Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Looking over Brucknerhaus and Blue Danube
I'll be posting photos from Linz to a Flickr set.

I'm the curator of this year's Ars Electronica Symposium. The theme this year is: A New Cultural Economy

I wrote the following blurb for the catalog.

Computers and the Internet have lowered the cost of communication and the creation and distribution of information so much that many fundamental notions of organizations, economics and property have completely changed or require major upgrades. There is a new generation of youth across the globe which lead the charge into this changing world, modifying their basic behaviors to adapt to technology as it develops. Some businesses and artists have been able to keep up with these trends while other struggle and fail. The much slower to adapt legal system is being pushed to its limits with organizations on all sides of the issues trying very hard to adapt outdated laws. Most of the new behaviors and organizations creating value have a completely different notion property. Intellectual property, while key to the post-industrial revolution nature of the firm, is more of an encumbrance than an asset to the sharing oriented mode of creation now central to the Internet. This year, we will bring together the users, artists, businesses, policy makers and academics involved intentionally or beyond their control in this change to understand this new world and to try to adapt to it.

The conference starts today and it will be webcast. Take a look at the schedule.

Following are the four sessions that will take place over two days (September 5 and 6) and should be pretty interesting. Thanks in advance to all of the speakers for coming to Linz for this.

Production and Creation in the Commons
Beyond the firm
Yochai Benkler, Tim Pritlove, Michael Tiemann, Project "Knowledge Space Linz" - Christian Forsterleitner, Leonhard Dobusch, Thomas Gegenhuber, Stefan
Pawel, Manuela Hiesmair, Barbara Hofmann

Media, Fans and Copyright
Beyond mass media
Thomas Macho, Markus Wissen, Volker Grassmuck, Paul Keller, Gerd Leonhard

Science, Religion, Art, Literature and the Pursuit of the Truth
Beyond professionals
AKMA, James Boyle, David Weinberger, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ronaldo Lemos

Politics and Collective Action in Modern Open Society
Beyond government
Isaac Mao, Georgia Popplewell, Elizabeth Stark, Jonathan McIntosh

Happy birthday GNU! 25 years ago, Richard Stallman started the GNU project.

Watch the great Stephen Fry "Freedom Fry" video and spread the word.

Coming soon. ;-)

Lulan is a very cool and effective project is helping promote weaving as a development effort. The combination of open architecture with this is innovative and something that could create a neat case for other efforts.

American Express is currently offering $2.5 million dollars in funding to support exciting and innovative ideas that make a difference in the world. They will be selecting 5 'Members Projects' for funding.

In many parts of Southeast Asia young women are left with little option in gaining employment. Unfortunately thousands, some as young as 12, are trafficked and lost into the sex trade every year. Last month Cameron Sinclair Visited Bangkok with Eve Blossom of Lulan Artisans to find a way to help scale her successful model of local empowerment through social enterprise. By expanding her fair-trade weaving cooperatives throughout South Asia collectively we can affect the lives of thousands of families.

Architecture for Humanity is partnering with Lulan Artisans, for a Members Project entitled,


Now Lulan Artisans is ready to expand, hire thousands of weavers and
build innovative off-the-grid weaving centers whose profits will
support these artisans but also provide health care and schooling for
their children.

Architecture for Humanity and its' designers will provide innovative
off-the-grid weaving centers that respects tradition but represents a
new way forward. Each building will not only be an anchor for these
artisans but will signal change has arrived. Building designs will
shared openly with anyone wanting to replicate them through a Creative
Commons licensing mechanism on the Open Architecture Network. This way
innovation is shared and more communities can benefit.

Please nominate Lulan if you can. Nominations open until September 1.


Newtonica is a cool new iPhone/iPod Touch game by Kenichi Nishi... currently available only in Japan I think. Music and sound effects by my friend Kenji Eno.

It's #1 on iTunes Store Japan right now...

UPDATE: It's available in 70 countries including the US.