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August 2008 Archives

Nominate Lulan Artists for AMEX funding »

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...

newtonica »

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....

Caterina Fake joins the Creative Commons board »

Creative Commons Press Release Flickr Cofounder Caterina Fake Joins Creative Commons Board San Francisco, CA, USA - August 25, 2008 Creative Commons announced today that Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake has joined its board of directors. Fake cofounded the massively popular photo sharing site and community in early 2004. Flickr was one of the first media-sharing sites to embrace Creative Commons licensing as a way to encourage users to make their work available to the public for free and legal use. Since the site's inception, Flickr's community of photographers have licensed over 75 million photos to the public under Creative...

Rules To Follow When Cell Phones Drop Coverage »

You know when you lose your connection and both sides frantically try to call each other back and cross paths? Richard Wolpert has a new rule: if you initiated the call and it drops you call the other person back. if you received the call and it drops you just wait for the call back. Pass it on....

Big legal win for free licenses »

Lessig huge and important news: free licenses upheld So for non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important. But trust me, this is huge. I am very proud to report today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (THE "IP" court in the US) has upheld a free (ok, they call them "open source") copyright license, explicitly pointing to the work of Creative Commons and others. (The specific license at issue was the Artistic License.) This is a very important victory, and I am very very happy that the Stanford Center for Internet and Society played a key role in securing...

Joshua Ramo at the Bejing Olympics »

Joshua Ramo with Tariq Krim in background (Photographed in Helsinki) If you've been watching NBC, you have probably seen my friend Joshua Ramo. He's one of the smartest guys I know. When I first met him, he was working at Time Magazine as their International Editor. At some point, he decided to head over to China and learn Chinese. He quickly became fluent and a favorite liaison by both the Chinese and the Americans. As a China expert, he provided advice for both sides and his understanding of both sides allows him to provide the nuanced perspective to cover...

Oliver Ding's Freesouls slide show »

Freesoulsview presentation (tags: joi_ito book photography creativecommons) Oliver Ding has made an amazing Freesouls slide show and has shared it on SlideShare. Wow! Oliver also started a freesouls group on SlideShare....

KMD Digital Journalism Projects »

I'm just finishing the grading for the KMD Digital Journalism class that I taught at Keio. It really was a great experience and I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with the class. We've decided to keep the class together as an extracurricular project and the students will continue to work on their projects even though the class is officially over. The class was divided into four teams. Each team had to organize a theme, at least one interview and their own method of output. Since we had less than one week, these projects are still a work in progress,...

Board Report from June 2008 Creative Commons Board Meeting »

Sorry about the delay. We've posted some notes from the June 2008 Creative Commons Board Meeting. Let me know if you have any questions....

Climate Matters Video Contest »

Climate Matters: Inspire Your Next President Brighter Planet and 1Sky are inviting Americans everywhere to participate in a contest to inspire our next president and political leadership on climate change. Between July 31std and September 22nd, Climate Matters contestants will upload a 30 or 60 second video representing their best attempt at delivering a compelling message to the next president and their political leaders to encourage bold action on climate change. A select panel of prominent judges will choose the winner amongst those ten videos which have accrued the most views in a single day. The contest will take place...

FREESOULS: Captured and Released by Joi Ito »

For over a year now, I've been taking photographs of people and posting them on Flickr with the "freesouls" tag. I thought it was my duty to free the souls of my friends for projects like Wikipedia and other free content projects. I blogged about this earlier. The word "freesouls" was actually a Lawrence Lessig idea. At Wikimania in 2007 in Taiwan, I met Sophie Chiang who was the founder and editor of a super-cool art magazine and Christopher Adams, who was a writer. It was really beautiful. Having been struggling with printing myself at the time and considering...

Are my investments a conflict of interest as CEO of Creative Commons? »

I've been thinking about, and recently have started to get asked about, whether my investments in companies that use Creative Commons licenses represents a conflict of interest from the perspective of my role as the CEO of Creative Commons. This is a valid question and a complex one. My life work involves working on big issues that I believe are important. Fundamentally, I believe in open networks which will enable reform in business, government, academia and society. I think the open Internet will be an important pillar for open society for the 21st Century. I believe that for these changes...

Converting Technorati Japan to a Joint Venture »

Digital Garage Press Release Digital Garage, Technorati, Inc. Strengthen Relationship July 30, 2008 Digital Garage, Inc. (JASDAQ 4819; main offices in Shibuya ward, Tokyo; President and Group CEO: Mr. Kaoru Hayashi; referred to hereafter as "DG") and Technorati, Inc. (main offices in San Francisco, California, USA; President & CEO: Mr. Richard Jalichandra) are joining together to offer blog search and related services as Technorati Japan, Inc. (main offices in Shibuya ward, Tokyo; President & CEO: Mr. Kaoru Hayashi). Formed in January 2005, Technorati Japan has until now been a fully-owned subsidiary of DG, but with the new agreement will be...
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