Tag Archives: filesharing

September #2

Digital Britain
Featured Artists Coalition opposes disconnections policy ISP review
Split in the organisations representing musicians. FAC vs Musicians Union, PPL Observer
The BIS consultation on disconnections ends on 15th September.
FT: UK government to approve TV product placement Uturn

David Byrne “… scariest for publishers I guess, is that inevitably someone will hack the Kindle (or other formats) — and the books will become shareable… and copiable and infinitely reproducible, just like MP3s.” http://j.mp/SvF2y

Mobile phones in Japan may be installed with software to block music piracy http://bit.ly/9aJKo
Video: The Worst Anti-Piracy Ad Ever? –http://bit.ly/2LAHL

Higher Education
With some academics giving their time + free software you can start a university. Courses have begun at Peer to Peer University http://p2pu.org/
Interview with Michael Wesch “A Sense of Purpose” in EduCause. http://digs.by/J9s on use of social media and video in higher Education. Note, however, that you can read the extract in a couple of minutes. The podcast takes longer.

Internet Radio
Start-up Mixcloud is invitation-only at present. Register to try it. Runs in the browser, social media features. Mixcloud

FT on London Twitter-based start-ups http://bit.ly/2ABosJ See also, hypecycle Gartner report. And don’t try to build a business which depends on Twitter.

Fox network and Judge Sotomayor inauguration
“With journalists being laid off in droves, ideologues have stepped forward to provide the “reporting” that feeds the 24-hour news cycle. The collapse of journalism means that the quest for information has been superseded by the quest for ammunition.” The Atlantic
Linked data and journalism: what’s the future? Paul Bradshaw (Birmingham City University and Help Me Investigate) chairs the discussion. journalism.co.uk

Open Government
Re-usable data in the Home Office http://bit.ly/16L6Hl
Non-personal datasets published by the Home Office http://bit.ly/1av1JL
Clay Shirky, Government 2.0 The social psychology of crowdsourcing http://www.blip.tv/file/259…
Government 2.0 Aneesh Chopra: Agencies to publish engagement plans+release machine readable data http://blip.tv/file/2591923

Research tools
Colin Meek: How to customise your browser for effective online research http://bit.ly/6BhFM

Social Media, history of
100 years ago, postcards were microblogs. Poor punctuation + ungrammatical form sparked moral panic: http://j.mp/2ta3l9 fyi, this is a Daily Mail link.

25 Useful Data Visualization and Infographics Resources http://ff.im/-7Wqhg

WordPress & education
Slides from Joss Winn’s ALT_C 2009 presentation. WordPress Multi-User: BuddyPress and Beyond http://bit.ly/QPOss


September #1

Cloud Computing
Cory Doctorow: ‘ the main attraction of the cloud to investors and entrepreneurs is the idea of making money from you, on a recurring, perpetual basis, for something you currently get for a flat rate or for free without having to give up the money or privacy that cloud companies hope to leverage into fortunes.’ Guardian

Digital Britain
Open Rights Group, BT, Which?, TalkTalk, Consumer Focus respond to government plans to disconnect internet users http://bit.ly/4mCuBA
“3.9M or 7M? Behind the UK’s dodgy file-sharing numbers” http://tinyurl.com/l2xsxk Radio 4 More or Less investigation

Winning Open Design for Classroom of the Future http://ping.fm/QsdXh

http://tr.im/yhQJ Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching it to newspapers

Higher Education
Fast Company on free online alternatives to university: Wiley, P2P University, MIT http://bit.ly/bRS40

SSRN Business plans for public WiFi failed to anticipate how residents would use the service. http://bit.ly/2QP6G
Victor Keegan on some online start-ups Guardian

Cardiff Future of Journalism Conference: how newspapers use Twitter (mostly badly) http://bit.ly/rzPGX
Video: Leading academics’ views on whether there’s a future for journalism http://bit.ly/rG2yh
Emily Bell: Proposals For Newspaper Publishers Include Google Micropayments http://cnt.to/hHY good summary

By 2015, chinese government is planning to have 286 cities digitally mapped http://tinyurl.com/omtau4 reports Beijing Review

FT techblog: Apple allows Rhapsody music streams on iPhone: http://bit.ly/46Hy17 Spotify, now RealNetworks. FCC taking an interest.

Open ID
OpenID Pilot Program to be Announced by US Government http://bit.ly/yWSBH

Open Access
MIT OpenCourseWare Shares Some Stats and Prepares to Make Site Improvements http://bit.ly/SgKyS

Simon Garfield on IKEA’s switch from Futura to Verdana: flatpack font
Why does it matter? Illustrated

August #4

Digital Britain
Watch interview Martha Lane Fox with Robert Peston http://bit.ly/10XE5L
Appetite fades for ‘top-slicing’ BBC funding http://bit.ly/19GwGd
Peter Mandelson: ‘nothing has been predetermined’ http://bit.ly/LQCU4
John Naughton on Lord Mandelson’s intervention: http://bit.ly/RfXHu

Edinburgh Television Festival
Full version of James Murdoch’s James MacTaggart speech is here on Guardian: http://bit.ly/QfSkI
Robert Peston lecture What future for media & journalism? full text http://bit.ly/RfmNK

Interested AstroTurf lobbying analysis? See this article on US health care http://tr.im/xhSn
Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists http://bit.ly/ehiAv

Documentary on Hans Rosling http://bit.ly/9Pt41 Be inspired.
Deschooling society by Ivan Illich (digress.it version and eBook) http://bit.ly/lvBhn
Google Apps for Education: ePortfolio and Formative Assessment Workflow:http://bit.ly/15SR0m

Higher Education: sponsorship opportunity
Buy a college-themed casket for your death! http://tinyurl.com/mk4e3c

EU funded P2P network develops next generation internet TV http://bit.ly/14QdJM & http://www.p2p-next.org/
Innovation boost for UK business as companies invited to bid for £6m investment http://bit.ly/zAW4o

Google Book Settlement
Open Book Alliance on the Google book settlement http://www.openbookalliance…
Pamela Samuelson: The Audacity Of The Google Book Search Settlement http://bit.ly/9Ti3q

Jeffrey Sachs: The financial crisis one year after http://tinyurl.com/mbbxxv

The Social History of the MP3 http://bit.ly/1qEX52

Wired: “Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text”http://is.gd/2J5Er

OUT-LAW: Facebook promises to clarify privacy policy and allow more user control http://bit.ly/4jOVFm

July #4


Malcolm Gladwell eviscerates Chris Anderson’s Free. Saving you time as well as money bit.ly



Consultation to reform the rules around commercial radio & local content tr.im

Consultation on liberalising the rules concerning ownership of local media tr.im


Newsgator, Google and RSS

Newsgator: option of paid-for ad-free desktop readers. Synch via Google. Good if you wanted synch with GReader. A lot of people don’t. See comments bit.ly

Techcrunch: NewsGator Discontinues Online RSS Reader, Points To Google Reader bit.ly Desktop readers get Google Reader synchronisation.


Local papers

Andrew Gilligan attack on local authority newspapers in the Evening Standard bit.ly

A good piece about local news, blogs, council newspapers, the Press Association and Digital Britain from 853 blog bit.ly


Sense about Science

Excellent overview of #singhbca by Ben Goldacre pays tribute to “intrepid band of bloggers”: bit.ly

Beware the spinal trap: Simon Singh and chiropractic libel case bit.ly



Chicago’s Horizon Realty Group Sues Woman For $50,000 Over A Tweet bit.ly



Court rules against Blackboard in patent case – bit.ly


You Tube: launches a Reporters’ Centre

“Helping you report the news” bit.ly


Tennenbaum: the price of copyright infringement

Verdict in Joel Tenenbaum case: 22,500 per work. $675,000 total

Fair use is not a defence “Tenenbaum ‘piracy’ case is all over bar the shouting” tinyurl.com

‘How it feels to be sued for $4.5m’ is.gd

The Pirate Bay on trial

Trial of The Pirate Bay interests a readership estimated at 22 million.
Plaintiffs in the case include Warner Bros, MGM, Colombia Pictures Industries, 20th Century Fox, Sony BMG, Universal and EMI.


Paid Content UK

The Register

BBC coverage includes the claim by a lawyer representing media firms, also aired on Channel 4 News, that “four individuals have conducted a big commercial business making money out of others’ file-sharing works, copyright-protected movies, hit music, popular computer games, etc.”

Features an audio clip from the World Service, in which Rick Falkvinge makes a case for regarding file sharing as a public lending right, like libraries. Also, that the online surveillance required to enforce copyright holder’s property rights leads to a police state.

BBC coverage