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July 2008 Archives

New PGP Key »

Created a new PGP Key. Find it here. This replaces all previous keys....

Why you need a local partner in Japan »

Recently I was quoted in the Japan Times in an article about Facebook's Japan launch saying: The Japan Times Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Japanese Facebook takes Model T approach By LISA KATAYAMA [...] Joi Ito, a venture capitalist and CEO of Creative Commons, points out the importance of staying humble and of maintaining the mind-set of a startup. "You need to assume your brand in the U.S. means diddly squat in Japan," he says. "You also need a local partner with an equity stake, unless you're Google and you're willing to spend years and years becoming relevant." It is REALLY...

Announcing the Open Web Foundation »

David Recordon just announced the Open Web Foundation at OSCON. The OWF will be a non-profit organization focused on supporting the development of open, non-proprietary web specifications. Supporting The Open Web - OSCON 2008view presentation (tags: oscon) David's slides from his talk Clearly, the last thing we/I want is yet ANOTHER foundation, but we're hoping that this foundation will reduce foundation proliferation in the long run by making it a home for a number of projects that can be supported with single organization. The key functions of the OWF will be to incubate new specifications, help with licensing and...

Creative Commons Licenses on Google Code and Google Knol »

Introducing Content Licenses on Google Code Wednesday, July 23, 2008 By DeWitt Clinton, Google Developer Programs The Google Code team is pleased to announce the availability of content licenses for projects hosted on code.google.com. Projects owners may now select from either the Creative Commons Attribution license or the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license to indicate the terms under which their non-source code materials may be distributed. While this may seem like a minor change, it reflects the continued evolution of our mission to support best practices in open source software development. As the open web increasingly relies on protocols and...

Some photos and Brainstorm Tech update »

Max Levchin the Guitar Hero Sorry I haven't been blogging much. I've been spending too much time talking. There are too many people who I need to catch up on. My session did go better than I expected and I was happy to finally get to meet Quincy Smith of CBS Interactive who was the moderator for our panel. I did manage to shoot some photos, but not too many. I've posted them as a Flickr set. If I get any tomorrow, I'll post them as well. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for SF for a brief visit....

iCommons Summit 2008 »

The 4th iCommons Summit is being held in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. The summit originally started as a gathering of Creative Commons country leads, but had evolved over the years into a global conference of people interested in social, educational, business, technical, creative, legal and other aspects of sharing, collaborative and open models for doing just about everything. I think it is the most interdisciplinary and global meeting of its kind. The usual suspects will be there. This year, we have substantial participation from Sapporo City and should have interesting cultural programs as well as...

Blogging »

I just arrived at FORTUNE Brainstorm: TECH and noticed that they linked to my blog on the site. (Thanks!) However, I'm having some difficulty trying to figure out what to write about or what "voice" to use. Compared to when I blogged this event back in 2002, there are a lot of bloggers here now. Personally, I blog a lot less. Blogging had become "work" and my blog had begun to attract such a broad audience that I had to write in an increasingly self-controlled and measured voice, which was boring. Also, the tools have changed. I get more comments...

Photos of my students working »

Just uploaded some photos from today's class in a Flickr set....

KMD Digital Journalism Class Update »

I am now four 90 minute classes and two days through my total of seven classes and four days for the digital journalism class that I'm teaching at Keio. The students are super-motivated and exceptionally bright and I feel honored to be their instructor. This is the first year of the Keio Graduate School of Media Design. There is something special about the students in any first year of a new school. I find they tend to be slightly weird, bright and risk-taking and always enjoy getting to know them. Although the class was supposed to be in English, because...

Seesmic and Creative Commons »

Seemsic has just implemented Creative Commons. According to Loic, it was the most requested feature by the users. The interface looks super-awesome. Great jobs guys and thanks for supporting the commons! News of Seesmic + CC startles me at 5AM Loic and Jon Phillips from CC talk...

Joining TechCrunch50 Startup Judges »

Joi Ito, Chad Hurley and Loic LeMeur Join TechCrunch50 As Startup Judges. Its hard to believe, but TechCrunch50 is less than two months away. We're knee-deep in the applications right now, and I can tell you it is hard to cull them down. It is really impressive how many good new startup ideas are out there. Today, we are announcing our latest line-up of TechCrunch50 Experts: Joi Ito, Chad Hurley and Loic LeMeur. They will join Marc Andreessen, Marc Benioff, Mark Cuban, Chris DeWolf, Marissa Mayer, and others on our panel of experts in judging and advising the presenting TechCrunch50...

OneWebDay »

I just got this from Susan Crawford today. OneWebDay, http://onewebday.org, is an Earth Day for the Internet that happens each September 22 all around the world. Two years ago, I had fun on OneWebDay making some videos with Bob Pepper in Tokyo. OneWebDay's theme this year is online participation in democracy, and I plan to use OneWebDay as an opportunity to speak out about the power of the Net to help all of us expand the idea of citizenship and be part of day-to-day democracy. Who knows where I'll be on Sept. 22. There will be a network of...

KMD Digital Journalism Class »

Starting today, I'm teaching an intensive class on Digital Journalism at the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design. Although I've taught courses at trade schools and classes at universities, this is the first real "course" that I've taught at a university. I'm looking forward to it, but am also a bit nervous. There are eleven students signed up so far, which is fairly small, but probably easier and more fun for me. The course is packed into a single week, starting with 2 X 90 minute classes for the next three days then a single 90 minute class on...

FOO Camp 2008 »

The FOO in FOO Camp stands for "Friend of O'Reilly". That's Tim, not Bill. Anyway, every year, he invites a smallish group of people to Sebastopol to hang out and talk. One problem is that since Tim has a largish group of friends, not everyone gets invited and this sometimes causes hurt feelings. However, I think that there is definitely a maximum size that you can make a meeting like this before it becomes less productive and I think it's just right. So thanks to Tim and the O'Reilly crew for making tough choices, organizing everything and throwing an...

Radiohead "House of Cards" and Creative Commons »

RA DIOHEA_D / HOU SE OF_C ARDS - Google Code Radiohead just released a new video for its song "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows". No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the...

Esther Wojcicki Joins Creative Commons Board »

We just announced that Esther Wojcicki has joined the Creative Commons board. Wojcicki has been a prominent figure in American education. As the leading mind behind the creation of the country's largest high school journalism program, she has won numerous awards, including the prestigious title of Teacher of the Year from the California State Teacher Credentialing Commission. Most recently, she received special recognition for her work from the National Scholastic Press Association. In addition to being very cool, tremendously wise and a great addition to the board in general, Esther's expertise in the field of education is very important...

TechSummit Video Now Online »

TechSummit Video Now Online Greg Grossmeier, July 9th, 2008 Creative Commons held our first TechSummit at Google last month. This event included an update and overview of Creative Commons technologies, panels featuring other leaders in open digital rights technologies, and a look at the future, including the role of digital copyright registries. If you are curious of who all the speakers were you can still find the list on the TechSummit informational page. Many presenters' slides are also available from that page. For those that could not attend the Tech Summit can now view the entire event online thanks...

Rising Voices »

Rising Voices is one of the coolest new projects at Global Voices.Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices, aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the global conversation by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities. [...] Launched in May 2007 thanks to the support of a Knight News Challenge Award, Rising Voices seeks to empower under-represented communities to make their voices heard online by 1.) providing financial support to outreach projects, 2.) developing a series of participatory media tutorials, and 3.) cultivating a network of passionate...
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