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Berkman Buzz, week of May 14

BERKMAN BUZZ: A look at the past week's online Berkman conversations
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
Week of May 14, 2007

What's going on... take your pick or browse below.

*David Weinberger interviews Arianna Huffington.
*Dan Gilmor's analysis of the OpenNet Initiative results.
*Jake Shapiro's mad dash to the finish line.
*Ethan Zuckerman on language survival in the digital age.
*Doc Searls addresses Microsoft at the Internet Identity Workshop.
*Global Voices' take on YouTube vs. Thailand.
*Tim Armstrong on Jerry Falwell's Info/Law connection.
*Internet & Society Conference 2007: Question of the Week.

The full buzz.

“The latest in my series of Everything Is Miscellaneous interviews, sponsored by the Harvard Berkman Center and Wired, has been posted. I talk with Arianna Huffington about whether the Huffington Post is what the news is going to look like as reporting itself enters the swirl of the miscellaneous.”
David Weinberger, “Arianna Huffington podcast interview is up

“Before Americans get smug about things, let me remind folks that while our federal government doesn’t do all that much of this stuff –a noteworthy recent exception is banning social networking sites from computers where the military has any influence — there’s all kinds of censorship taking place at state and local levels.”
Dan Gillmor, “Open Net Initiative Launches Pathbreaking Study

“We all had our public and private guesses about how many entries we’d get for the Talent Quest, but none of us anticipated the flurry of activity over the weekend and through Monday. When I checked in Sunday morning we had about 800 entries, and by Monday at midnight we had 1368.”
Jake Shapiro, “The mad dash to the finish line

“I’m heading to Tanzania in a few weeks for the TED global conference, and I’d like to improve my Swahili before I go. (This wouldn’t be hard, as I only know half a dozen words.) Search for Swahili resources online and you’re bound to find the Kamusi Project, a remarkable online Swahili-English dictionary that’s been built by paid staff and volunteer contributions over the past dozen years.”
Ethan Zuckerman, “The survival of languages in a digital age

“I'm at the Internet Identity Workshop, where Microsoft has been, since the workshop's beginning, a constructive and helpful presence. The Microsoft folks who come here have always done their best to encourage and to practice interoperation and have had nothing but respect and a cooperative spirit toward the many open source projects also happening in the identity 'space'.”
Doc Searls, “Those that can, do. Those that can't, litigate

"YouTube’s latest round of trouble with Thailand started in April when some YouTube user uploaded a video mocking the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) tried to get YouTube to take down the clips. YouTube and its parent company Google ignored the call. MICT decided to block out YouTube. The ban fueled more copycat videos to appear on YouTube.”
Global Voices, “YouTube Vs.Thailand: The Latest Round

"The passing of the Reverend Jerry Falwell will no doubt be a cause for sincere mourning among a set of individuals that, as it happens, does not include me. But on the principle that the three of us can find an Info/Law angle on practically anything (from the Super Bowl to baby naming to perfume to a rap about tax preparation software), it’s worth noting that Reverend Falwell’s legacy includes a fair amount of info/law jurisprudence — some of it surprisingly friendly towards consumers and users of digital content."
Info/Law Blog, "Jerry Falwell and Info/Law"

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