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2006 April 24

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DesignKlicks

April 24, 2006 | By |

Spiegel DesignKlicks 3D interface

Spiegel DesignKlicks has this weird futuristic quasi-3D interface. (You scroll/fly through a three-dimensional space where all the info and photos are spread out.) Fascinating, but quite odd, too: The images just fly by, and it’s really hard to actually stop at one to have a look…

The site itself is quite cool, as it’s clearly very experimental. Maybe a bit too much so: DesignKlicks is primarily a design & photography site, but it also tries to tackle a few other big issues/feats at the same time:

  • The 3D interface mentioned above, which is a mix between a tag cloud and some hyper-hyper-whatever interface.
  • A community site featuring votes, rankings and other 2.0-ish stuff.
  • A bit of a personality, bloggish site featuring artists and experts.

I hope they don’t lose it, as the overall thing looks quite cool and clearly has the potential to be remembered as the ambitious project that it really is. It’d be fun talking to the people behind it, actually, to see if they really know what they’re on to…

[file under interface, visualization, InformationArchitecture]

24 Apr

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Save the Internet

April 24, 2006 | By |

A snip from the manifesto of SaveTheInternet.com, which Xeni says is going to launch on Monday, i.e. in just a few hours:

We believe that the Internet is a crucial engine for economic growth and democratic discourse. We urge Congress to take steps now to preserve network neutrality, a guiding principle of the Internet, and to ensure that the Internet remains open to innovation and progress.

Network neutrality is the Internet’s First Amendment. Without it, the Internet is at risk of losing the openness and accessibility that has revolutionized democratic participation, economic innovation and free speech.

From its beginnings, the Internet was built on a cooperative, democratic ideal. It has leveled the playing field for all comers. Everyday people can have their voices heard by thousands, even millions of people. Network neutrality has prevented gatekeepers from blocking or discriminating against new economic, political and social ideas.

The major telecommunications legislation now under consideration in Congress must include meaningful and enforceable network neutrality requirements to keep the Internet free and open to all.

Go support it if you can; This initiative is US-based and all, but the overall issue of network neutrality being at threatened by commercial interests is the same anywhere else, too. And yes, this is a big issue…

Update: Ask A Nijna links to a great 2 minute video explaining what network neutrality is all about.

[via Boing Boing]