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.
I’m at Columbia U’s conference/seminar on “UGC 3.0″ (user-generated
content). It’s a mix of academics and businesspeople, which I find
appealing. (I don’t find the phrase or slant of “ugc” appealing,
however. It often focuses on the stuff rather than on the social
participation.) There are about 60 100 people here, sitting in a long
conference room. [NOTE: Live blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing stuff.
Not doing sepll checking.]
My guess/prediction is that throughout the day, the businesspeople will
express enthusiasm for UGC while the academics will tend to splash cold dat... (more)
I’m not going to much mourn Encarta’s demise. Wikipedia is too big, too
fast, too useful, too much fun. But Encarta was an ambitious project that
broke some ground. So, pardon me if I sigh wistfully for a moment, and have a
little moment of Encarta appreciation. Ahhhh.
When Encarta began, it was taken as validating this whole crazy CD-ROM
approach to knowledge. It was searchable. It had multimedia. It let you do
some slicing and dicing. It was breezy, at least compared to its
hundred-pound competitors. But for my circle, the big news was below the
surface: Encarta used SGML. It... (more)
Chris Soghoian is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called: “Caught in the
Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era,”
based on paper he’s just written. In the interest of time, he’s not going
to talk about the “miscreants in government” today.
Pew says that “over 69% of Americans use webmail services, store data
online, or other use software programs such as word processing applications
whose functionality is in the cloud.” Chris’ question: Why have cloud
providers failed to provide adequate security for the customers. (”Cloud
computing” = users’ da... (more)
I’m excited about Google Wave, based on TechCrunch’s description of it,
and my own fervid projections of what I’d like it to be. If I’m
understanding it correctly — and the likelihood is that I’m not … take
that as a serious warning — this could be bigger than Facebook and MySpace
in terms of how it terraforms the Net.
Social networking sites were hugely important because they addressed a huge
lack. The Web knows how pages are linked, but it knows nothing about the
relationships among groups of people. SNS’s added that layer. And the
smartest of the social network sites treated ... (more)