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Conversation with Isha Datar from New Harvest »

This year, the Shuttleworth Foundation asked me to be the honorary steward of the September 2016 fellowship intake. This meant that I would help review and recommend the people who would receive the Shuttleworth Fellowship which funds the fellow's salary as well as their project up to $250,000. It's one of the most interesting and successful fellowship programs that I know for funding unique, provocative and unconventional individuals and their ideas. I'm a huge fan. We saw some great applications and I was really happy with the three fellows selected for the round that I worked on, Achal, Isha...

24/7 DIY Video Summit »

24/7 DIY Video Summit is a conference which involves more of my friends than just about any conference recently. It should be a blast. Be there or be square.24/7: A DIY VIDEO SUMMIT February 8-10, 2008 School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California [Howard says] I'm thrilled to moderate a session on Feb 9 that will include Yochai Benkler, John Seely Brown, Joi Ito, Henry Jenkins, and Lawrence Lessig. I don't think this particular group has ever been on stage together. Conference web site: http://www.video24-7.org Blog: http://diy.video24-7.org/ Spaces are limited for attendance at the academic panels and the workshops....

A conversation about altruism »

Philipp and I had a conversation about altruism as a follow-on to a bunch of posts he done on the iCommons.org site. I end up rambling on and don't give him much of a chance to talk, but it was fun. Check out other posts on the site and let me know what you think about my theory of altriusm. ;-)philipp (South Africa) on iCommons.orgThe role of altruism in the digital commons Listen to Joi Ito and Philipp Schmidt discuss altruism, the economic man, the difference between happiness and pleasure, carriers of compassion, and that being a happy sharer yourself,...

Happiness, compassion and sharing »

I'm reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. In it, they suggest that we should focus on pursuing happiness as our goal in life and the we should be careful to make a distinction between happiness and pleasure. Doing crack, drinking alcohol and even enjoying nice weather are mostly pleasures and not real happiness. One of the core elements of happiness, according to the Dalai Lama, is compassion. Cutler describes how many psychologists will argue that man is inherently greedy and that the first thing that babies try to do is look for a...

Is YouTube "Web 2.0"? »

Lawrence Lessig has a thoughtful post about something that I've been mentioning in recent talks I've given, but haven't blogged much about. I'm often asked to speak about "Web 2.0". I personally think that people are trying to build Bubble 2.0 on top of Web 2.0. Instead of becoming a platform for the future of the Web, it's possible that Web 2.0 is becoming the platform for the short-term future of greedy people. However, I do think that it is important to understand that the recent success and surge in innovation on the Web is due to a semi-new...

Mimi working with Howard on DIY Media Weblog »

My sister (who is often referred to as the quiet but smarter one in the family) is working with one of my favorite people, Howard Rheingold. She gave a talk on "Amateur Cultural Production in the New Networked Age." Howard has blogged it on the DIY Media Weblog where the conversation is continuing. I've been stealing my best talk content from these two for a long time. So here is the "attribution." ;-)...

BookMooch »

On Friday, I met John Buckman. He runs Magnatune, a record label that uses Creative Commons. I've been a huge fan of Magnatune and had been looking forward to meeting him. At the meeting he told me about BookMooch which just launched today. BookMooch is very cool. It reminds me a bit of BookCrossing, but the approach is different. BookCrossing is a way to leave books for people in public places and allow people to find these books. You get to track your book and has a neat book-as-artifact element. BookMooch is more systematic. On BookMooch, you register your books...

Peer to Peer Politics »

By Thomas Crampton I recently heard about lobbyists in Europe fighting for the rights of peer-to-peer software users by employing a peer-to-peer platform to analyze the law extremely quickly. Any other recent examples/new uses of peer-to-peer software in politics?...

Next Gen Publishing »

By Thomas Crampton As a journalist, I admit to having more than a passing interest in the future of media/publishing. For "next generation" publishing, I currently see two main technical developments... -wireless connections for ubiquitous Internet, and -smaller and easier-to-read screens, ...that are bringing two main social changes... -increased trust/reliance on peer-to-peer communication, and -a more conversational style of journalism that contrasts with the previous model (that more resembled lecturing). You can see the changes already having a concrete effect, with U.S. news magazines responding to the Internet -- in part by cutting back their foreign staff and editions. What...

22C3 Talk »

I just finished my keynote for the 22C3 conference. I'd been mulling over what to talk about from about 2AM or so this morning. After reading the program and the amazing breadth of the 150 or so talks and imagining the 3000 leet hackers that I would be talking to, I decided to put together a brand new talk hitting a lot of the points that often skip because they are controversial or difficult for me to discuss. I was a bit nervous kicking off what I think is one of the most important conference I go to. I am...

French Attempt to Legalize File Sharing »

By Thomas Crampton I was down at the sumptuous French National Assembly (A building that looks like a Greek temple from the outside and a livingroom overdosed with red velvet on the inside) yesterday because a group of latenight legislators this week amended a bill to include a global tax for people wishing to share files over the Internet. Once a user (an "internaut" in French) has paid the fee, that internaut is free to share music or movies on the basis that they are for personal use only. Result: Hey presto! Kazaa would suddenly be legal in France. What...

Five-star price fixing in Paris »

By Thomas Crampton Extracts from my article on how the top six Paris hotels were caught fixing prices. Fines ranged from 258,000 euros for the Hotel de Crillon to 55,000 euros for the Hotel Meurice. The Hôtel George V was fined 115,000; the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, E106,000; the Hôtel Ritz, E104,000; and Le Bristol, E81,000. Email featured prominently in the government's case: "I have the pleasure here of sending you our results and await yours," a sales coordinator at the George V, identified only as Madame X, said in an e-mail dated Feb. 2, 2001, sent to counterparts at the...

French Suburbs in Flames »

Posted by thomas crampton After spending several days in the Paris suburbs and filing stories non-stop all day today, a few things struck me. I have written about the first incident that sparked the riots and today's latest news (more violence already starting tonight and plans by French government to use curfew.) The underlying feeling I got from the young people in Clichy-sous-Bois - where the troubles began - is total despair with no way out. Seems there must be CK Prahalad opportunities for these young people to make a fortune - or at least a living - if they...

Narrowcasting Magazines to Hidden Markets (Divorcees and Gay Parents) »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Inevitable with the narrow-casting of magazines that Germany now has a magazine about divorce. Reminds me of the launch of a magazine in the US for gay parents. (Apologies for this being a Times Select link.) These magazines, Rosenkrieg along with And Baby magazine, show how publishers often miss obvious socioeconomic groups due to prejudices or oversight. Both gay parents and divorcing couples are willing to pay large sums of money for information relating to their situation and there are many advertisers keen to hit those demographics. For years, however, no magazines addressed those issues. Be...

Times Select: Fee or Free? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton As an employee of The New York Times Company, I probably should not raise this issue - but hey! - journalists are instinctive troublemakers. What views on the decision by www.nytimes.com and www.iht.com to implement the Times Select paid subscriptions system for the highest profile columnists. I fear we are giving room for new columnists to arise out of the Blogoshere to rival our own marquee names. I have not thought enough about it, but I wonder if the opposite tactic might not be best. We give away the high profile columnists and charge for specific...

Ballmer in Munich: Google, Linux & the future of corporations »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Just returned to Paris from Munich where I went to write a story on the progress of Open Source implementation by the city government: Microsoft Chief Dines in a Linux City The project has been troubled but is still on track. Attended a small dinner hosted by Dr. Hubert Burda of Hubert Burda Media that was attended by the CEOs of BMW, Adidas and other major German companies. Steve Ballmer, the guest of honor, spoke briefly about Open Source and Google. Ballmer clearly views Google as enemy number 1. He said something like Google had better...

OSCON 2005 »

I'm at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland. Perfect weather, nice town, good conference, good folks. This is my first time in Portland (I think), and my first OSCON. Having recently joined the OSI and Mozilla Foundation board, I'm getting to know the open source community and I am enjoying it very much. I have always had a respectful, but slightly distant relationship with the community having found it a bit intimidating. I'd always been a supporter, promoter and friend, but now I am becoming a participant. I saw Steve Gillmor and Doc Searls wandering the halls of OSCON...

BitTorrent Search Launched »

BitTorrent have just launched a search service. It allows you to search for legal Torrents. Someone slashdotted the secret URL before it was launched and they moved it about an our later. The amazing thing is that someone wrote a Firefox search extension in the hour it was up. ;-) Anyway, this launch is official. It looks like they underestimated the interest and the site is really slow right now, but give it a try in a bit. I would also like to disclose that I am in discussions with BitTorrent about joining their advisory board. It's not inked yet,...

Amateurs vs Professionals »

In yesterday's discussion and in Charles Leadbeater's discussion the day before, there was a lot of talk about the rights of amateurs, the "pro-am revolution" and other arguments about how amateur content and creativity was important. I described how in the blogging world, it's mostly the people who create content who "pay" in contrast to the professional content world where it is the creator who gets paid. I talked about how Creative Commons was really helpful for amateurs who were more passionate about having their works widely accessible than making money. This is not to say that Creative Commons isn't...

The Italian squat scene »

Yesterday, I had a meeting with some of the Italian Indymedia community at a squat. In most countries squatters are considered criminals and local law has very little tolerance for them. In Italy, the squat scene is the center of a lot of the sub-culture and alternative media. After years of resistance, many of the squats on property which was owned by the local government have been officially recognized by the municipalities in various degrees. The squats have events including debates and parties. They have kitchens, living quarters, and in the case of the squat I went to last night,...

GB of Howard »

Did a Garage Band mix of one of Howard's talks at Stanford. (1.44MB mp3 / 1.66MB ogg)...

Omidyar Network cooperation experiments, reputation system »

Smart MobsOmidyar Network cooperation experiments, reputation system The Omidyar Network reputation system is a new experiment in designing the social architecture of an online social network. We'll check back in a year and see how the architecture has influenced the Omidyar Network online community. Something tells me that the $25,000 offered by the network to its members, to do whatever they agree to do, will energize the experiment.When you join omidyar.net, you start with a feedback bank of 10 points. Your feedback bank can be given away, one point at a time, as either positive feedback or negative feedback to...

Off to the Sony Open Forum »

I'm off to Hawaii to the Sony Open Forum. It's a very small gathering of Sony executives, academics and business people who meet during the Sony Open in Hawaii, a PGA tournament. This is the third year I've been invited to go. I really suck a golf. I think I'm the only participant who isn't going to participate in the pro-am tournament. The first year, I promised I would learn to golf by the next year. Last year I made the same promise. I'm returning again, not a single step closer to being good enough to participate. I've been asked...

Commons-based peer production is not communism »

Adina has a nice essay about why participants in what Benkler calls commons-based peer production are not necessarily communists. If you don't have time to read Benkler's 80 page Coase's Peguin paper, I suggest you read Adina's essay which picks up some important points that you don't get in the abstract....
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