Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a computer book publisher and conference creator. O’Reilly is widely credited with coining the term “Web 2.0.” In this interview from the 140 Characters Conference in NY, I ask him how he thinks Web 2.0 has evolved four years later. He talks about the effects of Web 2.0 technologies on both consumer and enterprise spaces. He also discusses Google’s role in the ecosystem of Web 2.0, using the example of how Google’s mobile apps have helped create databases of speech recognition, and location based information.
Tim also speaks of the roles of curators and editors in the real-time stream. We finally discuss how FOO camp gave birth to the Bar Camp movement, and some of the future of the web community.
At the Supernova Washington DC mixer I interviewed Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge, which is a DC-based non-profit advocacy firm that represents user’s rights in many legal areas. Gigi discusses Balanced Copyright, and also explains the topic of Network Neutrality in a way that a non-techie or lay-person can easily understand.
Gigi also gives her perspective on the trend towards Open Government, and what it means for citizens. We look forward to her participation on the Supernova Hub.
Our Network Age Briefings series is going on hiatus for the next two weeks. It’s the end of August, so lots of people are on vacation. We’ll resume after Labor Day. The Briefings have generated terrific momentum so far. We’ve had great conversations recently on The Real-Time Web, Disconnecting, and Apple & the FCC. Archives of the audio are available. We welcome your further comments on these sessions.
Our next call, currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, at 4pm PT / 7pm ET, will focus on China in the Network Age. Note the special date and time. We’ll have guests live on the line from Beijing. Further details will be available here soon.
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Apple has rejected the Google Voice application from inclusion in the iPhone App store. The Federal Communications Commision has now launched an investigation into this action, in order to determine if Apple and/or their partner, AT&T are engaging in anti-competitive behavior. Industry personalities are issuing personal “Five-Part Cases” against Apple, citing a host of reasons why Apple is beginning to look like its old nemesis, Microsoft.
Wendy Seltzer, a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center, joined me at the Supernova DC Mixer to discuss a number of subjects relevant to how law impacts the Network Age. She notes how technology innovation has brought control out to the user at the edges of the networks, and how intellectual property rules sometimes can stifle it. Wendy discusses patents and how they affect innovation and progress.
She also discusses the Chilling Effects Project, a clearinghouse for cease and diciest orders people receive that the project posts to help people understand their rights online. We discuss how such takedown notices can get sent, and what a user might do about it.
We look forward to hearing more from Wendy here at the Supernova Hub and at the conference in December.