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November 18, 2008
Posted by lokman
When too many people own a resource, the resource will be underused. Cooperation will break down, wealth will be lost. That is today’s message of Michael Heller who is at Berkman to talk about his new book, the Gridlock Economy. Explaining the economic meltdown as an example of a gridlock economy, he suggests that in [...]
October 24, 2008
Posted by lokman
What is the role of citizen journalism in crisis situations? Some quick thoughts and anecdotal evidence suggests that the role citizens can play in crisis situations is becoming significant. Consider the example of citizens taking snapshots with their cameraphones during the London subway attack. Or think about how the Sichuan earthquake first ‘broke’ on Twitter, [...]
Why are media and power always a bad combination? Whether it is the elite who is abusing the media for its own purposes (in the words of Chomsky and Herman, to ‘manufacture consent‘) or whether it is the media themselves who are powerful, often heard as in ‘the media are biased‘, the message seems clear [...]
I wanted to give a big welcome to David Karpf; we are very honored to have him here on our blog and we look forward to see him post some of the many brilliant little nuggets that I have come to expect to hear from him over our coffee talks together. Dave is a Phd [...]
Bad news, as the Senate overwhelmingly voted to legalize President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program and also decided not to amend a bill that would prevent telecom companies from getting immunity for giving the government access to phone records of millions of people.A quote from an article from Wired that talks about this reads: “The bill, [...]
elucidating, and brilliant as always, Lessig is giving us a preview of his work on corruption. Some of his arguments relate strongly to those made by Etzioni earlier, who helped us understand that oftentimes it is dollar for dollar more efficient or profitable to invest money in lobbying than actual innovation.
Bill has an excellent post on the RIAA peer-to-peer trial, so I am only going to add the following comparison as food for thought. The U.S. being the land of the freedom, and China being the authoritarian country that censors its media – how come the case of the Minnesota woman being fined $220,000 for [...]
Discussions about Net Neutrality are oftentimes hard to follow, mostly because it is not always clear what exactly the concept ‘Net Neutrality’ means. That’s why it’s helpful to have a concrete example, and as such is offered by a situation across the pond: recently British newspapers have reported that several large ISPs in the UK [...]