• Does US politics need a Nerd Party?

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    A newspaper columnist has called for the old-fashioned, “left wing” Democratic Party to be replaced by a new, emergent party of computer nerds.

    Dan Gillmor of Silicon Valley’s San Jose Mercury urges the Democrats to abandon “old, discredited politics”, while an “increasingly radical middle” needs a new party with some “creative thinking”. From where will this come? In a column published the same day, he tells us.

    Writing before the outcome was known, Gillmor enthuses about “the most exciting development … Read More

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  • In The City keynote: How the music business can be loved

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    In The City 2004

    A plea to legalise P2P file sharing. I now favour voluntary approach to the same goal. Read the original transcript here.… Read More

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  • How Wikipedia ‘will make universities obsolete’

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    For most web surfers, the Wikipedia is simply an occasionally useful online resource that needs to be taken with a huge sackful of salt. For others, it’s a poor excuse for a real encylopedia. But for its proponents, it’s nothing short of revolutionary! It’s Emergent, you see.

    A column by veteran tech writer Al Fasoldt has provoked some furious defenses of the site, in a similar spirit to the ones we received here recently. What they lack in coherence, they … Read More

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  • BBC Newsnight: the Google IPO

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    BBC Newsnight

    Transcript at the BBC site, here.… Read More

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  • Hungover CNET wakes up next to MP3.com

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    What a night out that was. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time…

    On Friday morning CNET woke up to find it was sharing a bed with MP3.com, and couldn’t quite recollect how the pair of them had got there. We’ve all had nights like this, but yesterday CNET staffers were puzzling over how the mothership found itself tweaked into an improbable and very hastily arranged relationship between two hugely unlikely partners, both apparently lured to … Read More

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  • One blogger is worth ten votes – Harvard man

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    Working in his secret laboratory at Harvard University, a Fellow of the prestigious institution has come up with a formula that rocks electoral maths to its core.

    Former software developer Dave Winer has worked out that one weblogger is worth ten ordinary voters, and he revealed the results of his complex calculations to Wired this week.

    Normally we avoid ten-a-penny Internet cranks. The gaffe-prone former software developer has put his foot in his mouth so many times it probably qualifies … Read More

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