Very interesting video interview and conversation with Clay Shirky, on the themes covered by his book “Here Comes Everybody“. Interviewer is Joshua-Michéle. Joshua summarizes the main points covered in this blog entry.
Via David Bollier and on the Commons: “Director Jesse Dylan – the director of the Emmy- award winning Yes We Can Barack Obama campaign video – has teamed up with Science Commons to produce a short video explaining why science is the ultimate remix. It’s a great primer on the special challenges facing scientists in… Continue reading
On the Internet, a great deal of value exists as a verb. It exists only in the context of a lively social community. Now try telling your economics professor to plug that one into his spreadsheet! Our friend David Bollier also read Kevin Kelly’s piece on the sharing economy, and asks, but why is his… Continue reading
Please do join us at this most important gathering in Manchester on March 27 to 29th. Below is the text of the official invitation. Free Software and Beyond. The World of Peer Production. 4th Oekonux Conference URL = http://www.oekonux-conference.org/ (organized by Oekonux in cooperation with the P2P Foundation – The 4th Oekonux Conference will be… Continue reading
Impressive video showing how volunteers are building the global OpenStreetMap project, from the bottom up: and here’s a visualisation of one year of updates:
Via On The Commons: Could a treaty apparatus designed to serve multinational corporations be exploited in a new way so that it does not just promote free trade in private goods and services, but enables countries to collaborate to create public goods? A proposal by Jamie Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, recently proposed at… Continue reading
A contribution from Chris Cook, via European Tribune: “The Credit Crash marks the end of an era for the global financial system, and the beginning of another. Few understand our modern banking system, but in simple terms it consists of banks as “credit intermediaries” who create credit based upon an amount of capital specified by… Continue reading
Anthony D. Williams at the Wikinomics blog has been making great strides in researching and presenting experiences in “participatory regulation”. In his introductory posting, he writes that: “Without transparency, oversight and accountability, self-regulation is clearly inadequate. At the same time, the speed, interdependency and complexity of today’s world makes a return to centralized rulemaking and… Continue reading
In the end, Tumblr decided its users should be in charge of moderating their own communities. A Block tool was rolled out – frankly, I’m surprised this wasn’t in place earlier – that allows you to ignore certain users. This is quite similar to the way Facebook rushed out user controls for News Feed after… Continue reading
Episteme publishes articles on the social dimensions of knowledge from the perspective of philosophical epistemology and related social sciences. It’s February 2009 issue (Vol. 6, no. 1) is dedicated to the epistemology of mass collaboration, and specifically, carries a number of articles dedicated to the trustworthiness of Wikipedia. For example: * WIKIPEDIA and the Epistemology… Continue reading
I find this to be a very important development, because it marries subjective expression, collective solidary, and an orientation to action. From Chuck Collins in On the Commons. Excerpts: “Borbeau was facilitating the first gathering of a “common security club” at her church in Concord, New Hampshire. These clubs, a cross between a study circle,… Continue reading
An Open Video Alliance has been created based on a collaboration of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, the Participatory Culture Foundation, Kaltura, and iCommons. They are organizing their first Open Video conference and have created a “call for proposals“. Here is how they explain the need for an open video movement, i.e. the… Continue reading
Dr Tim Rudd is the director of Futurelab in the UK.
After having attempted to answer the questions: what is openness and what are its determinants, the Open ICT for Development project tackles how openness could be related to development efforts: What Is Open ICT4D? “Open ICT4D is the use of new ICTs to engage in “open” processes to achieve development gains. More specifically, open ICT4D… Continue reading
From a discussion where Wikipedia admin Durova, proposes a formal process to re-integrate banned contributors. From the comments area, by Gregory Koh: “There are, very generally speaking, three kinds of people who get “sitebanned” from WP: Spammers, haters, and people who simply believe they’re right about something (or that someone else is wrong) and are… Continue reading
Marco Fioretti has written an excellent overview of all the issues raised by the success of the Creative Commons license, and it has an especially interesting section of the possibly perverse effect it may have in an Asian context. Here’s is an excerpt of that section. Marco Fioretti: “We also got several confirmations of how… Continue reading