David Weinberger

[liveblog] AI Advance opening: Jonathan Zittrain and lightning talks

David Weinberger

Where can we, BKC and the Media Lab, be most effective as a research organization? Finally, how can we get to the questions we need to ask, how to answer them, and how to organize people, institutions, and automated systems? Scholarly inquiry, organizing people socially and politically, creating policies, etc.? I’m at a day-long conference/meet-up put on by the Berkman Klein Center ‘s and MIT Media Lab ‘s “ AI for the Common Good ” project.

[liveblog] metaLab

David Weinberger

Q: At the AI Advance , Jonathan Zittrain said that organizations are a type of AI: governed by a set of rules, they grow and learn beyond their individuals, etc. Harvard metaLab is giving an informal Berkman Klein talk about their work on designing for ethical AI. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces metaLab as “an idea foundry, a knowledge-design lab, and a production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.”

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Will a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? (And Networked Road Neutrality)

David Weinberger

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. But what will robot cars be programmed to do when there’s lots of them on the roads, and they’re networked with one another? We know what we as individuals would like.

APIs are magic

David Weinberger

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.).

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Making library miscellaneousness awesome

David Weinberger

But, unlike truly plain old tables, this one combines RFID sensors and cameras with recognition software so it knows which works you’ve put on the table and how you’ve organized them. Sitterwerk Art Library in St.

Gladwell proves too much

David Weinberger

Activism requires not just strong ties, but also strong, centralized, hierarchical organization. You need a hierarchy “if you’re taking on a powerful and organized establishment…&#. Malcolm Gladwell is going further out on his cranky branch. His reading of the role of social media in Tunisia and Egypt actually seems to lead to conclusions that I think he would acknowledge are extreme and extremely unlikely. (I

The invisible change in the news

David Weinberger

A blood drive organized online. The first chapter of Dan Gillmor ‘s 2005 book, We the Media [ pdf ], is a terrific, brief history of journalism from the US Colonial era up through Sept. And in 2014 it has a different lesson to teach us as well. Ten years later, what Dan pointed to as extraordinary is now common as air. It’s now so ordinary that it sometimes leads us to underestimate the magnitude of the change we’ve already lived through.

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[avignon] Day 2, First session: Debate: “IP is a universal value”

David Weinberger

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

David Weinberger

Second, the access providers are also providers of services and content that compete with the organizations they serve. It’s very simple. Once we have lost Net neutrality and the access providers are given a free hand to charge Internet companies for delivering their bits faster and more reliably than their competitors’ bits, we will experience this simply as how the Internet works, not as an artificial constraint put in to benefit the access providers.

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[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown

David Weinberger

It’s true of all organizations. Tim Brown of Ideo is opening his Aspen Ideas Festival talk with a slide presentation called “From Newton to Design” He says he’s early in thinking it through.

An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

David Weinberger

We’ll collect everything you send us, and find a nice way of organizing them for everyone to use. I’ve been interested in the potential of running a massive open online course for basic skills for a while now.

[siu] Geoff Bilder on getting the scholarly cyberinfrastructure right

David Weinberger

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. This builds trust in the organization. But, he says, people are still wary about establishing a single organization that is central and worldwide.

[liveblog] Christine Borgmann

David Weinberger

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. Christine Borgman , chair of Info Studies at UCLA, and author of the essential Scholarship in the Digital Age , is giving a talk on The Knowledge Infrastructure of Astronomy.

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The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

” 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 and were getting?—?a a new class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.” But what sort of sociality were we looking for?

Micah Sifry: Why the Net’s effect on politics has disappointed us

David Weinberger

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. I think the answer is that the tools the Obama campaign used were not designed to make it easy for the base to organize itself.

[2b2k] Cliff Lynch on preserving the ever-expanding scholarly record

David Weinberger

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 leads the Coalition for Networked Information , a project of the Association of Research Libraries , that is “concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life.”

Unknowing v. Lessig

David Weinberger

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. Not since the NFL sent a takedown notification to Wendy Seltzer because she posted the NFL’s copyright notice has a takedown notice been so unknowing.

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Culture of Hope

David Weinberger

” 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. Forum d’Avignon is an annual get-together in France to talk about culture, by which most of the attendees (and especially President Sarkozy who came to give a speech ) mean how they can squash the Internet and retain their stranglehold on culture. A little harsh? Maybe, but not entirely unfair.

Back when tags were budding

David Weinberger

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. We are discovering that traditional knowledge hierarchies that have served us so well are unnecessarily restricted when it comes to organizing information in the digital world. How will we organize knowledge itself?

[misc][2b2k] Why ontologies make me nervous

David Weinberger

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. A few days ago there was a Twitter back and forth between two people I deeply respect: Dan Brickley [twitter: danbri ] and Ed Summers [twitter: edsu ].

Physical libraries in a digital world

David Weinberger

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. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker.

Innovation at the State Dept.

David Weinberger

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. I came away with several impressions: The Internet and social networking are central to how State does its business.

[2b2k] The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge

David Weinberger

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

David Weinberger

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. Dries Buytaert [twitter: Dries ] , the founder of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia , is giving a Berkman lunch talk about building and sustaining online collaborations. NOTE: Live-blogging.

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David Weinberger

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. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker.

Power politics in the age of Google

David Weinberger

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! I had it marked wrong on my schedule) to a panel at the Kennedy School about politics and the Net.

[berkman] Yochai Benkler on his new book

David Weinberger

“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. But all of my work is done on the micro level, not the level of organizations. When people see themselves as agents, there can be conflicts between the individual and the organization.

[hyperpublic] Panel 2 :Experience and re-creation

David Weinberger

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. Also, Beatriz talks very fast. ] She begins with a photo of a scene framed by windows. Comm is about bringing the outside in.

The problem is not with our imaginations

David Weinberger

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.)

[aspen] Eric Schmidt on the Net and Democracy

David Weinberger

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? But if someone organizes a protest, two people show up, plus 30 media, and 50 police.

[dpla] Europeana

David Weinberger

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. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

Interop: The Book

David Weinberger

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. Broad, thoughtful, engaging. Not at all focused on geeky tech issues.) NOTE: Posted without re-reading. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

[berkman] Miriam Meckel on communicating trustworthiness

David Weinberger

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. Gallen along with government and some businesses. She’s investigating how trustworthiness is communicated, and what the initial drivers and cues are.

[misc][liveblog] Alex Wright: The secret history of hypertext

David Weinberger

I’m in Oslo for Kunnskapsorganisasjonsdagene , which my dear friend Google Translate tells me is Knowledge Organization Days. Geddes created a museum, the Palais Mondial , that was organized like hypertext., It’s self-organizing.

Organic Net Neutrality

David Weinberger

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. But first, here’s the opening of my first post : There are two types of Net Neutrality.

[2b2k] Big Data needs Big Pipes

David Weinberger

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. A post by Stacy Higginbotham at GigaOm talks about the problems moving Big Data across the Net so that it can be processed. She draws on an article by Mari Silbey at SmartPlanet.

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Senator Colbert? Meet Beppe Grillo

David Weinberger

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.

[2b2k][eim] Over my head

David Weinberger

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. I’m not sure how I came into possession of a copy of The Indexer , a publication by the Society of Indexers , but I thoroughly enjoyed it despite not being a professional indexer. Or, more exactly, because I’m not a professional indexer. It brings me joy to watch experts operate at levels far above me.

[eim][2b2k] The DSM — never entirely correct

David Weinberger

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 ]. For example, it has removed Aspberger’s as a diagnosis, lumping it in with autism, but it has split out hoarding from the more general category of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

[tech@state][2b2k] Real-time awareness

David Weinberger

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., UN Global Pulse), Ahmed Al Omran (NPR and Suadi blogger), and Clark Freifield (HealthMap.org). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.