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New article on the fight against ‘fakers’ February 9, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Arto, Fakers, Internet Safety, Moral panic, Social Networking.

Recently, I wrote an article for the Danish magazine Månedsmagasinet Skolen about how to see through fake profiles on social networking sites like Arto . The article was part of a special theme issue on internet safety published on Safer Internet Day 2007. The whole magazine is available for download here.


This is a massage in a faker’s guest book on Arto. It says: “We piss on fakers”. As the picture and the statement show the fight aganist fakers is really strong on Arto.


Blogathon 2007: Keep in mind your online identity February 6, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Arto, Internet Safety, News media, Social Networking.

As part of Safer Internet Day 2007 which was celebrated all over Europe today I participated in a ‘Blogathon‘. I wrote a blog post about being private online which I will post here as well:

Keep in mind your online identity

Have you ever thought about the fact that what you put online about yourself could stay there forever or the way in which you portray yourself today might affect the way people see you in ten years?

Social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster have become extremely popular – especially among young people. In Denmark there is one particular site that has won the heart of almost every Danish teenager. The website is called Arto and it has more than half a million users (out of a 5,4 million population). It is estimated that 80 % of all Danes between the age of 12 and 18 years old have a profile on the website. (more…)

Switzerland, Networked Learning and Online Social Networking January 31, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Arto, Learning, Social Networking.
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I just returned from a week in Switzerland. I was attending The CSCL Alpine Rendez-Vous 2007. CSCL stands for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and I was part of a workshop that focused on Networked Learners and Networked Learning. In fact, I know very little about networked learning or even learning in general, but there were many interesting researchers attending the workshop who know very much about the subject and that was really exciting. I was to present my PhD project during the workshop and since my subject is online social networking I tried to make the connection between social networking sites and networked learning. My claim was that networked learning could be one way of understanding what is going on at social networking sites. If you take that stand, social networking sites could be viewed as networked learning environments and I find that perspective interesting. Especially, when I think of the amount of informal learning that actually takes place on sites like Arto where young people are willing to e.g. help each other with advanced HTML design, discuss society-oriented problems in the debate forum or “blog their guts out” in pages long blog posts at their profiles. (more…)

Arto lecture online January 8, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Aalborg University, Academic, Arto, Social Networking.

September last year I gave a guest lecture on Arto at the Master on ICT and Learning at Aalborg University. The lecture was videotaped and the video is now available as streaming video with integrated slides. The title of the lecture was “Arto – Imellem sociale relationer og individualitet”. You can see the lecture (only in Danish) here.malene.jpg


Also, check out our other streaming video presentations from e-Learning Lab.