Date archives "April 2007"

EU IP Enforcement Directive Needs Amending

Those members living in the EU might want to review these amendments (PDF) to the Second Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED2) 2005/0127 (COD) that have been produced by a coalition of groups representing librarians, consumers and innovators. The main thrust of the coalition’s amendments would: LIMIT the scope of IPRED2 to true criminal enterprises,… Continue reading

Re-Public: special issue on Wiki politics

Re-public, the Greek-English webzine, continues its tradition of publishing specially themed issues on participatory politics, this time focusing on “Wiki Politics” They write that “Wiki politics is a concept that encompasses existing practices which instantly give birth to new democratic forms. They produce a particular form of political participation -horizontal and equitable- which operates on… Continue reading

The Citysense distributed science project

Interesting report from Forbes, about a scientific initiative which combines both open data, with a meshwork of sensors, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more context, see our P2P Science pages. Excerpt: “Engineers at Harvard University and BBN Technologies Inc. are collaborating on what they believe is a first-of-its kind wireless sensor network atop Cambridge light poles…. Continue reading

New research on the new work practices of the ‘technobohemians

We are reproducing the announcement on this new publication: Network Notebooks is a series of publications on recent new media theory. Network Notebooks nr.1 is a publication by Rosalind Gill. Title: Technobohemians or the new Cybertariat? New media work in Amsterdam a decade after the web About the publication Accounts of new media working draw… Continue reading

Peer property: The coordination of sharing is improving

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang of IFTF writes a post reproduced here: “From time to time, we’ve written about experiments using pervasive computing technologies to turn private goods into sharable public ones: using virtualization tools to make computers more green, using computers and mobile phones to make carsharing programs easier to use or create dynamic ridesharing systems,… Continue reading

Communications authority looks towards a ‘share aware’ future

In a recent consultation paper, Ofcom, the UK Office of Communications, considers the future of Public Service Broadcasting in a digital interactive environment. The main thrust of the paper focuses on a Public Service Publisher (PSP) that might commission public service content for broadcasting over traditional and digital media in the normal way but would… Continue reading

Design innovation without production?

In a chapter of the P2P Manifesto, entitled How far can peer production be extended?, it is argued that, wherever design can be separated from production, peer to peer based design process can emerge, leading to a kind of ‘built-only’ capitalism. The discussion below stresses that design is inextricably linked to a production process, and… Continue reading

World’s first open source car is showcased

“Earlier this week c,mm,n (website in Dutch), the world’s first open-source car, was revealed at AutoRAI, the Amsterdam car show. The initiative and vision behind the c,mm,n (pronounced “common”) comes from the “Stichting Natuur en Milieu” (The Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment) and the three technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Enschede. The vehicle’s… Continue reading