creative commons

Sunday Night May 17th 2009 @ 11e/10c/9m/8p
"Beneath the cacophony of life there exists a sound of unsurpassed sweetness. It is not sound as we know it -- not something to be heard as much as something to be felt. It is a vibration.
"Sometimes you can feel it spontaneously, perhaps as you lie in bed waiting to fall asleep, or on a quiet morning in the country. For the most part, it takes an effort to feel it, simply because the powerful noises that surround us tend to block it out.
"Yet the individuals who seek depth in their lives will, at some point or other, befriend this sound and begin to explore it. And in doing so they can find assurance in the fact that they are not alone -- that all the great esoteric and spiritual traditions have studied the phenomenon of that subtle vibration for thousands of years." ~ Swami Chetanananda

Christine HaroldThis week's episode of Open Views is a talk from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society's Luncheon Series.

This talk is by Christine Harold, author of OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture, and currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Communications at the University of Washington.

Christine Harold's talk is entitled “Inventing Publics: Kairos and Intellectual Property Law”, and was presented at the Berkman Center Luncheon on November 9th. The talk explores the possibilities of the “open content” movement, specifically the licensing model offered by Creative Commons, as a productive alternative to other prevalent responses to the corporate hoarding of cultural resources.

Joi ItoMy guest this week on Open Views is Joichi Ito, Chairman of Creative Commons and Chairman of Six Apart Japan.

Joi has received much recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan, and provided the initial venture capital (through his venture firm Neoteny Corp.) to Six Apart, the company that created Movable Type, Typepad and now owns LiveJournal.

He is on the board of Technorati, Digital Garage, WITNESS, Pia Corporation, Socialtext and iCommons. In October of 2004, he was named to the board of ICANN for a three-year term starting December 2004. In August of 2005, he joined the board of the Mozilla Foundation. He also served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) from March 2005 until April 2007.

As this all makes clear, Joi Ito is a serial entreprenuer and also a prolific Free Culture activist. He joins me on Open Views to talk about his work with Free Culture both in a global and Japanese context.

Heather Ford, by Joi ItoHeather Ford is a South African who has worked in the fields of Internet policy, law and management in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the Executive Director of iCommons, a UK private charitable corporation.

Incubated by Creative Commons,
iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united
global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to
knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.

Heather joins me on Open Views to talk about her work at iCommons, the challenges of leading an international Free Culture organization, and Free Culture in South Africa.

Mike Linksvayer (photo by Joi Ito)


Mike Linksvayer is currently Vice President of, where he was formerly Chief Technology Officer. Mike was the first guest on Open Views, back in October 2006.

On this week's episode, Mike joins me again to talk about the accomplishments of in the last year, the increased popularity of the license, how politicians are adopting the license during this presidential season, and cool new projects coming out of Creative Commons.

Open Views airs at 7pm Tuesday and 7am Thursday

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