The Internet as Playground and Factory

10548-84430-16615-0On November 12 through 14, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts hosted an international conference titled, “The Internet as Playground and Factory ,” exploring the meaning and changing face of labor in the digital era. The conference inaugurates Lang College’s new conference series, “The Politics of Digital Media.” Schedule.

Video interviews with participants are available . Video of some of the sessions is below.
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NYC Council holds Net Neutrality Hearing – 11/20/2009

NYC In Feb. 2007 members of the NYC Council Committee on Technology in Government Committee introduced Resolution 712, calling on the federal government to pass net neutrality legislation, an unlikely prospect at the time. Now, with fresh faces in Washington, the FCC has taken up the cause, establishing the six principles of net neutrality. A new bill H.R. 3458 aka the ‘Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009’ was introduced in Congress, and is currently before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. For their part, Republicans have come up with two opposing bills.

The NYC Resolution has, in recognition of this, been appropriately amended as Res. No. 712-A, and a hearing was scheduled for November 20 at City Hall.  The FCC has made a request for public comment on this matter and the Committee on Technology in Government will draw from the hearing’s testimonies to draft a letter that includes citywide input.

  • Capture of the live video webcast is below.
  • Alternative video on
  • Twitter feed| tag #reso712A.
  • Written Testimony
  • Full transcript
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  • WordCampNYC 2009 – Nov 14-15 @ Baruch

    wcnyc-baruch WordCamp NYC 2009 – took place at Baruch College on Nov 14-15 – a 2-day extravaganza of presentations, workshops, and demos relating to the popular WordPress web publishing platform (as used by ISOC-NY!).

    Twitter: #wcnyc

    David Bisset’s I Wish I Was At WordCamp

    Audio/video will be added below as it becomes available.

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    City issues RFP for .nyc management

    NYCOct 5 2009: The NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) has issued a Request for Proposals for “services to obtain, manage, administer, maintain and market the geographic Top Domain name .nyc.”

    Proposals will be sealed and for a 5 year term with two 5 year renewal options. They must be submitted by 3pm on Nov 12 2009. Questions may be submitted to Vito Pulito at (212-788-6285) until 3pm on Oct 19, 2009.

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    NY Times Series: The Broadband Gap

    On Mar 10-12 2009 Saul Hansell addressed the Broadband topic in a 3 part series in the New York Times. The series attracted over 200 comments from the public.
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    NYC Broadband Hearing – Staten Island – Mar 5 2009

    nycThe NYC Broadband Advisory Committee will hold its fifth public hearing in Staten Island on March 5 2009.

    WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 11 AM – 3 PM
    WHERE: CUNY College of Staten Island (Building 1P)
    Recital Hall, The Center for the Arts
    2800 Victory Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY 10314 [map] [travel info]
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    ICANN posts Draft Applicants Handbook Version 2

    icann logo ICANN has produced a revised version of its gTLD Applicants Handbook.

    Many alterations/additions have been made in provisions for “community-based” and “geographic name” applicants that will be of particular interest to potential applicants for a .nyc TLD. In particular details of ‘comparative evaluation’ procedures for competing applications are enumerated, as are the processes for individual or community based objections to applications.

    Initial application fees will be $185,100. Notably, those repeating applications from the 2000 round will get a $86,000 discount.

    An edited version of some relevant provisions is below.

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    Has Divestiture Worked? – event @ NYU – Fri Mar 6

    ISOC-NY in conjunction with the Open Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) is presenting
    Has Divestiture Worked? A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Breakup of AT&T
    – a symposium that marks the quarter-centennial of the sundering of Ma Bell.

    DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 2009 TIME: 6PM-9PM
    LOCATION: New York University, Warren Weaver Hall (251 Mercer), Room 109
    PRICE: ADMISSION IS FREE. (RSVP requested to:
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    Video of NYC Council webcasting proposal public hearing

    Below is video of last week’s public hearing on the proposal to webcast NYC City Council and other municipal meetings. It was informative with first, representatives of the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) giving the official line, and then, two presentations by commercial vendors. After which Common Cause, the Peoples Production House, and others spoke on behalf of the public interest.
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    NYC Council Tech Committee Webcasting Hearing 10/29

    Tech Committee Holds Webcasting Hearing – Council Plans to Expand Digital Live and VOD

    City Hall – On Wednesday, October 29, 2008, Council Member Gale A. Brewer (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Technology in Government Committee, will hold a hearing regarding Introduction 533-A which amends the City Charter to require that all public meetings be webcast.

    The Council Technology in Government Committee will hold the hearing regarding webcasting on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10 AM in the 14th Floor Hearing Room of 250 Broadway, New York. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend. Photo id required.
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    ISOC-NY coming events / recent webcasts

    isoc-nyISOC-NY Meetings
    ISOC-NY is not having it’s regular monthly meeting this month. However there will be two working group meetings.
    TONIGHT! Tue Oct 21 Event planning meeting      7-8pm    – rm 317  251 Mercer st (Warren Weaver Hall – NYU)
    ISXubuntu working group – Postponed til TUESDAY! Oct 28       7-8pm    – location tbd
    The November Monthly meeting will be at NYU on Nov 18th
    Internet Freedom Bash
    On Thursday Oct 23 freepress are holding the 1st Annual Internet Freedom Bash  at the Maritime Hotel.
    Star-studded line up. Tix are $50. Details are on
    Evan Korth’s Computers and Society  @ NYU – Fall 2008 Series – co-sponsored by ISOC-NY
    Three sessions have been held thus far.
    Tim Westergren – The Future of Music
    Fred Benenson – Brief History of Copyright
    Fred Benenson – Creative Commons & Free Culture
    Supposedly John Perry Barlow is up next but he is yet to confirm. After that we have
    11/5/2008               Douglas Rushkoff
    11/9/2008               Lawrence Lessig
    11/19/2008              Andrew Rasiej
    One Web Day 2008
    Video of the Sep 22 Washington Square event is now available at
    It needs to be transcribed in English, so that it can be translated to other languages. Volunteers?
    City Council Hearings
    There have been two hearings of interest recently. Both were somewhat contentious, and are
    well worth reviewing as the issues continue to reverberate.
    White Spaces
    or more particularly
    (note the first segment is listed last)
    (audio only)

    2008 Internet Freedom Bash

    If you believe that every Internet user should have the right to freedom of speech without gatekeepers; if you believe that every person should have access to fast, affordable, open Internet then join hosts Kathryn Tucker, John Johnson and Tim Wu at Free Press’s 1st Annual Internet Freedom Bash.

    Eat, drink, dance, and join others like you who care about the future of the Internet and the future of our media.

    Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
    Time: 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Location: The Cabanas at The Maritime Hotel
    88 Ninth Avenue at 17th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Hosted By: Free Press

    RSVP By Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

    Tickets are $50 — to purchase, click here
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