the NYT hoax which gives The Reg pause for thought and comment here;
conservapedia about which this entry on Guardian Unlimited says
A group of religious zealots and social rightwingers in America are taking on the might of Wikipedia. Based on their belief that Wikipedia’s liberal and secular bias is polluting young American minds, they have […]
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The new Web site Me.dium.com is built to change something that most of us probably take for granted: the fact that cruising the Internet is a pretty solitary activity.
Me.dium is based on the opposite idea - that people should be able to check out sites together, much as people get cues from one another and […]
Aside from the intrinsic importance of the subject, this piece from the Free Software Magazine is worth a read for its wit and range:
How could Gutenberg and Caxton have known that the invention of the printing press would be a massive force for the democratisation of knowledge and central to the transformation of a feudal […]
At least that is what the Daily Telegraph says.
Just in case you have missed the more than 200 stories on the Web, go here, or here, or here or … , to read about the world-wide brouhaha caused when
Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for the time it […]
This piece broke the news that
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo!
causing an explosion of blogging on the topic. Wikiasari Mania - The Facts, The Myths & Hysteria! are analysed here, […]
This is just a fascinating read:
These are some pretty raw notes from Negroponte’s presentation at NetEvents, Hong Kong, as it happens. He’s showing off the first “production laptop” - although it’s not the finished electronics. An ASIC - to run the camera, the flash memory and other functions - isn’t fitted, and it’s not possible […]
A month or so ago we reported that, according to various news outlets, the government of the People’s Republic of China had unblocked Wikipedia; well it seems to have happened again. Other reports of the most recent unblocking can be found here, and here.
Wikipedia’s own account goes into the […]
… have been an interview with Chris DiBona:
Google’s open source chief talks about the joys of Linux, the cost of Windows and his concerns about the new version of the GPL
and, in the Weekend colour section, a feature about Web 2.0, including interviews with Jimmy Wales and Matt Mullenweg who
began tinkering with open source […]
A fairly measured piece about the Wikipedia fork from Guardian Unlimited.
Reports that China Unblocks Wikipedia have appeared on mainstream sites: Editor & Publisher, Forbes, vnunet (somewhat underwhelmed), Wikipedia itself, …
Jimmy Wales was in Bangalore last week to participate in the Infovision summit and also to meet up with the Wikipedia community in India. Priya Padmanabhan of CyberMedia News caught up with him […]
Packt Publishing, a Birmingham-based company specialising in books on IT, have announced a $5000 prize for the best open source content management system.
Voted for by a panel of independent judges and visitors to Packt’s website, the award is designed to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in a high quality and highly competitive marketplace.
Ultimately, the most […]
The case for digital rights, encompassing such issues as web privacy and freedom of speech, was laid out this week by Becky Hogge in The New Statesman, who argues that, in order for them to be given the attention they deserve, we need to “make them sexy”:
The truth is, it’s the politics that keeps digital-rights […]
Microsoft has launched a new website, called Port 25, with which it hopes to foster dialogue between the open source community and itself. The website, officially announced by Bill Hilf at LinuxWorld in Boston and expanded upon in an interview with Search Windows IT, will share some of the findings of the company’s Open […]
Govind Uppaluri writes in to tell us about his new website, www.openden.com, a listing site for open source products.
Nearly 1300 products are listed now and the list is growing. The list attempts a
shallow navigation to get to the right type of product.
The list includes many products which are not found in other open source
directories and […]
The dubiously-named Extreme Nano (sounds like a skateboard to me) has a piece on a plan from not-for-profit Sun spin-off GELC to “open source” education with “self-paced, Web-based, free and open content.”
The Open Source Academy - an Office of the Deputy Prime Minister-funded outfit encouraging local authorities to make better use of OSS - has launched its website (www.opensourceacademy.gov.uk) aimed at providing information to local bodies on software choices. This is from their press release:
Launched this week, the website will increasingly provide a growing resource of […]
Gervase Markham is in the Times again with some thoughts on the announcement from AOL and Yahoo of their new pay-per-message, spam-blocker-busting email service. Of course, Markham is not the only one to express concern over the creation of a two-teir system; the Beeb carried an essay critical of the move by internet law expert […]
Skype and Google have chucked a large quantity of readies at Spanish tech startup Fon Technology SL, a kind of wi-fi Napster keen on revolutionary imagery (check out the design on their site) who have adopted the quasi-Bolivarian name “foneros” for those subscribing to their service.
This introduction is courtesy of The Mobile Weblog…
If you […]
Surprise, surprise - what with the unparallelled cleanliness and general sportsmanship of the American body politic, it’s shocking to read that some people at Capitol Hill have been vandalising the Wikipedia. There have been so many incidents that the Wikipedia has, amusingly, barred all IPs originating on the hill for a week. Acts of vandalism […]
Okay, this is just wacky:
Here’s what happened. A young man identifying himself as Caspian James Crichton-Stuart IV, 5th Duke of Cleveland, visited Stillwater Area High School in Minnesota three times trying to enroll as a transfer student. He had a “spot on” English accent and insisted on being called “your grace.” Students at the school […]