Date archives "February 2011"

In response to rushed amendments to Irish Copyright law

Update : Minister Mary Hanafin denies changes to copyright laws Please sign this Letter in response to the announced amendments to Irish Copyright law In response to the announcement of statutory amendments to Irish Copyright law that threaten Irish peoples privacy online Saor Cultur Eire (Free Culture Ireland) have penned the following letter in… Continue reading

Towards Iconomics: the Creative Currencies projects in Latin America

Whether the process of monetary creation could be made to fit an open source paradigm is yet to be seen. Community banking and social currencies might as well end up as just another channel for access to and use of banking services. The “Creative Currencies” project aims at promoting the discussion of more fundamental issues,… Continue reading

Prospects for a leaderless revolution in the U.S.A.

In a recent analysis of the Egyptian protests by Horace Campbell, he identifies the most important characteristics of these “21st century revolutions”: 1. The revolutions are made by ordinary people independent of vanguard parties and self-proclaimed revolutionaries; 2. They are network-based and are developing innovative tools and technologies to foster autonomous, horizontal, and cooperative networks;… Continue reading

Why the Wikileaks backlash is futile

Excerpted from a new book by Micah Sifry: Book: Micah Sifry. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency. ORBooks, 2011 “Here’s why the anti-WikiLeaks backlash is futile. The transparency movement is not going away. Today, the wall between powerful elected officials and the people they want to represent has started to come down. In America, political… Continue reading

The three most valuable, common sense, conclusions about social media and politics

Reproduced and excerpted from a conference report by Michael Brooks. Don’t miss my comment and the added remark by Allison Powell below. And the embedded video interview with Clay Shirky listed at bottom is well worth watching. Michel Brooks: “1. Technology has always been a factor in social movements. From pamphlets to fax machines, activists… Continue reading

The great stagnation? Or: why internet productivity gains have been demonetized

Most of the economic growth during the Internet era has been largely unmonetized, i.e. external to the measurable market. This is most obvious for completely free services like Craig’s List, Wikipedia, many blogs, open source software, and many other services based on content input by users. But ad-funded Internet services also usually create a much… Continue reading

A Critique of the Abstraction and “Numbers Only” Approach of Mainstream Economists

(republished from December 2008) Steve Talbott, of the Nature Institute, (dedicated to neo-Goethean ‘wholistic’ science approaches) is a very thoughtful author on technology, who publishes a stimulating newsletter called Netfuture. In the December issue, he reflects on the meltdown and what has been wrong with the justifications of the economists. Here’s only the introduction. The… Continue reading

Towards a Distributed Internet

Douglas Rushkoff recently announced ContactCon in October, 2011 ( following up on his post ). Now, Venessa Miemis, in collaboration with Paul B. Hartzog, Richard C. Adler, and Sam Rose of the Future Forward Institute , are working to facilitate a series of dialogues, starting with the following question: “What are the fundamental… Continue reading

Building a new education system, from the p2p ground up …

Another great video from Michael Wesch, how would you build a new education system, from the ground up, knowing what we know today? Michael “is back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray Kurzweil, etc.) describing how technology… Continue reading

Preferential attachment in p2p networks: is that really the issue?

In a much cited blogpost, Zeynep Tufekci had warned that p2p networks, such as those responsible for the Egyptian uprising, can quickly lead to the consolidation of new hierarchies, through for example the workings of the law of preferential attachment: “Preferential attachment means that a network exhibiting this dynamic can quickly transform from a flat,… Continue reading