Eshter on the Accountable Net @ Accelerating Change

Esther gave a great talk about the Accountable Net at Accelerating Change that is now up on IT Conversations. It is worth a listen as we look at identifiers for people on the net. I blogged it here.

This is the summary offered on IT Conversations:

There also needs to be a balance between the ability to authenticate identity and protect the possibility of anonymity.
Since the knowledge base of its users varies so much, rules for internet communities need to be carefully designed. More than one system needs to be employed in order to offer security to new users while maintaining robust opportunities for people with advanced knowledge. Regulation of the internet should be, in Esther Dyson’s words, a way to empower people to do things without giving them power over each other.

Web 1.0 and 2.0 this week

So I have been off and about the world for a few weeks. I am finally back in the bay area and trying to recover from the nasty cold that I caught while at Accelerating Change. I had a great week at Web of Change except I was fighting the cold. I had more great meetings about the forthcoming global launch of i-names services this week in Palo Alto.

Next week will be a big week. I am going to be at Web 2.0 and just found out about the ‘alternative summit’ Web 1.0 happening simultaneously.

On Wednesday at the House of Shields and sponsored by 43 Folders and the year 1998, with generous contributions from Adaptive Path, Mule Design, WordPress, Blogger, and Flickr.

We will meet to discuss line breaks, spacer gifs, and the ability to launch links in a new browser window.

There will be beer.

Let’s make this summit more successful than the last one, please.

This is an interesting trend the creation of grass roots summits occurring as a counter point (FOO and BAR Camp) and open source alternative to giant corporate walled gardens talking about the future.

HIghlights from Accelerating Change:7 (Gamers will Save the Planet)

This was a great talk by Cory from Second Life.

Games will Save the Planet!!! How? Playing games improves the capacity to critically filter the increasing volumes of information we are exposed to. Games give you a place to practice performance before competence. As you learn new skills you can also maintain an appropriate level of challenge. Games are full of disinformation and information asymmetry and coping with these challenges is a skill that they develop. Laziness is not tolerated in game play because they are hard. Games get harder and harder.

Education researchers are studying how game players are organizing and educating themselves in MMOG (massive multi online games) guilds. They are hoping that this research can be applied to traditional education. Games develop critical thinking goal oriented thinking. Those researching this include – Anne Gever, Joshua Fouts and Douglas Thomas. and UW – Madison Paul Gee, Kurt Squire.

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HIghlights from Accelerating Change:5 (Joi Ito)

Highlights from Joi Ito at Accelerating Change:

The open Network means that bottom up and edge stuff can happen. He is on the board of ICANN – ‘it is broken system but fixable’ you can go there and participate (I plan to do just that this year in December in Vancouver). He asserted that “if we suck at what we do the internet will die” because it will become a cross between the cable company and the phone company.

Connecting the Culture – Creative Commons
Connecting the Content – HTML
Connecting the Network – TCP/IP
Connecting Computers – Ethernet

The killer app is people – and communication between them.

Creative Class has more similarities between itself around the world. The class differences within countries are more extreme.

Looking at file sharing as a new behavior. Instead of trying to kill it they should try to innovate new business. You don’t try to force behavior change – you create new businesses after behavior change.

Highlights from Accelerating Chnage:4 (Organizations in the Stack)

The presentation by Tom M Malone asserted that the technology stack includes organizational forms was refreshing. He mentioned

This is the stack
* Organizations
* Application Software
* System Software
* Hardware

Early stages of an increase in human freedom in business that may in the long run may be as an important change for business as democracy was for government.

This change will mean that the economic benefits of large organization economies of scale and knowledge with human benefits of small organization.

This change is enabled with new technology that has lowered the communication costs dramatically and it is driven by human values.

There are new communication tools that change how we can organize ourselves and how corporations will organize themselves.