Saturday, December 23, 2006

Group 2 Website

Looks like no one posted ours:

Net Neutrality

Friday, December 22, 2006

open source webpage

In case anyone wanders back here and has some burning questions about open source software, come to group 5's website!

Group 3-DMCA

Everything you wanted to know about the DMCA.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Wikipedia phenomenon - group 6 webpage

"The Wikipedia phenomenon" - the webpage of group 6.

Entirely in wiki format - constantly "in progress" and open to valdalism. Entries on false number of elephants are welcome.

Group 4: Blogging vs. Professional journalism Web site link

Friday, December 15, 2006


A Times article observes traits of the post-modern society via census data. Increased appetite for information and fructose corn syrup, more education, and greater diversity are marked trends. Though idealism of grad students has hit the fan. More are likely determine a good job by financial security than fulfilling a mission.

Thanks for a great semester

Folks, I've now posted some questions for each group (under the "comments" to each group's readings) and I'm struck by the range of material you were able to cover in the class. Combining history, social theory, and the current flashy-technology-of-the-month all in one seminar ain't easy, and I think you did a great job wrestling with it. One caution I would give to all the groups in finalizing your web-based projects: make sure to show me where your topics, and the way you are analyzing them, connect to the many readings and concepts we've considered in class. Beyond that, I look forward to exploring each site in depth after next Friday, and to showcasing for the rest of our faculty what a good job you did with this material. Do let me know if you're interested in taking my Tuesday afternoon "information labor" seminar in the Spring; otherwise, keep in touch and I'll see you around campus. Cheers,


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Fun stuff that we didn't have time for

Here is an annotated version of the Halloween Documents, a 1998 internal Microsoft memo detailing the threats and weaknesses of open source.

Fun videos:
Richard Stallman gives his take on free software vs. proprietary software.

Hilarious parody of the conflict between open sourcers and the man...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Group 5 Readings - Additional

Here's a couple additional readings for the open source presentation:

Steven Weber, "The Success of Open Source," Chapter 3
Available at:

Lawrence Lessig, "Code," Chapter 8. p. 100-110.

Group 6 "Wikipedia" readings...

Let's make it easy and nice for the last class of the semester. These are the fun readings for Group 6's presentation on the theme "Wikipedia - the future of knowledge?".

1. Read this one first:Internet Encyclopaedias Go Head to Head: Jimmy Wales' Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds., by Jim Giles, Nature, December 14, 2005

2. Then, the response: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., Fatally Flawed: Refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal Nature, March 2006

3. If you find yourself interested after having read those, indulge yourself with some background information... in Wikipedia itself:

Now you're ready to go.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Group 5 readings

Open Source and You

Here's a selection of readings, smallest to longest, for your choosing.

Open Source Definition

Fact and Fiction of Open Source