Nice article about Dutch adoption of ODF

CNN Money ran a nice Associated Press article earlier today about adoption of open source and ODF by the Dutch government: “Dutch Government: Open Source Software To Be Adopted By April 2008.” While there is some confusion between open source and open standards, it gives a good idea of the…

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Thoughts on digital reputations

As a follow up to my comments at the Yale Law School Information Society Project Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace, I wanted to talk a bit about digital reputations. By this I mean some way of attaching numeric data and supporting information to a person, an object, a collection…

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Comments on ECMA’s (aka Microsoft’s) OOXML comment resolutions

We’re starting to hear about how Microsoft (under ECMA’s name) is resolving the technical comments on OOXML. What do you need to know about this? Where are they? If this is a transparent process, we need to see the comments as well as all the proposed resolutions. What is there…

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Position paper for Yale Law School Information Society panel

This is the “position paper” for the Reputation Economies in Cyberspace panel on which I’m participating tomorrow at Yale Law School. It makes a lot of assumptions about definitions (I’m on the fourth panel of the day) and just touches on some of the things on which I plan to…

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Saturday in New Haven

This Saturday I’ll be in New Haven at the Yale Law School Information Society Project Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace. I’ll be speaking on the last panel of the day: Panel IV: Ownership of Cyber-Reputation Moderator: Eddan Katz Panelists: John Clippinger, Eric Goldman, Bob Sutor, Mozelle Thompson, Rebecca Tushnet…

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“Open Documents and Democracy: A Political Basis for Open Document Standards”

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School has published a new document by Laura DeNardis and Eric Tam called “Open Documents and Democracy: A Political Basis for Open Document Standards” [PDF]. From the Introduction: This paper employs democratic theory as a method of political and ethical inquiry into the…

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Texas House of Representatives issues charge to study electronic documents

The Speaker of the House of Representatives in Texas has issued an official charge to the Committee on Government Reform: Research, investigate, and make recommendations on how electronic documents can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability,…

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Southern California Linux Expo 6x – Call for Papers

I just got an email from Ilan Rabinovitch saying that the call for papers for the Southern California Linux Expo 6x ends tomorrow, Friday. You can learn more at their website, along with the descriptions of their programs on “Women In Open Source,” “Open Source Software in Education,” and “Demonstrating…

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Another blog

I’ve decided to start using NigelParavane.com as a blog site for some of my Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other online 3D game and virtual world experiences. The idea is to use that site for information about using these environments, such as tips, bugs, workarounds, and explanations. Some may…

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Social networking and privacy

This is a big issue and though I don’t have any deep new observations about this, I want to share some thoughts from using Facebook for a few weeks. This isn’t necessarily Facebook-specific, but that’s a recent example for me. The basic problem is who gets to know what about…

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