Date archives "November 2009"

Open Infrastructures I: conference report

This report on the conference in Manchester on November 3, on “Media Ecologies for Post-Industrial Production” should have been published 3 weeks ago, but got an erroneous draft status. Without further ado: This was an important week in the history of the P2P movement. I recently reported on the Free Culture Forum, which brought together… Continue reading

Ethical value creation and the economy: an Italian case study

A contribution by Adam Arvidsson: “The following is an attempt to use an empirical study of an actual instane of value co-creation. In essence: value depends on the ability attract affective investments from a co-producing audience. Such affective investments can be attracted through the promotion of a particular kind of ethos. The people who supply… Continue reading

Comparing our weightless economy with that of the foragers

Kudunomics refers to property rights for the information-based economy, the topic of a talk by Samuel Bowles. He looks at the foraging economy to understand the knowledge economy. (the Kudu is an antelope of some sort hunted in Tanzania for its massive caloric value. When one is killed, it’s widely shared, perhaps 2/3 outside of… Continue reading

Online conflict in the light of mimetic theory

I am sure most readers of this essay know well the “community cycle” – the way on-line communities get started, they thrive with peaceful, civil conversations, helpful strangers and kind atmosphere, and later how suddenly some seemingly innocent misunderstandings grow into flamewars, people stop listening to each other and only want to win the fight…. Continue reading

Controversy in Second Life as it Removes Free Content From Web Search under Pressure of Top Merchants

Via Marc Garrett: “In a move that continues to shake the Second Life community of content creators, merchants, and consumers, Linden Labs has declared that free virtual content will no longer be searchable without listing payments on their website portal See: (http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Managing_Freebies_on_Xs treet_SL_Roadmap_FAQ); and additional fees will be added with the intention of discouraging content… Continue reading

Are spanish judges exemplary digital rights defenders?

Eddan Katz (EFF) points at the following article, showing how Spanish judges are quite exemplary in safeguarding public p2p rights: Spanish Court Dismisses Complaint From Nintendo Against Counterfiet DS Cartridges, Since They Add Functionality “It seems that Spain is a country that is pretty consistently figuring out that we shouldn’t just throw out all other… Continue reading

The EU Commission and IPR: the wrong fork in the road

Below is La Quadrature du Net’s response to the European Commission’s communication on “Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market” (COM(2009) 467) Download the memo in pdf here: On September 11th, 2009, the European Commission released a new communication on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Internal market…. Continue reading

Dealing with (e-)waste, the scarcity of social equity, and the potential for abundance in the knowledge economy

Real economic abundance can come about only when the demand for a good is finite and the plentiful supply makes the abundant good affordable enough to all members of society. It lists an abundance-nurturing ethic as a major goal of abundance management, and encourages economists to make abundance together with scarcity their conceptual point of… Continue reading

The emergence of algorithmic authority

Algorithmic authority is the decision to regard as authoritative an unmanaged process of extracting value from diverse, untrustworthy sources, without any human standing beside the result saying “Trust this because you trust me.” This model of authority differs from personal or institutional authority. … Algorithmic authority handles the “Garbage In, Garbage Out” problem by accepting… Continue reading

Strong IPR regimes counterproductive for climate change technology transfers

SciDev summarizes the conclusions from a new report undertaken by Asian research institutes: “The notion that climate technology cannot be transferred to a developing country unless it has strong intellectual property laws — a cherished belief among developed countries — has been called into question by a new study. Five Asian research institutes collaborated to… Continue reading