Should governments encourage open source?

As mentioned in earlier posts, Yours Truly presented at a conference in Rwanda a couple of weeks ago. The conference was attended by African IP officials, and dealt mostly with software protection topics such as software patents, open source software and standards. However, I was surprised to find that one […]

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock

I do not have much to talk about this morning, but I have been unhealthily amused by the game Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. Here is Sheldon explaining the game to us: Scissors cuts Paper. Paper covers Rock. Rock crushes Lizard. Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes Scissors. Scissors decapitates Lizard. […]

WIPO study on the public domain published

As part of the its Development Agenda, the World Intellectual Property Organisation has published a report entitled “Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain” by the always wonderful Professor Séverine Dussollier. In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to point out that I was […]

Why do academics write?

(via Ernesto Priego) Just finished reading a delightful post by Mary Churchill entitled “Why Do Academics Write?” Highly recommended if you are an academic or interested in academia generally. While the article tells the story of academic writing from an American tenure perspective, it still resonates this side of the […]

GikII 2010 Programme

And here it is, this year’s GikII programme in its full glory: Final programme (uncertainty principle permitting) Sunday 27 June 18.00-onwards. Social event (because geeks have social lives too) UK premiere of Kembrew Mcleod’s “Copyright Criminals” Ethanol and a chance to engage in social interaction with other members of the […]

Creativity, reward and motivation

This is a great video about what makes people perform better and be more creative: One of the questions asked over and over again about open business models is precisely what makes open source work. How can Wikipedia exist? Who programs open source software? There is growing empirical evidence that […]

Digital divide or mental divide?

When talking about the spread of information and communication technologies, I often hear well-intentioned objections to the generalised use and inception of these technologies. “The newspaper will soon be dead”; “everyone will be using iPhones/iPads/insert-shiny-gadget”; “everyone should have broadband”. These general statements undoubtedly require caveats, not everyone in the world […]

On the road

Apologies for the lack of updates, if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have been on the road since last week, first in Alicante and now in Rwanda. I have picked up several interesting blog topics, and will be posting a bit more as soon as […]

COMMUNIA Conference 2010

We’ve received this from Juan Carlos De Martin: The NEXA Center for Internet & Society ( at the Politecnico di Torino and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( at Harvard University are proud to announce that registration for the international conference “University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for […]