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The Public Domain: Why Intellectual Property?

I’m reading The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle (pub. date: December, 2008!). I’ve long struggled with the basic dilemma of intellectual property. (I’ll focus on copyright, though similar arguments apply to patents and trademarks.) On one hand, it makes sense that an author, artist, musician, photographer, etc. ought to… Continue reading The Public Domain: Why Intellectual Property?

dt=book · ported from old Blogger blog

The Public Domain: Why Intellectual Property?

I’m reading The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle (pub. date: December, 2008!). I’ve long struggled with the basic dilemma of intellectual property. (I’ll focus on copyright, though similar arguments apply to patents and trademarks.) On one hand, it makes sense that an author, artist, musician, photographer, etc. ought to… Continue reading The Public Domain: Why Intellectual Property?

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Preface to this (and at least some) future posts

I’ve been wanting to blog more, but haven’t yet gotten into the habit (mindset, paradigm). Part of it is typical habituation, like getting started on eating differently or exercising. Part of it is focus. I have lots I want to say, but am unsure of what to grab onto and write about. And this disconnect… Continue reading Preface to this (and at least some) future posts

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Using social networks for social change: a slideshow

Ivan Boothe has put together a very nicely done slideshow (with voiceover) on using social networks for social change. In this very young field, Ivan is a veteran. He co-founded the Genocide Intervention Network, which has used social networks very successfully to engage members. He is currently the Creative Director of Rootwork, as well as… Continue reading Using social networks for social change: a slideshow

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About Civic Capital

I’ve been interested in social capital for many years (though I didn’t have a name for it before reading Robert Putnam’s groundbreaking book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.) But I’d never heard the phrase civic capital before hearing it used to describe the effect of Barack Obama’s successful “netroots” campaign. The… Continue reading About Civic Capital

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Obama’s plans for information and communication technology

If you haven’t seen it already, Barack Obama describes specific plans for change on his slick website, change.gov. I find the Technology Agenda page particularly interesting and exciting. Of course, just saying these things doesn’t make them happen. But I’ve never seen a politician articulate so clearly, unambiguously and (seemingly) sincerely information and communication policy… Continue reading Obama’s plans for information and communication technology

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Here come the changebloggers

I met with Kathrin Ivanovic today at Remedy Tea Bar (nice place, first time there). She’s one of a growing number of self-identified changebloggers. A new label, though not a new practice, changebloggers are “bloggers, podcasters and vloggers who are using their platform to make the world a better place”, according to the Changeblogger Network… Continue reading Here come the changebloggers

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Here come the changebloggers

I met with Kathrin Ivanovic today at Remedy Tea Bar (nice place, first time there). She’s one of a growing number of self-identified changebloggers. A new label, though not a new practice, changebloggers are “bloggers, podcasters and vloggers who are using their platform to make the world a better place”, according to the Changeblogger Network… Continue reading Here come the changebloggers