Fall 2011

Picking up the pieces

Japan disaster
by Andre Sorensen

On March 11, 2011, Tohoku in northeastern Japan experienced the strongest earthquake ever recorded in that country since the introduction of modern quake measurements and—at 9.0 on the Richter scale—one of the five largest ever recorded in the world.


Today, thanks to new technologies and the digital communications revolution, educational experiences and information are available to anyone with an Internet connection and a computer or mobile device.

Phoning Home

people skype-ing
by Ruoyun Bai

Given the impact of modern communications technologies on major global events—from the use of mobile phones by protesters in Madrid in 2004, to Twitter and Facebook at the core of the recent wave of political upheavals in the Arab world—it is abundantly clear that these new technologies have imme

The Socially Networked Future of International Diplomacy

Robert Onley defence committee
By Robert David Onley

In a world enveloped by unsolvable crises, national leaders of the Boomer Generation continue to practice politics and diplomacy using methods little changed over the centuries.

Dealing with Deluge of Data

this is a picture of a fish
by Malcolm Campbell

The amount of information at our fingertips is staggering. Consider just the internet. Every 48 hours, three exabytes of data are created – enough to fill the hard drives of six million laptops.

Farmer's Market

by Kurt Kleiner

Most Wednesdays after work Kim Richard has stopped by the UTSC farmers' market to pick up fresh baked goods, or produce straight from the farm, or just some fresh-popped popcorn.

The Open-Access Century

access map
by Leslie Chan

The first decade of the 21st century may well be called the decade of “openness.” With the phenomenal growth of the Web and social media, we are witnessing an explosion of applications in open-source software, open innovation, open educational resources, open media and open access to scholarly li

Review of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

the Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary - book cover
By Malcolm M. Campbell

Andrew Westoll’s latest book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, explores the fraught relationship between two great apes, humans and chimpanzees.

Knowledge Hiding

work place

An employee returning to work from vacation needs to learn the new computer system that was installed when she was away. However, the co-worker who agrees to teach her leaves out vital information deliberately, which results in her struggling to do her job.

Institutionalizing Popular Power

facebook revolution
by Paul Kingston

In January 2011, Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali resigned after only 26 days of street protests, setting off a domino effect that launched what is now known as the Arab Spring.