Thursday's Link Roundup on April 2nd
By webmink on Apr 02, 2009
- The ACTA Timeline (or Everything You Need To Know About ACTA But Your Government Won't Tell You)
This legislation appears to be the work of bureaucrats without an awareness of popular culture or review by the citizens of the countries they purport to serve, but with a huge amount of covert input from big corporations who enjoy suing pensioners and the disabled. The whole process encapsulates everything that's wrong in politics right now.
- Free OpenSPARC workshop, April 23, Belgium
If you have any sort of interest in the SPARC architecture and can easily reach Brussels Airport, this is for you.
- Walking School Bus
A great initiative to get kids out of those SUVs and walking to school again.
- Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots
So, get this - torture doesn't work and makes it hard to bring a valid law suit against the suspect. Who knew?
- Why Obama Courts the Unlike-minded
I'd say the principle espoused here - of seeking out critics and including them in the process - is foundational to success with communities of all kinds.
- Terrific survey of free business models online
Well, pretty good anyway. Seems to really be about web-site and web-based activity. I continue to hope Anderson's take on open source will evolve into something more rounded.
- Open Cloud Manifesto.org
Pretty fluffy, as you might expect given its main advocate. No reason I can see not to support it, but it's light on establishing concrete freedoms. Cloud Bill of Rights would have been far better than this as a base for collaboration.