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Monday, November 17, 2008

FREESOULS: Captured and Released

Freesouls FREESOULS: Captured and Released by Joi Ito is a celebration of all the people who are willing to share. It consists of photos by Joi Ito and a collection of essays by:

  • Howard Rheingold: Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies
    To accomplish this attention-turning, we must develop a participative pedagogy, assisted by digital media and networked publics, that focuses on catalyzing, inspiring, nourishing, facilitating, and guiding literacies essential to individual and collective life in the 21st century. Literacies are where the human brain, human sociality and communication technologies meet.

  • Lawrence Liang: Free as in Soul: The Anti-image Politics of Copyright
    It is well-documented that the philosophical justification of copyright is premised on the idea of the romantic author, the sole suffering genius sitting in isolation and producing works of genius. The first serious challenge to the idea of the romantic author emerged with the invention of photography.

  • Cory Doctorow: You Can't Own Knowledge
    ...there's plenty of stuff out there that's valuable even if it's not property. For example, my daughter was born in February, 2008. She's not my property. But she's worth quite a lot to me. If you took her from me, the crime wouldn't be "theft." If you injured her, it wouldn't be "trespass to chattels." We have an entire vocabulary and set of legal concepts to deal with the value that a human life embodies ... Trying to shoehorn knowledge into the "property" metaphor leaves us without the flexibility and nuance that a true knowledge rights regime would have.

  • Yochai Benkler: Complexity and Humanity
    To deal with the new complexity of contemporary life we need to re-introduce the human into the design of systems. We must put the soul back into the system. If years of work on artificial intelligence have taught us anything, it is that what makes for human insight is extremely difficult to replicate or systematize. At the center of these new systems, then, sits a human being who has a capacity to make judgments, experiment, learn and adapt.

  • Isaac Mao: Sharism: A Mind Revolution
    Non-sharing culture misleads us with its absolute separation of Private and Public space. It makes creative action a binary choice between public and private, open and closed. This creates a gap in the spectrum of knowledge. Although this gap has the potential to become a valuable creative space, concerns about privacy make this gap hard to fill. We shouldn't be surprised that, to be safe, most people keep their sharing private and stay "closed." They may fear the Internet creates a potential for abuse that they can't fight alone. However, the paradox is: The less you share, the less power you have.

  • Marko Ahtisaari: Intelligent Travel
    A new system of intelligent travel is already being imagined, and built. But the prospects of developing online, interconnected systems−ones based on the principle of shared intelligence and joined through trusted social networks−is not unique to one website or a single start-up. It is a global movement of world travelers sharing local information with friends, acquaintances, and everybody else.
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