Rebecca MacKinnon has a great post of wild-eyed common sense about Google,
China, and the Net as a new global player.
Summary: She’s glad to have Google on the side of an OPEN Internet, but she
doesn’t want the world to be run by even a benevolent corporation. And,
yes, she does note some of the ways Google has not been benevolent or OPEN.
Meanwhile, Ethan Zuckerman is speculating about why Google took its China
stance when it did. The fourth possibility he lists is highly speculative and
more than a little bit hopeful. But very cool.
So, Nestle made a Facebook page.
Commenters angry at Nestle’s time-honored disregard for the planet,
exploited labor, and nursing mothers (and I’m sure I’m leaving some
groups out) made their ire manifest on the page.
Nestle took it like a Modern Multinational until some commenters used hacked
versions of the Nestle logo as their profile photo. A Nestle person stepped
in, went back and forth, used sarcasm, and whipped up a firestorm of Social
Andrew Leonard has a terrific post about the whole brouhaha, pointing out
that the Nestle person is being attacked for speaki... (more)
I’m at a Government as Platform session at Aspen Ideas Festival. Tim
O’Reilly is moderating it with Jen Pahlka (Code for America and US Deputy
Chief Technology Officer ) and Mike Bracken who heads the UK Government
Mike Backen begins with a short presentation. The Digital Service he heads
sits at the center of govt. In 2011, they consolidated govt web sites that
presented inconsistent policy explanations. The DS provides a central place
that gives canonical answers. He says:
“Our strategy is delivery.” They created a platform for govt services:
gov.uk. By havin... (more)
David Weinberger's Blog
An article in the WSJ today, which they have chosen to make inaccessible to
bloggers, reports that Google is talking to Verizon and Sprint about using
the Google phone operating system. Money makes such strange bedfellows!
Do I care just because I am a Google fanboy? Not exactly, although that does
amp up my excitement. With an open platform for development for mobiles, plus
Google's conquest of Jaiku for its mobile/presence capabilities — I am a
big fan of Jyri Engestrom, the founder of Jaiku, a smart and innovative
person devoted to the Net's common good —... (more)
David Weinberger's Blog
I've used systems before that provide multiple desktops. It's such a sensible
idea. Yet they've never become a part of my usual work environment.
It turns out that the problem may have been something as simple as providing
a visual transition from one desktop to another. With Leopard, desktops
quickly slide out of the way to make room for the one you're entering. That
little bit of eye candy provides a geographical reference that makes the
multiple desktops feel like having multiple screens plugged in to your
computer. That's orientation geographically-cha... (more)