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  1. The War for the Web

    Tim O’Reilly Web 2.0 Conference 23 minutes, 11mb, recorded 2009-11-17

    The early days of the internet were truly astonishing. As people came to comprehend the power of networked information, they seized the many opportunities for innovation created by the open architecture of the web. Of course, the browser wars also showed that threats to openness and interoperability were a real danger. Today, Tim O’Reilly worries that escalating competition between large companies and closed platforms may drive the web towards a battle ground of locked down services and proprietary data.

    As large, powerful players have emerged on the internet landscape, you don’t have to look far to see some troubling skirmishes between opposing forces. O’Reilly touches on several examples where well known web applications include features designed to limit flexibility and user choice. To some extent, limits may be necessary to protect privacy, but in some cases, there is clear intent to lock in users at the expense of the competition. The situation is even more extreme in the mobile arena.

    Will the large companies play by the cherished rules of the open web as we’ve known it? It may depend on how "the cloud" grows. As web service companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft make O’Reilly’s notion of the web 2.0 "internet as a platform" a reality, they will have choices on how to maneuver. There is pressure for the giants to forge alliances, and leverage unique services as weapons to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. But, history has shown that internet success often comes if you "do what you do best, link to the rest". O’Reilly urges companies to stick to their core strengths, maintain an open architecture, and embrace the "small pieces loosely joined" philosophy.

    From: http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail4317.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed

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  2. FutureCast: Re-imagining the Suburbs

    On December 17th 2009 Jerry Michalski hosted IFTF’s second FutureCast with Eric Corey Freed, Allison Arieff, and June Williamson to discus the changing suburban landscape.

    Eric Corey Freed is director of Urban Re:vision, founder of organicARCHITECT, and author of numerous books including Green Building for Dummies. He is a leader in green buildings and socially responsible design. Freed is also a judge for Reburbia, a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.

    Allison Arieff writes the "By Design: column for the NY Times and is Food and Shelter Ambassador for GOOD. She is former Senior Content Lead for IDEO and continues to consult on media, sustainability, and design for organizations including Urban Revision. She was Editor in Chief of Dwell from 2002-2006, as well as their founding Senior Editor. In addition, she is author books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America.

    June Williamson is a professor of architecture at New York City College and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, a guidebook for redesigning and redeveloping suburban cities to meet our current demographic, technological, and economic needs.


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  3. NPR All Things Considered on China & Google

    First up, we have commentary from NPR’s All Things Considered. Although NPR’s reporter Laura Sydell said the attacks couldn’t be pinned directly on the Chinese government just yet, she did get to speak directly to Google’s SVP David Drummond, who makes an appearance in this podcast. Sydell also spoke to Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology and Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, who discuss the involvement of authoritarian governments in online activities.

    From http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/friday_podcast_parade_google_china_told_by_folks_w.php

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