Joi Ito at LeWeb: Sharing Love


Joi Ito presented at LeWeb today. (Disclaimer: I’m a Joi Ito fanboy. Expect this to be biased.) He gave his presentation in his role as CEO of Creative Commons, the theme was “Sharing Love”.

Joi Ito at LeWeb Photo: Joi Ito at LeWeb by Peter Bihr (released under Creative Commons by 2.0)

Creative Commons, says Joi, is something like a protocol. He compared it to the TCP/IP of cultural production. It’s what makes systems and content producers and content users and whatnot interoperate. It provides the legal framework to lower transaction costs for content sharing and remixing and usage so that you wouldn’t have to spend tons of money on legal advice just to use a picture. Creative Commons make it easy, and legally safe, to share content and to allow use of your content under certain conditions.

Traditionally, you had either regulated or unregulated uses for, say, a book. Regulated: Read. Unregulated: Share, give away, sleep on it. In a digital work, it’s tough, as practically everything is unregulated. Every use means you have to copy it – in many cases you have to make several copies to use it just once.

The rest of the presentation covered the basics of Creative Commons: Why is it important, and how Creative Commons goes about providing a human-readable, a machine-readable and a lawyer-readable license (called “deed” here). He also mentioned the current CC Case Studies project, which shares examples of successful commercial uses of Creative Commons licenses.

LeWeb 08: Liveblogging Day 2


Over at Berlinblase.de, we’ll be liveblogging LeWeb again. Please allow me to cross-post.

Good morning LeWeb! Those of you who haven’t made it to the MySpace party last night: Welcome back. For the rest of you, here’s the liveblog so you can follow the events from your desk, or your bed. So what’s planned for today? Marc Canter will be moderating a panel on Platform Love, Robin Good will be speaking about the Love of Education, and Chris Anderson will be talking, too. Then it’s John Buckman (Magnatune), Dr. Brian Cox (Unicersity of Manchester), Maurice LEvy (Publicis), Marrisa Mayer (VP of Google) and Michael Arrington. Joi Ito of Creative Commons fame will also spread the love, before it’s even lunch time. Plenty to see, plenty to hear! For some neat eye candy, go to Berlinblase.de/live where you’ll find the official video livestream on one side and our liveblog on the other.

LeWeb fanboys and Macbook signings


Johannes said it and what can I say, it’s true:

die @berlinblase crew verwandelt sich mehr und mehr in einen haufen web 2.0 groupies. “OMG, hast du den gesehen?” #leweb ;-)

(Roughly: “The Berlinblase crew is turning more and more into a bunch of web 2.0 groupies. “OMG, did you see him?” #leweb ;)”)

So Sebastian took it to the next step. He had his brand-new Macbook signed not once, but twice. First, by David Weinberger. Then also by Hugh Mac Leod of business card drawing fame:

Hugh Mac Leod, I'm blogging this. All rights reserved by the artist. Image by Hugh Mac Leod, I’m blogging this. All rights reserved by the artist.

Here’s a video of the drawing (don’t try this at home):

Hugh MacLeod signing Sebastian’s new Macbook from thewavingcat on Vimeo.


Am in Paris, will blog: Meet Berlinblase at LeWeb 08


By now I’ve arrived in Berlin and managed to meet up with the Berlinblase crew. After dinner, we’ve managed to find wireless to catch up on some email and get prepared for tomorrow. We’ll be blogging, twittering and also recording interviews at LeWeb.

On Berlinblase, you’ll find the Berlinblase Link Guide to LeWeb Paris, an all-you-need list of links, hashtags and what not. There’s even a neat Google map:

Google Map of LeWeb Paris

So for our coverage, check out Berlinblase.de.

LeWeb Pre-Conference Interview: Nicole Simon asks about Berlinblase


Cross-posting from Berlinblase.de, a link to an interview Nicole Simon did with me a few days ago:

As part of her LeWeb Pre-Conference interview series, Nicole Simon (@nicolesimon) kindly invited me to tell a thing or two about Berlinblase. You can listen to the full interview on CruelToBeKind, where we spoke in between Erno Hannink, Andrea Vascellari and Tom Morris. (Download MP3, 42 min, 39 MB)

Meet up at OpenEverything, LeWeb, Re-Publica


It’s been quite hectic lately with both work and travel (and work-related travel, obviously), and there’s more to come. Needless to say, I really enjoy meeting all the interesting folks at events and conferences. I think it’s the best way to learn about new projects and ideas.

So thanks to unlike and Henrik Berggren for organizing Likemind Berlin this morning. Likemind is the most fun kaffeeklatsch I know.

So what’s next? Tomorrow there’s OpenEverything, a “global conversation about the art, science and spirit of ‘open’. It gathers people using openness to create and improve software, education, media, philanthropy, architecture, neighbourhoods, workplaces and the society we live in: everything.” It’s a global event with handovers between different locations during the day, I’ll be at OpenEverything Berlin. If I got it right, OpenEverything Hong Kong will handover to Berlin around 10:15am Berlin time. How cool is that?

LeWeb Paris

Next up is LeWeb Paris which I’m really excited about. The Berlinblase crew will be there, so we’ll be covering the event like we did a number of barcamps and Web 2.0 Expo Europe. It’ll be a blast. Drop me a line if you’d like to meet up to tell us about your tool or service in English (for Berlinblase) or in German (for blogpiloten.de), or even better, just to have a cool chat.

Re:Publica 09

For completeness’ sake, even though it’s far in the future, there’s also Re:Publica 09 coming up in early April. This year’s theme is “Shift Happens!”, and it’s all about how social media change the society we live in. Over the last two years re:publica has really established itself as the most important German blogging conference and it’s always great fun.

my moo cardTo get in touch, feel free to use any of these channels. (And please allow me to just re-use this code snippet including the photo. You might have seen it before.) I’d love to meet up!