Date archives "September 2011"

The enclosure of the genetic commons

The new issue of the Journal of Science Communication, an online and open access journal devoted to the relationship between science and the media, contains a collection of short articles on genomics entitled Know your genes. The marketing of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Edited by Alessandro Delfanti, this collection includes papers by scholars such as Jenny… Continue reading

On the necessity to internalize costs in a true cost economy

An excerpt from chapter 10 of Sacred Economics: Charles Eistenstein: “Externalized costs are costs of production that someone else pays. For example, one reason vegetables from California’s Central Valley are cheaper to buy in Pennsylvania than local produce is that they don’t reflect their full cost. Since producers are not liable to pay the current… Continue reading

Hilary Wainwright maps the new structures of feeling

Strategies for change should pay attention not only to overt resistance or refusal, not simply to fully articulated opposing values, but also to feelings of unease arising from the tension between official discourse and practical experience. Here can be alternative values and institutions in formation. Excerpted from Hilary Wainwright in Red Pepper. I strongly recommend… Continue reading

The Geopolitics of the Open Government Partnership: the beginning of Open vs. Closed

An interesting take by David Eaves on the launching of the Open Government Partnership. Read the whole post and comments here Aside from one or two notable exceptions, there hasn’t been a ton of press about the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This is hardly surprising. The press likes to talk about corruption and bad government, people getting together to… Continue reading

What the victory of the German Pirates means for the rest of the world

Excerpted from Glyn Moody: “Obviously, even with their 15 seats, the German Pirate Party stands little hope of bringing these ideas to fruition. But it can still achieve a great deal, as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, points out: When Green Parties entered parliaments, the oil industry lobby became ineffective overnight…. Continue reading

Unresolved legal issues hamper the development of sound open hardware licenses

Good summary of the issue by Jonathan Kuniholm, on the Open Manufacturing list: “Every single effort to tackle the problem of open hardware licensing has failed to acknowledge that it is unclear what we are licensing (TAPR, CERN, OHANDA, OSHW, you name it), and if any license will withstand a legal challenge. Open source software… Continue reading