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Friday, May 25, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Interesting that it comes from a marketing professor. I wonder if there's something about the field that encourages thinking about "property" in malleable ways, or if it's just a coincidence.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Also, one of the big two US medical journals is now doing Internet polls. If this is all that's come of the Wikipedia concept, then we're really in trouble. Polls* are one of the worst ways of capturing distributed knowledge because they're both non-representative and provide little value from the short tail (the one on the right, not the left). Textual comments are better, because they capture the latter phenomenon, the well-versed reader.
*I'm distinguishing here between polls, which encourage readers to participate simply to have their voices heard on one issue, and voting systems, which provide more personal incentives to participation (e.g. I vote on IMDB because it helps me keep track of which movies I've liked in the past and might want to see again; on Amazon, I might vote to punish a product which I hated) and also tend to spread out the voting over many items (although I think the incentive issue is the real key here).
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
One example of adaptation involves the World Trade Organization, which requires members to follow uniform trade policies, including protecting copyrights. When Saudi Arabia asked to join, its religious judges had to be convinced that bootlegging videos and software constituted stealing under Islamic law. So a group of judges was flown to Geneva, where officials participating in the talks said they were, eventually, convinced.Ari
Friday, May 04, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
For countries with strong social and legal norms of free speech, it probably doesn't matter (in some sense it's Lessig's code vs. law dichotomy) for most things. Yet even here, you eventually you run across an issue like copyright or trade secrets, where censorship emerges.
Just as when speed limits are set arbitrarily low, causing otherwise law-abiding citizens to speed and eroding respect for the law, outlawing a form of speech that most of the population supports (or in the case of this particular, rather obscure issue, would support if they knew and/or cared) erodes respect for the law in general. But this is different, as well, because of the network architecture issue above. When these users are threatened, they build a better system. Unfortunately, as with FreeNet, once you build a system truly immune from any responsibility, you've now helped the people that basically everyone agrees should be censored.*
So even if ordinary citizens aren't terribly moved by those auguring for a more sane copyright policy, they should be by the unintended consequences.
* I should say that I think FreeNet is great for what it has done in China and the potential it has in many locations of the world to break censorious regimes. I just don't think it should welcome the kind of material that it does onto its major gateways.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007