New Visions for Conferences

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the internet is the wealth of information available from professional societies I would never have heard of elsewhere and the conferences they host. Via Noise Between Stations I found this interesting article, “No More Conference,” suggesting some improvements to conferences in general. But, like it or not, we’re moving into a new model of leadership and interaction. It is one based on what I call a Wisdom Web.

Let's Hear it for Multilateralsim

One of the things that really disgusts me about the Iraq debate and the Bush foreign policy is the complete lack of support for multilateralism. Lo and behold public radio latched onto a survey today that supports my beliefs. The Worldviews 2002 poll was conducted by the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs and found that Americans support multilateral actions in Iraq over unilateral by a 61% to 34% margin. Where are the politicians who are trumpeting this fact?

National Security and Some Political Commentary

I’ve encountered a couple of articles about President Bush’s new national security strategy and the war on Iraq and what I’ve seen makes me question the recent drumbeat for war even more.

Hendrik Hertzberg at the New Yorker

Richard Rorty at The Nation

Michael Kinsley at Slate

Thanks to Electrolite - Patrick Nielsen-Hayden for the links.

Hacking Culture, the Real Hacking Rules

It’s always entertaining to read about how hackers envision themselves. In part because I find the rhetoric so personally appealing, and sometimes consider myself to be a hacker. A perfect example is from a recent essay at O’Reilly web, “Real Hacking Rules! Or, Before the Word is Totally Useless, What Is the Essence of Hacking?” Who wouldn’t want to be a hacker after reading: In essence, hacking is a way of thinking about complex systems.

Bias in the Blogosphere

From Corante on Blogging Robert Corr has an interesting essay, “Bias in the Blogosphere”, trying to analyze bias in the weblog world. Some have suggested that blogging is an altogether new medium, free of editors and owners and therefore free of bias. They are clearly wrong. There is a significant systemic bias in favour of powerful interests that can be convincingly explained by a modified propaganda model. As we have seen, there is no opportunity for a peasant farmer in Peru to start a blog.

Pingback and Automating Dialogue

Two interesting pov’s on automating dialogue in the weblog world.

NTIS - information source

Via library stuff comes a link to the National Technical Information Service - more information than you can shake a stick at.

Eldred v. Ashcroft approaches the Supreme Court

Eldred v. Ashcroft is rapidly approaching its day before the Supreme Court. Here are some recent links on the case.

Howard Rheingold on Smart Mobs

Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing has an interview with Howard Rheingold about his new book, Smart Mobs. I looked at a number of phenomena that I am seeing today. Peer-to-peer sharing, for example, or peer-to-peer sharing of computing power as is done with SETI@home or These are examples of groups of individuals voluntarily creating something collectively that’s much more powerful than what they could do individually. You see a kind of emergent property here.

What is the problem with broadband??

Practically every time I hear a politician talk about the Internet these days he or she is talking about the failure of broadband to take off and save the economy. The Washington Post has this analysis Industry experts say business broadband hasn’t ripened to its potential because of basic capitalist tenets. The major providers haven’t found a financial incentive to speed up their deployment. A score of smaller corporate-sector providers couldn’t survive the technology bust.