Before leaving Calaveras, the cadre of WineCampers sat down to share thoughts on the weekend:
The Net Neutrality conversation at NetSquared circled around issues of content ownership. And within this conversation lurked another harsh question: who owns the Internet? And could the people who own the various pipes and connections of the Internet implement the controls under debate at any time?
Citizens are beginning to demand more openness and transparency from their leaders. As Dan Gillmor noted yesterday, the individuals who used to be the audience are now becoming co-producers. People are attracted to participation; they like the power of co-creation, the opportunity to do more than simply write a check. In this NetSquared dialogue, Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Forum asks: How can nonprofits thrive in this environment?
The ecology of human rights organizations is immensely complex. As Patrick Ball of Benetech walked through the quantity of players and social dynamics at NetSquared today, it became clear that developing technology for the human rights community is an intimidating challenge. (Disclosure note: Omidyar Network is a funder of Benetech.) On one end, there are local, grassroots groups with sensitive information to share. Ball had useful advice for folks trying to bridge these groups with larger efforts via technology:
The erosion of real-world community is a compelling topic. As our culture has evolved lifestyles away from the community interactions that were driven by churches, stay-at-home parents, etc., we've failed to come up with replacement connections that are pervasive, cross-generational, cross-cultural, and real-world. New community networks were discussed at this weekend’s WineCamp.
One of the recurrent themes that came up at this weekend’s WineCamp at Ferriere Vineyards (our wonderful host!) was the concept of storytelling. In particular, one arts educator wanted to explore how participatory media and collaborative storytelling could lead to community engagement.
Renowned angel investor Audrey MacLean explored the nuances of angel investing with the audience at yesterday's Women's Angel Colloquium. MacLean, a founder of both Network Equipment Technologies and Adaptive, revealed that her role as private investor was an accidental byproduct of her career in the computer industry.
Tom Maddox from Opinity just posted his podcast of our spontaneous discussion at the Internet Identity Workshop around the intriguing intersection of identity, digital rights, licensing, and attention. Also, when ownership and content creation get pulled to the individual masses (as vs. a few large producers and distributors), what social and legal changes are implied? More in the podcast download.
An examination of identity rights agreement paradigms (along with much anti-lawyer sentiment) was fostered by Drummond Reed and Phil Windley at the Internet Identity Workshop. Highlights included:
Many accepted tenets of identity relate to how identity works in the real world. James O'Kane (who works at KPMG in his other life, and has some freaky real-life experiences in law enforcement and online behavior) led a session on social identity at today's Internet Identity Workshop.
Mary Hodder led an open space discussion of i-tags at today's Internet Identity Workshop. Mary wanted to figure out a good way for bloggers to both engage in tagging and establish the 'trusted tags' that could support linking. Many companies need an open source way for users to create tags that can be pulled into a variety of online systems.
Today marked the kickoff of this week's Internet Identity Workshop at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Why care about digital identity? From mashups to digital rights management to web services, the individual's control over his or her identity has reemerged as a prominent issue: