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November 2008 Archives

Videos with Canon 5D Mark II »

Scenes from Inbamura HD - Shot with Canon 5D Mark II from Joichi Ito on Vimeo. I just got home from Italy and my Canon 5D Mark II was waiting for me at home. I put my 24-105mm f/4 lens on it and took it outside. There isn't really much "action" in my yard in the winter so I tried to take some images scenes that sort of capture the mood of a chilly Sunday in Inbamura. Shooting video through a camera is a very different experience than shooting photographs or shooting with a consumer quality video camera. I'm going...

Queen Rania spoofs Letterman's Top 10 while accepting award at YouTube Live »

As most people already know, Queen Ranai of Jordan won the YouTube Visionary Award for her channel on YouTube. Here's her awesome acceptance speech a la Letterman style. It's really funny. I love how many members of the royal family of Jordan have such a great sense of humor. I remember a talk by Prince Abdullah at a conference I once attended and he opened with the line, "We find ourselves between Iraq and a hard place." ;-) Jordan is quickly becoming one of my favorite countries and I can't wait to go back. My visit with Princess Rym when...

Digital Youth Research report released »

I am so proud of my sister Mimi (and her colleagues like danah boyd) today. Her work funded by the MacArthur Foundation was released today and is getting a lot of coverage in the press. It's the result of a three-year study of the the way young people use digital technologies and media and provides rigor in an area that is cluttered with anecdotal and often misguided notions about what kids do and what's good for kids. The New York Times Teenagers' Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend...

Comissão Pastoral da Terra »

Tomorrow is the WITNESS Gala and we will be honoring WITNESS' partner Comissão Pastoral da Terra for its work to end slave labor in rural Brazil. We just met Silvano Lima Rezende at the WITNESS Board Meeting. Silvano will be representing the CPT tomorrow at the Gala. Here's a video of their work....

Custom USB Drives & Unreleased Jonathan Coulton Album for CC Campaign »

Creative Commons Blog Campaign Exclusive: Custom USB Drives & Unreleased Jonathan Coulton Album The ever innovative Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Jonathan Coulton has teamed up with Creative Commons to release his greatest hits compilation "JoCo Looks Back" on a 1gb custom Creative Commons jump drive to help support our 2008 campaign. If that weren't enough, JoCo and CC have also included all of the unmixed audio tracks for every song on the drive. That's over 700mb of JoCo thing-a-week goodness. Since all of JoCo's music is released under our Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, this is an incredible opportunity for the public to...

Electronic Media Conference in Abu Dhabi and Dubai »

Ambassador Hatano and me Just finished a trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to attend and speak at the Electronic Media conference organized by the Higher Colleges of Technology. (Conference program) The request came through Ambassador Hatano and the Japanese Embassy. Thanks for the referral Ambassador! The host was Sheikh Nahayan, a very popular Sheikh who is the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. They call him the "People's Sheikh" because he has an open door policy where anyone can visit him at his residence without an appointment and...

Susan Crawford and Kevin Werbach to lead Obama's FCC transition team »

Wow. This is wonderful. Two of my favorite people and the two people who I know who are the most qualified for this job have been chosen by Obama to lead the FCC transition team. Congratulations Susan and Kevin! Maybe we'll save the Internet after all. If the new administration keeps choosing teams like this, we're in for some really good change. TV Week November 14, 2008 12:39 PM Obama Assembles FCC Transition Team By Ira Teinowitz President-elect Barack Obama today named two academics to head his transition team looking at issues and personnel for the Federal Communications Commission....

A Charter for Compassion »

I just got an email from TED with a link to this wonderful video by renowned filmmaker, Jesse Dylan who recently made the A Shared Culture video. This new video below is about Compassion. I've written about compassion in the past and I think it is the single most important thing that we need right now. The Charter for Compassion asks everyone to tell their story of compassion. Looks like a great project. Charter for Compassion Help us create a Charter for Compassion People of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, are invited to contribute. By recognizing that the Golden...

President Elect Barack Obama CC-Licensed Behind the Scenes Photos on Flickr »

20081104_Chicago_IL_ElectionNight1032, Barack Obama | CC BY-NC-SA CC Blog President Elect Barack Obama CC-Licensed Behind the Scenes Photos on Flickr President-Elect Barack Obama and his staff have been posting photographs to his Flickr photostream since early 2007. Their most recent set from election night offers an amazing behind the scenes look at a historic point in American history. All of the photos are released under a CC BY-NC-SA license, making them easily shareable and reusable. You can see more photos from the campaign trail here....

Loïc for a Day »

When Loïc was in Tokyo, we were discussing the election. Although Loic was hoping for Obama to win, he thought that McCain was going to win. I felt very strongly that Obama was going to win. We decided to make a bet. The loser would end up becoming a servant to the winner for a day. Obviously, I won. I thought about selling Loic on eBay, but I realized that would be too selfish. I'm now considering a twitter account or channel so everyone interested can participate. I still haven't decided the day, but I think I'll choose a...

Gratz USA »

Congratulations USA. As is everyone else in the whole wide world, I'm so happy for you I could cry. I actually did cry a few times. Having been traveling the a lot recently, it was interesting how all many people were talking about is how we hoped Obama would win. I think that the financial crisis has triggered a wave of doubt about the US all over the world. In general. I is inevitable that the US going from being a "super-duper power" to just a "super-power". However, as the world was adjusting to this new, more distributed world, we...

Change in GFDL now allows Wikipedia to become CC compatible »

Thanks to Richard Stallman, everyone at the Free Software Foundation, The Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons and the various communities who have worked so hard to get this to happen. This is an extremely important and essential step in uniting Free Culture. I am so happy. ;-) UPDATE: See Mike's post on the CC Blog for a more precise explanation of what happened and what needs to happen for everything to be completely complete. Lessig's Blog Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation The Free Software Foundation has released the GNU Free Document License version 1.3. Section 11 of that...

creativecommons.net OpenID »

When we were thinking about things that we could do for this year's fund raising campaign, we realized that one thing that might be cool would be to try giving people a creativecommons.net OpenID with their donation. Because donors authenticate their identity with us to the extent that they pay us money and because Creative Commons is a somewhat known entity, we thought this might have some value. In addition, an OpenID profile on creativecommons.net would allow us to test some ideas that we have about how a copyright registry might work. If you want to try it out, join...

Gwen Stefani and baby Zuma pic online under a CC license »

Photo: Dennis Stefani, (c) Mrs. Me, Inc., 2008, made available under a CC BY-NC-ND license CC BlogPop star Gwen Stefani and her husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale recently welcomed a baby, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, into the world. Many celebrities contract with a magazine to arrange an exclusive photo session that debuts mother with newborn. But Stefani and Rossdale took a different approach and hired their own photographer and put the photo online for the public under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, along with some additional terms that allow all print magazines, newspapers, and blogs to use the photo -...
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