I saw this…

Here’s what I’ve tagged on del.icio.us on February 28th:

My del.icio.us bookmarks for February 24th through February 25th

Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between February 24th and February 25th:

The unenlightened

Pakistan is blocking YouTube because the site, a bastion of free expression, mashups, flexible attitudes to copyright and many other fine things – including me with Gu Pots on my head – contains material that is  “blasphemous” and  considered offensive to Islam.

It is yet another example of the way in which the world is dividing between those cultures and countries that are able to accept the existence of values that diverge from those they espouse and those which would like to remove all, those which are open and those which are closed.

It’s becoming clear that countries are the unit of network censorship, that the tales we told back in the 90’s about the end of the nation state were foolish dreams.

It’s also becoming clear that there is a price to pay for allowing nation states to assert their borders in cyberspace, a price that may in fact be too great.

Because soon almost all the places on the Internet where I spend my time and meet my friends will be off-limits in those countries, and I can’t help thinking that is a very bad state of affairs.

My son, RPS champion

RPS: Adam, Ryan, Gary, Max

Originally uploaded by BillT.

On Saturday I headed off to Bristol with Max and his mates Adam and Ryan. We were off to Watershed for a UK screening of ‘Rock Paper Scissors, Way of the Tosser’, a fantastic and funny Canadian film made by our friends Tim and April (who came over to Cambridge for last year’s film festival and charmed us all).

The film was great, the crowd was friendly and Max managed second place in the RPS competition held after the screening! It was worth the drive and the late night…

I saw this…

Here’s what I’ve tagged on del.icio.us on February 22nd:

My del.icio.us bookmarks for February 19th through February 21st

Here’s what I tagged on del.icio.us between February 19th and February 21st:

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Unlike some of my friends and family I’m not a heavy user of online auctions, and although I have an account on eBay my reputation as a seller or buyer doesn’t really matter that much to me.   At the moment I’ve got 100% positive feedback but the number of transactions is so small that it doesn’t really signify.

However heavy sellers and those who make a substantial proportion of their income from the site care deeply about the reports they get from other buyers and sellers.

Their concerns about negative feedback are well-grounded: in 2002 Paul Resnick and his colleagues did a proper randomised control experiment to assess the value of an eBay reputation, looking to see how much people would bid for articles from sellers with different scores.  They found that sellers with established reputations can expect about 8 per cent more revenue than new sellers marketing the same goods.

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Hotel view

Hotel view

Originally uploaded by BillT.

I’m at a two day seminar in London, and it’s taking place – strange as it may seem – in the conference room on the third floor of the north tower of Tower Bridge. And fortunately the hotel has a nice view 🙂

My del.icio.us bookmarks for February 13th through February 17th

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