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As I wrote last week , I threw away a week I didn't have penning an "insanely long" review (as I described it), of Mark Helprin's insanely sloppy " Digital Barbarism ." The part of that book that really got me going was the incessant Red-baiting -- the suggestion that the movement of which I am a part is a kind of warmed over Marxism from the 1960s. That part always gets me going because it betrays a kind of mushiness in thinking that I should have thought a decade of writing by scores of advocates would have driven away. As I wrote about Helprin: It is in this extreme of Red-baiting that one can see the mushiness of Helprin's brain: Let's say he were attacking a bunch of scholars who believed copyright should be as robust as the Framers of our Constitution had it. That was a regime that secured copyrights only to those who registered their work. But here's the question: would one who so recommended be a "collectivist"? Words have meaning. Kelly says: That statement is flatly wrong.

Joho the Blog I’m at a talk by Andrew Revkin of the NY Times’ Dot Earth blog at the Shorenstein Center. [Alex Jones mentions in his introduction that Andy is a singer-songwriter who played with Pete Seeger. Awesome!] Andy says he’s been a science reporter for 31 years. His first magazine article was about the dangers of the anti-pot herbicide paraquat. Intellectual Property The Bloggers' FAQ on Intellectual Property addresses issues that arise when you publish material created by others on your blog. Questions About Copyright I found something interesting on someone else's blog. 2¢ Worth Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world. You do a fabulous job of offering dynamic learning experiences for teachers who are new to teaching or new to utilizing contemporary information and communication technologies in their classrooms.

Why Register Patents in the “Start-up Nation” – By Jeremy M Ben-David, at JMB Davis Ben-David Generally speaking, patents are registered in Israel not because of the market size, but in spite of it. In their book Start-up Nation originally published in 2009, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer explain how Israel, a country with few natural resources and a population of little more than 7 million people, has become a major force in global business, especially technology. A variety of sources have written about the Israeli high tech miracle. Two examples:

to-Go Featured articles All of my friends know I have serious reservations about smarmy self-important libertarianism of TED and loathe speaking in the format – essentially a television program without any of the accoutrements of a television studio. That said, I’ve now performed three of them. My first TEDx Talk made me ill for months before and weeks following the talk. The pressure was unbearable. You see,...

Michael » Blog Archive » Facebook’s Zuckerberg: “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a history of speaking his mind on privacy, and what he speaks is often fraught with problems, ignorance, and arrogance. For example: He’s spoken wistfully about the desire to get people over the “hurdle” of wanting to preserve some semblance of privacy online.He’s proclaimed that social norms on privacy have changed, and that Facebook is merely reacting to these shifting norms.His remarks also often reveal his failure to recognize the complexity of the issues of privacy — and trust — between users and Facebook. But, today, I found a new statement that brings Zuckerberg’s hubris to a new level. SocialBeat has a very thoughtful piece urging Zuckerberg to be forthright and explain what he truly and genuinely believes about privacy. While searching for evidence of Zuckerberg’s broader philosophy of information, a passage from David Kirkpatrick’s forthcoming book, The Facebook Effect, is quoted:

OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes by Stephen Downes April 8, 2014 What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You OursDan Colman, Open Culture, April 8, 2014 Probation Limitations on Internet and Facebook Use Violate First Amendment [Post by Venkat] In re J.J., Case No. D055603 (Cal. Ct. App.

Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth Here’s the transcript of a talk I gave at the International Symposium for Online Journalists in Austin, TX. I’ll add the video if they post it later. Now as many of you know, I’m usually I’m not at a loss for words. Lewis and Roca Intellectual Property Blog This year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") received over 1900 applications for new generic Top Level Domains ("gTLDs"). (A Top Level Domain refers to the string of letters to the right of the "dot" such as dot com, dot net, or dot info.) Currently there are 22 of these as well as over two hundred country code domains, e.g. (dot)us. As part of this effort to launch an unlimited number of new gTLDs, ICANN had put in place a procedure whereby governments who are members of its Government Advisory Committee (the "GAC") could issue an "Early Warning" as to any new gTLDs they oppose or feel should have conditions attached before launching. The United States took a very conservative view of its Early Warning power and only issued a "full stop" warning for three domains: (dot)army, (dot)navy, and (dot)airforce.

Maryland Intellectual Property Lawsuits Sharply Up In 2012, Led By Surge in Copyright Cases : Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog More than 150 intellectual property lawsuits were filed in Maryland's federal district court in 2012, a 45% increase over 2011 levels, 75% ahead of 2010. If the individual number of actual plaintiffs and nominal counterclaim plaintiffs in cases with multiple parties are counted, 2012 will be remembered as a very litigious year for patent, trademark, and copyright owners. Nationally, the number of new IP lawsuits may have increased as much as 30%, according to some sources. The first chart below shows a spike in patent litigation activity in Maryland in 2012 compared to the previous four years.

John Perry Barlow Tells Copyright Maximalists That They've Got The Fundamentals Wrong A bunch of folks have been submitting the story about how John Perry Barlow went to the e-G8 event and got to sit on a panel with some copyright maximalists, and explained to them how they are arguing about the wrong thing: I may be one of very few people in this room who actually makes his living personally by creating what these gentlemen are pleased to call “intellectual property.” I don’t regard my expression as a form of property. Property is something that can be taken from me. Major Media Fails To Fact-Check iPhone Joke Since some folks in traditional media still love to pretend that they are part of a select group of information filters that can provide fact-checked news items and that their internet counterparts cannot, I'm going to keep driving this point home: internet news groups and blogs are no more susceptible to hoaxes than major news media. We saw a wonderful example of it recently with the Manti Te'o story, in which major news not only bought the BS hook, line and sinker, but through their inaction, actually perpetuated the story. Still, while that was a story that was, at best, a very sad case of someone lying their tail off, some examples can provide a little more levity.

TIPS: Mexico to Join International Trademark System February 19, 2013 On February 19, 2013, Mexico will become the 89th member of the Madrid Protocol, streamlining the trademark registration process for U.S. trademark owners and others seeking trademark protection in Mexico. To date, trademark protection in Mexico (as with other non-Madrid Protocol countries, such as Canada) requires the use of local counsel to prosecute trademark applications. Under the Madrid Protocol, the owners of trademarks in a member country may apply for protection in additional member countries through one filing with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”).