Link roundup to December 12
By webmink on Dec 11, 2008
- Linux - Stop holding our kids back
The teacher in this case has the tone of someone who tried religion once at college and now is an ardent atheist. Sadly, the campaigner has a tone that rather supports her prejudice. Breaking the self-amplifying lock-in loops that the schools are sustaining is probably the hardest challenge for the technology industry.
- FixMyStreet iPhone
Another eDemocracy innovation from the MySociety team. We're so privileged to have this lot working on our behalf.
- Berkeley lab director likely next energy chief
Getting subject matter experts onto the cabinet seems a brilliant move, as long as they are supported by the right team of civil servants and political advisors. I'm impressed by the brains trust Obama is building.
- Chrysler's Hidden Coffers - Forbes.com
Seems that the company that owns Chrysler really doesn't need any money from the US government and is instead opportunistically glomming on the GM's woes simply to cushion its own investments. And guess what - the CEO is a Bush guy. The more of these I see, the more I learn to look for the disaster capitalists in every situation.
- Boarding - Where are you boarding today?
I won't be able to try this until January, but I will.
- Freezing cold, no internet, boring: it's a French web 2.0 conference!
Looks like I was lucky to miss LeWeb.
- Who Owns Christmas?
Reading this it becomes clear just how far copyright (and indeed trademark) law has drifted away from the social contract on which it was based and become a vehicle for an abuse of monopoly. It so, so needs to be revised for the connected age.
- Looking under what rises to the top: personal information in online searches
"we never protect ourselves fully because we can never predict what our viewers will think, especially future viewers. And if we keep a tight rein on everything we post, we’ll lose the potential that communications media offer to help us grow." -- Essential reading on privacy for young people & those who care about them.