To address the recent cyber-bullying issues I mentioned earlier this year, Korea’s government has installed a real-name comment system that went live last week and basically removes anonymity on the comment systems of the country’s most important websites (Daum, Naver, etc…)
This trial is extremely interesting to follow. Such a system will probably become necessary in all countries around the globe, but it is not clear yet what social cost it will have. Will the end of anonymity hamper democracy? Will the discussions simply move out of the controlled zones to foreign countries? Will there be a separation, the identitary Internet vs the anonymous one?
Global Voices Online is following the experiment and sharing the early findings, citing bloggers’ reactions across the country:
Since the real-name comment system, the level of malignant contents has been lower, but the number has not been dramatically decreasing. It will take time for the bad comments to disappear from the internet. Until now, it seems that it is not so effective. What I’m worried more is that these respondents with bad habits will be dispersed to small community sites and, therefore, the holistic atmosphere of the internet would be generally bad.
it [the system] could damage the basic principle and freedom of the internet, [...] it could interrupt freedom of speech, and the last is the possibility it could be controlled by the authorities.
Even though 0.06 percent is the only malignant respondents, this small number causes problems and appears as a social issue, and, therefore, we should solve this problem. Then, is the ‘real name system’ the right answer? Due to this, the freedom of opinion and speech would be controlled, and then how can we compensate for these problems?
All this for 0.06% of the population behaving badly. I wonder what the percentage of “bad guys” creating social problems is in real life, and how much energy is deployed to counter them?
Prince is giving away his latest album with the Mail on Sunday, in advance of his 21 concerts (!) in London later this year.
As expected, the music industry is outraged, despite the fact that Prince is simply reverting to the patronage based business model that was current in the medieval era.
“In European cultural history, virtually every major and minor figure in music, literature, and the fine arts from the Medieval period to the early modern era had some relationship with the patronage system”
As the Mail on Sunday’s managing editor puts it:
“They [the music industry] are living in the old days and haven’t developed their businesses sufficiently. We can enhance their business. They are being incredibly insular and need to move their business on”
Beyond the chance to poke yet another joke on the back of the poor music industry, this is an interesting example of the economic cycles innovation gets us through. An old way of doing things (patronage) comes back on the forefront, simply refined by an innovation (the internet).
I regularly inform you of the events the CERN is organizing, bringing amazing speakers like Mark Shuttleworth or Richard Stallman to Geneva.
The events are taped, but I never found the link until today. Finally, here are the videos of the presentations on what is certainly one of the less usable website still online.
Ping me if you are around!
We are working on the program for LIFT08, with the idea of finalizing a beta version around mid july (=very soon!).
• would like to propose a theme or speaker
• would like to speak yourself
• would like to give us the email address of Bill Gater or Steve Jobs, personal friends of your that we can contact on your behalf and invite to Geneva
Then email us, use the LIFT participants blog, comment on this post, whatever, but please let us know as soon as possible!
Mercer released their yearly research about cities’ quality of life and expensiveness (if there is such a word, in french we have “chèreté”).
Expensive cities ranking
5. Hong Kong
And the quality of life survey
We always talk about mobile TV, and how “we will never watch TV on a small screen”. Yeah yeah…
Mobile TV users surpass 6-millions in Korea
It’s a shame we have no DMB in Europe, it looks like a much better technology for mobile TV than 3G.
Richard Stallman closing his speech at the University of Lausanne.
Saint Ignucius ;)
I made the announcement on the company’s homepage a while ago, and it is now official. Ballpark is now LIFT lab, and many changes are coming. More people, more services, more events, and some news you probably didn’t expect ;)
I will uncover all the details in the coming weeks, the idea being that everything would be public and set around the end of August.
Welcome to LIFT lab!