Friday, April 11, 2008

Museums and the Web Conference Day 1

The opening plenary, Hands On the Internet, was presented by Michael Geist, from the University of Ottawa.

Internet 2008: what does it look like?

  • Blogger has now overtaken CNN website, subject matter experts bringing their voice to their subject area
  • Rise of Facebook and other social networking sites, talked about a Facebook group they set up Fair Copyright for Canada, which now has over 40,000 members
  • Podcasting
  • Postsecret – place for people to connect and talk anonymously about their secrets. Has become a supportive network
  • Elephant's Dream – worlds first open movie
  • New ways to distribute TV in shorter segments and across new platforms and websites - nature of broadcasting has fundamentally changed
  • Tetesaclaquestv channel
  • Creative commons licences
  • Wikitravel – a comprehensive online travel guide community and collaboratively developed, is written in real time, able to personalise
  • GlobalVoices – give voice to people wouldn't usually hear form, often at great risk, learn what's happening on the ground in those countries
  • Using mapping technology to map events to share with the world, gave example of Usahidi that maps examples of violence in Kenya
  • LibriVox sire to convert books into mp3 files
  • Public Library of Science – peer reviewed open access peer-reviewed science journal. Met with much scepticism but now can't keep up with demand

Overall theme is the way web has encouraged collaboration, sharing and community, using open-source approaches to share information, and enabling the community to participate and take action.

Internet 2018: what should we be actively engaged in?

  • Broadband for all
  • Net neutrality
  • Intermediary liability – third party content that may be hosted by you, need to be protected
  • Privacy – need to make sure protections are robust
  • Fair dealing/fair use – need for copyright balance, under and over protecting
  • Digital rights management (DRM)
  • Public domain – how long to extend rights protection?

Future of the internet is ion our hands.

1 comment:

Social Network Web Design said...

Interesting points you got there on how the Internet looks like now. We've see more and more open source methods and more user-generated contents in many websites. Thinking about how the Internet will be like 10 years from now is exciting but kinda scary at the same time.