From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.

On Site at Networked Publics

Internet Access

There will be a free wireless network available at the conference. Choose "Guest." No login or password is required.

Conference Backchannel

Our backchannel is netpublics on AIM.

Tag This Conference!

Tag. You're it. We need your help to make it easy for all of us to find the websites, pictures & blog entries related to the conference. Just use the networkedpublics tag in, Flickr or with Technorati, then check out for the combined results.

What is Tagging?

Tagging is a way to give online content extra context (metadata) by adding keywords called tags. Usually people tag their collection of bookmarks or photographs so that they can find them later and/or to help other people find them. When we agree to use the same tag it’s easy for everyone to find things. For more info on tagging see this newspaper article, this movie, and this paper.

Our tag is networkedpublics

We will be using the networkedpublics tag to help aggregate the online bookmarks, photos, blog posts, podcasts, or videos that are related to the conference so that attendees and non-attendees can have a centralized collection point for this info. During and after the conference we will be doing research to find out how useful this was for people at the conference and those that couldn’t attend in person.

You can use tags for (more or less) three types of online content.

We recommend for bookmarks, Flickr for photos, and Technorati for tagging blog posts, to make things simpler for all of us to subscribe to.

  • Bookmarks - is the leading social bookmarks manager where users save their links. Anything with a URL can be bookmarked and described by tags and extended notes.
  • Pictures - Flickr is a popular photo sharing site where you can store pictures and use tags to describe them.
  • Blog Posts - Technorati is a blog indexing site and it collects the tags that bloggers use to describe their posts. It doesn’t actually store the content but provides a point of aggregation for blogs that use their tagging syntax and pings them on update technical info here.


If you have or open an account at one or more of the services listed above just use the networkedpublics tag as you add content. The more description you add the easier it will be for others to make use of what you contribute. It’s also a good idea to add other tags as appropriate, like research, or blogging, or p2p. Don’t worry too much about putting down the “right

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