Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Just arrived in Boston after Le Web. As usual, it was great seeing old friends, hanging out in Paris and watching Le Web evolve. Sorry I missed a bunch of people I was hoping to connect with.

We officially launched the Fotonauts web site during Le Web. Please visit the Le Web page on Fotonauts for more images.

Lots of Creative Commons events over the next week. Hope to see you at some of them.

Also, Freesouls will go on sale at the Berkman event.

Creative Commons Blog

On Dec. 12th, 2008, CC will be pairing up with two of the most influential and innovative institutions in the "open" movement: MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

For those of you interested in the tech side of Creative Commons, MIT's CSAIL is hosting CC's second Tech Summit from 9-4:30. The first Tech Summit, held at Google this past summer, was a complete success; those archived presentations are here.

And for those of you interested in CC generally, CC and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society have joined forces to bring you the panel discussion: "The Commons: Celebrating accomplishments, discerning futures." Panelists include James Boyle, The Public Domain; Lawrence Lessig, Remix; Joi Ito, Free Souls; and Molly S. Van Houweling, Creative Commons' first Executive Director. Jonathan Zittrain, of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will moderate. A reception will follow at 7:30 pm. Details are here.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Creative Commons' sixth successful year and the culmination of our 2008 Annual Fundraising Campaign, "Build the Commons." This event is open to the public, but because we're closing in on the end of our campaign, we encourage you to bring your check books (or cash rather) and help sustain CC by donating at the door!

Space is limited. Please RSVP by December 1st to Melissa Reeder, Development Manager, at

Creative Commons Blog

CC is Turning 6! SF Birthday Party Announced!

To celebrate six exceptional years for CC and the December 31st wrap-up of our 2008 fundraising campaign, CC headquarters is hosting a birthday bash in San Francisco! The San Francisco party joins the ranks of other global birthday parties in Berlin, Brisbane, Guatemala, Seoul, and New York. The San Francisco event will be held on Thursday, December 18th, 2008, from 9pm - 2am at 111 Minna Gallery (Map and Directions).


For 16 years, WITNESS has harnessed the power of video to advance human rights. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, we've put together this short video with different WITNESS staff talking about images that opened their eyes to human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about the images mentioned in this video, click here. Now we want to hear from you.

A video by the WITNESS team on the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Please watch and participate with your feedback!

Dopplr Blog

Dopplr appoints Marko Ahtisaari as CEO

Today we're announcing a new addition to the Dopplr team. Marko Ahtisaari will be joining us as CEO, while Lisa Sounio will continue on the board as Chairman. We're very excited about this news. For the details, here's our press release in full.

Marko is a founding investor in Dopplr and super-qualified as a professional manager, artist and web savvy product person. I think this is a great addition to the Dopplr team and as an investor, this makes me happy. ;-)

Good luck Marko and the Dopplr team.

Video by Jesse Dylan - director of "Yes We Can" video with Available under a CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 license.

Making the Web Work for Science

Science Commons

Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use.

Our goal is to speed the translation of data into discovery -- unlocking the value of research so more people can benefit from the work scientists are doing.

Science Commons is a new and important part of Creative Commons. Although it's based on Creative Commons, it's not as simple as "Creative Commons for scientists". There is a lot more than that and we've struggled to explain past this over-simplification. Thanks to Jesse Dylan for this great video helping to make Science Commons easier to understand.