InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that later this month the inventor of the World Wide Web ??? Sir Tim Berners-Lee ??? will visit Wellington to deliver a public lecture exploring the benefits of an open and uncaptureable Internet.
Proudly hosted by InternetNZ as part of Berner-Lee???s ???TBL Down Under Tour??? (http://tbldownunder.org), the lecture will take place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 January.
Registrations for the public lecture can be made at http://openinternetlecture.eventbrite.co.nz. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
This year the Irish newspaper industry asserted, first tentatively and then without any equivocation, that links -just bare links like this one- belonged to them. They said that they had the right to be paid to be linked to. They said they had the right to set the rates for those links, as they had set rates in the past for other forms of licensing of their intellectual property. And then they started a campaign to lobby for unauthorised linking to be outlawed.
These assertions were not merely academic positions. The Newspaper Industry (all these newspapers) had its agent write out demanding money. They wrote to Women???s Aid, (amongst others) who became our clients when they received letters, emails and phone calls asserting that they needed to buy a licence because they had linked to articles in newspapers carrying positive stories about their fundraising efforts.
These are the prices for linking they were supplied with:
1 ??? 5 ???300.00
6 ??? 10 ???500.00
11 ??? 15 ???700.00
16 ??? 25 ???950.00
26 ??? 50 ???1,350.00
50 + Negotiable
When you see interesting data mash-ups today, they are often still using Flickr photos because Instagram’s meager metadata sucks, and the app is only reluctantly on the web at all. We get excuses about why we can’t search for old tweets or our own relevant Facebook content, though we got more comprehensive results from a Technorati search that was cobbled together on the feeble software platforms of its era. We get bullshit turf battles like Tumblr not being able to find your Twitter friends or Facebook not letting Instagram photos show up on Twitter because of giant companies pursuing their agendas instead of collaborating in a way that would serve users. And we get a generation of entrepreneurs encouraged to make more narrow-minded, web-hostile products like these because it continues to make a small number of wealthy people even more wealthy, instead of letting lots of people build innovative new opportunities for themselves on top of the web itself.
Open for all, closed for a few. Beneficiaries I mean.
As Lilly notes:
[The Firefox vs. IE history] puts the current mobile wars in real relief. Apple versus Google is an amazing battle of Goliaths – but it’s clear that we need a purely-public-benefit player to step in to keep both players more honest and focused on doing what’s right for humans. Firefox OS is a first step towards that.
Lest we forget