Clay Shirky

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Expert in all things web-based, Clay Shirky has written extensively about the Internet for the past 12 years. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review, among other places. He has... More

Expert in all things web-based, Clay Shirky has written extensively about the Internet for the past 12 years. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review, among other places. He has worked as a consultant to organizations such as Nokia and the Library of Congress and lectured on emerging technologies at conferences and forums. In 1996, he testified as an expert witness on Internet culture in a court case that helped strike down the Communications Decency Act. Clay’s consulting practice emphasizes the rise of decentralized technologies, such as peer-to-peer web services and alternative wireless networks. He serves as adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate interactive telecommunications program. In February 2008, he published Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. “If I had to describe what I write about,” Clay states, “it would be ‘systems where vested interests lose out to innovation.’ Or maybe ‘systems where having good participants produces better results than having good planners.’”

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Clay Shirky's Presentations

TED@Cannes June 2010

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How cognitive surplus will change the world : Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we're building a better, more cooperative world.

How cognitive surplus will change the world : Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we're building a better, more cooperative world.

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TED@State June 2009

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How social media can make history: While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down... More

How social media can make history: While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

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PICNIC '08 September 2008

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Gel 2008 April 2008

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Social networking thinker Clay Shirky talks about the transformations in corporations and society brought about by the spread of networked communications. His book Here Comes Everybody covers similar themes.

Social networking thinker Clay Shirky talks about the transformations in corporations and society brought about by the spread of networked communications. His book Here Comes Everybody covers similar themes.

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DLD 2008 January 2008

TEDGlobal 2005 July 2005

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Institutions vs. collaboration: In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Institutions vs. collaboration: In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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Poptech 2003 October 2003