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The Wild Wild Web

The Wild Wild Web

Step back from the coding coalface, mount your steed and join Keir Moffatt on an adventure into the digital wilderness. Yeehaw!

This talk was delivered at Web Dev Conference 2012 in Bristol, UK.

Keir Moffatt

October 19, 2012

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  1. WARNING The following talk contains an unashamedly brutal massacre of

    metaphors. Those of a nervous literary disposition may wish to leave.
  2. The WILD WILD WTF? “...the story of the creation and

    defense of communities, the use of the land, the development of markets, and the formation of states.” “It is a tale of conquest, but also one of survival, persistence, and the merging of peoples and cultures...” - Wikipedia
  3. GOLD RUSH Pace of change, pace of development Infinite possibilities

    & opportunities Domains, usernames, apps & acquisitions App Store: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Apps! Kickstarter: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Ideas!
  4. SHOOTOUTS Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs... Duels, debates & debacles Honour,

    ego & etiquette Why is everyone so hostile?! “Twitter is often like a verbal drive-by” @markboulton
  5. LAW & ORDER Copyright & piracy: Obsolete laws? Casual criminals

    How private are our privates? Freedom of speech & social media “...patent farce is a tragedy for creative humanity” @jontangerine
  6. OUTLAWS The rise of ‘hacktivism’ Disenfranchised society, corrupt governance Anonymous:

    Unlikely heroes Napster, WikiLeaks, Assange, Kim Dotcom The Pirate Bay: Invincible Cloud Torrents?
  7. BOUNTIES 6 degrees + Facebook 1000 to 8000 to 15,000

    National & International Press £1000+ for Marie Curie via JustGiving It's Alive! (a Social Media beast) Fan artwork, flash mobs, HK CGI, pr0n... The power of Social Media?
  8. Into The SUNSET What *is* the web...? A digital frontier;

    The Great Unknown Pioneers - to boldly code... Evolving how we think, behave & interact Too fast? “...Jusqu'ici tout va bien…”