I like this acronym, and so far, I like this law. The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) is an appropriate response to the failed SOPA and Protect IP Acts.
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January 31, 2012
January 25, 2012
Whether 'tis nobler to abide by a law out of sync with technology or to take arms against a sea of troubles, that is the question for the common user of the Internet who desires content at the lowest price point, instantaneously and within some framework of economic fairness and personal ethics.
January 21, 2012
Little did Jagger and Richards know that their 1965 hit would become a meaningful metaphor for a twenty-first century conundrum involving the law, technology, user norms and the market.
January 18, 2012
The culture, law and politics of copyright are starting to get interesting. The Obama signal not to support SOPA over the weekend, the Web Blackout of sites in protest of that proposed legislation yesterday at the same that the Supreme Court decided to uphold Congressional action in support of copyright protection demonstrate in the political realm the kind of instability that culture has experienced over copyright for almost a generation.
January 11, 2012
Just when I thought I had one concept identified as the last of my three Internet issues for 2012, more popped in, so I will find a way to thread through an idea or three:
January 8, 2012
I promised I would provide two more big Internet issues. The second issue is the "ownership" of personal accounts on social networking platforms of individuals who are also employees.
January 3, 2012
The New Year, like the calendar, is an arbitrary measure but it works nonetheless as a time for both reflection and forward thinking. As of this year, three issues have caught my attention. This week I will report on all three, one at a time. In comments, can you guess the other two on my mind? Or how about yours?
December 24, 2011
Okay, it is not really the Feeney Graduate School, although, with his permission, Mr. Feeney should allow Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to honor him in that way.
December 7, 2011
Carol Twigg raises doubts about the ultimate viability of the Khan Academy. Khan raises the question of completion rates verses quality of education. These questions are red herrings. The Khan Academy is trying something in an era when education is challenged by stagnation, technology, global competition and gross domestic inequalities. I thought of two people when I read the article in IHE about it today. The first is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The second is my Aunt Toni.
November 20, 2011
NYT headlines today reflect a mature understanding of the Internet. In the "Technology" section there are no articles on "technology" per se, for example semi-conductors, fiber optic cables or wireless access points. (The Times does cover these matters in its "Science" section anyway.) Rather, there are economic, legal, and social articles about technology.