By experiments, I mean anything that tests how the web works. Following the twitchhiker's journey around the world gave insights into the real-life impact of the social web. Wired have an experiment on the go at the moment, to see how easy it is to vanish in the digital age.
Professor David Nicholas and the CIBER group at University College, London recently published a paper on the 'Google Generation', which analysed online searches to assess the critical and analytical skills of the 'researcher of the future'. We're planning an experiment with Professor Nicholas and his team at the moment to build on this, and find out more about the impact of the web on the way we think.
We'd also like to run some experiments to cover some of the other themes in the series:
- privacy on the web
- the impact of the web on the nation state
- the value of our clickstreams
So we're thinking of ways and means of testing the web and its effects on us, and we're open to suggestions. If you had a chance to conduct an experiment on the web and its users, what would you test?