Fascinating Figures in the Information WorldPresentation Transcript
CIAN forum 15 July 2008 Fascinating figures in the information world who to watch and read to keep abreast of where we are heading
Professor at Stanford Law School, founding board member of Creative Commons
Focuses on the social dimension of creativity: how creative work builds on the past and how society encourages or inhibits that building with laws and technologies
Books & talks
Code and other laws of cyberspace - how the core values of cyberspace are being threatened and what we can do to protect them
The future of ideas: the fate of the commons in a connected world - Creativity flourishes on the web because it is a neutral platform upon which the widest range of creators could experiment
Free culture: the nature and future of creativity - considers the diminishment of the public domain of ideas and shows how short-sighted interests blind to the long-term damage they’re inflicting are poisoning the ecosystem that fosters innovation
American Internet entrepreneur known for his role in the creation and promotion of Wikipedia in 2001
Ranks among the top ten most-visited web sites worldwide.
Criticisms focus on systemic bias, inconsistencies, reliability and accuracy, vandalism.
See Jimmy Wales’ own entry and read about criticism of the editing changes he made to this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_wales
Ongoing squabble between Jimmy Wales and former Wikipedia colleague, Larry Sanger. Larry has now established Citizendium , a Wiki with stricter editing rules and obligatory disclosure of editor's real names
Writer on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing) - www.rheingold.com
Conflict and cooperation
Howard is interested in the tension between self and community interest.
Tragedy of the commons - conflict over finite resources between individual interests and the common good. Free access and unrestricted demand for a finite resource ultimately structurally dooms the resource through over-exploitation
Cooperation and conflict
Why are we willing to cooperate with people whom we have never met?
Social dilemmas – individually rational, collectively irrational – but can highlight an innate sense of fairness in humans
eg Prisoner’s dilemma
Howard wrote a book called Smart mobs – groups that emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation.
Howard’s shoes www.rheingold.com/art/shoes
American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of internet technologies
Here comes everybody: the power of organizing without organizations
What happens when people are given the tools to do things together, without needing traditional organisational structures.
Clay Shirky has written about this in Ontology is overrated: categories, links, and tags
The strategy of tagging - free-form labeling, without regard to categorical constraints - seems like a recipe for disaster but, as the Web has shown us, you can extract a surprising amount of value from big messy data sets.
I love libraries because I believe they are a true manifestation of the public sphere in the US.
www.librarian.net/about/ - see CC licence
‘ My passion presently is mucking about in the intersection of libraries, technology and politics and describing what I find there.’
Founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, and the One Laptop per Child association (OLPC)
OLPC aims to provide children in developing countries access to education through the provision of $100 laptops and mesh networks in which the laptops connect to each other
Read transcript from ABC Radio National
Or watch TED talk
Or see pics on Flickr
Best known for her expertise on social networking. Her research focuses on how people negotiate a presentation of self to unknown audiences in mediated contexts.
danah writes a lot about a range of interesting topics. Try:
Information access in a networked world
Knowledge access as a public good
Trainer, blogger, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of social media