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We’re thrilled to reveal the first of this year’s Webby Sessions taking place at Internet Week New York! 

The Webby Sessions are a series of panels and discussions touching on the latest Internet trends and inspirations specially curated by us. Each day, we will bring you thought-provoking content and leaders representing the very best of the web.

The first Webby Session is taking place on Monday, May 20 at 11am and will feature the incredibly popular, engaging, uplifting, and Webby Winning photo blog Humans of New York.

Photographer Brandon Stanton will join Webby Executive Director, David-Michel Davies to discuss the Internet’s ability to foster altruism and build supportive community along with sharing the meteoric rise of his blog over the past couple of years. 

We look forward to sharing ideas from some of our most inspiring Webby winners, judges, and friends. 

Join us at Internet Week HQ. Tickets are on sale now

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The official video of Lee’s interview at Internet Week New York is out now. :O)

We've gotten a few questions about our conversation with Chester, if you want to know what we talked about read on...

We took pictures with Chester and to our surprise he stuck around so we started talking to him. I asked him what he was doing in New York or if he was just here for today’s event. By the way he answered, it seemed that he was just here for Grace, but for all I know he could be working on his own secret project. He also called Grace a superstar which was super cute. We talked about playlist live for a while and how we ditched school to go to the internet week panel. He showed us the background on his phone. He wouldn’t let my friend take a picture of the background on his phone, and since he was kind of secretive about it I’m not gonna say what it was, but it was not a picture of Grace or a picture of him and Grace. We also talked about camp takota and how Grace improved the suck me line.

Chester was really kind and sweet and wonderful. He absolutely did not have to stick around to talk to us, but he did. We were really flattered and honored to get to meet him and talk for a bit.

When companies know a lot about you, should you be concerned with how they use that information?

In general, I expect that companies offering free services will collect and use data about me. Designers and programmers, servers, those all cost $ - and the company is out to make a profit as well.

At a recent Internet Week panel, I heard confirmation of this sentiment. Laura Salant from About.com said that (to overgeneralize) there is a generational divide. For example, if a company gives a recommendation based on the type of shampoo I use:

  • For those under 40 - I will recognize where the company got this information about me and see how the recommendation is useful.
  • For those over 40 - I will find it creepy.

This didn’t surprise me when I heard it.  What did surprise me was my actual reaction to such an example a week later.

I was on my computer, looking up information about an old game app. On the Google Play webpage about this app, a little green box (shown in the screenshot above) informed me that the app would be compatible with all of my devices. Clicking on the box revealed a list of my devices, namely my tablet and phone:

I was creeped out.

Now why is this? I know that all of my devices are signed in to my Google account. In fact, the integration among my devices and Google services is one of the reasons why I’ve been a loyal Android user. This little green note is also quite useful. I have sometimes been frustrated by searching for an app that I have installed on my phone, but not being able to find it for my tablet.

So why this reaction? Logically, I would think that this shouldn’t bother me at all. Perhaps these sorts of data-driven hints aren’t as common yet (or at least, aren’t as overt when they are used), and it’s just a matter of getting more familiar with the practice.

Excited to announce that Eva Chen, Lucky magazine Editor-in-Chief and social media maven,  will be joining us for Webby Sessions at Internet Week!

Join us on May 21st at 12:30pm to hear her discuss the evolution of fashion-and-beauty publishing in the digital age, how social media has changed fashion and retail, and lots more.

Our followers get 50% off a full-week HQ pass with code HQ_WEBBYS_50PERCENT

Hope to see you there!

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Shane Smith Keynote at IWNY 2012

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There are Internet Week parties, and then there are bat shit, crazy insane Internet Week parties. I don’t know what went down last night, but damn.