The Piracy Crusade | MediaCommons Press

This site hosts the peer-to-peer review of the in-progress manuscript The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry???s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties by Aram Sinnreich. The project is currently under contract with University of Massachusetts Press, which has allowed me to post the pieces here for pre-publication and open-review. The draft manuscript with comments will continue to live online here, even after the book has been published. This entire text is available to access freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Interesting process and substance.

Twitter Causing Rise In Product Recalls

Public use of Twitter and Facebook to warn consumers about dodgy products could be driving the increase in companies issuing voluntary product recall notices, Consumer New Zealand says.

The increase locally has been climbing since 2009, according to advertisements placed in the Nelson Mail.

Consumer NZ editor-in-chief David Naulls said that social media might have prompted companies to recall food and goods deemed to be faulty, because the system relied on their voluntary action.

Westpac NZ launches new website with SilverStripe technology – SilverStripe – Open Source CMS / Framework

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Computer gamers solve problem in AIDS research that puzzled scientists for years

The result: he and his legion of gaming co-authors have cracked a longstanding problem in AIDS research that scientists have puzzled over for years. It took them three weeks.

Khatib???s recruits played Foldit, a programme that reframes fiendish scientific challenges as a competitive multiplayer computer game. It taps into the collective problem-solving skills of tens of thousands of people, most of whom have little or no background in science.