- History of music borrowing
Professor Jamie Boyle tweeted this link, to a video where his frequent collaborator, Professor Jennifer Jenkins, speaks about their joint work on the history of musical borrowing from Plato to hip hop. Fascinating stuff, very consistent with the other scholarly and advocacy work the pair has done about the public domain and our shared cultural heritage.
- US may disable all car phones, says Transportation Secretary
Slashdot is one of many sources that picked up this story, about speculative remarks by the US Transportation Secretary suggesting cars may be required in the future to jam cell phone signals. This is the worst form of tech policy, legislating specific technology rather than focusing on outcomes. Cars built to this standard would inadvertently impact too many other scenarios that have nothing to do with risks on the road.
- Plans for a paper, digital computer from 1959, BoingBoing
- New government transparency effort faces resistance, Techdirt
- Similarities between genetic and textual mutations, BoingBoing
- How to stand up to TSA’s invasive security procedures, EFF