A film not to be missed.
A timely reminder about the social short falls of a digital orientated existence.
Nice work Gary!
This was originally created as part of the Virgin Media group’s actions to support consumers, particularly in the use of the web and digital media.
So they created the Switched On Families resource:
Switched on Families is about giving parents clear, honest, useful (and sometimes even fun) support to make sure your family gets the best from the web.
…and covers information for parents on all the big digital issues like who to trust, digital addition, what to share, and how to play nice online. This information is filtered by child development stages and also features videos with families talking about the choices they’re making online.
Well done to Virgin Media for making this available.
[Disclosure – I’m not a Virgin Media customer – just a parent appreciating this helpful resource]
This is a great video, giving an insight into the thoughts and approaches from some the Wikipedia contributors.
Wikipedia is one of the great internet phenomena and a fantastic example of community collaboration, and volunteerism. It demonstrates our desire as a species to bring sense and order to our world, and to describe and document almost every aspect of our existence in our surroundings and to one another.
On December 3rd the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty.
The discussions are closed-doors.
Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote.
The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference and proposals are confidential.
Please watch this video – and consider adding your voice.
Comments back from Vint Cerf at Google: (20/12/2012)
Over the past few weeks, you stood with millions from all corners of the world who took action in support of a free and open Internet. Your voice was heard.
Some governments sought to use the recent meeting of the International Telecommunication Union in Dubai to increase censorship and regulation of the Internet. At the conclusion of the meeting last Friday, 89 countries signed the treaty, while 55 countries said they would not sign or that additional review was needed. We stand with the countries that refused to sign, and we stand with you.
We we want to thank you for your actions over the past few weeks. Your voice helped shine a light on a process that would otherwise have been in the dark, and you helped bring the issue of Internet freedom to global prominence.
With your support, we can continue to help ensure that governments alone do not direct the future of the Internet. Thank you.
Until next time,
As a response to the post on the SOPA protest in January :-
The folks at Paralegal.net got in touch.
They recently produced an interesting infographic on how the film industry originally “fled to Hollywood in order to get away from copyright laws and fees in the first place.” – Therefore it does seem hypocritical (but not surprising) to have “these copyright laws to be conveniently enforced for their own benefit.”
Read the infographic and decide for yourself, also pop by their infographics section to browse other interesting comments and statistics.
Created by: Paralegal
An Infographic of my musical playback history Feb 2011- Feb 2012 from lastgraph
So it was with interest I learnt of the new music service from The Lounge.
The Lounge is a full music streaming service with a large on-demand music album catalogue, play back from commercial and public broadcast services and audio hardware integration with Pure Radio devices.
The subscription for the full service – support of streaming your playlists etc. to devices and playing music on-demand is available for a reasonable £4.99/month*. (*only in available in the UK)
So it does make good competition for Spotify at least in the UK.
No, not at present. I am not ready to move across. Why?
Finally the effort of curation and assembling playlists all over again, is a barrier too far. Not inconsiderably effort has gone into their assembly and now they’re created in Spotify, they are shareable and subcribable. To lose that library of musical taste and disconnect from the sphere of musical sharing is not something I can not stomach.
The Infographic from lastgraph (at the top of the post) is a great example of the app and service I benefit from the extensibility from Spotify and Last.fm – the “limitations” in catalogue are bearable for service amenities such as these.
So what do you think? Is the The Lounge for you?
However, as a user I just recently received the update.
This is a cool update to a favourite app of mine.
It makes services like Last.fm much more integrated and useful, and helps fuel useful recommendations and sharing.
This video offers a great introduction:
Learn more >> here
It’s clear that the services integration “the app-store mind set” is coming through more and more. There is a clear move to application extensions within applications.