Any Questions?

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ibiblio recently acquired some really cool troubleshooting software that grants our community members the ability to become resources for each other.

Like a real-time FAQ, answers.ibiblio.org allows users to browse questions that have been posted on the forum, browse the answers to those questions, and if possible provide answers of their own. Questions and answers can be voted up or down by users, so the more members that participate, the more valuable and useful the forum will be.

If you have a question about anything ibiblio-related, chances are, someone else out there has had the same question. Also, chances are someone out there has the answer. Answers.ibiblio.org is here to bring those parties together.

Answers.ibiblio.org is an implementation of AnswerHub made possible by a generous gift from D-Zone.

Lawrence Lessig: Rooting out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media

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March 4, 6:30-8:00pm UNC School of Law Rotunda

The Fourth Estate: What is journalism’s role, and where has it been in the face of outside interestes influencing the way our government is run?

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig will speak at the UNC Law School about how we can restore the faith that journalism is a trustworthy watchdog of government.

For more information visit the UNC Center for Media Law

Also, you can see Professor Lessig talk about Internet governance when he was here in 1998 in a talk posted in our Speaker Series:

ibiblio Speaker Series

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There are a lot of very smart people out there who know a lot about very important things. In some cases these smart people happen to be compelling speakers who are able to share their knowledge and experience in engaging and entertaining ways.

Enter the ibiblio Speaker Series. Over the last decade-and-a-half, ibiblio has compiled a collection of videos of talks given at UNC about topics ranging from copyright and open source, to the future of journalism and digital collaboration. This collection includes lectures from  founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, and Author Cory Doctorow, among many, many other visionaries.

Video files of these talks are now available for BitTorrent download at terasaur.org. You can also browse the collection in our WordPress Speaker Series, wich includes descriptions of the talks and brief video samples hosted by ibiblio’s new youtube channel.

What an incredible resource and valuable piece of history! Many of the talks not only have important implications today, but also provide a picture of the issues that developed at a time when the information age was (and is) young, when content providers, users, governments, companies, entrepreneurs, hackers, and writers were (and are) figuring out what this whole Internet thing means.

Here’s Cory Doctorow talking about civil liberties and copyright in a sample of one of the many talks that are available.