Cory Doctorow's latest Guardian article says some things that us new-economy citizens have known for years, but that most politicians haven't yet caught up with.
I originally posted this as a comment on Russell's SFWA/DMCA posting, but it grew to the point where it deserves to be an entry in it's own right.
The OECD has launched a public consultation for the Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.
There's a preparatory meeting in Ottawa 3rd October, with various options for online participation, and there's an online questionnaire asking for comments in 4 areas :
An interesting article by Charles Mandel for CanWest News Service talks about a facebook group being yanked. At first glance you might think I would be opposed to such a thing, but in this case the institution simply wanted a "right of reply" to correct misinformation. To me free speech is both a right and a responsibility.
When I was browsing Wikipedia I found an article on MP3 Newswire that referenced Digital Copyright Canada so thought I would create a Wikipedia article for our group. I wasn't even finished editing the page before it was slated to be deleted. I'm pretty much giving up on Wikipedia as it seems to have become as controlled as traditional encyclopedia as far as contributions are concerned. Contributing to a peer production project shouldn't be this painful.
A Lielchill.ca BLOG entry by Mark Francis includes a letter to the editor in reply to a recent National Post article regarding internet anonymity that referenced the Wayne Crookes cases.
I'm no Andrew Keen, and I strongly believe that we average citizens define what culture is, not professionals, so his controversial book is moot. That said, a few surveys recently have caused me to question the wisdom of some Internet crowds. First it was Facebook which had CBC's Great Canadian Wish list which had "Abolish Abortion in Canada" and "Restore the Traditional Definition of Marriage" as two of the top-5 wishes.
As one of the first applications on Facebook when they opened up the API to other developers, CBC set up a Great Canadian Wish List. The idea was simple: facebook users would create "Wishes" which people would then vote for with their support. They said they would compile the top ones for Canada day, and have already started publishing editorials on these topics.
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