Communia @ Barcelona

The 6th Communia workshop convened in the historic Universitat de Barcelona to sink its teeth into memory institutions and the public domain. Communia is a thematic network of over 50 members (universities, libraries, NGOs, and even companies), fueled by the generous public funding of the…

Mickey Mouse as a Cultural Battlefield

Mickey Mouse is a legendary symbol in the copyfight. Of late, though, I’ve been noticing a surprising number of Mickey references — in street art, activism, and high-end fashion — that are making me revisit the controversial Disney mouse. In winter 2008 H&M had a…

Open Up! Creative Commons Case Studies for Design

Open Up! Creative Commons Case Studies in Design on Slideshare Last month, John and I gave a presentation about Open Design at the DMY Symposium in Berlin. It was a bright and welcoming audience of young designers from the International Design Festival DMY. We were…

Rebecca MacKinnon: a Fangirl’s Post for Ada Lovelace Day

Suw Charman-Anderson of Open Rights Group fame, announced her pledge “to publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.” Well, I’m not usually one to take the…

HOPE on a Slippery Slope

The most iconic 2008 U.S. election image is under fire. Shepard Fairey’s Obama “HOPE” poster is getting heat from Associated Press, the news agency that claims Fairey’s work infringes on AP’s copyrights. For months, the internets have been a-buzz trying to identify the original photograph…