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November 2005 Archives

Five-star price fixing in Paris »

By Thomas Crampton Extracts from my article on how the top six Paris hotels were caught fixing prices. Fines ranged from 258,000 euros for the Hotel de Crillon to 55,000 euros for the Hotel Meurice. The Hôtel George V was fined 115,000; the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, E106,000; the Hôtel Ritz, E104,000; and Le Bristol, E81,000. Email featured prominently in the government's case: "I have the pleasure here of sending you our results and await yours," a sales coordinator at the George V, identified only as Madame X, said in an e-mail dated Feb. 2, 2001, sent to counterparts at the...

Could 1.2 million Swedish teenagers be wrong? »

By Thomas Crampton Highlights from my story on Lunarstorm, the giant Swedish online community. Claiming a youth audience three times larger than MTV in Sweden, two times larger than the entire readership of all of the Swedish evening newspapers combined and more members logging on daily than the total number of young Swedes watching almost every television show, Lunarstorm has become an accidental media titan here. Lunarstorm's impact on Swedish youth is widely recognized. Church leaders used the community to console young people in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami that killed more than 500 Swedes. Meanwhile, concerns over the...

ICANNWiki »

Wiki site about ICANN. (ICANNWiki)...

"Welcome to ICANN, Here's What It Means To You" »

I will be a panelist in a public roundtable discussion at the Vancouver ICANN meeting entitled "Welcome to ICANN, Here’s What It Means To You." The roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 November, 10:30 - 11:30, at the Columbia's Westin Bayshore.The purpose of the roundtable is to introduce ICANN -- its community and its work -- to the local and regional community and press. The roundtable will feature members of the ICANN community in an informal, moderated discussion of what ICANN does, why ICANN is important to various stakeholder communities, what the ICANN community will be doing in Vancouver, why...

Blogging: Outdated, outmoded and ugly. »

By Thomas Crampton Recent thread on the types of blogs highlighted something that bothers me: The term Blogging has hit the use-by date. Face it, the word "blog" does not have a beautiful sound. More to the point, however, there are so many types of blog-like interactions that it is way too generic. In the thread we arrived at three styles of blogging (they can be mixed in a single blog, of course): 1- Talk - distributed conversation that reaps ideas 2- Inform - links to interesting things 3- Opine - Puts forward viewpoints Sam Tresler highlighted many uses for...

Flickr blocked from Dubai »

Flickr blocked from DubaiOriginally uploaded by seanbonnerI wonder why Dubai is blocking Flickr. Aren't they trying to become the center of media in the Middle East? More info on Metblogs Dubai....

ICANN meeting this week »

I'm at the ICANN meeting in Vancouver this week. You can often find me on the #joiito IRC channel. I need to give the face to face meeting priority, but I'll try to provide background and contextual information for anyone who is attending or watching the webcast and is interested....

On CNN Situation Room again »

Calling Abbi in the studio to coordinate...Abbi from the Situation Room emailed me just as I was about to leave Croatia asking me to join Rebecca MacKinnon on a segment for the Situation Room today. (This is the second time. The first time was in August.) We just finished recording. It will air on CNN Domestic 7 PM Eastern Time on Saturday and 1 PM Eastern Time on Sunday. Rebecca talked about global voices and I talked about blogs being conversations. Nothing new to readers here, but felt good having a chance to say it on CNN. I also quoted...

Martin Varsavsky's FON »

I've accepted an invitation from my old friend Martin Varsavsky to be a fonero and an advisor to FON. Cory blogged about this in October, but FON is a cool P2P WIFI service which allows users to share their WIFI networks with each other eventually creating a global roamable network. They're launching first in Spain but plan to push out worldwide....

Thanks Croatia! »

I've just spent five days in Croatia visiting Zagreb and Dubrovnik. The trip was organized by the Creative Commons Croatia dynamic duo, Marcell and Tomi with the support of CARNet. CARNet is the Croatian Academic and Research Network and I gave a keynote at their 7th Internet Users Conference in Dubrovnik. After Dubrovnik, I went to Zagreb and gave two presentations organized by Marcell, Tomi and the mama team. mama is a very cool media center, library, community center that is the meeting place of a number of really interesting communities in Croatia. One of the communities that hangs out...

French High Tech Terror Surveillance Law »

By Thomas Crampton Spent yesterday reporting on debate about a French law that increases the means of high tech surveillance. Besides getting a chance to see the sumptuous interior of the Assemblee Nationale (where the press room has gold festooned napoleonic decorations) I got a chance to look at the French attitude towards police power versus individual liberties. New provisions: * Increased video surveillance around public buildings, companies, places of worship and transportation centers like train stations and airports. Current restrictions on such surveillance mean that France employs fewer than 100,000 cameras; Britain has more than four million. * Police...

Deconstructing Bloggers »

By Thomas Crampton In studying blogs I have come to notice there are relatively few styles of postings. In descending order of difficulty, they are: Conversational: Asks for a response, implicitly or explicity. Often gets no responses but occasionally it hits a home run with a great discussion. Informational: A "neat-o" style of posting that tells information but does not really encourage discussion. These tend to get links without comment. BoingBoing, Engadget, etc are very successful blogs of this sort. Polemical: A posting that takes a strong opinion. These tend to get both responses and links. The responses, however, tend...

Discontinuous Changes to Media »

By Thomas Crampton Interesting post on the blog of PR man Richard Edelman about the future of media. Extracted highlights: * The largest 50 Web companies are attracting 96% of the ad spending on line. * 9.5 million homes in the US now have TiVo or another digital video recorder. 64% of DVR users skip all ads and an additional 26% skip through most ads. The number of homes with DVRs is expected to triple in the next five years. * Every dollar coming out of print advertising revenue for newspapers is replaced by only 33 cents online. Changes to...

Learning Commons launches 'Copyright, copyleft and everything in between' »

Heather Ford and her crew in South Africa have launched 'Copyright, copyleft and everything in between'.The Learning Commons'Copyright, copyleft and everything in between' is a multimedia curriculum on copyright alternatives in South Africa. It covers the social and economic impact of technology from an African perspective, focusing specifically on the origins of copyright and the impact of open source software and open content on African development. The materials have been released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike South Africa licence which enables you to freely copy and share the files, make derivatives (including translations) - even for commercial use (as...

Global Voices wins Best Journalistic Blog in English award from Deutsche Welle »

Congratulations to the whole Global Voices team for winning a Best of the Blogs award from Deutsche Welle. The won the Best Journalistic Blog in English. (More information posted by Ethan on the GV Blog.) It's been almost a year since we posted the Global Voices Covenant, which at the time was really a mission statement for Global Voices. I remember Rebecca and Ethan were worried about whether it was feasible to take on such a broad mission. Clearly, they have succeeded driving this forward and continuing build the team and to foster the community into something really important. Here...

Business Idea: Arbitrage Between eBays »

By Thomas Crampton A 30-minute business idea in globalizing the many eBay sites around the world. While it may not work for my bathroom sink on sale now in Paris, if you found items that were cheaper in one market than another and the shipping costs were low, you could safely bid in one country's ebay to sell in another. This is something that you could automate for certain objects. The idea was suggested by Mahesh Murthy at the SIME conference in Stockholm last week and I cannot see anything against it. The only hinderance is if eBay started offering...

IHT Journalist Trespassing in Blogosphere »

By Thomas Crampton Dear All, As happened in previous posting, I am happy to revisit the issue of my guest blogging on Joi's site. Why blog with Joi? As Joi mentioned, I am trying to fast-forward into new media. Whether covering war, disease outbreaks or eathquakes, I always head for the frontlines. The frontlines in blogging include the readers of Joi's blog. Great ideas have emerged in discussions here on how to combine blogging with more traditional media. If you want to shape traditional media's interaction with bloggers, please join the discussion. If not, excuse us and rest assured that...

Blog Etiquette for Newspapers »

By Thomas Crampton What options to refer to bloggers quoted in the International Herald Tribune blog-based technology page column? - Shorter references make it easier on the reader - Longer references make it easier for readers to track the person making comments and encourage the conversational-style that will hopefully develop BUT Hyperlinks are not yet possible in the printed edition (sadly). So options include: - Use only the first name of the blogger (as many comments appear) - Use the Blog/web address - Include first name and blog address - First name, blog address and a qualifying reference (author of...

Business Idea: Dial-in podcast editor »

By Thomas Crampton Been asking around the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune as to why we don't have a podcast of our best story of the day. Problem: We don't have the in-house expertise right now to do podcast editing, but we came up with the concept of dial-in podcasting. Business idea: Our far-flung reporters - and others eager for high quality podcasts - would call in their stories from the field (like we used to do to the recording room) to a high quality editing service that would splice together the best version and put a standard intro...

Reporter's personal comments in Nikkei online edition »

The Nikkei10:31 13Sep2005 NIKKEI Hakuhodo Teams Up With Russian Ad Agency Note: I couldn't identify the Russian firm. This is just a guess. KMD TOKYO (Nikkei)--Hakuhodo Inc. formed a business partnership Monday with Russian advertising agency Prior Advertising, joining the growing ranks of Japanese automakers, consumer electronics firms and other businesses moving into the country to tap its developing economy. Through its partnership with Prior, Hakuhodo aims to secure orders from Japanese companies operating in Russia.  The Russian firm, meanwhile, will handle accounts on Hakuhodo's introduction. Through this joint effort, the partners will aim for sales of 500 million yen...

Eno's Paper Mac »

My friend Kenji Eno was reminiscing about how cool the old 128K Mac was. He Googled around looking for pictures and had a hard time finding one. He was going to sketch an illustration of one, but ended up making a cut-out paper craft version of it that you can download as a PDF. Today, one of his clients called and said they saw this blog post and asked him how their project was going... I'm going to send him a World of Warcraft CD tomorrow... (He made a paper video iPod too...)...

Hacking Boing Boing »

By Thomas Crampton Looking for a model to follow in the IHT blog project and want to figure out what works. The Guardian newspaper has a tech blog (check out their pipe-smoking tech editor). But Technorati ranks Boing Boing the most popular blog by far. (Kudos, guys!) Why do you read Boing Boing? a - The frequent postings (up to 33 in one day, by my count) b - The focus of stories? c - Boing Boing should improve by . . . d - Blog X is better than Boing Boing because . . ....

Clash over reader letters: "A lot!" or "very few"? »

By Thomas Crampton Funny clash of perspectives in the International Herald Tribune newsroom! In planning for my blog-based column, I chased down the actual number of letters to the editor we receive each day. We receive at the IHT roughly 30 letters per day, of which 10-15 are usable, the letters editor said. We end up publishing roughly six. Historical footnote: We formerly only accepted letters via post, then we accepted fax letters (by early 1990s) and now we almost exclusively receive letters via email. For a daily newspaper printed in 31 print sites around the world and distributed in...

Success on IHT Column pitch! (and next issues) »

By Thomas Crampton Pitch to the editors of the International Herald Tribune about launching the paper's first blog-based column went well!! (Incorporating many of the ideas from this blog.) Sounds like I might be the first-ever official blogger of the IHT. Still wrestling with a variety of details - technical and editorial - for version 1.0. It will be rudimentary to begin with (and quite labor intensive for me). Thanks for further ideas and I will be counting on readers here participating through this blog (or directly on the IHT site.) How would you prefer to give submissions: a- I...

German Media Company Embraces Bloggers »

By Thomas Crampton Wrote a story about Burda, a German media company that has embraced blogging. The CEO (grandson of founder) says he never plans to ever open a new printing plant! Stock analysts fear they may be ahead of the curve in terms of going digital too soon....

FlightAware »

This may be old news, but I just saw FlightAware for the first time. It tracks flights in the US that the FAA manages including general aviation. You find a private plane and then drill down to past flights that the plane has made. Quite amazing. I wish they could do this internationally. via Rodney...

The responsibility of the Emperor »

One opinion expressed by a member with samurai ancestry was that the Emperor should have committed seppuku (Japanese ritual suicide) immediately after the end of the war. Several people agreed. Others suggested that this would have caused a mass seppuku. They cited that under the Japanese bushido code, this would probably have been appropriate. I wonder what would have happened if Emperor Showa had committed seppuku after the war and whether he ever considered this. I assume that although he was technically bound by bushido, he was probably not educated in a strict bushido way... There were other opinions that...

More on Yasukuni »

Per a request in the comments of my previous post, let me post a few more of my notes about Yasukuni Shrine. First of all, it is an independent religions organization not directly affiliated with the government. Over 2 million soldiers are memorialized in Yasukuni. The votes of these relatives have value, but it isn't since the Koizumi days that the media have started picking it up as a big deal. Koizumi ran for office three times before he was successful. The first two times, visits to Yasukuni were never part of Koizumi's campaign, but starting with the third try...

Retreat about the future of Japan »

I'm at a mountain retreat with a 40 or so "leaders" of Japan. I blogged about my first trip and the discussion we had two years ago. It's a cross-sector group of people that get together every year to discuss some big topic. The topic this year is the future of Japan. This is one of the few Japanese meetings of this sort that I continue to attend because of the diversity of the group and the frankness of the discussion. It always feels like I'm peering into the heart and soul of Japan. We covered a number of issues...

On speaking English »

One member of our group pointed out that there was a discussion among G8 members about dropping Japan from the G8. One of the possible reasons is that Japanese foreign minister is often the only one who doesn't speak enough English to participate directly in the conversations. Several of us pointed out that it was bad policy in this day and age to appoint people who don't speak any English as Foreign Minister. One surprising comment was another member asserting that there was nothing wrong with a non-English speaking Foreign Minister. Doh. It's this sort of block headed pride/nationalism that...

I made the 10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging list... »

jackofallblogs10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging [...] 8. Joi Ito of Technorati (http://joi.ito.com ) has her hands in a lot of Web 2.0 companies, some you might not even know about yet. This makes her damn powerful. Often times the one you don’t know that well is the most powerful. My personal favorite because she seems to help people get shit done. [...]Sorry about having a ambiguous name, but I'm not a woman. I've been mistaken for a women by various bloggers, but this is the first time I've made it on a 10 most XYZ Women in ABC list....

Collaborative Newspaper Column, Part 2 (The Pitch) »

By Thomas Crampton On Monday the Tech editor and I will pitch the blog column idea to the top editor of the International Herald Tribune. Great suggestions when we discussed it here earlier. Current thinking: The Column: Of about 700 words will appear occasionally (until we can be sure quality is high enough) in the tech pages of the newspaper. The Title: Lessons Learned; Digital Conversation; Any other ideas? (Actually, any other ideas might be a good name!) The Form: Could be broken into three sections of roughly 200 words or one long column if interesting enough. The Content: Would...

Bloggers Investigated for Inciting Paris Riots »

By Thomas Crampton In France bloggers have been investigated by police for inciting the riots. Also, my audiocast on the riots for the New York Times website. (My first podcast-style effort) Blogs and sms messages were apparently used to coordinate violent action on a large scale. What should authorities do? Is there an alternative to censorship?...

22C3 »

I will again be going to the Chaos Computer Congress organized by the Chaos Computer Club in Germany. You know. THE Chaos Computer Club. They are one of the oldest hacker clubs in the world and they have an annual meeting. This will be the 22nd annual meeting. Last year I attended and gave a talk about free culture and Creative Commons. This year I'll be speaking about their theme, "private investigations" and am an "ambassador at large." I will work on my talking notes on my wiki. (Nothing there yet.) If you're in Berlin December 27th to 30th or...

Dan on the cover of Aera »

Holy we the audience Batman! Dan's on the cover of Aera. Aera is probably Japan's biggest news magazine. Congratulations Dan! Although I will take credit for giving a copy of the book to Mr. Hattori at Asahi, many thanks to Asahi for getting Dan's book out in Japanese and giving him great coverage here. Seeing Dan on the cover of Aera really made my day. Maybe Japan's not that bad after all....

French Suburbs in Flames »

Posted by thomas crampton After spending several days in the Paris suburbs and filing stories non-stop all day today, a few things struck me. I have written about the first incident that sparked the riots and today's latest news (more violence already starting tonight and plans by French government to use curfew.) The underlying feeling I got from the young people in Clichy-sous-Bois - where the troubles began - is total despair with no way out. Seems there must be CK Prahalad opportunities for these young people to make a fortune - or at least a living - if they...

A Rock Lee moment »

I'm at the San Francisco airport and after a long wait in line at security, a big grumpy-looking security officer looked at the Rock Lee sticker on my PowerBook. (My sister bought it in Akihabara for me.) He beamed and said, "hey! Rock Lee!" We smiled at each other and had a Japanese Anime moment. Rock Lee is probably my favorite Naruto character. He is pretty uncool, has no magic and wins by just trying very hard. His teacher is also very uncool and they wear these matching silly green jumpsuits. It's interesting to see who people's favorite characters...

ICANN NomCom announces new members including Susan Crawford to ICANN board »

The nomination committee (NomCom) of ICANN announced today they have chosen Njeri Rionge from Kenya for another term on the ICANN board and has added Susan Crawford to the board. I'm glad to be working with Njeri who I met on the ICANN board. Susan's one of the people who helped me understand ICANN in the before I joined the board and I'm psyched to be working with her. If you're interested in ICANN you've probably been following her blog, but if not, you should. It's one of my must read blogs. The NomCom has also announced a number of...

Home Video Clip of Paris Police Shooting in Suburbs? »

By thomas crampton Here's a home video clip a friend sent that claims to show Paris police shooting in the suburbs. Fairly strong stuff. Disclaimer: I do not know anything further about the site or the clip....

Google + CC = Good »

Google has just launched a "Usage Rights" category in their advanced search. It uses Creative Commons license to allow users to search for works which either "allow some form of re-use" or "can be freely modified, adapted or built upon". This is a great step forward and will hopefully increase the adoption of Creative Commons (CC). On the other hand, I don't see CC mentioned on the page and having only two choices is limiting, considering the various other licenses that people are likely to use. Yahoo advanced search already has two radio buttons instead allowing you to choose...

Funeral in World of Warcraft »

photo from The Mirror [004] Snowly of The World of Warcraft (Xinhua) A young girl nicknamed "Snowly" died last month after playing the online game "World of Warcraft" for several continuous days during the national day holiday. Several days before Snowly's death, the girl was said to be preparing for a relatively difficult part of the game (namely, to kill the Black Dragon Prince) and had very little rest. She told her friends that she felt very tired. A big online funeral was held for Snowly one week after her death (see photo from The Mirror).With 4.5M users there are...

If you can read this: You are rich. »

Posted by thomas crampton Defining the poor is common (The World Bank's one dollar per day level, for example) But who are the rich? If you can read this posting, you are likely rich. Anyone with a university education and an income at or above the lower-middle class level for an OECD country is rich, I would argue. Being rich is more about having time and freedom to make choices about your life than bagfulls of money. Joi's latest posting may suggest a way to measure wealth through a Technorati rating! What is the best metric to define someone as...

Falling below the fold »

My Technorati ranking has become #104 and I've officially fallen off the Technorati top 100. Powerlaw, schmowerlaw. If you don't blog often or maintain a stream of interesting content your ranking will quickly drop. Even at a lower level of output, my ranking has gone from my previous 40's and 50's to below 100. Obviously blogs that continue to be interesting like Boing Boing keep the #1 position, but the amount of churn at the lower levels is encouraging. Although I didn't conduct this experiment on purpose, it's interesting data. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see...

SoftGnome »

Gnome News is Good NewsSoftGnome is out of the bag Our latest PhoneGnome add-on, SoftGnome, is now available for testing by PhoneGnome owners. SoftGnome let’s PhoneGnome owners take their home phone service with them wherever they go (wherever there is an Internet connection).I've been waiting for this for awhile. This will let me mess around with my PhoneGnome a bit more. David's been focused on getting the easy to use part of it working first, for geeks SoftGnome is an important piece. Disclosure: I'm an investor and advisor....

buttons galore »

Lessig Blogbuttons galore So some smart folks suggested we start passing out buttons for the CC fundraising campaign. We like smart folks (or at least some smart folks), and so we did. Go here to get a button. Please. Pretty please. Or whatever form of please will get you to go. So please... support Creative Commons. As a wise old man once told me... "Never beg... unless it helps."...
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