Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Had lunch with Ross Mayfield yesterday. Ross wrote a piece called The Ecosystem of Networks which described the three different networks: the political network, the social network and the creative network. This piece provided an essential framework for my paper on Emergent Democracy. (To give credit where credit is due, Ross coined the term "Emergent Democracy" here.) Ross and the SocialText crew also provided much of the essential infrastructure for the first "happening" on emergent democracy. Those of you who want to hear more about SocialText will probably hear more about it at the PC Forum.

Ross has a political science background which is very helpful in our discussions. We talked about emergent democracy and about what the next version of my paper should address. We talked about the idea of "The Journal of Emergent Democracy" and how I probably shouldn't blog about it until we thought it through some more. ;-p We talked about doing another happening and testing emergent democracy on the process of discussing emergent democracy. He promised that he would release version 2.0 of his Ecosystem of Networks soon. I better work on my next release Emergent Democracy soon as well. Maybe I can write it on the plane back to Tokyo.

Anyway, it was the first time to spend time on-on-one with Ross and great to meet a person who has a healthy balance of academic, public sector and business interests. Something I strive to balance myself.

This has already been blogged to death so I apologized to the heavy bloggers, but I have some readers who don't read other blogs so...

Here is some required reading:

Doc and David

World of Ends

What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else.

by Doc Searls and David Weinberger

The Nutshell
1. The Internet isn't complicated
2. The Internet isn't a thing. It's an agreement.
3. The Internet is stupid.
4. Adding value to the Internet lowers its value.
5. All the Internet's value grows on its edges.
6. Money moves to the suburbs.
7. The end of the world? Nah, the world of ends.
8. The Internet’s three virtues:
a. No one owns it
b. Everyone can use it
c. Anyone can improve it
9. If the Internet is so simple, why have so many been so boneheaded about it?
10. Some mistakes we can stop making already

A RSS search engine, Roogle. What a great idea!

Went over to Google to hang out with Larry Page. Larry is one of the smartest people I've met and I wanted to get his opinion on some theories I had about where personal communication devices were going. We had started the discussion in Davos and were following up. Larry is a World Economic Forum "Global Leader for Tomorrow" and was also at Paul Saffo's Annual Geeks Dinner in Davos. I had met Larry a few times in the past, but it wasn't until we started talking about technology that we started to communicate in earnest. Sergey dropped in for awhile and we hung out in an office that looked more like a living room with lots of gadgets and toys. Definitely a great environment to work.

Had breakfast with Noah Glass. He's the guy who made audblog. Audblog allows you to post voice/sound blog postings to Blogger from a cell phone. I told him that I WANT IT FOR MOVABLE TYPE. He's working on it. ;-) It's a great idea. Here is a192K .wav file of him explaining why he thinks it's cool.

We agreed that a lot of people were knocking it without trying it and that it had huge potential in markets like Japan where the cellphone penetration greatly exceeded PC penetration.

Noah seemed like a great guy, focused, vision. Another great member of the Society of Open Standards Tool Builders...