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governing the ungovernable ...
philipp (South Africa) · Jul 16th, 2007 4:06 pm · 46 votes · 5 comments
ontological anarchy in a nutshell,, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (
The Open Courseware Consortium is a network of (mostly) universities who are committed to publishing and using open courseware, and who have so far released over 4200 university level courses under free and open licenses. Until now MIT has hosted and incubated the consortium, but it’s time to grow up, and we need a structure that can deal with a diversifying membership, sustainability... [ read ]
No one needs to die of HIV/Aids any more – in theory
Tobias Schonwetter, Cape Town (South Africa) · Feb 11th, 2008 9:56 pm · 29 votes · 2 comments
This month, iCommons’ resident copyright columnist, Tobias Schonwetter, deals with the interrelation between access to medicine and HIV/Aids. He argues that patent law appears to be the crucial area of law in this respect but suggests that the role of copyright law should not be underestimated.

South Africa has clearly become a home-away-from-home for me over the last couple... [ read ]
Announcing the iSummit Artists in Residence
Daniela Faris, Johannesburg (South Africa) · Mar 16th, 2007 3:57 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
After our first call for suggestions from the community for participants in the iSummit Artists in Residence programme, we were overwhelmed with the positive response. The Artists in Residence page on the wiki quickly filled with 66 nominees, of which we could only choose 5 participants. The decision was a tough one, and inspired much lively debate amongst the members of the community... [ read ]
Commoner Profile: 10 Questions for Anna Badimo
Daniela Faris, Johannesburg (South Africa) · Mar 06th, 2007 9:11 am · 20 votes · no comments made
Anna Badimo, chairperson of LinuxChix Africa, spoke to Daniela Faris about using ICT and FOSS to empower Africa's women.

1. You co-founded LinuxChix Africa with Dorcas Muthoni in 2004. What motivated you to take on this mammoth task?
Dorcas and I founded LinuxChix Africa after we realised that very few women were involved in FOSS, especially at a technical level. Our concern... [ read ]
Digital Pioneers fund is searching for international projects
Daniela Faris, Johannesburg (South Africa) · Jan 26th, 2007 10:14 am · 20 votes · no comments made
Digital Pioneers provides expertise and financial support to innovative internet initiatives of small-scale social organizations.

Founded in December 2002, the fund has supported over 130 projects, out of 875 applicants. The average amount of support is 16.000 euros. The theme for the 12th round is 'International', and the deadline is 5 February.
Under this theme participants... [ read ]
Commoner Profile: 10 Questions for Judge Jay Yoon
Daniela Faris, Johannesburg (South Africa) · Nov 06th, 2006 12:53 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
This month our 10 questions go to Judge Jongsoo Yoon, Judge for the Seoul Northern District Court of Korea and coordinator at the Korean Association For Infomedia Law (KAFIL). Judge Yoon played a central role in the porting of CC licences to South Korea. And who would have known that this CC enthusiast has a penchant for Linkin Park? Read on...

1. How did you get involved in... [ read ]
Updating the art world with new media
Dominick Chen, ccJapan, Tokyo (Japan) · Oct 24th, 2006 7:49 am · 20 votes · no comments made
What is the role of museums and art centres in today's networked information society where the open-source economy and free culture are building a new reality for communication? How can artists and the public be included in this situation? And what are the real challenges of experimental art fields when opening up the black box of so-called "art pieces"?

The DIVVY/dual project,... [ read ]
The Power of Digital Storytelling
Steve Vosloo, San Francisco (United States) · Oct 23rd, 2006 12:27 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
Storytelling is as old as humankind. The oldest stories, predating even oral history, were about great hunting feats. In his study of myths, Joseph Campbell describes the tales of animals killed and the afterworld to where their spirits departed, as 'a cacophonous chorus'. Later, our ancestors would paint on cave walls, still using narratives to celebrate rituals and ceremonies.... [ read ]
The Archbishop, Archived
Rebecca Kahn, iCommons reporter (South Africa) · Oct 23rd, 2006 9:50 am · 20 votes · no comments made
October 2006 was an important month in South Africa. We like to celebrate things here at the tip of Africa, and what better occasion to celebrate than the 75th birthday of one of our most famous leaders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu?

The Arch, as he's fondly known, was a major figure in South Africa's liberation struggle, and is a well-respected statesman and religious leader all... [ read ]
Dinner with Magnatune's John Buckman
Yonnie Kim, ccKorea · Oct 16th, 2006 11:25 am · 20 votes · no comments made
Magnatune is an online record label, launched in 2004. With the motto 'We are not evil', Magnatune distributes music albums online under Creative Commons licence, and even allows people to listen to the full album before the purchase. Pricing ranges from $5 to $18 per album, and music buyers are encouraged to give away 3 music copies to anyone they know. The amount received from... [ read ]

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Lessig on Digital Barbarism

Lawrence Lessig has posted a review of David Halperin's recent book, Digital Barbarism.

Halperin, who authored the (in)famous New York Times article calling for perpetual copyright, has now compiled his ideas into a book. Lessig offers a much-needed critique, including citing misconceptions about Creative Commons (Halperin conflates it not only with "freeware" with software... more