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Conversation with Robleh Ali, former head of the Digital Currencies team at the Bank of England »

A conversation with Robleh Ali, the former head of the the Digital Currencies team at the Bank of England. It was a wide ranging conversation about Bitcoin, economics and the role of central banks and regulators. Audio of the conversation is available on SoundCloud and iTunes....

A recent discussion about DRM with Richard Stallman, Danny O'Brien and Harry Halpin » »

LibrePlanet 2016 and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) happened to be having meetings at MIT at the same time so Harry Halpin from the W3C thought that it would be a great opportunity to have a public discussion about Digital Restrictions Management* (DRM). The W3C was having a discussion about DRM and the World Wide Web and considering Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) which would build DRM support into the Web standards and various parties were trying argue against it. They didn't have room over at CSAIL so he approached me about having it at the Media Lab and...

Why anti-money laundering laws and poorly designed copyright laws are similar and should be revised »

Published this on pubpub.ito.com. Please comment there. Abstract: Intentionally or unintentionally, poorly crafted or outdated laws and technical standards threaten to undermine security, privacy and the viability of our most promising new technologies and networks, such as Bitcoin and Blockchain. We should vigilantly be reviewing and revising laws and standards for the public good and working to prevent the creation of fragile and cumbersome systems designed to comply with these poorly crafted or outdated laws. In this post, I discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's Anti-Circumvention provision, Digital Rights Management, Anti-Money Laundering Law, Know Your Customer Laws and security backdoors....

A Series of Tubes »

AlterNetSenator Ted Stevens: The Remix Posted by Melissa McEwan at 6:57 AM on July 11, 2006. Last month, Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) gave a rather stunning speech on the issue of net neutrality, in which he made such clueless statements as: "I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday," and "[T]he internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck. It’s a series of tubes." Now, the good folks at Boldheaded have turned his "skillful fusion of...

Euro-battle in Cyberspace »

By Thomas Crampton Europeans seem to be taking their real-world battles online with different views on domain names. Wrote on it today: Cyberspace Unity Eludes Europeans The EU wants people to use the newly launched .eu, while the national domain registries want people to use country domain names. Neat fact: The second largest domain suffix after .com is .de for Germany, according to Verisign. Do domain names matter? Hasn't Google killed the need for them?...

Google lawsuits guiding the way »

New York TimesGrowing Number of Lawsuits Could Hurt Google's Ad Revenue PARIS, March 27 - [...] This month, Mr. Dariot triumphed in his year-and-a-half-old lawsuit against Google's French subsidiary, which has been ordered to pay him $97,000 in fines and legal costs. Dariot and his travel companies, Luteciel and Viaticum, successfully challenged Google's practice of selling Internet advertising from rivals designed to appear with Web searches for his trademarked Web site name, Bourse des Vols, which means flight exchange. [...] Mr. Dariot's company is one of the first to win against Google; similar cases in the United States and Germany...

"Free Culture" is »

Lawrence Lessig“Free Culture” is Thanks to the lessons explained by others (Cory), and the courage of a great publisher (Penguin), Free Culture launches today with a free online version of the book, licensed under a Creative Commons license. You can get the book here, though at the moment, only the bittorrent version is apparently up. Later today, there will be a direct download available from the Free Culture site, and from the Amazon site. Sorry, a bit late in blogging this......

Creative Commons and The Kuleshov Effect »

As we start working on the details involved in the launch the sampling license over at Creative Commons, we find, as always, that God is in the details. The idea behind the sampling license is that many artists don't mind if their music is sampled by other artists as long as there is attribution. The Creative Commons is currently proposing two sampling licenses. The normal sampling license which allows other artists to transform the work even for commercial use, while prohibiting distribution of verbatim copies of the entire work. The Sampling-Plus license offers the same rights but allows verbatim sharing...

Dan Gillmor on conference call with Verisign about Site Finder »

Dan GillmorThe ultimate outrage: Rusty Lewis of VeriSign says this is a test for the Net, to see whether the infrastructure can be innovated. It's a threat: Let us do what we want or we won't invest in upgrading infrastructure, he implies.In response to a question, he bascially indicates that ICANN doesn't have the power to keep VeriSign from doing what it's done. The company will have a dialogue with whoever wants to talk, but it plans to "reintroduce" Site Finder.I think VeriSign has already won the key part of this war. It has persuaded reporters to call Site Finder a "service" instead of what it truly is, a misuse of its monopoly.This sounds really bad. How can a company that tries to sell trust act in such a blatantly untrustworthy way...

Lessig on Spam »

I had just finished reading Philip Jacob's piece and was preparing my thoughts for a panel on spam that I THINK I'm on in January when I saw this piece by Larry. It's great. It's right on and he's putting his job on the line. I totally agree. We CAN NOT give up the stupid network just to stomp out spamming. I think that the label/punish idea is great. I only worry that the punishment loop is more difficult Internationally. Maybe you'll end up with a lot of spam from Japanese, Chinese and Russian spammers. ;-)

Yahoo getting ready to kick Google off portal? »

saw this on David Winer's Scripting NewsDave WinerPress release: Yahoo to acquire Inktomi. Clearly they're getting ready to kick Google off their portal.Yahoo Inc. Press ReleaseYahoo! to Acquire Inktomi Monday December 23, 9:19 am ET Creates the Most Comprehensive Search Offering on the Web with Largest Global Audience, Unmatched Breadth and Depth of Online Services and World Class Technology I had heard rumors that Yahoo was trying to steal stuff from Google and was being generally un-supportive even though they were an investor. (Unconfirmed theory. Will edit this if someone tells me this is wrong...) But I think that Google...

Lessig/Yamagata/Ito discussion for Chuo Koron »

So yesterday's discussion with Hiroo Yamagata and Lawrence Lessig went well. It was a lot of fun and I think a constructive discussion. Hiroo was in good form. But he usually is... in person. ;-) He had written something negative about Mr. Ikeda in the afterward of translation of "The Future of Ideas" and had gotten in a dispute with Mr. Ikeda. He had just finished the battle and I guess they have both gotten over it now. Maybe Hiroo was just tired from that. I do generally agree with Hiroo's position, although maybe not the way he said it....

Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web »

Bill Thompson on why Europe has to take back the web from US hegemony. A bit emotional but very interesting position. Something I feel some empathy for. From The RegisterFirst sighted on David Farber's List Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web By Bill Thompson Posted: 09/08/2002 at 14:01 GMT Guest Opinion I've had enough of US hegemony. It's time for change -and a closed European network. Today's Internet is a poor respecter of national boundaries, as many repressive governments have found to their cost. Unfortunately this freedom has been so extensively abused by the United States...

Google tells Amazon Light to Cease and Desist »

So it is a fight to be the most simple? Goggle beat Infoseek by being more simple and user oriented. Web services take that to the next level. If companies start competing to be easier to integrate, more open and more simple that's a great thing for us! Quoted from the Goggle Weblog: Google tells Amazon Light to Cease and Desist Amazon Light, a very cool new use of the Amazon Web Services recently introuced (and clearly inspired by Google's Web API) provides a cleaner-than-Amazon interface to the same data. However, they recently report that they've been asked to cease-and-desist...

IMS/ISC's bid to run the .org TLD »

The Internet Multicasting Service and the Internet Software Consortium are two well respected non-profit public engineering organizations on the Internet. I recently talked to Carl Malamud since he's in Japan for IETF doing his thing. He is one of principles of IMS and according to the IMS web page "created the first Internet radio station and put the SEC's EDGAR database on-line. A serial social entrepreneur, he's helped run a number of nonprofit organizations and committed two Silicon Valley startups. Carl is the author of 8 books, numerous articles, a few RFCs, and takes up way too much space in...

Deep Linking »

Bloggers will already be aware of this, but web publishers are trying to make it illegal to link to pages on their site. The logic from some people is that it subverts the efforts of the publisher to manage the traffic, sell advertising and control the user. National Public Radio say that they just wanted to know who was using their stuff. The great debate following their taking this position seems to have changed their minds. The form one had to fill out in order to link to their page is no longer online and one day after the OJR...
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