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Project update: What’s new in May?

by Admin on May 22, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since our second expert workshop, so here comes a brief update on what has happened since:

  • As you might have noticed, the announcement for the one-day conference on 28 June is out. We have a stellar line-up of speakers, including Malcom Ashmore, Andrew Balmer, Alex Wilkie, Ian Stronach and Stefan Schwarzkopf. While they all come from academic backgrounds, they promise to give some interesting (and, I have been told, entertaining) feedback on the project and issues of online evaluation more generally. If you would like to participate, please register soon. The event is free, but places are limited.
  • We also have been around a bit to talk about the project. Two occasions have been particularly interesting. On 19 April 2011, I participated in a panel discussion at the Internet Freedom Conference in Strasbourg organised by the Council of Europe. ‘Multistakeholderism’ is a popular idea in this context, and the group was particularly interested in the potential of web-based reviews and ratings for fostering participation and engagement in policy-making. The video of Panel 6 is still online.
  • Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working GroupOn a very different occasion, I presented the project at the Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group at the MIT Media Lab. This was a great opportunity to get feedback from a very diverse crowd of people, including media designers, HCI researchers, lawyers and social scientists. There was also a second presentation by Nick Bramble, which very nicely highlighted the important legal issue of third-party liability for content posted on review and rating websites.
  • Of course, we have also been working on the prototype. It has been far from easy, given the shoestring budget and tight timeframe we are on. However, while things are moving slowly, they are moving and we hope to have something to tinker with soon. If you think you can contribute anything to the process from design skills to a developer brain, it’s not too late.
  • Finally, a lot of people got in touch and offered their support or simply showed interest in the project. In this context, have a look at other initiatives, such as Eric Goldman’s and Jason Schultz’s new project Doctored Reviews that aims to help people deal with restrictions on online patient reviews.

More updates soon. Again, don’t forget to register for the conference.

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