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SOPA, Internet Regulation And the Economics of Piracy | Julian Sanchez | Cato Institute: Commentary

SOPA, Internet Regulation And the Economics of Piracy | Julian Sanchez | Cato Institute: Commentary | digital culture | Scoop.it

The International Intellectual Property Alliance—a kind of meta-trade association for all the content industries, and a zealous prophet of the piracy apocalypse, released a report back in November meant to establish that copyright industries are so economically valuable that they merit more vigorous government protection. But it actually paints a picture of industries that, far from being “killed” by piracy, are already weathering a harsh economic climate better than most, and have far outperformed the overall US economy through the current recession. The “core copyright industries” have, unsurprisingly, shed some jobs over the past few years, but again, compared with the rest of the economy, employment seems to have held relatively stable at a time when you might expect cash-strapped consumers to be turning to piracy to save money.

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Andres Monroy-Hernandez on Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity | Berkman Center

Andres Monroy-Hernandez on Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity | Berkman Center | digital culture | Scoop.it

The Scratch Online Community allows young people to share and remix their own video games and animations, as well as those of their peers. In four years, the community has grown to close to a million registered members and more than two million user-contributed projects. Andrés Monroy-Hernández — the developer of Scratch, a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research, and Berkman Fellow — presents a framework for the design and study of an online community of amateur creators, focusing on remixing as a lens to understand the social, cultural, and technical structures of a social computing system that supports creative expression.

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All Your Bandwidth Are Belong To Us: Half Of World’s Bandwidth Consumed By Only 1% of Users | Singularity Hub

All Your Bandwidth Are Belong To Us: Half Of World’s Bandwidth Consumed By Only 1% of Users | Singularity Hub | digital culture | Scoop.it

It’s tough being an avid mobile device user these days. First, carriers tempt you with the latest feature-packed devices while promising to satiate your content fix, then they hobble your data plan and shun you for hogging the network. Now a scathing report of a survey conducted by the British mobile consulting company, Arieso, makes you look as bad as a hedge fund manager. Smartphone users who snagged an iPhone 4S since its release in October are accessing two times the data that iPhone 4 users are using and three times the data of iPhone 4G users. The worst offenders, however, are using 3G modems or USB dongles for laptops, consuming over 8 times the data of iPhone 4S users. And if you literally live on your device, you are part of the 1% of extremists consuming 50% of the data on the network. As the survey found that average device demand is increasing by 40% per year, Arieso warns mobile operators that things are only going to get worse in the next year. Yikes.

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Musing gently about improvisation, permission and forgiveness

You can come up with rules for how people should do things, and come up with tables of authorities and permissions and what-have-you. Much of the time, all you’ve done is lay out a rulebase that can be automated. And perhaps should be automated. But maybe it’s too late for that. Today, we’re seeing a shift from process to pattern, a shift from rule to principle, a shift from hierarchical to networked, a shift from centralised to edge-based. No more repeatable processes. Values-based activity. With domain experts dotted throughout the organisation, engaging with customers who expect the people they’re dealing with to be empowered to deal.

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The Digital Dilemma 2 | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The Digital Dilemma 2 | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences | digital culture | Scoop.it

The Digital Dilemma 2 focuses on the more acute challenges faced by independent filmmakers, documentarians and nonprofit audiovisual archives. While 75 percent of theatrically released motion pictures are independently produced, these communities typically lack the resources, personnel and funding to address sustainability issues that are available to major Hollywood studios and other large, deep-pocketed enterprises. Independent filmmakers create – and nonprofit film archives collect and store – a sizeable part of moving image and sound heritage. The Academy partnered with the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) to produce this new study with the conviction that these communities shouldn't be allowed to fall through the cracks.

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OpenGov: Conference-Slutting Toward Good Governance | El Oso

OpenGov: Conference-Slutting Toward Good Governance | El Oso | digital culture | Scoop.it

2012 looks a lot like a convenient excuse for the Latin American diplomatic jet set to rack up their American Express rewards points while in Cartagena, Brasilia, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere. Looking through a less cynical filter, 2012 could also be an important opportunity to build strong, international coalitions that eventually establish standards and roadmaps for the nascent open government movement. (The goal being, as Beth Noveck clearly articulates, that what we call “open government” today is what we will simply call “government” in the future.)

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Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview

Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview | digital culture | Scoop.it
"Are you fucked?" I ask.

Assange pauses and looks out the window. The house is surrounded by rolling fields and quiet woods, but they offer him little in the way of escape. The British Supreme Court will hear his extradition appeal on February 1st – but even if he wins, he will likely still remain a wanted man. Interpol has issued a so-called "red notice" for his arrest on behalf of Swedish authorities for questioning in "connection with a number of sexual offenses" – Qaddafi, accused of war crimes, earned only an "orange notice" – and the U.S. government has branded him a "high-tech terrorist," unleashing a massive and unprecedented investigation designed to depict Assange's journalism as a form of international espionage. Ever since November 2010, when WikiLeaks embarrassed and infuriated the world's governments with the release of what became known as Cablegate, some 250,000 classified diplomatic cables from more than 150 countries, the group's supporters have found themselves detained at airports, subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, and ordered to turn over their Twitter accounts and e-mails to authorities.

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On the long tail: Heads you win, tails you lose | Harold Jarche

On the long tail: Heads you win, tails you lose | Harold Jarche | digital culture | Scoop.it

After seven years as an independent working online and participating in online content creation, I am starting to wonder how much room there really is in pocket #2 and if it’s just a (very) short extension of pocket #1. Jaron Lanier in You Are Not a Gadget, says:
The people who are perhaps the most screwed by open culture are the middle classes of intellectual and cultural creation. The freelance studio musician, the stringer selling reports to newspapers from warzones are both crucial contributors to culture. Each pays dues and devotes years to honing a craft. They used to live off the trickle down effects of the old system, and like the middle class at large, they are precious. They get nothing from the new system.

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How Small is BigData? | meedabyte

How Small is BigData? | meedabyte | digital culture | Scoop.it

Big Data was one of the most talked buzzwords of 2011 and despite there’s no lack of interesting trends for 2012 – eHealth, Collaborative Consumption, IT consumerization, Post TV era… – I think that the focus on Big Data will it’s not fade so quickly.

By the way, now that we have technologies, a lack of methodologies to extract knowledge and meaning from data, keeps intuitions hidden inside them. Our ability to analyze, therefore, is likely to represent the real bottleneck to prevent a revolution waiting to be liberated.

 

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Four modes of open government. | Edgeryders

Four modes of open government. | Edgeryders | digital culture | Scoop.it

The Wikileaks Model ('We Open Governments', said the banner), The Aid Transparency Model (Open Data movement), The Star-Tides model (Civil cooperation with government), The General Model: Open Government (publish everything the government does and knows, in convenient machine-readable formats, on the basis that it is being done on behalf of the public, the same public who paid for it, the public that has a right to know. This public is poorly served by inefficient, opaque government).

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If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA?

If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? | digital culture | Scoop.it

For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with the problem of "rogue sites" hosted overseas. They've been pushing bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act as essential weapons in the fight.

But evidently, American law enforcement didn't get the memo that they were powerless against overseas file-sharing services. The day after the Internet's historic protest of SOPA and PIPA last week, the United States government unsealed an indictment against the people behind Megaupload, one of the largest sites on the Internet.

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Fight Internet Censorship by Turning Your WordPress Site Into a Proxy

Fight Internet Censorship by Turning Your WordPress Site Into a Proxy | digital culture | Scoop.it

Want a practical way to fight censorship using your WordPress site? The RePress plugin will turn your site into a proxy for sites that have been censored by oppressive regimes. 

In light of the recent worldwide internet protests against SOPA / PIPA, RePress is a WordPress plugin for those just radical enough to actually do something about censorship. It’s a tool that gives average WordPress users the power to make a difference, especially for websites that have already been censored.

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The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA | venomous porridge

The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA | venomous porridge | digital culture | Scoop.it

Apple, in this EULA, is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output. It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented.

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A Tale Of Two Letters: Facebook's Vague Social Mission | SVW

A Tale Of Two Letters: Facebook's Vague Social Mission | SVW | digital culture | Scoop.it

Mark Zuckerberg's letter to prospective shareholders was incredibly vague about his company's "social mission" and there was no announcement of a charitable foundation -- as Google had done when it filed its IPO papers eight years ago.

A comparison of the two founders' letter to shareholders reveals a surprisingly large difference in what motivates the rival organizations, what's important to them ... and what's not.

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Akamai State of the Internet Report

Akamai State of the Internet Report | digital culture | Scoop.it

Each quarter, Akamai publishes a quarterly "State of the Internet" report. This report includes data gathered across Akamai's global server network about attack traffic, average & maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

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Drone Diplomacy: Comply or Die | Global Guerrillas

Gunboat diplomacy was the essence of military power projection for centuries. Want to coerce a country? Sail a aircraft carrier battle group into their national waters.

However, carrier battlegroups are hideously expensive, increasingly vulnerable to low cost attack, and less lethal than they appear (most of the weapons systems are used for self-defense).

The final benefit of Drone Diplomacy: drones make it possible to apply coercion at the individual or small group level in a way that a blunt instrument like a carrier battle group can't.

How long before we have open source anti-drone missiles?

 

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Less TV, more Internet: First White House Google Plus Hangout features real questions from citizens | Digiphile

Less TV, more Internet: First White House Google Plus Hangout features real questions from citizens | Digiphile | digital culture | Scoop.it

Today, more than a quarter of a million people* watched the first Presidential Google Hangout with President +Barack Obama from +The White House. The archived video, below, comes courtesy of Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa, whose shared his review of President Obama’s first Hangout at Reuters.com. For the best reporting I’ve seen on the participants and questions, read Sarah Lai Stirland on President Obama’s Hangout.

My immediate takeaway? The forum featured real questions on significant issues, with genuine citizen-president interactions, with back and forth conversation. That was precisely the promise of the platform that I considered ahead of time, when I asked whether a Google+ Hangout could bring the president closer to the citizens he serves.

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Six Provocations for Big Data by Danah Boyd, Kate Crawford | SSRN

Six Provocations for Big Data by Danah Boyd, Kate Crawford | SSRN | digital culture | Scoop.it

The era of Big Data has begun. Computer scientists, physicists, economists, mathematicians, political scientists, bio-informaticists, sociologists, and many others are clamoring for access to the massive quantities of information produced by and about people, things, and their interactions. Diverse groups argue about the potential benefits and costs of analyzing information from Twitter, Google, Verizon, 23andMe, Facebook, Wikipedia, and every space where large groups of people leave digital traces and deposit data. This essay offers six provocations that we hope can spark conversations about the issues of Big Data. Given the rise of Big Data as both a phenomenon and a methodological persuasion, we believe that it is time to start critically interrogating this phenomenon, its assumptions, and its biases.

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U2 Manager Calls Google "Monopoly", Spotify "Promotional Medium" #MIDEM - hypebot

U2 Manager Calls Google "Monopoly", Spotify "Promotional Medium" #MIDEM - hypebot | digital culture | Scoop.it
Google’s role in the recent campaign against the proposed SOPA anti-piracy legislation in the US came in for a sustained attack by U2′s manager Paul McGuinness this morning, at the Midem conference in Cannes. “Why are they not trying to solve the future in a more generous way?” he asked.

“Ultimately it is in their interests that the flow of content will continue. And that won’t happen unless it’s paid for. And I don’t think we can rely on politicians who are afraid of being unpopular to accomplish this without some willingness and generosity on the part of the tech area.”

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Yochai Benkler: Megaupload-Style Cases Will Kill Prosecuted Companies

(Bloomberg Law) -- Last week was a busy one in digital intellectual property. In the wake of a day of online protest by technology companies and
individuals opposing the proposed federal Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), the Obama Administration pulled its support for the measures. A day later, federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against senior officials at Megaupload, one of the Internet's largest file-sharing sites. The officials were arrested in New Zealand and millions of dollars in assets were seized. Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia talks with Yochai Benkler, Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, about copyright law in the wake of the developments.

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PHP Zend Pulse Developer Survey | New Relic blog

PHP Zend Pulse Developer Survey | New Relic blog | digital culture | Scoop.it

The great folks at Zend, the PHP Company have assembled their latest “Zend Developer Pulse” Report (available for free, here). The report suggests that Developers plan to invest most of their time, talent and energy in mobile and API projects over the coming year — and will continue to code in a variety of languages. Apparently the survey itself was conducted in late November 2011; around 3,335 respondents were polled.

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8 Things Spotify Could Do Right Now To Show They Care About Musicians | hypebot

8 Things Spotify Could Do Right Now To Show They Care About Musicians | hypebot | digital culture | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Gavin Castleton, a songwriter and producer from Portland, OR. 1. Promote “Buy Now” links on album pages and next to individual tracks. 2. Allow artists to edit their own profiles... Check it out!

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Does Online Piracy Hurt The Economy? A Look At The Numbers | Forbes

Does Online Piracy Hurt The Economy? A Look At The Numbers | Forbes | digital culture | Scoop.it

Julian Sanchez has an excellent piece in Ars Technica which takes a look at the claim that content creators are being discouraged from creative pursuits due to online piracy – a claim that has fueled the recently stalled anti-piracy legislation in congress.

Whether SOPA and PIPA would have actually worked is an open question, but whether they were ever even necessary to begin with is even more important

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Tech Lessons from the Seattle Snowstorm | The Chief Seattle Geek blog

Tech Lessons from the Seattle Snowstorm | The Chief Seattle Geek blog | digital culture | Scoop.it

Every city, county and state is all about geography and maps. Maps are the way we deploy resources (think “snowplows”). Maps are the way we understand what’s happening in our jurisdiction. Everyone who has lived and traveled inside a city can look on a map and instantly visualize locations – what the “West Seattle bridge” or any other street, infrastructure or geographical feature (think “hill”) looks like.

For this storm, we have some great mapping tools in place, especially a map which showed which streets had been recently plowed and de-iced. This map used GPS technology attached to the snowplow trucks. That same map had links to over 162 real-time traffic cameras so people could see the street conditions and traffic. (Other cities, like Chicago, have similar maps.)

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Why the feds smashed Megaupload | Ars Technica

Why the feds smashed Megaupload | Ars Technica | digital culture | Scoop.it

The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on "cyberlocker" site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom. In a 72-page indictment unsealed in a Virginia federal court, prosecutors charged that the site earned more than $175 million since its founding in 2005, most of it based on copyright infringement.

As for the site's employees, they were paid lavishly and they spent lavishly. Even the graphic designer, 35-year-old Slovakian resident Julius Bencko, made more than $1 million in 2010 alone.

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