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Friday, February 28, 2003

Berkeley DRM Conference

Liveblogging from the DRM conference. The Berkeley DRM conference is in full swing, and a number of livebloggers are on the floor, so if you couldn't make it (like me!), you can at least get a number of running accounts as they go down. Check out this Mindjack entry where legendary cypherpunk Lucky Green does battle with a MSFT DRM evangelist, then go read Dan Gillmor's excellent-as-always liveblog of the show.  [Boing Boing Blog]

I was supposed to go, but had some analog rights management to take care of today.  Looks like I missed a fun day. 

Berkeley's Hal Varian puts it DRM in perspective: DRM is just one of many business models, including advertising, bundling content with other things, subscriptions, low prices for authentic versions, micropayments. Pluses and minuses in each.   In DRM, seller should want to maximize value, not protection. More you give customer, more valuable customer finds the product. Pick the right tradeoff. [from Dan's notes]

Also check out the Berkeley Intellectual Property Weblog for coverage.

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Blogspace as a Dissipative System

Just came across A Systems Explanation for the Blogosphere, by Nick from that describes blogspace as a self-organizing dissipative system:

Much in the way a temperature gradient existed between the two metal plates in the Bénard Cell example, an information gradient can be said to exist between those individuals who have information and those who want it. Traditionally, the transfer of information between these "people" would have to flow through an information gatekeeper before it could reach the person who wanted it - an analogous process to "conducting" the information from source to receiver. However, as the information gradient between individuals strengthens, that "base" system for transferring information reaches its full potential. If the information gradient continues to strengthen, some sort of dissipative structure has to emerge from the surrounding information environment to more efficiently deal with the differences. The Blogosphere can be thought of as a dissipative system for dealing with a strong information gradient. Instead of being conducted from first hand source to gatekeeper to audience, information in the Blogosphere is capable of traveling directly from the source to the audience - eliminating the limiting factor in the information transfer.

A friend of mine used to say that all of media and politics follows the laws of thermodynamics.  This systemic approach is highly complementary to the Ecosystem of Networks model at the Political Network layer and Joi's Emergent Democracy paper.  Written clearly, worth a read.

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