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April 2009 Archives

Retweet notation »

I've been wondering what the proper notation for my comments when retweeting was. I'd been using either:RT @foo blah blah (me: foobar)orRT @foo blah blah | foobar The first seems to be excessive in terms of characters and the second is ambiguous unless there was some sort of convention. I Just twittered:Have we decided on the proper notation for commenting on a retweet? And got the following responses so far: j0anna: @Joi I prefer it appended at the end, rather than the beginning! Distracts from the content at the beginning, gives credit where due at end! kevinmarks: » @Joi: Have...

Followup to my post on Dubai bashing »

When I wrote my post about Dubai bashing, I was responding mostly to email and twitters from friends who had read the New York Times article and others asking me, "Are you alright in Dubai? I hear there are cockroaches coming out of the faucets and that the airport is full of dumped cars." I would have to reply saying, "I'm fine." It seemed like the rate of negative press about Dubai was increasing and that there was an aggressively negative tone and lack of context in the reporting. In my blog post, I focused more on sending a message...

Wikipedia community vote on migration to Creative Commons BY-SA begins now »

Very important vote happening for the free culture community. Please vote "yes" if you're qualified. Cross-posted from the Creative Commons Blog: A community vote is now underway, hopefully one of the final steps in the process the migration of Wikipedia (actually Wikipedias, as each language is its own site, and also other Wikimedia Foundation sites) to using Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as its primary content license. This migration would be a huge boost for the free culture movement, and for Wikipedia and Creative Commons -- until the migration happens there is an unnecessary licensing barrier between the most important free culture...

EFF Bootcamp May 11, 2009 »

I highly recommend any company or organization that works with user generated content to send someone to this bootcamp by the best in the field at this stuff. For lawyers and non-lawyers alike! EFF Bootcamp Does your company have to contend with the maze of laws dealing with user privacy and publishing user content? Want to do the right thing by the online community that gives your business value, and still fulfill your legal obligations? On May 11, 2009, EFF will reprise its successful one-day session for Internet companies that handle issues arising from users and user-generated content. From DMCA...

Dubai bashing and 'what-aboutery' »

I wasn't going to write a blog post until I had more experience, but I reached the limit of what I can say in 140 character Twitter responses. Everyone has been sending me links to the Guardian article and the article in The Independent about the treatment of workers in Dubai. They come in the wake of an increasing flow of articles bashing Dubai. The New York Times article sort of broke the damn in terms of sensationalizing all of this I think. Just like the Desert Blogger, I've never seen cockroaches coming out of the faucets. ;-P The...

Reflections on my second trip to Israel »

Yossi Vardi (Israel trip Flickr set) I visited Israel for the second time ever after my first trip in 2003. Both of my trips were thanks to invitations from Yossi Vardi. Yossi is one of the most unique people I know combining almost unlimited humor, compassion, entrepreneurial spirit, generosity, creativity and influence. Whatever Yossi tells me to do, I try to do. He'd been inviting me to his Kinnernet camp for years and I was finally able to make it this year. The last time I visited Israel, I had never been to the Middle East. This time, having...

The Age of the Unthinkable »

I've written about my friend Joshua Ramo in the past and mention his new book The Age of the Unthinkable in my blog post about Dubai and the unknowable. I was reading a proof of the book during my trip and it helped spark that post. Joshua has a background in physics, journalism and foreign affairs. I'm pretty sure he's the only person I know who has interviewed both the head of Israeli intelligence and the CTO of the Hizbollah. He is one of the few people I know who is as crazy about experiencing new cultures as me....

Esther Wojcicki, CC's new board chair »

Esther Wojcicki who joined our board in July last year has taken the role of chair of the board of Creative Commons. I will continue to serve as the CEO. From the press release: "I am thrilled to take on this new role," said Wojcicki. "I strongly believe that the Creative Commons approach to sharing, reuse, and innovation has the power to totally reshape the worlds of education, science, technology, and culture at large. My main goal as chair is to make average Internet users worldwide aware of Creative Commons and to continue building the organization's governance and financial...
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