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  • 1. CIAN forum 15 July 2008 Fascinating figures in the information world who to watch and read to keep abreast of where we are heading
  • 2. Lawrence Lessig
    • 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
  • 3. Lawrence Lessig
  • 4. 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
  • 5.
    • www.youtube.com/watch?v =7Q25-S7jzgs&feature=related –
    • Lawrence Lessig at TED
  • 6. Tim Berners-Lee
    • Inventor of the internet and director of the World Wide Web Consortium .
    • He supports the contention that no body should own the domain names, as they constitute a public resource.
    • ‘ The roots of the domain named should not be owned, it is a public domain resource and it should be managed very carefully for the people of the world.’
  • 7. Creative Commons
    • Provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry.
    • creativecommons.org /about/license
    • support.creativecommons.org /videos
    • Flickr uses CC
  • 8. Lessig & PowerPoint
    • Lessig's presentations ‘are a fantastic combination of content, art and brand...’
    • www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2005/10/the_lessig_meth.html
  • 9. Jimmy Wales
    • American Internet entrepreneur known for his role in the creation and promotion of Wikipedia in 2001
  • 10. Wikipedia
    • Ranks among the top ten most-visited web sites worldwide.
    • Criticisms focus on systemic bias, inconsistencies, reliability and accuracy, vandalism.
  • 11. Wikipedia gossip
    • 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
  • 12. Howard Rheingold
    • 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Smart Mobs
    • Howard wrote a book called Smart mobs – groups that emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation.
    • www.smartmobs.com/book/book_summ.html
  • 16. Howard’s shoes www.rheingold.com/art/shoes
  • 17. Clay Shirky
    • American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of internet technologies
    • www.shirky.com
  • 18. 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.
    • www.herecomeseverybody.org
  • 19. Tagging
    • 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.
  • 20. Jessamyn West
    • 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
  • 21. Jessamyn West
    • ‘ My passion presently is mucking about in the intersection of libraries, technology and politics and describing what I find there.’
    • www.librarian.net/talks/aus2.0
  • 22. Nicholas Negroponte
    • Founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, and the One Laptop per Child association (OLPC)
  • 23. 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
  • 24. OLPC
    • Read transcript from ABC Radio National
    • Or watch TED talk
    • Or see pics on Flickr
  • 25. danah boyd
    • 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.
    • www.danah.org
    • danah’s blog
  • 26. danah boyd
    • danah writes a lot about a range of interesting topics. Try:
    • Information access in a networked world
    • Knowledge access as a public good
  • 27. Beth Kanter
    • Trainer, blogger, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of social media
    • www.bethkanter.org
  • 28. Beth Kantor
    • Here is Beth’s blog
    • Beth supports Creative Commons:
    • creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7806
    • Find out about working wikily !
  • 29.