Monthly Archives: April 2007

Ooh! Shiny!

My friend JC Herz spoke at the same State Department event I was attending in Washington yesterday, and came away with the best quote of the event: “For the most part, coverage of technology by journalists doesn’t get beyond ‘Oooh! … Continue reading

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Access to Knowledge – Mobilizing Industry

I’m at the Access to Knowledge conference at Yale Law School today – I’ve missed some of the heavy-hitting opening talks (Yochai Benkler, Ronaldo Lemos, Jamie Boyle), but there are panels filled with smart people, including the first session of … Continue reading

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links for 2007-04-28

“Six Questions for Walker Todd on Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank” by Ken Silverstein (Harper’s Magazine) “I don’t think he deserves to be fired because of his role in seeking a raise for his girlfriend, but he is in … Continue reading

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Geek tracking, African hacking

I’m at a State Department event today, giving a talk about technology and activism – the event is under “Chatham House Rules“, which means that the discussion can be reported, but can’t be attributed. But I’ve asked Dr. Nathan Eagle … Continue reading

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links for 2007-04-26

Andrew Lih ? Blog Archive ? Pew report on Wikipedia use Interesting Wikipedia usage stats – correlation between youth and wikipedia use, as well as between high levels of education and wikipedia usage… (tags: wikipedia) Lunch over IP: BondyBlog: covering … Continue reading

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A talk at the World Bank, and the meeting I almost (accidently) crashed

This is one of the busier weeks in recent memory. I’ve slept in different cities each of the last four nights, given two talks, and have two more talks and another city ahead before the week’s over. I was griping … Continue reading

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links for 2007-04-25

Zimbabwe | A rogue state with charm | Economist.com The Economist’s online editor is blogging from within ZImbabwe. (tags: africa zimbabwe failedstate freespeech censorship) Blogs As the New Frontier in Human Rights by Evgeny Morozov – The Globalist > > … Continue reading

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Where’s the international movement to Free Monem?

My friend Marc Lynch offered a challenging and provocative post ten days ago about “selective indignation”. He pointed out that Kareem Amer Soliman – a blogger sentenced to four years in prison for his online writings about the Egyptian government … Continue reading

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links for 2007-04-24

Novatium A thin-client model for low cost computing, developed by Rajesh Jain and others. Possible Indian answer to OLPC, though using a radically different model (tags: india olpc) Carpooling gets a new dash of green – The Boston Globe Can … Continue reading

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Good news for my friends at FON

One of the challenges FON – a wireless-sharing company that I’ve been on the US advisory board of for the past year (see my disclosure policy) – has been convincing internet service providers that the company is an ally, not … Continue reading

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