The Internet

Content and Control: Document from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

Assessing the Impact of Policy Choices on Potential Online Business Models in the Music and Film Industries

This paper seeks to support policymakers' decision making by delineating the potential consequences of policy actions in these areas. To do so, it assesses how such action would impact relevant social values and four business models representative of current and emerging attempts to generate viable revenues from digital media. The authors caution that government intervention is currently premature because it is unlikely to strike an appropriate balance between achieving industry goals while supporting other social values, such as consumer rights, the diversity of available content, and technological innovation.

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

When asked what I believe is the most important feature of the Internet, I boil it down to one thing: dis-intermediation.

Google Is Adding Major Libraries to Its Database

While the Heritage committee and Canadian parliament seem to want to continue to hold Canada back in the past with their copyright revisions, Google is moving forward with the global virtual library.

Google, the operator of the world's most popular Internet search service, plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.

Canada's Task Force on Spam: Stop Spam Here website

Canada's Task Force on Spam has developed a website,, which documents three tips to help you protect yourself and fight spam. While the advise is very good, I believe there is far too much emphasis on virus scanning software which detects known exploitation of known security problems, and not enough on software and vendor choices that design more secure software and patch security problems quickly.

See: Why does not accept attachments from Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Office.

PEW Internet: Artists, Musicians and the Internet.

Artists, Musicians and the Internet: They have embraced the internet as a tool that helps them create, promote, and sell their work. However, they are divided about the impact and importance of free file-sharing and other copyright issues.

Across the board, among those who are both successful and struggling, the artists and musicians we surveyed are more likely to say that the internet has made it possible for them to make more money from their art than they are to say it has made it harder to protect their work from piracy or unlawful use.

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Red Herring: And the question is, ‘Who is a big bully?’

This Red Herring article dicussed how Sony forces one blogger to take down the audio spoiler of this year’s Jeopardy season, while letting The Washington Post and a Georgia television station off the hook.

Welcome to the Xiph.Org Foundation

While this project has been underway for a long time, it may be interesting for people not yet familiar with the importance of Open Source and Open Standards to cultural policy to read the About Xiph.Org introduction written in 1999 by Christopher Montgomery.

Xiph.Org Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the foundations of Internet multimedia from control by private interests. Our purpose is to support and develop free, open protocols and software to serve the public, developer and business markets.

Wired: 'Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread'

This Wired interview by Xeni Jardin includes:

Giving away an album online isn't the way most artists end up with gold records. But it worked out that way for Wilco.


By conventional industry logic, file sharing hurts the odds for commercial success. Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy disagrees. Wired News caught up with him during his current tour to find out just what makes Wilco so wired.

The Internet and Democratic Debate

The Internet and Democratic Debate: Wired Americans hear more points of view about candidates and key issues than other citizens. They are not using the internet to screen out ideas with which they disagree.

Read report by PEW Internet project.

Contrast this with broadcast media where the broadcast owners do generally filtering out ideas with which they disagree, making these ideas less accessable to many citizens.

One Canadian's Wireless Neighborhood Network Could Someday Serve Us All

Like many of us, Andrew Greig put a WiFi access point in his house so he could share his broadband Internet connection. But like hardly any of us, Andrew uses his WiFi network for Internet, television, and telephone. He cancelled his telephone line and cable TV service. Then his neighbors dropped-by, saw what Andrew had done, and they cancelled their telephone and cable TV services, too, many of them without having a wired broadband connection of their own.

Read full article by Robert X. Cringely.

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