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Harvard's Berkman Center hosts star-studded forum on media and the "vast wasteland"

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2011

May 9, 1961 marked the first public appearance of Newt Minow as FCC chairman, where he achieved immortality by raising the claim that television was a "vast wasteland." The phrase entered American life so thoroughly that citing it has become almost reflexive in media commentary over the intervening fifty years. Last night, the Berkman Center held a gala event re-examining media, and the main guest of honor was...Newt Minow!

From Open Source Software to Open Culture: Three Misunderstandings

From Open Source Software to Open Culture: Three Misunderstandings
By Andy Oram
March 22, 2009

The original practice and promise of open source software is unique. The software experience cannot be ported whole-hog into other areas such as sharing songs or organizing public forums.

Creative Commons needs your donations

Creative Commons needs your donations
By Andy Oram
December 13, 2008

Creative Commons is more dependent than ever before on the funds of individuals. More and more people these days are grabbing pictures, text, and other random goods they find online and using them in their own presentations or creative efforts; some of us even build businesses on open contributions. All of us should be promoting the Creative Commons, which has provided licenses to support such sharing in 50 countries and is working with people in many more.


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