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Democracy and the Internet

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Al Gore has a new book The Assault on Reason out on Tuesday (May 22nd, 2007). Time Magazine ran an excerpt. In it, Gore points to the rise of the television media as an assault on the first amendment. Not that television is necessarily censored but it has become such a visual stimulus of divertissement (take the rise of reality TV and pop celebrities in the last 15 years) as opposed to a source of knowledge and education in the affairs and direction of our state.

The Founders took great care to protect the openness of the marketplace of ideas so that knowledge could flow freely. Thus they not only protected freedom of assembly, they made a special point—in the First Amendment—of protecting the freedom of the printing press. And yet today, almost 45 years have passed since the majority of Americans received their news and information from the printed word. Newspapers are hemorrhaging readers. Reading itself is in decline. The Republic of Letters has been invaded and occupied by the empire of television.

But a new media might just bring a new day in the political process and the direction of society as a whole. Today, the Internet is making its mark. Anyone can be a publisher with public forums and open affordable lines of communication. We can see how social media sites (digg, reddit) are playing a part in the prominence of certain presential candidates who are not backed by big money (Ron Paul and Mike Gravel).

Not to mention civil liberties. Four people were arrested after the mob stoning death of a 17 year-old girl last month in Iraq. It was filmed on cell phones, broadcast online through blogs and made the front page of digg. Without online attention, one has to wonder if the murder of this teenager—who fell in love with someone of another religion—would have gone unnoticed, paving the way to more stonings. Now, reported by mainstream outlet CNN, along with the arrests, the top official in the Iraqi town is being removed from his position.

Getting back to the point of the Internet and democracy, Gore warns that we must protect the Internet at all cost:

We must ensure that the Internet remains open and accessible to all citizens without any limitation on the ability of individuals to choose the content they wish regardless of the Internet service provider they use to connect to the Web. We cannot take this future for granted. We must be prepared to fight for it, because of the threat of corporate consolidation and control over the Internet marketplace of ideas.

The danger arises because there is, in most markets, a very small number of broadband network operators. These operators have the structural capacity to determine the way in which information is transmitted over the Internet and the speed with which it is delivered.

One could argue that censorship is occuring right now, as the US governement is restricting use of the Internet to troops in Iraq.

E-ducate yourself

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Did you know UC Berkeley webcasts—and archives—their college courses? Video webcasts are posted within a couple hours of each lecture, available and free to all.

See a full list of courses at http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

Also, audio podcasts are available directly on the Itunes store (no tuition either). Each podcast episode is a full single lecture. I’m currently rocking History 7B.

Other colleges are doing similar programs but Berkeley seem to be the better organized and most accessible. Here’s a link to the others for you all:
http://www.oculture.com/weblog/2006/10/free_university_1.html

If Darwin had email

You would probably save all of them to study the man and his life. Lucky for us, Charles Darwin was an avid writer and some 5,000 of his letters are now transcribed online. Talk about a record of history. It’s all available to you at:

The Darwin Correspondence Project

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The massive, 10 year-old, project is still in the works. All letters have a concise summary, are searchable, and categorized by correspondent.

To his wife on June 5th, 1844, he wrote:

My. Dear. Emma.

I have just finished my sketch of my species theory. If, as I believe that my theory is true & if it be accepted even by one competent judge, it will be a considerable step in science.

I therefore write this, in case of my sudden death, as my most solemn & last request, which I am sure you will consider the same as if legally entered in my will, that you will devote 400£ to its publication & further will yourself, or through Hensleigh, take trouble in promoting it.

Do what you please with your music

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Amazon is announcing the launch of a digital music store. The big news: it’s DRM-free (no Digital Rights Management). That means you can download your music and use it without restriction, play it on any device or burn it. However, EMI is the only major record company that allows the sale of its music free of DRM. The other big 3 (Warner, Universal, Sony BMG) are not, so you will not find their music at Amazon, but they’re bound to feel some pressure to comply.

Last month Apple announced DRM-free music for sale at the Itunes store, for $1.29 a track instead of $.99 for the restricted versions. Amazon haven’t made public their pricing structure but they should be good competition for Apple seeing as so many people already have accounts with Amazon for books and CD’s.

Shares of Amazon rose $2.64, or more than 4 percent, today. The digital store opens late 2007.

On a side note, kind of funny that a bookseller would name themselves Amazon. I guess books do require paper.

Hatching Eggs?

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The Hatchery is a dot com incubator here in New York where early-stage companies submit a biz plan summary to the “Gauntlet”, and if selected have the opportunity to pitch a panel of advisors within a public forum of “attorneys, financiers, accountants, Angels and other business professionals”. The start-ups are given a 5 minute presentation, 15 minute Q&A session and 20 minute critique.

It’s interesting to view videos of past eggs (presenters) on their site at http://www.hatchedby.us/eggs.html

Record and playback user sessions

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RobotReplay is a utility that records the full sessions of your users, down to their mouse movement and clicks. It’s in beta and it’s also free (for now they say). Here’s a video demo by their CEO.

As we’ve had concerns with navigation, it could interesting for us to track how people interact with OTI. I wonder how Frank feels about it.

Pheedo founder, on advertising

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Bill Flitter talks about the landscape and future of online marketing in a video podcast with podtech.

Pheedo “converts your RSS feeds into rich, dynamically updating advertising”. I’ve yet to see advertising embedded in my RSS feeds but i expect it’s only a matter of time.