Danah Boyd gave a talk at O’Reilly’s Etech 'on how large-scale digital communities can handle the tensions between global information networks and local interaction and culture: “G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide”.
Danah says 'This talk was written for designers and business folks working in social tech. I talk about the significance of culture and its role in online communities. I go through some of the successful qualities of Craiglist, Flickr and MySpace to lay out a critical practice: design through embedded observation. I then discuss a few issues that are playing out on tech and social levels.'