Sébastien Paquet

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Sébastien Paquet
Born 1976
Hull, Quebec
Residence Canada
Nationality Canadian
Fields Computer Scientist
Institutions National Research Council (Canada)
Université du Québec à Montréal
Alma mater Université de Montréal
Doctoral advisor Gilles Brassard and Esma Aïmeur

Sébastien Paquet is a Canadian academic, researcher, and blogger best known for his work on the Internet Topic Exchange[1] with Phillip Pearson, a precursor to modern-day tags and folksonomies, as well as his social software blog many-to-many, cohosted with Clay Shirky, Ross Mayfield, David Weinberger, and danah boyd. He has been credited with introducing the notion of Ridiculously Easy Group-Forming[2][3] in 2002.

Paquet earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003 from the University of Montreal, his thesis title was A Socio-Technological Approach to Sharing Knowledge Across Disciplines. After his Ph.D., he joined the National Research Council of Canada where he worked with Stephen Downes before joining SocialText for a year in 2005.

He is currently a professor at Université du Québec à Montréal.


  1. ^ S. Paquet et P. Pearson, A Topic Sharing Infrastructure for Weblog Networks. Proceedings of the Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR) 2004, IEEE Computer Society Press.
  2. ^ http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/we-made-groupforming-ridiculously-easy.html
  3. ^ http://radio-weblogs.com/0110772/2002/10/09.html

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