politics

Vodafone’s censorware hits Italian political discourse

The printed edition of the ‘Corriere della Sera‘ has an article today about the unintended side effects of the site filtering system that Vodafone put in place recently to supposedly protect minors from adult materials while browsing the web using the Vodafone Live! application suite. As reported in Italian by Stefano, the author of Quinta’s …

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The Metasocial Web – Video of my presentation at Web2.0 Expo Berlin

Yesterday it was great talking at the Web2.0 Expo in Berlin. Right after Tim O’Reilly’s keynote, in the session called Ignite, in the large conference room packed with the over 2000 delegates, I spoke about the Metasocial Web: Follow the link to the Metasocial Web video on YouTube if you don’t see the embedded video…

Metaverse Republic designing judiciary for Second Life

Photo by ‘nailbender’ The rule of law is at the basis of human societies. What kind of rule, law, and society, is of course the important detail that defines the opportunities for a healthy, wealthy, and happy community which can express the full potential of its members. The new medium of those online worlds can …

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Transcript of my lecture in Second Life on the Democracy in Virtual Worlds

Here is the transcript of my inaugural lecture of the Craedo Auditorium in Colonia Nova in Second Life: Welcome to this seminar about “The theory and practice of democracy in virtual worlds”. I want to thank CARE, CRAEDO, and the Confederation of Democratic Simulators for inviting me to give this talk at the inauguration of …

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Fifty Years of Europe

Bruce Sterling points to a nice article in the Guardian about the latest round of enlargement of the European Union, and observes: “It’s worth pointing out that nobody’s ever clamored to join an empire before. Yeah, that’s pretty weird behavior for an organization that’s supposed to be dull.“ I have been talking about this with …

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Signs of the past

Signs of the past Originally uploaded by david.orban. The lingering signs of the communist era express the physical difficulty of parting with the past: be it monuments that praise principles not shared anymore, crumbling public housing, now sold at astronomical prices which make Moscow one of the most expensive cities in the world to the …

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