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Doc SearlsTonight's guest on Open Views is one of the co-authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as we know it , and Senior Editor of Linux Journal, Doc Searls.

In August, 2005, Doc recieved the fist annual Google O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Communicator.

In 2006, Doc was named a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Yochai BenklerIn January 2006 Intelligent Television
hosted the Economics of Open Content symposium at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open
content happen better and faster.

This week's episode of Open Views broadcasts Yale University Law School Professor Yochai Benkler's talk at the symposium. Professor Benkler is auhtor of "The Wealth of Networks". In his talk to the Open Content symposium Professor Benkler explores the new economies and the powerful transformative potential of decentralized social production.

The lecture is available in its entirety for download from the WGBH Forum Network

Dr. David LipmanDr. David Lipman is currently the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which is a division of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health . NCBI was created by Congress in 1988 to do basic research in computational biology, and to develop computational tools, databases and information systems for molecular biology.

After medical training, Dr. Lipman joined the Mathematical Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) as a Research Fellow. In his research on computational tools, he developed the most widely used methods for searching biological sequence databases. There are thousands of citations to Dr. Lipman’s methods in papers which have used them to discover biological functions for unknown sequences and which have thereby advanced the understanding of the molecular basis of human disease.

Since 1989, Dr. Lipman has been the Director of the NCBI, a leading research center in computational biology, the creators of PubMed, and one of the most heavily used sites in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information.

I'll be speaking with Dr. Lipman about the open content dissemination framework that PubMed Central is based on, and how this intersects with Open Access.

Tune in at 7pm on Tuesday night. 

Prof. Ronaldo Lemos, CC-BrazilRonaldo Lemos is the director of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, and Project Lead for Creative Commons in Brazil.

Ronaldo Lemos was professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Sao Paulo Law School and at the Brazilian Society for Public Law (SBDP). Professor Lemos is the author of several articles published in Brazil and abroad, and of two books, Comercio Eletronico (2001) and Conflitos sobre Nomes de Dominio e Outras Questes Juridicas da Internet (2003). He earned a J.D. from the University of Sao Paulo Law School, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Sao Paulo. 

Professor Lemos coordinates the Intellectual Property area at the FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro. He works with the Brazilian Federal Government in the implementation of its Free Software program, and with the Ministry of Culture in the implementation of its digital culture policy. He is one of the four members appointed by the Ministry of Justice to its electronic commerce commission.

I talked to Professor Lemos about the history of collaboration, the work of Creative Commons, the tecno-brega music movement, and the very active world of Free Culture projects in Brazil.

Tune in at 7pm on Tuesday and 7am on Thursday. 

CameraGirlOne of the more fascinating cultural experiments in the US today is the phenomenon known as Burning Man . It's been 20 years since the event started with a few friends having a party at a Bay-Area beach. Today the event attracts over 35 thousand people from around the world, and the impact of the event has stretched beyond just the experimental: the project has helped spawn pragmatic volunteer efforts such as Burners without Borders, to help crises situations such as Katrina.

My guest this week goes by the pseudonym CameraGirl. She is the lead technical coordinator for Burning Man , and is in charge of getting all the Information Technology pieces working in the desert location that Burning Man manifests itself in.

CameraGirl, aka Heather Gallagher, gave me some insights into what makes Burning Man happen, and where the open and transparent models of the free culture world intersect with the societal exprimentation and performance art that the event is about.

Tune in a 7pm on Tuesday or 7am on Thursday. 

Mark Shuttleworth at Dell Today Ubuntu grew up and became a full-fledged, commercially recognized operating system:

Dell announced today that they will be shipping desktop and laptop systems with Ubuntu pre-installed. In honor of this annoucement I'm going to be playing my interview with Mark Shuttleworth today.

Mark Shuttleworth did an interview at Dell to explain what the partnership is about (check out the attached video). 

Today's episode of Open Views will be a combination of my interview with Mark, and his announcement at Dell today.

Tune in at 7pm tonight, or 7am on Thursday at 

Jennifer Papin-Ramcharan

This week's episode of Open Views is a repeat broadcast of my interview with Jennifer Papin-Ramcharan, technical Librarian at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus. Jennifer is attempting to promote the Open Access ideology at the Univ. of the West Indies, and provides insights into the traditional academic mindsets and the issues with the Open Access model in the developing world.

Tune in at 7pm on Tuesday or 7am on Thursday

Lawrence Liang, AltLawForum.orgLawrence Liang is the founder of the Alternative Law Forum , located in Bangalore India. He is also the legal lead for Creative-Commons India, which was launched on January 26, 2007.

Lawrence Liang's work in the area of intellectual property, and specifically his position against concepts like intellectual property are what interested me in interviewing with him. He has been working towards mapping the ideas of Open Source into the cultural domain.

Lawrence authored "The Guide to Open Content Licenses ", a handbook of different Open licenses and their applicability.

Voting Deadline Extended to 5pm PDT Monday, April 16th!!

Vote for KRUU on NetSquared; title=&Vote for Open Community Radio: KRUU-LP 100.1 FM

 KRUU is competing for the Technology Innovation Fund award. Our Project Proposal is Open Community Radio: KRUU-LP 100.1fm. Voting is open between April 9 and 14 16 (voting closes at 5pm PST on 4/16).

If you like listening to KRUU, and support our mission (and our plans of World Dominatoin, of course), then please take a few minutes to do the following:

  1. Create an account at by going to If you already have a login, just go log in :-), otherwise you'll get login information emailed to you.
  2. Go to the ballot page:
  3. Select at least 5 projects. Don't forget to make sure that the first one is: "Open Community Radio: KRUU-LP 100.1fm". There are a lot of good projects competing.
    A PDF document with brief descriptions of all the projects can be found here
    Or you can view the abstracts for the projects here
  4. Tell your friends, neighbors, and family to go vote for KRUU. You can just send them a link to this post (right-click on the title above, select 'Copy Link Location', and email this copied URL to your peeps.

Windy Seltzer Wendy Seltzer founded and leads the Chilling Effects clearinghouse, a project to study and combat the ungrounded legal threats that chill activity on the Internet. She also helped start and now leads
the Openlaw project, an experiment bringing
the methods of open source and Free Software development to legal
argument in the public interest. 

Wendy is currently visiting assistant professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she will be teaching Internet Law and Privacy. She was previously a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focused on intellectual property and free speech issues. Wendy is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

 Tune in to Open Views at 7pm Tuesday 4/10 and 7am Thursday 4/12 CST to listen to an interview with Wendy Seltzer on digital rights, and the ideas of free culture and open source in legal argument.

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