The Fair Music Initiative

By Robert Link, 12 years 17 weeks ago.

In their own words:

Fair music is the first global initiative for fairness and justice in the music business. It strives to create awareness for the importance of fair music and to strengthen the position of both artists and music listeners worldwide. The aim is also to maintain cultural diversity during the current processes of modernization.

The blog portion of the site includes recent headlines such as:

  • Copy protection scares away consumers

The Prosper Lender Rebellion, and the US Credit/Borrowing Black Hole

By samrose, 12 years 17 weeks ago.

(via P2P-Kredite)

The P2P Lending enabler-site is experiencing a rebellion by it's lenders, mostly found on it's forums:

Fighting license problems/proliferation by introducing another license.

By Robert Link, 12 years 18 weeks ago.

Chris Lott at Ruminate, a fine distance education tech blog, posts a link to the Open Education License Draft. My title here is extracted from Lott's pithy description, and the below is excerpted from the conversation in progress in the Ruminate comments:

I do have a concern about littering the legal landscape with a flood of variations on copyleft. I have a beef with needless complication.

On The Need For Business Stewardship, and Open Services

By samrose, 12 years 19 weeks ago.

Burak Arikan recently wrote about the acquisition of services and data by services providers like Google, and yahoo.

Arikan writes

Getting to Know the Tools

By Robert Link, 12 years 19 weeks ago.


I am not yet clear on posting guidelines, editorial policies, nor the full feature set available to standard users in this environment. Anyone in a similar state is invited to offer questions in the comments on this post.

NY Times on Martin Nowak: Cooperation is third fundamental element of evolution

By Howard Rheingold, 12 years 19 weeks ago.

This New York Times profile of Martin Nowak is not new, but it seems like a good place to start the reawakening of this blog. We've taken some time to move to a Drupal platform and are now recruiting bloggers. If you are interested in cooperation theory and want to blog, contact me via howard at rheingold dot com and I'll sign you up for our Google Group and/or grant blogging privileges here.

In recent papers, Dr. Nowak has argued that cooperation is one of the three basic principles of evolution. The other two are mutation and selection. On their own, mutation and selection can transform a species, giving rise to new traits like limbs and eyes. But cooperation is essential for life to evolve to a new level of organization. Single-celled protozoa had to cooperate to give rise to the first multicellular animals. Humans had to cooperate for complex societies to emerge.

“We see this principle everywhere in evolution where interesting things are happening,” Dr. Nowak said.

While cooperation may be central to evolution, however, it poses questions that are not easy to answer. How can competing individuals start to cooperate for the greater good? And how do they continue to cooperate in the face of exploitation? To answer these questions, Dr. Nowak plays games.

Ask the hasslebot to help your group cooperate

By Ed Vielmetti, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Hassle Me is a service that lets you set up automated reminders to be sent via email. Tell the hasslebot to remind you to call your mother about every week, and you'll get an email to that effect. In my case my phone's email client makes it easy to dial a number from it so I can click twice and connect.

Can A Literacy of Cooperation Inform Carbon Trading Schemes?

By SamuelRose, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Bush Administration and Disabled Community Cooperation

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

NPR this morning ran a piece describing the unlikely cooperation between the Bush Administration and a disabled community group that favored direct-action. The group, called ADAPT, seeks attendant care for severely disabled Americans.

The tone of the story is set by this quote.

Crushing the Web 2.0 Myths

By Gerrit Visser, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Here is an interesting interview by Vito Lops with Geert Lovink, the founder and director of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. The interview was published in Sole 24 Ore” the main economic newspaper in Italy. It starts with the question "Can we say that we finished the transition from the New Economy to Web 2.0?". Lovink also gives his thoughts about the question "Will there be a Web 3.0?"

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