Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Happy New Year
Photo by Joi Ito, Design by Matsuichi

While 2008 was a tough year for everyone, it was full of surprises and interesting connections. The most interesting connection was that Mizuka and I finally got married after living together for ten years. (See joi.ito.com/weblog/2008/12/03/we-got-married.html )

In 2008, I began to explore the Middle East and decided that complete immersion was the only way to do it right. This New Year's card is being sent from Dubai where I will be moving my residence and base from 2009.

I am really looking forward to an exciting and "changeful" 2009 with all of you and hope to continue my journey to find happiness for myself and you, my increasingly global community of friends.

Longer post about Dubai later...

Happy Holidays -- I hope many of you are getting a chance to relax after an incredibly difficult year for most people. However, take heart, I'm writing with good news. We're now entering the last couple of days for the Creative Commons annual fundraising campaign just $12,000 short of our $500,000 goal. In such a harsh fundraising climate, we're coming very close to reaching our goal thanks to the generous support of our community -- we need your help in getting all the way there.

My work this year has been primarily focused participating in Creative Commons as its new CEO, which has had its challenges and its reasons for hope this year.

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization run mostly by volunteers all over the world. The board and the CEO role are volunteer jobs and in fact each board member is also a financial supporter. Even with the support of a network of volunteers, Creative Commons requires a small number of underpaid staff and some basic infrastructure to survive and continue its mission.

Creative Commons started as a primarily author and musician focused idea from the United States and has grown to a global 50 jurisdiction project in contact with 80 countries making impact in the sharing of scientific materials and data to helping teachers to share teaching material. We have forged alliances with rights collection societies and other organizations that have been, at times, critical of our work. We worked together with the dedicated team at the Free Software Foundation to permit the FSF licensed wikis (including Wikipedia) to relicense to a CC license. We have many more countries to bring online and many more fields to cover, but I am very proud of our work and extremely confident of our ability to become the basic infrastructure to "save failed sharing" as our Chairman Jamie Boyle puts it. I believe that we will soon be another basic layer of interoperability, similar to the World Wide Web or the Internet Protocol.

It has also been a tough year for Creative Commons. It has been particularly challenging for us as corporations and major donors have had to slash, if not completely cut, their philanthropic support. However, we have had more individual and smaller corporate donors than ever in our history. I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of our current donors who decided to stick with us through this tough period and all the new donors who have chosen to give this year.

In addition, our project funding has become difficult in many areas and needs more support to survive and any funds past our annual campaign target will go to providing very needed resources. I apologize for continuing to pester you through the year and especially during this fundraising campaign, but your participation and contribution are extremely important for our future. I promise you that every yen, dollar and rupee is well spent on supporting and furthering the cause and I beg you (only if it helps) to consider making a donation if you have not done so this year.

Thank you in advance.

Reid and I recently invested in Ping.fm. It's a service that allows you to update all of your social networks at once and is one of the few services I use every day. I've been talking to the founders Sean and Adam who I really like and am happy to be joining their team to build a simple but useful service.

I took my Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.2 lens with me on my last trip. It's a larger than my Leica M8 so I didn't carry it around as much as, but I tested it in various conditions and liked it. I'd been focusing mostly on the video, but got to play with the photography more this trip. I am impressed by the quality of the images at ISO 3200 and 6400. It's OK at 3200 and sometimes usable, especially in B&W, at 6400.

As everyone should know, you are not allowed to edit your own Wikipedia article. The best practice for having edits made in an article about yourself is to add comments in the talk page of the article and ask neutral wikipedians to make the edits.

For awhile, I obsessed about the accuracy of the content in my article, but I realized after a bit that this was futile and now I go with the flow and enjoy my interactions with the Wikipedia community.

Sometimes the these exchanges become pretty funny. Here's an example. (Slightly edited for brevity...)

A few factual additions/deletions if anyone has time and is interested in doing update...
I'm now a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute at SFC. see program on this page as a neutral source: http://www.hct.ac.ae/news/aspx/ViewDetails.aspx?newsid=159 --Joi (talk) 02:41, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
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I update it if Joi gets round to uploading some more photos :-) Davis Guggenheim is missing, if we get a photo of him I update his Profile as well.--SasiSasi (talk) 17:41, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
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Haha! So demanding. ;-)


Davis Guggenheim with daughter Stella

How's this? --Joi (talk) 23:51, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
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dont want to come across as demanding, but can we have a picture without baby...? Its a lovely baby, but I guess if we have a picture of it in his article we have to establish its name and occupation, and origin. So no pressure.
by the way, I have created an article for Kevin Werbach and have submitted his and Susan Crawford's selection to lead the FCC review on "did you know.." If the nomination goes through (dunno, let see) this info should be on the front page in next couple of days. Could you upload a picture of him for his article?--SasiSasi (talk) 16:55, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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OK. I'll work on a better isolated picture of Davis. ;-) --Joi (talk) 17:37, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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How's this?
I'll try to get a better photo this summer when I'll see him again. --Joi (talk) 17:48, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for trying with Davis' picture :-) maybe try and take a picture when he is having less of a good time...--SasiSasi (talk) 18:04, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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Added a photo to Kevin's article. --Joi (talk) 20:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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Nice ta. I update your article.--SasiSasi (talk) 22:09, 19 November 2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for the edit.--Joi (talk) 12:22, 22 November 2008 (UTC)