Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law
A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.
‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’
Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default
Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools
Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review
Follow the money. Tools for reporters investigating companies
The Investigative Dashboard, or ID, is a space for investigative journalists and citizen reporters to find resources, share information, and learn new ‘tricks of the trade’.
ID is not, however, just a collection of tools and tips. It is also part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national work and to build networks between investigative reporters across the globe.
Organized crime and corruption doesn’t stop at national borders, so why should journalists?
Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Pitch us your stories
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has issued an open invitation for journalists with great unpublished stories to pitch them for possible funding.
The Bureau is based at City University and was officially launched yesterday after receiving £2m in funding last year from the Potter Foundation
Council decision-making is ‘more secretive today than ever’ – Roy Greenslade Guardian April 15th
Political Studies Association paper J Morrison: Spin, smoke-filled rooms, and the decline of council reporting by local newspapers download pdf
Hansard Society report Digital citizens & democratic engagement download pdf
Opening up local election data
“As well as the general election on May 6th, there are also a number of local council elections too. With this in mind it’s become clear that election data needs to be opened up, so as well as knowing what councillor sits on what committee, people can also find out when they were elected, how many votes they’ve received, as well as things like voter turnout.”
10 new case studies of examples of good involvement by public bodies: Urban Forum
John Naughton: Cloud computing: the carbon footprint. Greenpeace report Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change
Guardian: Scientists cleared of malpractice in UEA’s hacked emails inquiry 14th April
Green ICT projects showcased: Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges JISC
How we built the UK national carbon calculator Datastore
Five favourite sustainability-related TED talks of the past 5 years: Earth day the TED way 22nd April
Economist: Hydrogen tries again
From the beginning, the cloud hanging over the whole hydrogen enterprise has not been the power source as such, but the intractable difficulty of distributing and storing the stuff.
Google Maps Navigation video UK
Google has enabled the turn-by-turn GPS navigation on all devices running Android version 1.6 or later
Out-law: Privacy commissioners collaborate on anti-Google action
Privacy watchdogs from 10 countries from around the world have written to Google to protest at those parts of its services that they believe “[betray] a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and law”.
The privacy commissioners have called on Google and any other organisation operating internationally to make sure that their services comply with the privacy laws in all the countries covered by a service.
4 new bodies added to FOI Act
The bodies covered by the change are: the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and Academy Trusts – the bodies responsible for Academy Schools
Ministry of Justice
Google produces stats on govt requests for data http://www.google.com/governmentrequests/
Technology priorities for Higher Education JISC 2010 Conference 12th and 13th April
Sustainability LIve 20th and 21st April
Presentations from the Achieving low carbon business opportunities seminar programme are available for download
Open Knowledge Foundation conference 24th April
programme #okcon http://www.okfn.org/okcon/programme
Site for the ‘PayItForward’ RepRap meetups shown at #okcon http://payitforwardprinting.com/
#okcon notes collected here in a piratepad
Research papers contributed to #okcon 2010 are now online Proceedings of the 5th Open Knowledge Conference