ArchiveFebruary 20, 2006

content governance

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But the truth is, the internet cannot be both globally acceptable and a force for democracy.
Good Wired article about censorship, self-censorship & the internet.

True, that. However, I think everybody has the right not to be offended. However, and this is more important, this should not result in censorship. To cut a long story short, that’s why we proposed client-based filter mechanisms in a positioning paper (Committee for a Democratic U.N. for WSIS II) on Future Governance of the Internet:

II. Free Expression: There must be no censorship and regulation on internet content. However free expression is given a limit wherever content harms freedoms and rights of others. Communities and unions (rings) of trust might be able to select and promote content (e.g. suitable for children). Collaborative filter and rating mechanisms (such as mojo) might also be suitable. In order to allow individual Netizens or communities not to be exposed to content they consider unsuitable for themselves or their children, all information shall be described by multidimensional metadata (ranging from language to labels for violence, nudity etc.). That way, these Netizens can apply individual, clientbased filter mechanisms.

Not flawless, that’s for sure. But it provides quite good protection, I guess.

chaser nap

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…what researchers found worked the best was a Caffeine Nap. The Caffeine Nap is simple. You drink a cup of coffee and immediately take a 15 minute nap. Researchers found coffee helps clear your system of adenosine, a chemical which makes you sleepy. So in testing, the combination of a cup of coffee with an immediate nap chaser provided the most alertness for the longest period of time. The recommendation was to nap only 15 minutes, no more or less and you must sleep immediately after the coffee.
Achieve-IT! about the most effective way of keeping those eyes open.

[via lifehacker.com]

unplug that mobile

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Trying to downplay the havoc Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile will wreak on the mobile telecoms industry, Ballmer chose a topical Valentine’s Day theme for his announcement….But Ballmer’s announcement may be closer to a St Valentine’s Day massacre than a love letter for the mobile operators concerned.

Microsoft has developed a free voice-over-IP service for mobile phones: Think skype on your mobile. This would mean free phone calls from your mobile whenever you’re in a WLAN. (Which at the moment isn’t the case in the subway, but it is at universities, in office buildings and plenty of coffee shops, for example.) For the big mobile phone service providers like vodafone etc this will have some nasty impact; For users & consumers it’ll be paradise…