Jake welcomes us, the room is completely full, power and wireless at every seat, streaming the conference (see site), second life version as well.
James Boyle is witty as you might expect. One quote: this is like putting a brink in your toilet to save the internet. Participatory media now. “How not to screw up the emerging participatory mediascape” Two propositions. 1) we are bad at predicting the future of any kind of technological innovation. cell phones were not to become widely used. push media failed. the principal of technological humbleness. 2) individuals are not rational reactors. people are more concerned about risks than about opportunities. rules of thumb are not accurate, but people follow them anyways. over and under estimating risks. proposes a cognative blindness in communications. why commons based production are valuable and good (benkler’s non-market production). why the unowned has value. the english is unowned. but law french was actually owned and controlled. while open is undervalued, it is not the only solution but it is the most underappreciated and misunderstood. whilst the closed or owned is overvalued.
a bit about the “broadcaster’s right” at WIPO now in the Rome Treaty.
Net neutrality explained. DRM damned. If folks comment, what will they say? (could be bad! Oh No).
So what is the brick to put in the cybertoilet? Leave the system design as open as possible for as long as possible. Where ever it is possible, extend openness. Not a religious ? but an emperical one.
Shava has the first question. Damn there’s a voice from the past. She’s now with TOR/freehaven. What about the current players fearing being at risk? They don’t want to lose.
Gio a documentary film maker who is doing “who is wearing the emperor’s new clothes?” during the french revolution those in revolt smashed the clocks. during the russian revolution, printers went on strike to be paid for commas (is this real?). what will the future say about us based on our social and legal behaviors? (Perfect grist for Jamie.) Internet is a perfect example of the black swan — evidence that not all swans are white afterall.