Monthly Archives: March 2009

Argentine economics and maker culture

I had a lot of air miles. Rachel had a lull in the Jewish religious calendar between Purim and Passover. We hadn’t taken a “real” vacation – i.e., not one built around my speaking engagements – for about four years. … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day

Happy Ada Lovelace Day, everyone. I’m joining the nearly two thousand people who’ve responded to Suw Charman-Anderson’s pledge: “I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 … Continue reading

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Media Cloud code release

As promised, the code for Media Cloud is now available for your download. It’s licensed under the Affero GPL, and you’d want to have current versions of Perl and Postgres SQL on your system before playing with it. It’s not … Continue reading

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On vacation

Light, if any, posting for the next ten days – Rachel and I are going to Argentina. Looking forward to posting photos, and to testing the accuracy of this amazing blog post, “Argentina on Two Steaks a Day“. See you … Continue reading

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Lova Rakatomalala on Twitter and Madagascar. And the US State Department.

Lova Rakotamalala has been spending a lot of his time explaining the crisis in Madagascar to the global media. Embedded video from CNN Video In a recent blog post, he explains some of the factors that’s led him to the … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-18

Ethanol's African Landgrab | Mother Jones An ambitious plan to grow sugarcane for ethanol in the Massingir region of Mozambique raises complex land use issues, suggestions about corruption, and complex intrigue. As a rush for agricultural land in Africa unfolds, … Continue reading

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David Post, Jefferson and a moose

Jonathan Zittrain introduces David Post of Temple Law School as “one of the framers of the field” of cyberspace governance. With David Johnson, Post laid down much of the track for an argument sometimes referred to as “internet exceptionalism”, an … Continue reading

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Jeff Howe on Crowdsourcing

In 2005, journalist Jeff Howe was writing a story about MySpace. He wasn’t interested in the site so much as a social network, but as a tool that creative artists, especially musicians, were using to circumvent gatekeepers like music labels. … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-17

Aviary – Terms Absolutely gorgeous terms of service, with an easily readable english summary in the right column. Serious kudos to their lawyers, and a great example of how web2.0 companies should write TOS (tags: legal termsofservice tos example design … Continue reading

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links for 2009-03-16

It%u2019s Not Imperialism! It%u2019s a Uniquely Korean Dream! | The Marmot's Hole Korean reactions to the FT story on Daewoo Logistics in Madagascar. Useful comment threads (tags: politics security food madagascar korea farming daewoo africa trade) Daewoo Logistics: FT is … Continue reading

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