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Jeff Ubois and Wishful Thinking: Thoughts on Cultural Institutions and Archival

Jeff Ubois, of archival.tv, gave the last talk of the Economies of Commons 2 conference at De Balie, Amsterdam and presented his...

Revenue Models – Jaromil and Marco Sachy tell us about Cyclos and their own dyndy.net

by Nicola Bozzi As a part of the Revenue Models panel at the Ecommons conference, the presentation by Jaromil and Marco Sachy focused on the...

(Pro) – Active Archives: Celluloid Remix – Annelies Termeer

Annelies Termeer presents the Celluloid Remix online video contest organized by EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Images for the Future. In this 7 years during project four public archive institutes digitize, save, preserve and share the Dutch audiovisual heritage...

Michael Dale Explains the Benefits of Open Video Platforms

Michael Dale is an advocate for open standard and free video formats for the web. The past two years he has lead...

Eelco Ferwerda Talks About Open Access in Academic Publishing

Eelco Ferwerda, the president of the recently established Association of European University Presses, has been involved in electronic publishing...

Government Works in the Public Domain – All Your Tax-paid Content are Belong to Us

The Free Culture Research Conference last month 8-10 October (2010) devoted one of its panels to the notion that governments should explicitly release public materials – data, photographs, film – to the public domain. The moderator was Mathias Schindler...

Geert Lovink: ‘Critique of the Free and Open’ Keynote

Here’s my long-due report on Geert Lovink‘s keynote speech at the Free Culture Research Conference that took place in Berlin 8-10 October (2010). You can also read more on the conference website. As Lovink described it in his keynote,...

Resistance to Locative Media: Google Germany

The Germans proof that castles in the skies can be actualized. A real act of resistance to power has been put . More than 244.000 German internet users requested Google not to photograph their houses for Google Street View. The...
#You’re fired

#You’re fired

Thoughts and funny incidents on… contemporary ways to lose your job (  via Blogspot/ WordPress, Facebook, Twitter) There are many valid reasons for an employee to lose his job: the pretense of economic crisis, the company closing down, the...
Flash Drive In The Wall?

Flash Drive In The Wall?

Check out the newest project of Aram Bartholl, a creative artist and writer on new media, who in his works blends urban landscapes, art, technology and media. He is building a series of USB dead drops in New York City....

What are the trends in e-learning?

While I was wondering about the right topic of my master thesis, I was thinking of technologies that might have the biggest impact on e-learning in the future. That means, that I don’t want to write about Second Life...
Exploring the Zone of Alienation

Exploring the Zone of Alienation

Please, allow me to indulge myself. Let me tell you a tale about a book, a film, a series of video games and what is perhaps the world’s eeriest man made disaster area. I’ll even throw in a bit...
Online Piracy, The Ancient Art Of Digital Publishing

Online Piracy, The Ancient Art Of Digital Publishing

Digital piracy is a common aspect on the web, and Internet users are sometimes or even often part of it because an act of piracy is easily done. There are several sharing activities where piracy is involved such as...
Puzzling Infinity

Puzzling Infinity

In memory of this month deceased Benoît Mandelbrot – mathematician, godfather of fractals and the most well-known fractal the Mandelbrot set – I would like to pay respects to the Mandelbrot, in 3D! The phenomenon of fractals itself is...

Social Media and Revenues: Where’s the Profit?

The information economy that the Internet has facilitated has given rise to some interesting new problems for entrepreneurs and investors as well as webdesigners and creators. When your product is dislocated from material instances, how do you identify demand...
Vampire energy

Vampire energy

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve dug up the worn down topic of Vampire energy. Vampire energy? Does that have something to do with people that wear you down and drain you from energy? No, that’s Energy Vampires. Vampire...
Music and Bits and Marketing

Music and Bits and Marketing

As a follow up to my previous post about the Music and Bits conference, I wanted to cover off on the other topic of the day, marketing.  Out of the five companies who presented two of those, Top Notch...
I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

During my recent travels I came across a demonstration for the Xbox 360 Kinect in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof railway station. For those that don’t know, the Kinect is Microsoft’s latest peripheral for the Xbox 360 that allows gamers to...

Ai Weiwei: How a Chinese Artist Uses the Internet To Protest

Reading an interview with the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the weekend magazine of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, I was instantly drawn to his faith in the democratizing power of the Internet. More than once Weiwei, who...

MADONNA R.I.P ?

Some thoughts on mock-up obituaries in view of the New Media Research Seminar’s start. A fatal car accident. Thousands of cameras capturing the scene. Millions of mourning fans. Breaking news: Madonna has passed away.

Commons-based peer produsage? Rethinking online production.

The Internet, and the emergence of Web 2.0 in particular, have been celebrated for their liberatory potential, setting free the individual consumers once bounded by industrial inertia. We only need to take a quick look at the Arctic Monkey’s...
Apple Is Chasing The Largests.

Apple Is Chasing The Largests.

Apple Inc. is becoming on of the most powerfull sellers and producers of smart phones. According to DC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker Apple, that came up on October 28, 2010, has went up and joined three the biggest phones producers,...

Fail and Prejudice: Using Inkscape as an alternative to Illustrator

I was already familiar with Illustrator (CS3). However since it’s been a while ago, I thought I could use Inkscape without prejudice. Think again. The point was to make a head upside down, half filled with blood, dripping out....
Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

If blogs are Foucauldian confession than this is mine. I used to play Neopets. Nine years ago I’ve created an account to be recognized in Neopia as “Mareline”. My virtual pets, luckily a user is only allowed to have...