The Internet makes trust and insight scarce commodities, and makes newsroom veterans more valuable

Recently I have been looking at the newspaper as a service and as a business (for reasons that will become apparent later). Something is becoming clear. While the Internet makes information plentiful, and this in turn may be a challenge to some aspects of the newspaper business, deep insight and trust remain as scarce as … Continue reading The Internet makes trust and insight scarce commodities, and makes newsroom veterans more valuable

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Interview on the history + future of the Net

Jerry Brito, a tech thinker and writer for Time Magazine interviewed me about my recent book, A history of the Internet and the digital future as part of his 'Surprisingly Free' podcast series with techies. Jerry has an interesting background: he's an academic, but he has also lead some interesting projects - see below - … Continue reading Interview on the history + future of the Net

The 3 sided product problem

This post is also on Huffington Post. The first item ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer. Startled that someone had bid for the broken item eBay’s founder, Pierre Omidyar, contacted the bidder to ask whether he understood that the laser pointer for which he had bid $14.83 was in fact broken? The … Continue reading The 3 sided product problem

“Peer-to-Peer Retail”: Social marketing/commerce is not just about ‘likes’

Owjo, the social commerce startup where I worked as evangelist/marketer/product guy, had a big problem. Its offering was so big, and so potentially transformative, that prospective customers couldn't get a quick grasp of it. Part of my job was to break the product down, so that discrete offerings could be orientated to specific markets. The … Continue reading “Peer-to-Peer Retail”: Social marketing/commerce is not just about ‘likes’

A Moore’s Law for 3D printing? (I need data)

Moore's Law (transistors per chip) and Hendy's Law (pixels per dollar) have been useful predictors of where processing power and digital photography were going. Something similar would be really useful for 3D printing. I tried to plot a law for the quality of print per dollar of 3D printers for an article I have been … Continue reading A Moore’s Law for 3D printing? (I need data)

3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with Vyomesh Joshi, EVP of HP’s printing business

HP are interesting because they are the first major manufacturer to enter the 3D printing space, partnering last year with Stratasys to offer 3D printers directly to designers and architects at the sub $20,000 range. So I questioned Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President of HP's Imaging and Printing Group, about where HP is going. Johnny … Continue reading 3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with Vyomesh Joshi, EVP of HP’s printing business

Owjo may be about to save Jaron Lanier’s “lost generation” of musicians, and put Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 True Fans in charge of distribution

Owjo may be about to save Jaron Lanier's "lost generation" of musicians, and put Kevin Kelly's 1,000 True Fans in charge of distribution.

Principles, Norms, and Constraints: building a new national approach to digital issues

Discussion document for the new IIEA National Digital Principles Group: We are present at a unique moment in time when the shape and character of the emerging digital area is becoming clear. To grasp the opportunity, consider as historical precedents the decades following Gutenberg’s Press, or early decades of the Industrial Age. Strategic and inventive … Continue reading Principles, Norms, and Constraints: building a new national approach to digital issues

Piece in Wired: “Dublin Web Summit highlights the under-reported successes of Irish tech”

Following on from my previous piece in Wired UK on the optimism at the Pub Summit, this piece takes a macro snapshot of the Dublin startup scene during last week's Web Summit. See  Web Summit story on Wired UK here, or read on below.. Last Friday was a big tech day for Dublin. Web game … Continue reading Piece in Wired: “Dublin Web Summit highlights the under-reported successes of Irish tech”

Frederick Taylor, DEC, and Zynga: how does “idea fuel” filter to the top of perpetual beta organisations?

I broke bread with the speakers after the Dublin Web Summit on Friday (see my coverage of the Summit for Wired UK), and sat opposite Marcus Segal, Zynga's Chief Operating Officer for Games. Segal is faced with a hell of a problem: Zynga is growing like a super nova, and the model it uses relies … Continue reading Frederick Taylor, DEC, and Zynga: how does “idea fuel” filter to the top of perpetual beta organisations?

The “Android Paradox” – Google’s bright future at both ends of the market

Update 9 June 2011: What a mess. My original "Google's bright future at both ends of the market" appeared in Business & Economy as "Android apps will be of low quality". This is absolutely not what my line of reasoning was in the piece. I have asked B&E to change the title to something more … Continue reading The “Android Paradox” – Google’s bright future at both ends of the market

My piece in Wired UK – “Optimism in Dublin’s start-up scene: Pub Summit 2011 report”

My piece for Wired UK on the start up scene in Ireland, and the Pub Summit last night, is copied below. See article on Wired. Text of the article below: Despite the rain, and economic collapse, Dublin seems to be the place to be at the moment. A long line of entrepreneurs and investors queued … Continue reading My piece in Wired UK – “Optimism in Dublin’s start-up scene: Pub Summit 2011 report”

Optimism in Ireland

Last night at the Pub Summit I spoke to Eoghan Jennings, ex-CFO of Xing, and the man behind the new Bootcamp accelerator that will be launching in 2012. I was struck by his optimism, and he gave me 12 reasons why Ireland is a good place for startups (credit to Colm Rafferty from Maples & … Continue reading Optimism in Ireland

My overview of 3D printing in Fortune Magazine

My basic overview of 3D printing appears in the current (Fortune 500) issue of Fortune. This piece lays out some rudimentary basics, but I am currently working on a more detailed piece - on what I call the "crowd manufacturing cycle" (short note on this idea in previous post titled "Objects 2.0"). Also, see a … Continue reading My overview of 3D printing in Fortune Magazine

Mobile OS Wars – the new rules of the mobile ecology

I wrote a piece for India's Business & Economy on the mobile OS war. Draft text below... (online version article available here) The eco system is key. The mobile OS giants have one guiding principle: the OS with the best selection of software applications available for its users will be most attractive to consumers, and … Continue reading Mobile OS Wars – the new rules of the mobile ecology

Plastic information, niche audiences, extruded media, and network governance

De Filosoof (The Philosopher), a journal edited by graduate students and faculty at the University of Utrecht, asked me to respond to some searching questions. Three are copied below [note: this is unedited draft text]... From the very beginning Internet has challenged social, intellectual and political hierarchies. RFC 3, released in April 1969, ‘established the … Continue reading Plastic information, niche audiences, extruded media, and network governance

Q&A about the history of the Internet with the Epoch Times

The Epoch Times published a Q&A here with me about the book. We covered the idea behind the book and politics. Text below... The Internet has integrated itself into nearly every aspect of modern life, following users on the cell phone, at work, and at home. While the Web grows, however, its history and future … Continue reading Q&A about the history of the Internet with the Epoch Times

Strategies for the music industry – I’m featured in India’s ‘Business & Economy’

The current edition of Business & Economy (apparently "India's most influential business and economy magazine") features a piece on "Global music industry: is this the end or a new beginning? A musical paradox". The upshot is that declining sales of albums and slowing digital downloads mean that it must embrace innovative business models or go … Continue reading Strategies for the music industry – I’m featured in India’s ‘Business & Economy’

Cory Doctorow / BoingBoing plugged my book

Cory Doctorow was kind enough to put a plug of the book on BoingBoing yesterday. Said he: an engrossing, well-written account of the Internet's founding and the backstory of the underlying protocols and plumbing, which draws on that rich history to make predictions about the net's future. Good man! (see the full piece below,  or … Continue reading Cory Doctorow / BoingBoing plugged my book

2nd extract of my book in Ars Technica — The essence of the ‘Net

Chapter 3 of my book A History of the Internet and the Digital Future has just been published by Ars Technica. This is one of the 3 chapters (of the 13 in the book) that are being published for free. Here it is, or read at Ars. Johnny Ryan's A History of the Internet and … Continue reading 2nd extract of my book in Ars Technica — The essence of the ‘Net

I CAN HAS INTERNET?

I just published the first chapter of my book for free via Ars Technica. Full text over at Ars Johnny Ryan's A History of the Internet and the Digital Future has just been released and is already drawing rave reviews. Ars Technica is proud to present three chapters from the book, condensed and adapted for … Continue reading I CAN HAS INTERNET?

3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with John Kawola, CEO of Z Corporation

I've been thinking allot about what I call "Objects 2.0" and the impact we will see from 3D printing. I had opportunity to speak recently with John Kawola, the CEO of Z Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of 3D printers. (I've spoken to the heads of 3D Systems, Objet, Makerbot, etc., and may post … Continue reading 3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with John Kawola, CEO of Z Corporation

Reformcard event (Dublin city centre) Monday 21st

Come meet Reformcard on Monday 21st! Just four days before the Irish General Election, come and meet political representatives and hear them explain their plans for reform. Reformcard has teamed up with Transparency International Ireland to host a free public forum on Reform. The Facebook event page is: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198142726878511 Date: 21 February 2011, 1.00pm. Venue: … Continue reading Reformcard event (Dublin city centre) Monday 21st

Social Music Remix

Based on some ideas in my book, and a piece I wrote with Dr Allegre Hadida in BusinessWeek ("One way to save the music industry") in July last year, we have submitted to the ReThink Music business model competition. Allegre is an academic at the Judge School of Business in Cambridge. ReThink Music is run … Continue reading Social Music Remix

Call for Civic Hackists!

There is a strong community element to the Political Reform Scorecard idea because the weighting of the importance of different areas of reform will - or should be - determined by crowd voting. Also, the ongoing tracking of implementation and performance will rely on a flow of government data. We're looking to build a site … Continue reading Call for Civic Hackists!

proposal for a Political Reform Scorecard

A colleague of mine, Joseph Curtin, came up with a simple idea: why not rank, and then track, optimal political reform measures? Building on that core I elaborated a second stage that would begin after the election of a new government, at which point the system would become a way for people to engage with … Continue reading proposal for a Political Reform Scorecard

Objects 2.0

This is an initial note on something I have been thinking about for a while, and which I am now writing on: "Objects 2.0" and the "crowd manufacturing cycle". 3D printing, and the cycle of iterative remixing of physical design that will come with it, are going to dramatically disrupt manufacturing. It promises adjustment challenges … Continue reading Objects 2.0