Archive for the ‘responsibility’ category

An Open Letter To My Ex-Wife In The World Changing Business (Or You don’t have to be beautiful…but it helps)

February 28, 2009

Dear favorite ex-wife who spends her time trying to change the world:

No matter what happens in our next 50 years, you know no will love you more than me. And I respect more than anyone the things you are trying to do.

If it wasn’t for people like you the world would never have the opportunity to be as great as it could be.

But I want to be sure you know what’s really going on.

And how the world really works.


Who Wins If MySpace Loses?

March 22, 2006

What happens if Scott Karp and the MySpace moralists win…(via

…If MySpace falters in the next 1-2 years, it will be because of this moral panic. Before all of you competitors get motivated to exacerbate the moral panic, think again. If the moral panic succeeds:

  1. Youth will lose (even more) freedom of speech. How far will the curtailment of the First Amendment go?
  2. All users will lose the safety and opportunities of pseudonymity, particularly around political speech and particularly internationally.
  3. Internet companies will be required to confirm the real life identity of all users. At their own cost.
  4. International growth on social communities will be massively curtailed because it is much harder to confirm non-US populations.
  5. Internet companies will lose the protections of common carrier which will have ramifications in all sorts of directions.
  6. Internet companies will see a massive increase in subpoenas and will be forced to turn over data on their users which will in turn destroy the trust relationship between companies and users.
  7. There will be a much greater barrier for new communities to form and for startups to build out new social environments.
  8. International companies will be far better positioned to create new social technologies because they won’t have to abide by American laws even if American citizens use their technology (assuming the servers are hosted outside of the US). Unless, of course, we decide to block sites on a nation-wide basis….

Danah Explains Online Communities

March 18, 2006

Fred Wilson of A VC fame, links to a must read article by  Danah Boyd‘s eTech talk. It’s titled “G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide”  

Don’t let the title scare you. It’s actually about online communities.

How to design them.

How to grow them.

How to nurture them.

And the implications they bring.

Sweet, important stuff. (Thank’s Fred!)


original art by Lulu

The Train Wreck Formerly Known As Google and The Art Of Staying Famous

February 23, 2006


Does anyone else notice the very slight stench in the air?

Do you know what it is?

What you are feeling are the first tremors of the downfall of Google.


No one is actually talking about it.

But really everyone is talking about it.

Even the cool kids are saying things.

Now here’s what went wrong.