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  • joly 5:13 pm on 03/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NYC Open Data rally tomorrow Thursday 3/7 Noon City Hall Steps #opengov #nyc 

    nycopendataTomorrow, Thursday March 7 2013 at 12PM on the Steps of City Hall City Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer will hold a press conference to celebrate the first anniversary of NYC’s Open Data Law. On this day, under the terms of the bill, all qualifying data currently available on any NYC.gov website must be posted to the Open Data portal. Various open government groups including the Open NY Forum and the New York City Transparency Working Group will be in attendance to support Councilwoman Brewer.

    What: NYC Open Data rally
    Where: NYC City Hall Steps
    When: Thursday March 7 2013. 12PM
    RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/openny/events/107627092/

  • joly 4:38 pm on 03/03/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Tech NYC 2013 Conference Sat. 3/30 – Register now! #opentech #nyc 

    Open Tech NYC 2013On Saturday March 30, 2013, from 9:30am to 4:30pm, the Open Tech NYC 2013 conference will be held at the Hunter’s Point Event Space in Queens. Attendees will learn how open source is driving the NYC tech scene – from locally grown open source projects, to startups and big enterprises that run on open source, to new organizations and collaborative models. The format will be aeries of 45 minute talks. Registration is $11.54 for students, $27.37 for everyone else. Coffee and lunch will be provided. No webcast details at this time.

    What: Open Tech NYC 2013
    When: Saturday March 30, 2013 9:30am-4:30pm
    Where: Hunter’s Point Plaza, Queens NY (LIC)
    Agenda: http://www.opentech2013.org/#agenda
    Webcast: No info.
    Twitter: #opentech | #opentechnyc |

  • joly 3:40 am on 07/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Times editorial on Free Speech and the Internet #netfreedom @nytimes 

    New York TimesToday, July 4, Independence Day in the USA the New York Times has chosen to speak out on the freedom on the Internet in an editorial entitled Free Speech and the Internet.

    Endorsing the recent UN rapporteur’s report, and noting heavy-handed moves like Chinese censorship,  Italy’s defamation case, data retention in Brazil,  three-strikes laws, & the United States’ dubiously legitimate domain seizures, the Times concludes:

    The U.N. has proposed sound guidelines to defend free expression: censorship of content online must be transparent and enforced only through the courts. Governments should not rely on private entities like service providers to censor content and should not hold them liable for user content. Counterterrorism should not be an excuse to bar expression, unless it is to prevent imminent threats.

    With few exceptions, governments should not adopt Internet registries that require users to reveal their identities. And defamation — so often used as a legal tool to repress political speech — should be decriminalized. Finally, nobody should be banned from the Internet. It is a fundamental tool for enabling free speech.

  • joly 4:33 pm on 05/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    OpenGov Camp NYC announced for Jun 5 #opengov #nyc 

    OpenGovNYC.001Open NY Forum will be hosting the third OpenGov Camp on June 5 2011. The event is in conjunction with the 2011 Personal Democracy Forum (PdF).

    OpenGov Camp will ask three questions:
    • Where is “local” Open Government going?
    • How can we deepen the knowledge of what Open Government can be?
    • What are the social and technical tools affecting Open Government’s development?

    What: OpenGov Camp
    When: Sunday June 5 2011 : 10am-6pm
    Where: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 West 40th Street, NYC
    Who: Open to public. Cost $16.36
    Register: http://opengovnyc.eventbrite.com/
    Hashtag: #OpenGovCamp
    Site: http://opengovnyc.org

    This is a gathering born from the desire to share and learn in an open environment. It is an event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn are welcome and encouraged. When you come, be prepared to share. When you leave, you’ll leave with actionable strategies for building efficient and engaging social campaigns and technical tools.

  • joly 3:45 pm on 03/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    DoJ investigating MPEG-LA attack on VP8/WebM open codecs #free culture #patents 

    On Mar 4 2011 Thomas Catan of the Wall Street Journal reported – Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe – that the US Department of Justice is investigating the MPEG-LA patent pool over its efforts to hobble WebM, which competes with its h264 video format.

    From the story

    At present, no patent royalties are charged for using Google’s VP8 format. But MPEG LA has questioned that status, and last month issued a call for companies to submit patents they believe may be infringed by VP8. “I can tell you: VP8 is not patent-free,” Mr. Horn said. “It’s simply nonsense.”

    For some people in the tech industry, the issue is less about cost and more about competition and control over technologies at the heart of the Internet. “How could it come to pass that it’s illegal to compete?” asked Monty Montgomery, who runs a free software foundation, XIPH.org, and supports VP8. “That’s when everybody’s antitrust bells should be going off.”

    The threat of future lawsuits has helped persuade some companies to forsake VP8. Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, explained in an email to the Free Software Foundation Europe last year that a patent pool was assembled to “go after” a previous open-source format.

    “All video codecs are covered by patents,” Mr. Jobs wrote. “Unfortunately, just because something is open-source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents.”

  • joly 4:05 pm on 11/24/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: architecture, barbara van schewick, , , open,   

    Video: Barbara Van Schewick – Internet Architecture and Innovation – Why Architecture Matters #netneutrality 

    Barbara Van Schewick’s talk at NYU Law School on Nov 10 2010, based on her book Internet Architecture and Innovation. Van Schewick, after giving a thorough outline of the principles that allowed innovation on the open Internet to flourish, suggests that for its continued generation regulation may be required that puts the reins of any blocking, discrimination, and/or access controls firmly in the hands of the users not the providers.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/343t_6yxlSI
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/WrtlcDsnluMF/
    More information: http://netarchitecture.org/

  • joly 4:59 pm on 11/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet to FCC – don’t mess! #fcc #netneutrality #open 

    The Google/Verizon joint policy proposal for an open Internet in August made a point of differentiating between ‘broadband Internet’ and “other additional or differentiated services”.  On September 1 2010 the FCC followed up by issuing a notice of further inquiry to 2009’s Open Internet NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking), asking for public comment on just how such differentiation should be defined.

    A group of 32 Internet veterans, co-ordinated by ISOC-NY member Seth Johnson, have come up with a detailed response that strongly urges the FCC to clearly establish the Internet as an inalienable, open, general purpose platform.

    Read it below:

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  • joly 10:32 pm on 10/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    NY Times hosts TimesOpen 2.0 series #opengov #open #nyc 

    NY Times Open

    Following up on a one day conference last year TimesOpen 2.0 is a series of events surveying the current landscape on a variety of topics, including Geolocation, Open Government, the Real-Time Web and Big Data. These free geek-oriented sessions are hosted on the 15th floor of the New York Times building with the added attendance inducement  of free beer.

    Third and next session is Nov 9 2010 – The Real-Time Web.

    The series will be capped off with a hack day in early December.

    • TechPresident report on session 2 – Open Government.
  • joly 3:25 am on 09/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: ISOC-NY at Innovate/Activate IP Unconference #opengov 

    As part of our OneWebDay celebration ISOC-NY sponsored and contributed to the Innovate/Activate IP Activism Unconference at New York Law School on Sep 24-25 2010.  Joly MacFie was on the ‘Replicate / Recreate’ panel on Friday, where he talked about the Internet Society, and also his background in punk rock. (Video) – (Silverlight required).

    Then in the Saturday unconference sessions  Joly expanded on the same theme (no video at present) and new ISOC-NY director Glover Wright gave a talk on his efforts this past summer promoting open government data initiatives in India. (video below)

  • joly 2:56 am on 09/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    MemeFactory at FIT – Sat Oct 2 – 9-11pm #OVC 

    As the capstone event to the second Open Video Conference this weekend there will be a MemeFactory presentation at the Fashion Institute of Technology – a follow-up to last year’s very successful event at NYU (video below). Promised: “iPhone controlled laptops, TCP/IP coordinated Keynotes, live-tweeted attribution, HTML 5 supported streaming simulcast, and MORE FUNNY, EMBARRASSING, AND CONFUSING VIDEOS THAN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN ONE PLACE BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE.”

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  • joly 2:12 am on 09/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Audio files from the Open Hardware Summit #openhwsummit #openhardware 

    Open Hardware SummitAudio files from the Open Hardware Summit at the New York Hall of Science – Sep 23 2010. (Video is coming)


    Welcome [mp3] [ogg] [video]

    • Peter Semmelhack, Bug Labs
    • Ayah Bdeir, Creative Commons & littleBits
    • Alicia Gibb, Bug Labs & NYCResistor


    INSTITUTION Sprint talks

    •     Amanda McDonald Crowley, EYEBEAM: ‘Open Art and Tech’ [mp3] [ogg] [slides]
    •     Jim Barkley & Sam Sayer, MITRE: ‘ARx: Almost-Ready-to-Anything’ [mp3] [ogg] [slides]
    •     Andy Lee, NASA: ‘NASA’s Open Lab’ [mp3] [ogg]


    BUSINESS: Open hardware business models [mp3] [ogg] [slides]

    •     Moderator: Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management
    •     Chris Anderson, DIYdrones & Wired
    •     Peter Semmelhack, Bug Labs
    •     David Carrier, Parallax
    •     Phil Torrone, Adafruit & Make
    •     Massimo Banzi, Arduino
    •     Bunnie Huang, Chumby

    PRODUCTIZING: Scaling/ Manufacturing/ Moving beyond DIY [mp3] [ogg]

    •     Moderator: Dale Dougherty, Make
    •     Eric Pan, Seeed Studio
    •     Matt Peddicord, Buglabs
    •     Clint Cooley, Circuit Co
    •     Nathan Seidle, Sparkfun
    •     Paulo Blikstein, Stanford University & GoGoBoard
    •     Taylor Hokanson, DIYLILCNC


    • Eric Siegel – New York Hall of Science [mp3] [ogg]

    LAW: Open hardware licenses and norms [mp3] [ogg]

    •    Moderator: David Mellis, Arduino & MIT Media Lab
    •     Windell Oskay, Evil Mad Scientist
    •     Wendy Seltzer, Harvard University: Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    •     Matt Stack, Liquidware
    •     Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge
    •     Peter Brown, Free Software Foundation
    •     Xavier Carcelle, OHANDA

    DESIGN sprint talks

    •     Dave Vondle, IDEO: ‘Re-examining Design for Open-Source Hardware’ [mp3] [ogg] [slides]
    •     Georgina Voss, Tinker: ‘To Build a (Smart) Home’ [mp3] [ogg]
    •     Mike Kuniavsky, ThingM: ‘Three crappy Open Hardware situations we’ve had to deal with, and what we did.’ [mp3] [ogg]

    EDUCATION sprint talks

    •     Leah Buechley, MIT Media Lab: ‘OSH in the Academy’ [mp3] [ogg]
    •     Dan Steingart, City College CUNY: ‘Ardustat:A Case Study in Open Source Hardware for Academics’ [mp3] [ogg] [slides]
    •     Michael Shiloh, Teach Me to Make: ‘Highly Learnable Open Hardware’ [mp3] [ogg] [slides]


    *     Ayah Bdeir, Creative Commons & littleBits: Introduction of definition 1.0 and signing [mp3] [ogg]

    • Chris Gammell 3:31 pm on 09/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for posting these! My recorder died half way through the summit so I really appreciate being able to get them after the fact.

    • Charlie Brown 12:24 pm on 10/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks a lot Joly!

    • joly 5:24 pm on 09/16/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Please note that the archived webcast from the 2011 summit is here

  • joly 1:30 am on 08/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free, open   

    Open World Forum – Paris: 9/30-10/1 #open #freeculture 

    The third Open World Forum – being staged in Paris on 30 September and 1 October 2010 .

    Year on year, the Free / Open Source model is affirming itself as the invisible driver behind the digital revolution, whether at the level of emerging technologies (Cloud computing, the Internet of Things…), business models and societal trends. The aim of the Open World Forum is to gather together all the key decisionmakers and interested parties – political leaders, CxOs and decision-makers, Community leaders and stakeholders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and academic – to evaluate possible trends and cross-fertilize growth initiatives around the open digital world.

    This year’s theme, ‘OPEN IS THE FUTURE‘, will be explored through 15 Keynote addresses, 20 conferences and workshops, 8 Think Tanks, 1 Demo Cup, 1 Open IT ShowRoom and a TV Channel, organized into 3 main strands and 9 themes, plus associated events:

  • joly 7:54 pm on 08/10/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Hardware Summit – NYC 9/23/2010 #OSHW 

    Open Hardware SummitThe Open Hardware Summit will be a venue to present, promote and discuss the undergoing open source hardware movement. The summit will focus on hardware as a system, involving conversations on software, manufacturing, legal, and other factors surrounding open source hardware. It is taking place on September 23rd, at the New York Hall of Science – right before Maker Faire.

    The Open Hardware movement is engaged in nailing down the definition, currently OSHW v.0.3, of the term open source hardware and producing a real, and enforceable license, much like the Creative Commons License does for artistic creations and the GPL does for software.

  • joly 7:07 pm on 08/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Drumbeat NYC – Saturday 8/7 Noon-5pm #openweb 

    Drumbeat New YorkAugust 7, 2010 – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
    148 Lafayette Street
    Penthouse (13th floor)
    New York, NY, 10013

    More info below:

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  • joly 2:36 pm on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google / Mozilla launch WebM project to bring open video to web 

    WebM is an open, royalty-free, media file format designed for the web.

    WebM defines the file container structure, video and audio formats. WebM files consist of video streams compressed with the VP8 video codec and audio streams compressed with the Vorbis audio codec. The WebM file structure is based on the Matroska container.

    Benefits of WebM

    *Openness and innovation. A key factor in the web’s success is that its core technologies such as HTML, HTTP, and TCP/IP are open for anyone to implement and improve. With video being core to the web experience, a high-quality, open video format choice is needed. WebM is 100% free, and open-sourced under a BSD-style license.
    *Optimized for the web. Serving video on the web is different from traditional broadcast and offline mediums. Existing video formats were designed to serve the needs of these mediums and do it very well. WebM is focused on addressing the unique needs of serving video on the web.
    o Low computational footprint to enable playback on any device, including low-power netbooks, handhelds, tablets, etc.
    o Simple container format
    o Highest quality real-time video delivery
    o Click and encode. Minimal codec profiles, sub-options; when possible, let the encoder make the tough choices.

    For more information about WebM, see http://www.webmproject.org/

    • Joly MacFie 3:21 pm on 05/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Some detailed analysis is on http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377

      Google’s choice of container and audio format for HTML5

      Google has chosen Matroska for their container format. This isn’t particularly surprising: Matroska is one of the most widely used “modern” container formats and is in many ways best-suited to the task. MP4 (aka ISOmedia) is probably a better-designed format, but is not very flexible; while in theory it can stick anything in a private stream, a standardization process is technically necessary to “officially” support any new video or audio formats. Patents are probably a non-issue; the MP4 patent pool was recently disbanded, largely because nobody used any of the features that were patented.

      Another advantage of Matroska is that it can be used for streaming video: while it isn’t typically, the spec allows it. Note that I do not mean progressive download (a’la Youtube), but rather actual streaming, where the encoder is working in real-time. The only way to do this with MP4 is by sending “segments” of video, a very hacky approach in which one is effectively sending a bunch of small MP4 files in sequence. This approach is used by Microsoft’s Silverlight “Smooth Streaming”. Not only is this an ugly hack, but it’s unsuitable for low-latency video. This kind of hack is unnecessary for Matroska. One possible problem is that since almost nobody currently uses Matroska for live streaming purposes, very few existing Matroska implementations support what is necessary to play streamed Matroska files.

      I’m not quite sure why Google chose to rebrand Matroska; “WebM” is a stupid name.

      The choice of Vorbis for audio is practically a no-brainer. Even ignoring the issue of patents, libvorbis is still the best general-purpose open source audio encoder. While AAC is generally better at very low bitrates, there aren’t any good open source AAC encoders: faac is worse than LAME and ffmpeg’s AAC encoder is even worse. Furthermore, faac is not free software; it contains code from the non-free reference encoder. Combined with the patent issue, nobody expected Google to pick anything else.

      Summary for the lazy

      VP8, as a spec, should be a bit better than H.264 Baseline Profile and VC-1. It’s not even close to competitive with H.264 Main or High Profile. If Google is willing to revise the spec, this can probably be improved.

      VP8, as an encoder, is somewhere between Xvid and Microsoft’s VC-1 in terms of visual quality. This can definitely be improved a lot, but not via conventional means.

      VP8, as a decoder, decodes even slower than ffmpeg’s H.264. This probably can’t be improved that much.

      With regard to patents, VP8 copies way too much from H.264 for anyone sane to be comfortable with it, no matter whose word is behind the claim of being patent-free.

      VP8 is definitely better compression-wise than Theora and Dirac, so if its claim to being patent-free does stand up, it’s an upgrade with regard to patent-free video formats.

      VP8 is not ready for prime-time; the spec is a pile of copy-pasted C code and the encoder’s interface is lacking in features and buggy. They aren’t even ready to finalize the bitstream format, let alone switch the world over to VP8.

      With the lack of a real spec, the VP8 software basically is the spec–and with the spec being “final”, any bugs are now set in stone. Such bugs have already been found and Google has rejected fixes

      Google made the right decision to pick Matroska and Vorbis for its HTML5 video proposal.

    • joly 12:44 pm on 05/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Has A Problem: VP8 Is Not As Good As H.264

      “Based on test results from two different codec experts, Jan Ozer (test results link to come shortly) and Jason Garrett-Glaser (test results), they both came to the conclusions that the VP8 codec provides similar quality to H.264, but in most cases, H.264 is still better quality wise than VP8. Both also stated that most won’t notice the difference between VP8 and H.264, but that’s not what VP8 was suppose to be about. VP8 was touted as the video codec that was suppose to replace H.264 because it could offer better quality at half the bandwidth, something both reviewers said is not possible.”

  • joly 2:23 pm on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: open, open standards, Steve Jobs, theora   

    Steve Jobs – #Theora not free, threatened by patent pool 

    Steve Jobs, responding to a free software advocate suggesting Apple consider implementing “free” video codec Theora:

    All video codecs are covered by patents. A patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora and other “open source” codecs now. Unfortunately, just because something is open source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents. An open standard is different from being royalty free or open source.

  • joly 10:34 pm on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Source Database Licensing Panel – NYC 4/21 

    The Institute for Information Law & Policy and the International
    Intellectual Property Society present: Open Source Database Licensing

    Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Location: NY Law School 185 West Broadway NYC Room W201
    RSVP: Naomi Allen at naomi.allen*at*nyls.edu. Refreshments will be served.

    Database owners are increasingly seeking ways to make their data
    available so that others can contribute to and build on their work. This
    “open data” movement emphasizes the importance of sharing data for both
    scientific development and humanitarian response. The willingness of
    database owners to make their data available for re-use depends on their
    ability to impose conditions on that release, which requires
    consideration of the varying levels of copyright protection afforded to
    databases across jurisdictions.

    Please join us for a panel presentation focusing on the challenges
    associated with balancing the advantages of “open data” with the need
    for database owners to impose conditions on release. The speakers will
    address the current state of copyright protection afforded to databases
    and strategies for encouraging database sharing.

    Janelle C. Bonanno, Graduate Research Fellow, New York Law School
    Christopher Cotter 3L, New York Law School
    Rachel DeLetto, Graduate Research Fellow, New York Law School
    Cynthia Grady 2L, New York Law School
    Chris Holmes, The Open Planning Project; Chair, Project Steering Committee, GeoServer
    Molly Beutz Land, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
    James Vasile, Software Freedom Law Center; Board Member, Open Source Matters

  • joly 8:25 pm on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , open, , vp8   

    Google to Open-source VP8 for HTML5 Video 

    NewTeeVee reports Google will soon make its VP8 video codec open source. The company is scheduled to officially announce the release at its Google I/O developers conference next month, a source with knowledge of the announcement said

  • joly 1:45 pm on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: open, , XMPP   

    OneSocialWeb – Creating a free, open, and decentralized social networking platform. 

    At our ISOC-NY “Freedom in The Cloud” event in February Eben Moglen challenged the tech community to come up with a free, open, and decentralized social networking platform. The folks at OneSocialWeb are working on breeding just such an animal..

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  • joly 4:14 am on 12/22/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Google VP on open internet 

    Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President at Google, wrote a very interesting email about the value of openness on the web and sent the email to Google’s employees. He recommends Googlers to use open standards, to open source software, to make it easy to export data from Google’s services and to fight for an open Internet.


  • joly 5:22 am on 12/06/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Next Friday and Saturday – The Open NY Summit 

    The Open NY Summit will be the first of many events produced by open government practitioners and volunteers. The goal of this first event is to bring new ideas and voices into the conversation, and to inspire new initiatives and innovations.


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