I wrote this obituary for The Irish Times last week. Aaron Swartz, Born: November 8th, 1986 Died: January 11th, 2013 Aaron Swartz took his own life in an apartment in Brooklyn on January 11th. Though only 26 when he died, Swartz had many claims to fame.Read more "Obit: Aaron Swartz"
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 – […]Read more "Interview on the history + future of the Net"
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 […]Read more "Principles, Norms, and Constraints: building a new national approach to digital issues"
I spoke at Google last Friday (19 November 2010) on fairuse and the need for the law to adapt to leverage the benefits of the Internet. The event was chaired by TJ McIntyre of Digital Rights Ireland.Read more "My talk at Google EU HQ on fairuse"
It’s time to take stock. Here’s an idea of what we’ve been up to since 2008 at the Digital Future Group of the IIEA. In reverse chronological order…Read more "The past 2 years of digital speakers at the IIEA"
Together with a colleague at the IIEA, Caitriona Heinl, I have been examining the current state of three strikes measures against music piracy (see earlier related blog entry). This comes as part of an IIEA study.Read more "Three strikes, copyright and copytight?"
Article in OpenDemocracy, co-authored by Johnny Ryan and Stefan Halper, 22 January 2010: A speech on the theme of internet freedom around the world delivered by Hillary Clinton on 21 January 2010 contained a striking phrase. The United States secretary of state, speaking at Washington’s journalism-focused Newseum, argued that nation-states that chose to limit free […]Read more "Google vs China: capitalist model, virtual wall (new OpenDemocracy article)"