Will a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? (And Networked Road Neutrality)
JUNE 8, 2014
Or we leave it to experts, as with the rules that determine who gets organ transplants. Google self-driving cars are presumably programmed to protect their passengers. So, when a traffic situation gets nasty, the car you’re in will take all the defensive actions it can to keep you safe. We know what we as individuals would like.
APIs are magic
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
They’re a deep magic that draws upon five skills of the Web as Mage: First, an API matters typically because some organization has decided to flip the default: it assumes data should be public unless there’s a reason to keep it private. ( This is cross-posted at Medium.). That’s the power of open APIs.”. Ah, the power of APIs!
Making library miscellaneousness awesome
MARCH 8, 2016
Sitterwerk Art Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has 19,000 publicly-accessible items on its shelves in no particular order. This is awesome.
[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”
APRIL 2, 2013
“We should think about how to organize action around specific clauses in ToS.” Anil Dash is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk, titled “The Web We Lost.” ” He begins by pointing out that the title of his talk implies a commonality that at least once was. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.
Revolution, politics, and the Internet
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
The panel was organized by Luca de Biase at the Italian Internet Governance Forum in Trento. ” “Now, we were organizing that protest publicly, in a public way, but we were under a dictatorship. ” The protests were almost solely organized using the Internet, social networks. Getting things wrong. Missing points.
[avignon] Day 2, First session: Debate: “IP is a universal value”
NOVEMBER 19, 2011
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). We are concerned where IP infringement is tied to particularly egregious conduct, such as supporting terrorism or organized crime; judges should have the discretion to increase penalties. We’re seeing some truly gruesome examples of ties between organized crime and IP theft.
Why you won’t care that the Net isn’t neutral
APRIL 18, 2011
Second, the access providers are also providers of services and content that compete with the organizations they serve. It’s very simple. With so little competition, the access providers will be able to jack up fast lane prices as high as the richest players in the market can bear. So, what’s the problem?
[siu] Geoff Bilder on getting the scholarly cyberinfrastructure right
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
Geoff is going through what he thinks is required for organizations contributing to a scholarly cyberinfrastructure. An organization nees a living will: what will happen to it when it ends? The goal should be to generate surplus so the organization isn’t brittle and can respond to new opportunities. NOTE: Live-blogging.
[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown
JUNE 29, 2012
It’s true of all organizations. They get so complicated that there are lots of places design can fail. He shows Union Sq. ” 4.
An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills
MARCH 15, 2011
We’ll collect everything you send us, and find a nice way of organizing them for everyone to use. don’t know what a mooc is? obs11
[liveblog] Christine Borgmann
OCTOBER 27, 2014
And please note that precisely because this is a well-organized talk with clearly marked sections, it comes across as choppy in these notes.). ” It’s very hard to find and organize all the archives of data. ” She shows a variety of maps, possible ways of organizing the field. NOTE: Live-blogging. The raw files?
The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003
AUGUST 22, 2014
” Now, we have learned — perhaps — that many groups organize themselves best by letting the right structure emerge over time. The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and
Micah Sifry: Why the Net’s effect on politics has disappointed us
DECEMBER 2, 2014
They trained tens of thousands of organizers in a rigorous way. We now know he is nowhere near the community organizer he was portrayed as.
[2b2k] Cliff Lynch on preserving the ever-expanding scholarly record
MARCH 6, 2013
The scholarly output of the community should be captured, preserved, organized, and made accessible. Cliff Lynch is giving talk this morning to the extended Harvard Library community on information stewardship. ” Cliff is helping the Harvard Library with the formulation of a set of information stewardship principles. Missing points.
Unknowing v. Lessig
AUGUST 24, 2013
Since what exactly constitutes Fair Use is determined by courts, a declarative judgment would help clarify that uses like Larry’s are definitely ok, and the awarding of damages would help discourage organizations from issuing automated takedowns that give no heed to the circumstances in which the content is being used. Go, Larry!
Back when tags were budding
AUGUST 13, 2015
Over the millennia, we have fashioned the structures of knowledge in just such tree-like ways, from the departmental organization of universities (liberal arts contains history and history contains ancient Chinese history) to the hierarchy of species. In the digital world, users can control the organization of information owned by others.
Culture of Hope
APRIL 4, 2012
” We also both found a cadre of fellow travelers among the attendees and a handful of the other presenters, including many of the conference organizers. A little harsh? Maybe, but not entirely unfair. Here’s a set of my posts from the Forum.). The Forum today invited a set of people to respond to four questions.
[misc][2b2k] Why ontologies make me nervous
JULY 6, 2013
The periodic table of the elements is a useful way of organizing information, and manifests real relationships among the elements, but it is not the single "real" way the elements are arranged; if you''re an economist or an industrialist, a chart that arranges the elements based on where they exist on our planet might be just as valid.
Physical libraries in a digital world
NOVEMBER 22, 2011
And build perfect shelves for the works that need to be physically organized. I’m at the final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.
Innovation at the State Dept.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
This means that the organization is fundamentally reality-based, even when the leadership gets warped by politics. I just read Revolution@State , a pretty amazing report by the Lowy Institute , an independent policy think tank, about the extent and depth of e-diplomacy initiatives at the State Department. Policy guidane was barely mentioned.
[2b2k] The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge
JUNE 7, 2012
Not all fields are organized in the same way. We can inform funding decisions: What’s been happening in different fields, how they affected by social organizations, etc. Where are projects being funded and how are they being organized? [ Note that this is cross posted at the new Digital Scholarship at Harvard blog. ].
[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts
MAY 29, 2012
They organize conferences and keep the servers up. ). It helps maintain drupal.org, organizes events, etc. Trade routes are like that: they were originally worn into the ground, but then become driven by commercial organizations, and finally are governed by the government. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. History.
David Weinberger - Untitled Article
FEBRUARY 3, 2012
He points to the dynamic between first responders who focus on saving individuals and the humanitarian organizations that take a more systematic view. Craig Fugate is the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He’s giving a keynote. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.
Power politics in the age of Google
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Alexis: It’s easy to put up a one-off site to help organize and get attention. And some of the things you can do are organically natural: I don’t think you can convince 75M American teens that they’re all thieves. [live-blogged yesterday] I’ve come in 30 minutes late (Sorry! NOTE: Live-blogging. Missing points.
[berkman] Yochai Benkler on his new book
OCTOBER 18, 2011
“I made a mistake in presuming that the self interest of organizations…was such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders.” Management science: Work on team production and networks; high commitment, high-performance organizations. A: My mother founded two schools and a volunteer organization.
The problem is not with our imaginations
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Likewise, one could suggest that the solution — if there is one — is not more imagination, but more organizing. Yet another brilliant post by Ethan. (I I think I’m going to turn that into a keyboard macro. I’ll just have to type ^EthanTalk and that opening sentence will get filled in.) Remember when Pres.
[hyperpublic] Panel 2 :Experience and re-creation
JUNE 10, 2011
Organizations are slowly but surely figuring out how to deal with this. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces the second panel. Beatriz Colomina gives a brief talk called “Blurred Vision: Architectures of Surveillance. [ I continue to have difficult hearing due to the room's poor acoustics and my own age-appropriate hearing loss. sorry. Web 1.0
[aspen] Eric Schmidt on the Net and Democracy
JUNE 29, 2012
Google enabled people to organize themselves. Especially in Libya, five different militias were able to organize their armed revolt by using the Net. In most of the countries there were repressed Muslim groups that have emerged as leaders because they organized while repressed. Could students organize Tianamen Square now?
MAY 17, 2011
He says people see Europeana in many different ways: web portal, search engine, metadata repository, network organization, and “great fun. The participating organizations love to work with Europeana. About fifteen of us are meeting with Europeana in their headquarters in The Haag. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong.
Interop: The Book
MAY 30, 2012
The book gives a concise def of interop: “The ability to transfer and render userul data and other information across systems (including organizations), applications or components.” John Palfrey and Urs Gasser are giving a book talk at Harvard about their new book, Interop. (It’s It’s really good. NOTE: Live-blogging.
[misc][liveblog] Alex Wright: The secret history of hypertext
JUNE 1, 2015
I’m in Oslo for Kunnskapsorganisasjonsdagene , which my dear friend Google Translate tells me is Knowledge Organization Days.
[berkman] Miriam Meckel on communicating trustworthiness
MAY 31, 2011
The mutual relationship of customer and organization is crucial. Organizations need a strategic approach for communicating trust to their stakeholders. Miriam Meckel is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk on “Communicating Trustworthiness: Drivers of Online Trust. She will present research she has been doing at U. of St. missed it.
Organic Net Neutrality
DECEMBER 5, 2014
In fact, we should be spending more of our time reminding people that before Artificial Net Neutrality the Internet came by its neutrality naturally, even organically. I’ve started blogging at Ting.com , the only mobile access provider I actually like. I’ll tell you why in a moment. Thanks, Seth! Now, why I like Ting. Someday!
[2b2k] Big Data needs Big Pipes
JULY 7, 2012
But a person on a mailing list I’m on (who wishes to remain anonymous) pointed to GLIF , the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, which rather surprisingly is not a cover name for a nefarious organization out to slice James Bond in two with a high-energy laser pointer. She draws on an article by Mari Silbey at SmartPlanet. To sum up: 1.
Senator Colbert? Meet Beppe Grillo
DECEMBER 10, 2012
A controversial political comedian and a leading blogger — he’s got some Al Franken and some George Carlin as well as some Colbert in him — Grillo formed the Five Star Movement , which organizes Italian citizens to back politicians who support the movement’s anti-corruption, green, Euro-skeptical, pro-Internet principles.
[berkman] Dries Buytaert
MARCH 1, 2016
“Some organizations are experimenting with this.” I’m at a Berkman [twitter: BerkmanCenter ] lunchtime talk (I’m moderating, actually) where Dries Buytaert is giving a talk about some important changes in the Web. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Paraphrasing badly.
[2b2k][eim] Over my head
DECEMBER 28, 2012
It’s true that I know a little about indexing because I’ve written about the organization of digital information, and even a little about indexing. Or, more exactly, because I’m not a professional indexer. It brings me joy to watch experts operate at levels far above me. The issue of The Indexer I happen to have — Vol.
[eim][2b2k] The DSM — never entirely correct
DECEMBER 12, 2012
There are genuine disagreements about which principles of organization ought to be used, and how they apply. The American Psychiatric Association has approved its new manual of diagnoses — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — after five years of controversy [ nytimes ]. Third, taxonomies are tools.
[tech@state][2b2k] Real-time awareness
FEBRUARY 3, 2012
To organize the info better, in 2006 they reated a real-time mapping dashboard (free and open to the public). At the Tech@State conf, a panel is starting up. Participants: Linton Wells (National Defense U), Robert Bectel (CTO, Office of Energy Efficiency), Robert Kirkpatrick (Dir., NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.
Who forces Google to remove search results because of copyright claims?
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Tayob, Google has released data on which organizations request certain search results be suppressed because of copyright issues. According to a post at TechDirt by Riaz K. From TechDirt: It may be a bit surprising, but at the top of the list? Microsoft, who has apparently taken down over 2.5 million URLs from Google’s search results.