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 […]
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 […]
We’ve received this from Juan Carlos De Martin: The NEXA Center for Internet & Society (http://nexa.polito.it) at the Politecnico di Torino and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu) at Harvard University are proud to announce that registration for the international conference “University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for […]
My presentation in Alicante on the Google Book Settlement Agreement. Google Book Settlement on Prezi
(via Claudio Ruiz) Loved this geeky comic book picture which, as such funny images are wont to do, encompasses the current Flash interoperability support debate with no words. You have to pay close attention, I missed it at first. Found at NetoRatón.
As usual, Randall Munroe at xkcd gives us a terrific insight in the latest privacy developments: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. xkcd is a work of unadulterated genius.
This one is a bit puzzling. Microsoft holds several software patents, just like any other large tech company. However, they are not known to litigate, and mostly engage in cross-licensing agreements with their portfolio (remember Novell?). But now Microsoft has sued cloud computing and consumer relationship management provider Salesforce for […]
(via TechDirt) The New York Times has published an interesting article about how copyright owners are urging for a change in Spanish copyright law (as an aside, I should find another word to describe articles linked in this blog, “interesting” is seriously over-used). Allegedly, Spain is the pirate capital of […]
I have been feeling quite smug in the last few days. That is, more smug than usual, a certain kind of cultivated perennial smugness is required if you are an academic, but I digress. My disproportionate sense of self-satisfaction comes from the fact that I quit Facebook one year ago. […]
This is a tour de force speech by Eben Moglen. He talks about privacy in the age of the cloud, and how we need to create new services and architectures that free data from the likes of Facebook and Google. The speech has perhaps the best assessment of Facebook I […]