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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. ... (more)

So, Nestle Made a Facebook Page

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 Media scorn. Andrew Leonard has a terrific post about the whole brouhaha, pointing out that the Nestle person is being attacked for speaki... (more)

[aif] Government as platform

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 Digital Service. 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)

Why Google gPhone Matters to Me

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)

Leopard - The Little Things and Virtual Desktops

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)