Yochai Benkler started off the information overload of what we could be doing with all the bandwidth we ought to have. I must admit, I’ve not read any of Benkler’s work yet, but the starting point is his article Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm, which appeared in the Yale Law Journal. He has also written a book, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom.
It felt like he was trying to compress his paper, his book, and a million other thoughts on the subject into his 45-minute time slot. Because of this, I probably only captured about 10% of what he was saying. Of course this was compounded by being at home and dealing with interruptions.
So instead of an exhaustive recounting of what he said, I’ll simply suggest that people read Coase’s Penquin, The Wealth of Networks. He spoke a lot about peer production of content and included an Anime Music Video and a political piece as examples. In particular, Dueling Videos: Under Ice and a mashup, “The Legendary K.O. George Bush Doesn’t Care about Black People” from The Black Lantern and The Legendary K.O.
11:15 - Verdict reached.
Unfortunately, I'm not at the courtroom, so I've been flipping channels, watching everyone try to fill time as they wait for the verdict to come out.
12:04 - Jury is coming in....
Just in: Verdict has been reached and will be announced at noon.
If I were to summarize the most important message from Day 1 of the Freedom to Connect conference down in Washington DC yesterday, it was the need for more bandwidth.
One speaker said that between the number of emails he was receiving and the size of the emails due to attachments, the bandwidth that he was using had increased eight-fold while his bandwidth had only doubled. This is probably compounded by the number of people on home networks growing rapidly as well. It was said that we have dropped from number one in broadband to around 20th, and there is no indication of the slide stopping.
“This year, the average broadband speed will increase to 75Mbps per second,” Dr Chin Dae-Je, South Korea’s Information Minister, told a delegation of global policy leaders at a meeting of the OECD earlier this year, before adding: “I have 100Mbps in my home.”
If I hadn’t of spent most of last week down in DC live blogging the Libby trial deliberations, I would be down there right now to participate in Freedom to Connect. Fortunately, it will be streaming online with a live chat back channel going on at the same time.
There are many aspects to our freedom to connect. Some of the bigger issues are things like net neutrality, municipal wireless and the digital divide. Yet there are other things that inhibit our ability to connect. How usable are communication tools to use? How well do they interconnect?