“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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New blog category design

Now that WordPress 2.3 supports tags as well as categories, I’m going to significantly reduce the number of categories that I use and then add tags to my entries. This will take some time, because there are now over 1900 entries in this blog. My scheme for coming up with…

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Second Face Life Book?

I’ve been asked several times whether social networks like MySpace or Facebook will merge with virtual environments like There, ActiveWorlds, or Second Life. My usual response has been along the lines of “Social networks use a variety of technologies and will start to employ 3D, but this doesn’t mean everything…

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