Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

I did a funny interview with Jane Pinkard from gamegirladvance for 1up. It also ran in PC Magazine, The Inquirer and got picked up on slashdot. In it, we talk about WoW being "The New Golf". For the record, the first person I ever heard referring to WoW as "The New Golf" was Cory Ondrejka from Linden Lab when we were waiting for our flight in Berlin after 22C3.

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Yahoo has once again been accused by Reporters Sans Frontieres, the Paris-based press freedom watchdog group, of turning over information about a computer user in China.

Reporters Sans Frontieres said the user, Li Zhi, was sentenced to eight years in prison for "inciting subversion" based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. Li, a 35-year-old ex-civil servant from Dazhou, used the e-mail address libertywg@yahoo.com.cn and user-name lizhi34100 to post comments in online discussion groups about corruption of local officials.

Yahoo declined to comment, according to CNET's report.

On a personal level this raises the privacy issue: How can I know the extent to which a company is protecting my private information?

One solution: Encourage companies to disclose each time they have received a subpoena. This would not be perfect, but it would at least give an idea of the threats to privacy. Any other ideas?


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I am planning an event that will use input from the participants and am looking for suggestions for the cheapest (preferably free) shared document platform.

Wiki? Writely? Anyone with experience using any of these?


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I recently heard about lobbyists in Europe fighting for the rights of peer-to-peer software users by employing a peer-to-peer platform to analyze the law extremely quickly.

Any other recent examples/new uses of peer-to-peer software in politics?