Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

First of all, a teary-eyed congratulations to all of my friends in America. I'm really proud of and happy for the Americans and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such a great choice and proving to us that democracy works in America. My faith in America has increased substantially today and I look forward to the leadership it may provide.

I'll write more about this when I calm down a bit and get some sleep. (It's 3AM here.)

However, before I went to bed I wanted to thank President Obama and his team for bringing a copyright notice to the White House website which includes Creative Commons. Thank you very much.'s 3rd Party Content Under CC-BY

As you may of heard, the new launched today at 12:01pm during Barack Obama's inauguration. What you might not have noticed is that the copyright policy of the site stipulates that all 3rd party content is licensed under our most permissive Attribution license:

Pursuant to federal law, government-produced materials appearing on this site are not copyright protected. The United States Government may receive and hold copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.

Except where otherwise noted, third-party content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

(emphasis added)

Congratulations to the 44th President of the US for choosing CC!


and now, to celebrate the inauguration of a blog (and a president) -

Obama has an image of a savior and uniter. Obama. In the collective mind he is ''one of us'', the change bringer.
But all this power behind him, a huge continuing movement, is a double-edged sword. And some of us know it.
Fascism started that way too. Do you remember? And it's not a feel of change too, but people know he's no Bush. The U.S. policy however, has a way of continuity. And all this, it's just sweet. A sweetener to the bitter coffee we will all drink.

Time will tell. Maybe the future is not all that grim, and we as humans, hopefully, do not turn out to be cowards and weak.
But hope is an emotion, not a fruitful action. And change needs a push. Will we slip or/and fall in this new thing, a new international world order?
America, Europe and China are getting more intertwined. Just yesterday I've read on BBC how China wants more military ties with the U.S. How funny Communism seems now?
But who is the enemy, Russia? The minds of the people?
Well, we will see some of that soon, in the Indo-Pakistan region most probably. A spark for a bigger war? And Obama said it very clearly that he is moving the troops to Afghanistan. The status quo of things is ending, so that the powerful ones can bring change and a new united world. Time will tell.
But it's not hard to understand the way power moves here. Or do we like the childish way of things?
To quote something:

"Dit, Dat, and Dot," Teg said, naming the puppets of the Winter Show from his childhood on long-ago Lernaeus.

Teg felt his awareness being blocked off by the machine. Yar was doing something at the console. Still, Teg knew his own Mentat logic had told him something vital:
These three were puppets. Only the puppet masters were important. How the puppets moved - that told you what the puppet masters were doing.

("Heretics of Dune", Frank Herbert)

I don't naively thing that everything will suddenly be different... but in his speech yesterday, Obama made statements that the previous administration would never had made about inclusiveness, a global perspective and the importance of balancing "safety" with "freedoms". I believe that Obama has set the tone for a new American stance on various issues.

Democracy worked in America when we elected all the other presidents, too, sport. Stay out of our politics. It's none of your business.

When the whole world is America's business, America is the whole world's business.

Oh, and I didn't mean that democracy wasn't working when the other presidents were elected. I'm positive it was "working". It's just nice to see democracy working properly and allowing change instead of getting stuck in ruts like the Japanese single party system or failing completely as many democracies have done.

Hi Joi, i think that also the old Whitehouse website has a similar copyright policy and content was public domain. Do u know something?
So, CC is only for "“Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.”

Dario: Yes, government work is public domain. CC is just for third party work. I've been looking at the page in the archives through the Way Back Machine, but I can't seem to find any copyright policy page on the old site.

Really great news! This is indeed one more step for Creative Commons to become the standard for media publishing in general.

Uff. Joi, please accept my apology for Michael's comment. Michael, as a fellow American may I advise you to stay out of our politics?