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danah boyd in Melbourne

Last week I went down to Melbourne to listen to danah boyd and despite being involved in a car accident on the airport freeway thingy on the way there, the trip was well worth it. I wrote a run-down on the day for my work blog so if anyone is interested, I’ve reproduced most of it below.

First, some background on boyd. danah boyd (yes, it’s always in lower case) was brought out to Australia by education.au to talk about Generation MySpace – Social networking and its impact on students and education. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of California – Berkeley and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Her Masters was in sociable media. So, basically she knows an awful lot about social media and how we use it.

All up, boyd spoke for several hours. Although this sounds like a lot, she was an engaging speaker who responded well to questions. Her breadth of knowledge and ability to convey it to a large audience was astounding. The points I have drawn out below are just a fraction of what was covered overall, so please do not think I have totally represented her talks.

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