Cory Doctorow / BoingBoing plugged my book

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Cory Doctorow was kind enough to put a plug of the book on BoingBoing yesterday. Said he: an engrossing, well-written account of the Internet’s founding and the backstory of the underlying protocols and plumbing, which draws on that rich history to make predictions about the net’s future. Good man! (see the full piece below,  or over at BoingBoing Lively and …

3D printing – Johnny Ryan talks with John Kawola, CEO of Z Corporation

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I’ve been thinking allot about what I call “Objects 2.0” and the impact we will see from 3D printing. I had opportunity to speak recently with John Kawola, the CEO of Z Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of 3D printers. (I’ve spoken to the heads of 3D Systems, Objet, Makerbot, etc., and may post those conversations too.) I asked …

Objects 2.0

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This is an initial note on something I have been thinking about for a while, and which I am now writing on: “Objects 2.0” and the “crowd manufacturing cycle”. 3D printing, and the cycle of iterative remixing of physical design that will come with it, are going to dramatically disrupt manufacturing. It promises adjustment challenges to physical industry that have …

ICANN becomes Independent!

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Yesterday’s announcement from ICANN ends a lingering point of controversy surrounding the governance of the Internet: the United States’ continued control of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). ICANN’s announcement of 30 September 2009 ends that controversy. A relevant snippet from the forthcoming book gives the background to ICANN, the controversy, and the importance of the new announcement.

Al Gore and the Internet

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With the forthcoming book almost complete, there are one or two matters that I had to get to the bottom of. Foremost among them, Al Gore’s involvement in the development of the Internet, and the controversy that surrounded this question in the 2000 presidential election… For a brief moment during the 2000 presidential election in the United States the history …