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December 2008 Archives

Happy New Year »

Photo by Joi Ito, Design by Matsuichi While 2008 was a tough year for everyone, it was full of surprises and interesting connections. The most interesting connection was that Mizuka and I finally got married after living together for ten years. (See joi.ito.com/weblog/2008/12/03/we-got-married.html ) In 2008, I began to explore the Middle East and decided that complete immersion was the only way to do it right. This New Year's card is being sent from Dubai where I will be moving my residence and base from 2009. I am really looking forward to an exciting and "changeful" 2009 with all...

$12k to go - Creative Commons update »

Happy Holidays -- I hope many of you are getting a chance to relax after an incredibly difficult year for most people. However, take heart, I'm writing with good news. We're now entering the last couple of days for the Creative Commons annual fundraising campaign just $12,000 short of our $500,000 goal. In such a harsh fundraising climate, we're coming very close to reaching our goal thanks to the generous support of our community -- we need your help in getting all the way there. My work this year has been primarily focused participating in Creative Commons as its new...

Ping.fm »

Reid and I recently invested in Ping.fm. It's a service that allows you to update all of your social networks at once and is one of the few services I use every day. I've been talking to the founders Sean and Adam who I really like and am happy to be joining their team to build a simple but useful service....

Photos from San Francisco - December 2008 »

I took my Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.2 lens with me on my last trip. It's a larger than my Leica M8 so I didn't carry it around as much as, but I tested it in various conditions and liked it. I'd been focusing mostly on the video, but got to play with the photography more this trip. I am impressed by the quality of the images at ISO 3200 and 6400. It's OK at 3200 and sometimes usable, especially in B&W, at 6400....

Trading photos for Wikipedia edits »

As everyone should know, you are not allowed to edit your own Wikipedia article. The best practice for having edits made in an article about yourself is to add comments in the talk page of the article and ask neutral wikipedians to make the edits. For awhile, I obsessed about the accuracy of the content in my article, but I realized after a bit that this was futile and now I go with the flow and enjoy my interactions with the Wikipedia community. Sometimes the these exchanges become pretty funny. Here's an example. (Slightly edited for brevity...) WIkipedia Joi Ito...

Creative Commons Berkman Center panel online »

The panel discussion at Berkman Center was a lot of fun. It was with a very friendly crowd and we didn't have to spend time preaching or explaining Creative Commons. A nice change of pace for me. It was also very cool hearing some of the history of Creative Commons that even I didn't know. Jonathan Zittrain was great and hilarious as usual. The panelists were: Jamie Boyle, Lawrence Lessig, Joi Ito, Molly S. Van Houweling, and Jonathan Zittrain. One regret was that Tim Berness Lee was there and I didn't get a chance to meet him... he was...

Joined Tucows board »

Elliot Noss, the CEO of Tucows is an old friend. He's the one who convinced me to join the ICANN board. He's a fellow World of Warcraft guildmate and an inspiration to me in many ways. For the last few months, we've been talking a lot about his company Tucows and I've been trying to help. I love Elliot's attitude and style and really like the staff and board of the company. I have joined their board and we announced this today....

Freesouls released »

50 prints of a luxury box set and 1024 prints of a limited edition of Freesouls have been run. These numbered and limited versions will be sold directly by Christopher from the website. Once we get a better feel for the demand, Christopher plans to print a general release which will be more widely available. Thanks to Christopher for driving this process and for Boris on the website. Now the question is whether the demand for this book will actually exceed the number of people who appear in the book. ;-)...

Big News from Lawrence Lessig »

Larry is having some trouble with his blog so I am posting this important news from him on his behalf. - Joi It is with a complicated mix of excitement and sadness that I make the following announcement. As some of you remember, just over a year ago I reported that I was shifting my academic (and activist) work from free culture related issues to (what I called) "corruption." At Stanford, a year ago, I outlined what this work would be: To focus on the many institutions in public life that depend upon trust to succeed, but which are jeopardizing...

John Markoff to Join Science »

"John is switching from Business Day to Science." Congratulations John! This is great news. This is perfect. I think Markoff's ability to dig into the science and explain it to everyone is important and key right now and my bet is that he's going to enjoy this new beat much better too. I've know Markoff for... a long time. I met him through John Perry Barlow at Marc Rotenberg's house in the early 90's. Markoff wrote the first article where I appeared in a US newspaper in 1994. I just reread this article and there are some pretty prescient...

Le Web 08 »

Just arrived in Boston after Le Web. As usual, it was great seeing old friends, hanging out in Paris and watching Le Web evolve. Sorry I missed a bunch of people I was hoping to connect with. We officially launched the Fotonauts web site during Le Web. Please visit the Le Web page on Fotonauts for more images....

CC Events in Boston and SF »

Lots of Creative Commons events over the next week. Hope to see you at some of them. Also, Freesouls will go on sale at the Berkman event. Creative Commons Blog On Dec. 12th, 2008, CC will be pairing up with two of the most influential and innovative institutions in the "open" movement: MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. For those of you interested in the tech side of Creative Commons, MIT's CSAIL is hosting CC's second Tech Summit from 9-4:30. The first Tech Summit, held at Google this past summer,...

WITNESS on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights »

The HUB For 16 years, WITNESS has harnessed the power of video to advance human rights. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, we've put together this short video with different WITNESS staff talking about images that opened their eyes to human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about the images mentioned in this video, click here. Now we want to hear from you. A video by the WITNESS team on the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Please watch and participate with your feedback!...

Marko joins Dopplr »

Dopplr Blog Dopplr appoints Marko Ahtisaari as CEO Today we're announcing a new addition to the Dopplr team. Marko Ahtisaari will be joining us as CEO, while Lisa Sounio will continue on the board as Chairman. We're very excited about this news. For the details, here's our press release in full. Marko is a founding investor in Dopplr and super-qualified as a professional manager, artist and web savvy product person. I think this is a great addition to the Dopplr team and as an investor, this makes me happy. ;-) Good luck Marko and the Dopplr team....

Jesse Dylan helps explain Science Commons »

Video by Jesse Dylan - director of "Yes We Can" video with will.i.am. Available under a CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 license. Making the Web Work for Science Science CommonsScience Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use. Our goal is to speed the translation of data into discovery -- unlocking the value of research so more people can benefit from the work scientists are doing. Science Commons is...

House of Light »

House of Light from Joichi Ito on Vimeo. Joshua read about the House of Light designed by James Turrell on PingMag. We decided to try to get a group together to go out and stay there. As usual, we both got so busy, we ended up going by ourselves. The art installation/house is in Tokamachi, Niigata, which is relatively out-of-the way in the countryside of Japan. The area is well known for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. The House of Light or 光の館, is a beautiful house that can hold seven people. It has a Japanese style bath, sleeping quarters and...

Storm Trooper Tour of Akihabara for Silicon Valley Visitors »

Downloadable MP4 This year, the Digital Garage New Context Conference and Ellen Levy's Silicon Valley Connect worked together on a program for visitors from Silicon Valley to Tokyo. Silicon Valley Connect is a program that Ellen runs which brings executives and visionaries from Silicon Valley to various parts of the world. This year, we organized a group to visit Japan. As part of the "cultural program" we decided to take a tour of Akihabara, the mecca of all things otaku, anime and electronic in Japan. I asked a very special friend, Danny Choo, son of the famous shoe designer...

Creative Commons Non-Commercial Survey »

As announced [ http://creativecommons.org/press-releases/entry/9554 ], Creative Commons is studying how people understand the term "noncommercial use". At this stage of research, we are reaching out to the Creative Commons community and to anyone else interested in public copyright licenses - would you please take a few minutes to participate in our study by responding to this questionnaire [ http://v2.decipherinc.com/survey/mds/mds08002?list=2 ]? Your response will be anonymous - we won't collect any personal information that could reveal your identity. Because we want to reach as many people as possible, this is an open access poll, meaning the survey is open to anyone...

We got married today »

Mizuka and Joi's Wedding from Joichi Ito on Vimeo. Mizuka and I just got married. We went to the Inbamura town hall, filed our papers and visited the local Shinto shrine, Munakata Shrine. It's the second marriage for both of us so we decided to keep it pretty minimal. The only non-minimal thing was setting up and taking shots of ourselves... UPDATE: Message from the WITNESS team. Thanks! Congratulations Joi & Mizuka from WITNESS from Blogger WITNESS on Vimeo....

Six Apart Japan Fifth Anniversary Party »

Six Apart Japan 5th Anniversary Party from Joichi Ito on Vimeo. Today was the fifth anniversary of Six Apart Japan. I had to talk about how it all started and tell funny stories about Nob. I decided to try to shoot people for today's video. I experimented with timing my transitions with music. I used Garage Band to make the "music". I was using the cheesy random loops as a place holder and was going to try to do a real track, but I ran out of steam for the night... Also, some of the colors seem blown out and...

Heading to Tokyo - another HD video with my 5D Mark II »

Heading in to Tokyo from Joichi Ito on Vimeo. Today, I left my home in the countryside to attend meetings in Yokohama and Tokyo, ending up at the Century Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku. I grabbed movies here and there and picked up a tripod in Yurakucho after getting tired of hand-held shots. Still have a lot to learn... I need to remember to leave enough room before and after my shots for the transitions, among other things. Also, video takes a LOT longer than post-processing my photos... *eep* Shooting moving things is a lot harder than taking movies of leaves...

Change.gov - Now Creative Commons licensed »

Creative Commons BlogChange.gov, the website of US president-elect Barack Obama's transition team, has undergone some important and exciting changes over the past few days. Among them is the site's new copyright notice, which expresses that the bulk of change.gov is published under the most permissive of Creative Commons copyright licenses - CC BY. Change.govExcept where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Obama-Biden Transition project. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for...

The Public Domain - a new book by Jamie Boyle »

Jamie Boyle, Duke Law School Professor, the Chairman of the Board of Creative Commons, good friend and one of most interesting and articulate scholars on copyright, free culture and the public domain has just released a new book called The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. You can download the whole book for free as well as buy it if you like. ;-) I'm still only part of the way through, but it is classic Boyle and a joy to read and full of great thoughts. The Public Domain Our music, our culture, our science, and our...
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