In a media world with one eye on the bottom line and the other on the official line, itâ€™s getting harder to publish or broadcast anything that doesnâ€™t promise huge sales and attendant profits, and that doesnâ€™t say or show what is approved. But itâ€™s still possible
perhaps it is time to start a universal trust to support the free press?
In association with the Australian Memory of the World Committee and under the auspices of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Library of Australia will organize the Third International Memory of the World Conference from 19 to 22 February 2008 in Canberra, Australia.
WSIS Golden Book Publication:
More than 375 submissions were made to the Golden Book by governments, international organizations, NGOs, companies and individuals, describing their work towards promoting ICT activities. ITU estimates that the activities announced during the Tunis Phase to promote WSIS goals represented a total value of at least â‚¬ 3.2 billion (US$ 3.9 billion). Governments committed to implement projects for some â‚¬ 1.9 billion, representing nearly two-thirds of estimated total value of all commitments, while international organizations pledged to carry out activities for around half that amount, i.e. 0.83 billion Euros. Business entities announced plans to realize projects for around 0.35 billion Euros and civil society projects amount to least 0.13 billion Euros.
Before, if you wanted to get a picture of the Wright Brothers’ plane, you could go to the Smithsonian Images Web site and pay for a print or high-resolution image after clicking through several warnings about copyrights and other restrictions — and only if you were a student, teacher or someone pledging not to use it to make money.
Now, you can just go to the free photo-sharing Web site flickr.com.
Carl Malamud and his group are doing some good work on freeing and sustaining the freedom of access to public resources
This book will make you look at every store-bought item you own or debate owning with a curious skepticism that — after reading the book — won’t seem too unwarranted. It was published two years ago (a cheap paperback came out in the fall), but if you’ve yet to explore the fascinating, potentially paranoia-inducing, world of RFID and you want the cautionary, consumer-advocate perspective about the Radio Frequency Identification tracking being proposed — and used! — by certain companies (for instance, Gillette, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart)
“New” Internet to Be Built by Original Designer:
Arguably, BBN has more Internet experience than any other company. In 1969 it led the effort to connect computers at four universities, a linkage that became ARPAnet, the original backbone of today’s Internet.
yes.. and then bill joy fixed it so it actually worked fairly quickly.
A lot of Web geeks believe that one day everything ever created by humans will be available online. Call it the myth of the universal library. Here’s how the myth goes: Because there is unlimited real estate in cyberspace and because media can be digitized, we can fill cyberspace with all human knowledge and give everyone access to it. Without further ado, I present to you three arguments for eliminating the myth of the universal library.
It is true, we can’t… do it… but then… that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do something.