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.

TLD Craziness

DESPITE FIERCE CRITICISM from Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, ICANN has decided to go ahead and create a new TLD (Top Level Domain) aimed at mobile phones and other mobile devices.

ICANN hasn’t posted it on their website yet, but according to one of their board members, the .tel top-level domain was approved.” notellmo.tel is going to be one of the first domains sold.

Perhaps there is one good thing about xdi – there is one organizational names space @name.

FCC – They don’t know what they are doing???

This guest post on Discourse.net is quite interesting – the perspective of young folks working in government moving blindly through the system is an interesting one to remember. The highlighted part seems to highlight what is going on with the US government ( FCC & Commerce Department ) and the ICANN

The O’Connor resignation, though, has been reminding me of the year I spent, way back when, working for the Justice Department. Late in the year, Harry Blackmun announced his resignation, and I found myself part of an ad hoc team putting together a memo for a White House working group on the decisions of Richard Arnold, an Eighth Circuit judge then being considered for the top job. I got the gig helping to summarize Arnold’s jurisprudence not because of any merit of my own, and not because I’d done anything like this before (I hadn’t), and not even because I worked for a unit of the Justice Department that was concerned with such things (I didn’t), but pretty much by happenstance. I thought we wrote a pretty good memo, considering that none of us had ever vetted a potential Supreme Court Justice before, and we were making up our procedures as we went along.

What I began to realize then, and came to realize much more fully later on, is that government decision-making routinely is undertaken, with the best of intentions, by people who have never been in this situation before and are making it up as they go along. I was working for the government again a few years later — this time for the Federal Communications Commission — and found myself part of an interagency group trying to figure out what to do about the domain name system. That was the process that brought you ICANN. And the most salient facts about it were that (1) we had the best of intentions; (2) we didn’t have a lot of humility; and (3) we didn’t know what we were doing. And it showed.