12th Sept 2013: The Networked World And The Individual… by Steve McIndoe

John Rylands Library

Manchester Ragged University invites you to come along to the Castle Hotel for some food and a talk with Steve

Name of speaker and subject:

Steven McIndoe.

Title of talk:

The networked world and the individual: privacy and freedom in the internet age.

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • Understanding your digital footprint
  • The power of networks and the ‘networked individual’
  • Social media, democracy and protest
  • A brave new world?

Suggested you-tube links, websites and / or texts where
further information may be found:

Clay Shirky: Facebook killed the private life (video)

Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks (video)


Eli Pariser: Beware online filter bubbles (video)

Digital Worlds (blog)


Naughton, J. (2012) From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg : what you really need to know about the Internet. London: Quercus. (book)


A few words about you and your passion:

I am a librarian at the University of Manchester Library with fifteen years’ experience of working as an information professional in the business, government and Higher Education sectors and a keen interest in the impact of digital technology on society and culture. I got more closely involved in this subject through a request to develop an assessed academic module on the impact of digital technology on society.

A few lines about the history of your subject:

Although ‘the internet’ has been around in some form for forty years, it is really in the last decade that we have witnessed a transformation in the ways in which we communicate, work and socialise. Increased access and availability plus the explosion of social media has fundamentally transformed our use of the internet, but what are the wider implications for society?

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