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September 2008 Archives

Cement and Japanese politics »

Photo by randomidea - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Dogs and Demons In the early 1990s, construction investment overall in Japan consumed 18.2 percent of the gross national product, versus 12.4 percent in the United Kingdom and only 8.5 percent in the United States. Japan spent about 8 percent of its GDP on public works (versus 2 percent in the United States -- proportionally four times more). By 2000 it was estimated that Japan was spending about 9 percent of its GDP on public works (versus only 1 percent in the United States): in a decade, the share of GDP devoted...

Obsolete financial services »

I get a sense that this sudden "wait a sec, do we really need investment banks anymore?" is the tip of the iceberg of a collapsing of a whole genre of financial services and products that are just obsolete once you have easy access to information and low transaction costs. While derivatives and securitization of risk so other people can buy it makes sense, the incentive of a company full of people getting paid a crapload of money to do this is to make products that they can sell for more than they're worth. Even with regulation, risk information...

Dubai »

I just got back from my second trip to Dubai. (Flickr Set) I first visited Dubai (Flickr Set) with Jay Dvivedi and Mr. Yashiro after our trip to Bahrain (Flickr Set) in December 2007. The Bahrain trip was to attend a conference organized by Della van Heyst. The trip to Bahrain and Dubai last year, combined with my recent interactions with my Creative Commons team in the Middle East made me understand just how important this region was culturally and politically and how completely ignorant I was about everything going on there. Since December of last year, I've been...

Creative Commons Launches Study of "Noncommercial Use" »

Creative Commons BlogCreative Commons Launches Study of "Noncommercial Use" Today, Creative Commons announced the launch of a research study that will explore differences between commercial and noncommercial uses of content. The study will explore how the definitions of "commercial use" and "noncommercial use" are understood among various communities and in connection with a wide variety of content. Press Release"The study has direct relevance to Creative Commons' mission of providing free, flexible copyright licenses that are easy to understand and simple to use," said Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito. "The NC term is a popular option for creators choosing a Creative...

iCommons Summit 2008 »

A more collaborative Fotonauts album. See the attribution on each image....

Freesouls Book Fotonauts widget »

Freesouls Book Fotonauts widget. Still playing around... I'd post these as Twitters, but they are scripts that need to be embedded....

Dubai Fotonauts widget »

I'm in Dubai messing around with Fotonauts. Fotonauts is still in beta, but we just "opened up" the widget part. Here's a widget of a Dubai album I'm working on. You can click on the CC icon to get to the CC license and the "Flickr" to get to the original Flickr image. Although the images showing now are mine, the idea is to collaborate on albums together. PS: I'm an investor and on the board of Fotonauts....

More friends invest in Dopplr »

Dopplr announced today another round of investors joining us in Dopplr. "The new investors include Esther Dyson, Tyler Brûlé, Thomas Glocer, Yat Siu, Aditya dev Sood, Lars Hinrichs, Joshua Schachter, Brian Behlendorf, Ami Hasan, Daniel Sachs, Joshua Cooper Ramo, Kim Weckström, and Azeem Azhar." Welcome aboard all! I can't wait for the shareholders meeting. ;-)...

Ars Electronica Symposium 2008 »

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...

Happy Birthday to GNU! »

Happy birthday GNU! 25 years ago, Richard Stallman started the GNU project. Watch the great Stephen Fry "Freedom Fry" video and spread the word....
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