From May 6th to 8th, Berlin was the host for the re:publica 13. I did not have time to attend it, but many of the talks of this internet culture conference are online. Here are my highlights (mostly in German, though):
- Matthias Schindler from Wikimedia promotes a political campaign for making governmental publications public domain. Very good argumentation, impressive work.
- Some social scientists observe that when copyright law can not be enforced, still some social norms define rules that work in some cases very well for the creators.
- Nice talk from the OKFN presenting show cases of open data (bicycle accidents in and open transport data for Berlin)
- The administrators of Wikipedia, imagine that some kind of voting system would be a big improvement to tackle vandalism. An astronomer from South Africa promotes some very interesting big data citizen science projects. The ironblogger club motivates to blog weekly, I like to join.
- Interesting art projects involve music roboters and interactive landscapes.
- Many successfull youtubers organize in networks like mediakraft. Podcasters, as it seems, suffer from public-funded radio and live as non-commercial projects.
- OwnCloud is the open source “reclaim your data on the web” project. Additionally, Sascha Lobo encourages to “reclaim social media” and sees Wordpress as the OS of the internet (I doubt that the Ruby and Django etc developers agree).
- There are some people thinking about why cat videos are so popular, and reflecting how they feel about funerals in their social network.