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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and Stanford Law School are pleased to announce 'Ideas for a Better Internet,' a joint initiative aimed at fostering innovation around the most pressing issues currently facing the Internet. We invite anyone — interested individuals, scholars, entrepreneurs, organizations, and others with great ideas — to submit a proposal. We are looking for proposals that will make the Internet more secure, more accessible, more open, or just plain better — ideas that recognize the interactions of law, policy, business, and code and expand on the notion that the Internet is a global information network. Proposals might address problems in data security, Internet infrastructure, digital literacy, or anything else, so long as they address the ultimate goal of making the Internet a better place for everyone.
Yesterday Sean wrote (yet another) comprehensive insightful post , this one about what’s involved in getting tenure at a “major research university”. There is a tremendous amount of good advice in that post, and in the comments. However. I have to point out that the advice is very heavily weighted not towards “tenure at a major research university” but instead towards “tenure at one of the top 10 schools in the US”. As evidence, here is a plot of the latest NRC rankings (red) and US News rankings (blue) of physics departments (shamelessly lifted from here — thanks HappyQuark!).
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Earlier this week, Google's Chrome browser project announced it was dropping support for H.264 video, and immediately there was an uproar as if Google had desecrated a sacred object and posted the video on YouTube. Most people actually have no idea what this means. A lot of people have drawn conclusions that I think are fundamentally wrong. All of this is very important to the evolution of Web media, and I'm going to try to make some sense of it. Let's start with the word "open."
Hey, there MoJo fans: In anticipation of our upcoming Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge 2011 launch, we’re producing a promotional video to help potential participants understand how they can enter the challenge and become eligible for a fellowship. We’d love your feedback on this draft script. Is it clear? Does it leave important questions unanswered? Weigh in here in the comments or go to http://etherpad.mozilla.com:9000/MoJo-Fellow-script to ask questions or suggest changes.