Fall 2011 - Features

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

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.

The Earth’s Storyteller

Lava Lake
by Andrew Westoll

If the hallmark of a great documentary host is the ability to elicit both surprise and wonder in a single cinematic moment, then Nick Eyles is a natural.

Taming the Web of Tongues

by Andrew Westoll

Photography is not allowed at the Beverly Hills Hotel in L.A. But you wouldn’t have known it amid the flickering flashbulbs in the hotel’s ballroom on May 20, 2011.

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

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.