This takes me back to my days with a teeny tiny flower press, marveling at the fragile and delicate dried and pressed flowers that even I, an entirely ham-fisted child, could somehow produce. But of course this project has a far more serious goal in mind—to document and barcode every plant in existence. I love the spirit and soul of this project—and Ellen Jorgensen, of the Brooklyn-based biohacking lab Genspace, is a rockstar.
Tracking the birth and life of Anonymous, anthropologist and academic Gabriella Coleman set out to explain the mysterious group in her talk at TEDGlobal. The answer was less than comprehensive, but given the nature of the beast, that’s not particularly surprising. She came up with four ways to describe the group’s makeup:
- Anonymous scales and is participatory; it is not just hackers.
- Anonymous may seem chaotic, but most targets are not random.
- They put on a good performance, obvious even to their detractors.
- They are visible and invisible.
So speaks Ricky Ng-Adam, partner and project generator of Xienchejian, a non-profit hackerspace in Shanghai that thrives on donations from community members. Hackerspaces in China details how the Shanghai Government Technology Committee has issued a call for 100 more community hackerspaces, offering government funding for equipment. I’m sure spare parts will still be welcome.
[Story via Noah Raford.]