In this issue the topical aspects of social media, computing surveillance reveal the power of the net and the cloud, but more revealingly the ability of individuals and companies to adopt new technologies at a remarkably rapid pace usually riven by profit.

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A special issue of the new journal Limn on the topic of crowds and clouds has just been published. Includes a number of interesting articles. In particular there is a piece on mapping the social world. Below is a description of the special issue:
This issue of LIMN focuses on new social media, data mining and surveillance, crowdsourcing, cloud computing, big data, and Internet revolutions. Rather than follow the well-worn paths of argument typical today, our contributors address the problems in new ways and at odd angles: from the power and politics of statistics and algorithms to crowdsourcing’s discontents to the capriciousness of collectives in an election; from the focus group and the casino to the worlds of micro-finance and data-intensive policing. Together they raise questions about the relationship of technology and the collectives that form in and through them.

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