Category Archives: People

The Looming Destruction of the Global Communications Environment

Essay by Ron Deibert Ask most citizens worldwide to identify the most pressing issue facing humanity as a whole and they will likely respond with global warming. However, there is another environmental catastrophe looming: the degradation of the global communications environment. The parallels between the two issues are striking: in both cases an invaluable commons […]

On Technology, Security, Personhood and Privacy: An Appeal

Essay by John Clippinger with a response by Dembitz. Continue the conversation on security with David Clark, Michael Barrett, and Beau Brendler. American democracy has weathered many storms in its 239 years. Its survival and prosperity are consequences of both good fortune as well as the remarkable foresight and common sense of its Founders. However, […]

What Would a More Secure Future Look Like?

Essay by David Clark with responses by Beau Brendler and Michael Barrett. Most users of the Internet today would probably say that they are concerned about the state of Internet security. And they would probably be more concerned if they understood the true state of affairs. While many technical improvements have been added to the […]

The Right to Communicate

Essay by Daithí Mac Síthigh, a response to Freedom of Listening, by Lewis Hyde Lewis Hyde’s thoughtful essay on network neutrality and the trials of 18th-century preachers-without-pulpits is a timely reminder that the issue of net neutrality is not one that should be the sole business of a small group of Internet activists and lobbyists. […]

Malware: The Great Equalizer

Essay by Beau Brendler, a response to David Clark Continue the conversation with Michael Barrett. Eight years ago I spent two-grand-plus on a Sony Vaio laptop when they were still sort of cool. It was kind of a muscle car then, full of multimedia editing software I wanted to make movies with in hopes I’d […]

A Take on Peter Suber’s “The Opening of Science and Scholarship”

Essay by Jean-Claude Guedon, a response to The Opening of Science and Scholarship by Peter Suber There is much to be liked in Peter Suber’s piece, but one of the most important facets of his argument certainly lies in his beginning: “Who controls access..?” Indeed, the issue of control is closely related to access. Placing […]

Open Scholarship

Essay by Melissa Hagemann, a response to The Opening of Science and Scholarship by Peter Suber. Who controls access to educational materials in the age of the internet? Today many students are priced out of an education, not because of the cost of tuition, but because of the price of textbooks. Lessons from the open […]

Might the Age of Information Graduate into an Era of Public Knowledge?

Essay by John Willinsky, a response to The Opening of Science and Scholarship, by Peter Suber Some forty years ago, Marshall McLuhan spoke in his now predictably prescient manner of an “age of instant information,” while others at the time held high-speed computing responsible for an “information revolution.” And while it is tempting to say […]

The Opening of Science and Scholarship

essay by Peter Suber, responses by John Willinsky, Melissa Hagemann and Melanie Dulong de Rosnay. Who controls access to peer-reviewed research in the age of the internet? How are the relevant norms and interests evolving? Some key variables are unchanged from the age of print. Scholarly journals usually don’t pay their authors, referees, or editors. […]

Computers and Writing: Lessons in Literacy from the New Orleans Blogosphere and the Composition Classroom

Essay by Daisy Pignetti, a response to Principles of New Media Literacy, by Dan Gillmor Continue the conversation with Evgeny Morozov In 2006 I wrote a piece about the burgeoning New Orleans blogosphere for the launch of The crux of that essay, and of the site itself, was to call attention to the value […]