Archive for the ‘ interesting finds ’ Category

What is everyone so afraid of?

That nothing can be done, when all that is needed is a little motivation. Listening to this debate Vandana Shiva really lays it out well. This quote says it all for me from the last section “A Debate on Geoengineering: Vandana Shiva vs. Gwynne Dyer”

“And the final issue is, that these shortcuts that are attempted from places of power, and I would add places of ignorance, of the ecological web of life, are then creating the war solution because geo-engineering becomes war on a planetary scale with ignorance and blind spots, instead of taking the real path, which is helping communities adapt and become resilient.” Vandana Shiva


Is Network Neutrality (NN) possible?

I don’t know.

There is a whole host of issues on both sides. Rather than going through a number of them, a good place to learn about the debate is @ Moyers on America: The Net at Risk.

But, I have recently read and have been mulling over and article by Kurt Dobbins “Hunting Unicorns: Myths and Realities of the Net Neutrality Debate” where he raises an solid point that

“The Network Neutrality public and private debate has been filled with more emotion than rational discussion, and in its wake a number of myths have become accepted as reality. Unfortunately, public policy, consumer broadband services, and service provider business survival hang in the balance.”

I think it is important to consider what the public and private sector each mean when they talk about Net Neutrality, or in what form would they like the internet to manifest their interests. Dobbins talks about 4 different myths while giving and interesting perspective approach each one.

Myth 1: The Internet can be “neutral” towards all types of applications

Myth 2: Network management is unfair

Myth 3: Network management violates privacy

Myth 4: DPI is just a P2P “Throttling” Technology

Information dissemination or knowledge management?

Information dissemination or knowledge management?

An insightful article by John Sutherland has made me reconsider what digital libraries/archives responsibilities are insofar as allowing users to be able to inform themselves with total freedom. The problem seems to be that when new technologies are implemented there is a lack in the management of the information and sound policy decisions on how to control the technology preventing abuse of power.

John Sutherland raises this issue that with the Google Library Project (GLP), Google may be able to take upon themselves to actively control the indexing of the millions of works they have digitized. He states,

As the president of the American Society for Indexing, Fred Leise, explained, the GLP indexes operate by means of what is called a “control vocabulary” assigned to every single text. Obviously, a brute-force word search through 5m vols looking for, say, “England” will come up with haystacks not needles. But who controls that control vocabulary, and the gateway to information? Google. And they who control it, control knowledge. Ask yourself, what would the Chinese government do with this tool?

Is this the role that indexing plays in digital databases of information? It does lighten the load of returned relevant material of general searches, but does this resource limit our ability to aquire the infomration we desire?

According to the first rule in the Library Bill of Rights, “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves.” I think it is necessary to consider if we are giving up or trading some basic freedom of access to the information we have. Or, is it implied that with the huge increase in the amount of information available and the need for the tools to efficiently search and find needles in mountains of data, we also require stricter controls over how it is all managed?

Maybe Google is trying to make us stupid…

What Every American Should Know About The FISA Bill

What Every American Needs to Know (and Do) About FISA Before Tuesday, July 8th from Tim Ferriss on Vimeo.

New way to think of careers and the way you work

Authors Marci Alboher & Tim Ferriss discuss their
books “One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success” and “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New
Rich,” as part of the Authors@Google series.

I hope I’ll be able to explore these options. I’d feel like I’d be natural at it, I find my attention to be able to be split in many directions.

Web 2.0 tools

Anyone interested in new innovative tools that the Web 2.0 community is making should check out this list compiled so far. I haven’t heard of many of them, and probably have no use for most of them. But it is interesting to see what is out there already and what people are thinking about

Web 2.0 Tools LINK

p.s. Another insight from Card’s book Xenocide

“Because the solution to their problems now did not depend on talk. It depended on knowledge and action-knowledge that only other people could learn, actions that only other people could perform.” (p. 114)

…and learning and acting upon knowldge is being helped by the ease of our ability to share knowledge and encourage action without hinderance. This freedom can foster the good and the bad, but thats only natural.