The Age of Context

Review: In ‘Age of Context,’ Scoble and Israel focus on the possibilities of technology

When asked what the future of personal technology might look like, I usually refer the questioner to Rainbows End. This near-future vision from Vernor Vinge, which won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel, is set in California in 2025. Just about every object in the world is networked; libraries are becoming extinct as all the world’s books… Read More

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More federally funded research to be made freely accessible

In response to a We The People petition, the Obama White House has taken another step in the journey to provide open access to publicly-funded research. Today the Office of Science and Technology directed all federal agencies that manage “more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results… Read More

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Sunday marks new era in cellphone carrier market power

New cellphones purchased after this Saturday Jan. 25, 2013 can be unlocked only with the permission of the carrier; phones purchased before Sunday are exempt from this restriction and have been since 2006. Back in October, the U.S. Copyright Office filed a new decision on unlocked phones in the Federal Register. The Copyright Office is… Read More

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Untangling Justice: The case of Aaron Swartz

Commentary: I spent much of Saturday trying to reconcile two very different approaches to justice meted out by the Obama Administration. The first is old (mid-December) news: British bank HSBC launders money for at least a decade and is fined four weeks earnings. I learned about it Friday from The Daily Show. Blatant laundering, moving “tainted… Read More

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Commentary: Report shines little new light on journalism woes

In the winter of 2009, Seattle was the center of a global maelstrom that has yet to bottom out: the collapse of the advertiser-supported business model that funded mainstream journalism. The Seattle P-I published its last printed edition that March after a flurry of town halls and salons where journalists, academics and news junkies tried… Read More

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On trust and privacy: Why I no longer trust Google

[Guest commentary by Kathy Gill] Trust. It’s a key factor in any successful relationship, whether that relationship is between two people or a person and an organization. Although Google hasn’t been battered with privacy-related consumer trust headlines as frequently as Facebook, it has flirted with trust issues since at least 2004. That’s when Dave Winer warned:… Read More