by Let Ideas Compete These days, it seems I can't visit a bookstore without running into stacks of blooks. "What's a blook?" you...

Spark 121 - September 26 & 29, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Blooks, Co-creation, and Twitter Strangers. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Twitter Strangers Photo by...

Let's Make a Video

  Original image by Josep Ma. Rosell An Experiment in Co-Creation We talk a lot on Spark about the impacts of our newly networked world....

Full Interview: Seth Priebatsch on The Game Layer

Nora talks to Seth Priebatsch, chief Ninja at Scvngr. The mobile startup is trying to consciously develop the game layer on top of the...

Full Interview: Jer Thorp on Foundational Technologies and Tools on Top of Tools

Photo by Andrew Wenzel, courtesy of Jer Thorp Lately, here at Spark, we've been thinking about "tools on tools": online tools built on top...

Let's Make a Video: First Submissions

Rochelle Mazar is quick on the old creative draw! She is the mastermind behind our first and second submissions to our experiment in co-creative...

Full Interview: Nick Bilton on Personalization and Social Search

Photo by Joi Recently, I interviewed Nick Bilton. Nick is a New York Times reporter, and lead technology writer for their Bits blog. He's...

Full Interview: Baratunde Thurston on The Merits of E-mail Lists

Photo by AKA Dillweed As an author, comedian, speaker, TV host, and web editor of The Onion, Baratunde Thurston speaks and writes a lot...

Spark 122 - October 3 & 6, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Bits, Tools, and Digital TV. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Digital TV Transition...

Let's Make a Video: More Submissions

Patrick Horneker of Michigan City, Indiana surprised us by sending a series as his submission to Let's Make a Video. Take a look at...

Spark 123 - October 10 & 13, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Personalization, Perfect Playlists, and Privacy. To listen to the whole show,  download the MP3 (Runs 54:00). Google Street View &...

Full Interview: Ethan Zuckerman on Personal Tracking

Photo by Joi Recently, I interviewed Ethan Zuckerman. Ethan is a researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He's...

Let's Make a Video: Lost in the World of Creating

Lee Rosevere in Vancouver crafted a thought-provoking submission over the weekend. See it here: Let's Make a Video Playlist on Youtube The deadline for...

To repeat or not to repeat, that is the question

Since the very early days of Spark, we've known that many podcast listeners don't like repeats. As Raj "Rajio" Patel wrote: seriously. If the episode...

Full Interview: Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Comes From

Photo by Sookie We seem to have this cultural obsession with the "Eureka!" moment -- that instant when everything comes together and a light...

Full Interview: Austin Seraphin on the iPhone for blind users

Photo by Sandy Schultz Austin Seraphin has been blind since birth. And this past summer, Austin got an iPhone, and he loves it. As...

An "encore presentation" of Spark 117

This week on Spark's regular, over-the-air radio broadcast, you'll hear an "encore presentation" of Spark 117: Virtual Street Corners, responsive architecture, and the future of...

Full Interview: Isabel Pedersen on Reality-Shifting Devices

How would you like to simply think, "Where's my dentist from here?" and have the directions show up on your handheld? Maybe you would...

Let's Make a Video: The Files Are In

>Original image by Josep Ma. Rosell It has been absolutely amazing to witness all the different videos that have found their way to our...

Full Interview: Dan Hon on the Grim, Dark Future of Games

We're hearing more about the development of the "game layer" on top of the real world. Seth Priebatsch of SCVNGR recently talked to Nora...

Spark 124 - October 24 & 27, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Farm Bots, Shifting Reality, and Life Logging. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Media...

Help Us Out: How Would You Build a Better Bus?

Photo by conner395 The other day, I came across a blog post by Olivier Thereaux, a Montreal-based Web Architect. Olivier has lived in different...

Full Interview: William Gibson on Zero History

Photo Credit Michael O'Shea Yesterday, I interviewed novelist William Gibson in our Toronto studio. I've followed his work for years, ever since reading Neuromancer...

Show Notes: Episode 125 - October 31 & November 3, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Brain Tweets, Better Buses, and Paper. To listen to the whole show, download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Just Like Paper!...

Full Interview: Jennifer Jenson on Girls & Gaming

Photo by Jeff Sandquist When it comes to gaming in the 21st C, we still haven't come that long a way, baby. Girls and...

Spark 126 - November 7 & 10, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Games, Games, Games! We take a look at how games affect our culture, our time, and our lives. To listen...

Help Us Out: Workplace Social Media Policies

Photo by moriza On an upcoming episode of Spark, we'll be looking at the growing use of corporate social media policies at work. Those...

Spark 127 - November 14 & 17, 2010

On this episode of Spark: William Gibson, Lumberjack Chic, and The Last IP Address. To listen to the whole show, or download the MP3 (runs...

Help Us Out: Your Thoughts On Today's Facebook Announcement

Photo by Ethan Hein You know how you have one friend who is devoted to email, and another that only texts, and yet another...

Full Interview: Finn Brunton on Spam Filters

For our next episode, Spark 128, we're taking a close look at noise and filters. One of Nora's interviews is with Finn Brunton, all about...

Spark 128 - November 21 & 24, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Noise, Filters, and Birdsong. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). You can also listen to individual stories below. Birdsong And The...

Full Interview: David Fewer on Copyright Reform

Photo by Marcin Wichary The Canadian government is taking another crack at reforming our nation's extremely outdated copyright laws. Two previous bills died when...

Spark 129 - November 28 & December 1, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Female start-ups, family trees, and copyright. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). A Brief History of Copyright Photo by Jayel Aheram...

Help Us Out! Earliest Web Memories

Photo by foxypar4 This December marks the 20th anniversary of the web. Not to be confused with last year's 40th birthday of the Internet....

Full Interview: Can a hyperlink be libellous?

If I write something defamatory about you, and publish it on the internet, there's a word for that: libel. Here in Canada, we have...

Full Interview: Tim Wu on The Master Switch

Photo courtesy of Mikiko Hayashi Today, Nora interviewed Tim Wu. Tim is a law professor at Columbia University in New York, and is best...

Spark 130 - December 5 & 8, 2010

On this episode of Spark: The Web Turns 20, African e-Commerce, and Libellous Linking. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). A Cautionary Tale (Of Libellous Linking)...

I Feel Connected - Spark's First Experiment in Video Co-creation

 Time for the results of our little experiment. We asked you to send a 30 second video beginning with either the words "I feel connected..."...

Full Interview: Boris Wertz on Super Angels and Startups

Photo by Kankie Vancouver's Boris Wertz is in Toronto for the Canadian Innovation Exchange forum today. Boris is CEO, W Media Ventures, and what's...

Full Interview: Wafaa Bilal's Third Eye

Photograph by Brad Farwell, courtesy of the artist Wafaa Bilal Today, Nora interviewed Wafaa Bilal. Wafaa is an artist and photography professor at New...

Who Is Using Twitter? Insights from a New Study

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released new research into who is using Twitter, at least in the U.S. If you're on Twitter, like...

Wikileaks, Anonymous, and Operation Payback

Our colleagues at Day 6 have posted an interview with former Spark guest Gabriella Coleman about the recent DDoS attacks on PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa....

Repeat Episode - December 12 & 15, 2010

This week we're going to look back at some of our favourite items from 2010 on Spark. A digital potpourri! And no worries, we'll have...

Full Interview: Eyal deLara on Risks and Benefits of the Cloud

Photo by karindalziel I've looked at clouds from both sides now--cloud computing for individuals, that is. Cloud computing has been a hot buzzword for...

Full Interview: Barbara van Schewick on Internet Architecture and Innovation

Photo courtesy of Barbara van Schewick This afternoon, Nora interviewed Stanford Law prof Barbara van Schewick about her new book, Internet Architecture and Innovation....

Spark 131 - December 19 & 22, 2010

On this episode of Spark: Digi-minimalism, Telepresence, and Twinfluence. Download the MP3 (runs 54:00). Numbers & Influence on Twitter (Twinfluence!) Photo by D Sharon Pruitt...

Full Interview: Ian Bogost on Newsgames

Image by Persuasive Games How would you like to be a flu virus, mutating and spreading yourself through human populations? Or what about an...

Full Interview: Kellee Santiago on Video Games and the Power to Communicate

Photo by thatgamecompany Okay, Pong didn't make the most profound of philosophical statements. But it sure was a heck of a lot of fun!...

This week on the radio

This week on Spark, you'll hear... well, you may not hear Spark at all. Our regular Sunday afternoon broadcast has been pre-empted for special Boxing...

Brainstorming: How Would You Celebrate Marshall McLuhan's Legacy?

Photo by chrischappelear This brand new year marks the centenary of Marshall McLuhan's birth. Events are planned here in Canada and internationally, to celebrate...
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