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Copyright

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I used to use recipes as a good, non-new/Internet-y example of how you can still make profits (recipe books) with no attempt at copyright enforcement (who c...

Zimbabwe

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A lot more information about Zimbabwe, some history, and also a look at their draconian proposed wiretap law (it's possible even worse than in the US!)

The limits of ICT4D

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Someone has to pay the 'net bill: Internet traffic in Zimbabwe has come close to a standstill after an international satellite firm slashed its bandwidth be...

Nica Tech Writeup: The importance of local

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Sometimes, knowing the local context is not only important, but a stark requirement. Scratch that - always. In Managua, Nicaragua, this is point is driven ...

Morality of Development

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Development, like politics, is a metaphorical room where you're amazed at just how many elephants can fit simultaneously, and yet be ignored. These elehpant...

The Economics of Free

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While not strictly dev/ICT related, this blog is tracking the economic implications of Open Source, (focusing on the university software development context)...

Technology and the University

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More tangentially related tech info, my former employers, The University of Texas' Office of Technology Commercialization are hosting their next big conferen...

Esperanza En Accion

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I'm on the technology committee of the Esperanza En Accion board, and as part of this, and in fulfilling a long-standing promise to EeA's director, I'm off t...

Net Neutrality

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Dan Kaminsky is working on a software testing tool to check to see if your ISP is giving equal quality to all your traffic, or if they are favoring certain t...

IPR and … plants?

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Brazil is registering list of plant names to fight pharma companies from trademarking the names when using compounds extracted from these plants. India also ...

Blogreement

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Steven Johnson has a nice quick list of topics we can move beyond when discussing blogs: Mainstream, top-down, professional journalism will continue to p...

“Launch At” ?

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Techsoup has a good interview with the Chief Connectivity Officer, Michael Bletsas, of OLPC. Unfortunately, it does nothing to quell my concerns about their...

The Dutch Boy vs. the Great Firewall

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a fascinating analysis reveals that for the keyword-blocking aspects of the Chinese firewall, there is a simple workaround where you can just ignore its effe...

Collective Action

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Edge.org is running an article by Jaron Lanier on the current drive towards meta-content and collective-rule on the Internet (think Wikipedia, BoingBoing, Di...