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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

Exploring aspects of the visual digital iCommons
Judy Breck: (United States) · May 21st, 2006 8:50 pm · 20 votes · no comments made
The submissions page here invites entries for the InfoVis Art Exhibit that will be part of Vis 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland USA October 29 ' November 3. Vis 2006 is a worldwide forum for visualization advances in science and engineering for academia, government, and industry. Whether or not you are interested in sending an entry for the exhibit, looking at the web pages describing the contest and other aspects of Vis 2006 is a way to explore aspects of what could be thought of as the emerging visual digital iCommons.

The art exhibit homepage explains artistic aspects of information visualization including reasons it plays roles in the iCommons:

'Information visualization is traditionally viewed as a tool for data exploration and hypothesis formation. Because of its roots in scientific reasoning, visualization work has, until recently, been limited to a role of analytical tool for sensemaking.

'In recent years, however, both the mainstreaming of computer graphics and the democratization of data sources on the Internet have had important repercussions in the field of information visualization. With the ability to create visual representations of data on home computers, artists and designers have taken matters into their own hands and expanded the conceptual horizon of infovis as artistic practice.

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