The weekly round up of comment, conversation and debate returns to find the blog discussion gathering steam, and Wikipedia adding fuel to the engines...
General matters of note:
Required reading, he offers as suggestion for 'power on the web' - consumer power - with some notable examples. We are following up his offer for more stories to this effect.
Re The web and the nation state he discusses Germany's politicians' failure to comprehend the web in anything other than media panic terms, including 'a new, absolutely ineffective law concerning child pornography has evoked something like a war of generations'.
Likewise, programme three (privacy and economics), as a human resources manager, his views regards employees online profiles and footprints are fascinating 'I am curious whether if in a few years people can still afford not to have a clear online identity...'
Is Twitter a more appropriate medium for asking questions like that?
'What about Data Retention? How does implementation of the EU Data Retention Directive impact on students' privacy in their online learning activities? How much have the risks to students' privacy been exacerbated by the advent of Web 2.0 participative technologies and their implementation within Education?'
Comments relevant to programme one (power on the web)
'The working Group on Internet Governance in 2005 defined three layers of governance: society, business and government. In terms of wikipedia, this translates to: users, wikipedia (or ISPs) and government. Because of the restrictions imposed by these layers - including between users - the utopian ideal of wikipedia being a free for all, collaborative resource, is far from true.'
Programme three (privacy and economics)
Elsewhere on the web
I took this photograph of our poorly lit (though thoroughly illuminating) production meeting on Monday (from the right: Dan Gluckman's elbow, Russell Barnes, Tilly Cowan and Cathy Edwards):
The picture also inspired suggestions for the programme format from @paulmorriss
'An idea for you - why not make the programme like the web - full of
diversions and side-trips - like ctrl-clicking to open a new browser
window and then going back to where you where?
Also - why not have the responses to #thewebis on twitter scrolling along the bottom of the screen through the whole thing?'
And reply from @splink
'Sounds to me like a Youtube video with links. Link out a specific
points relating to the current topic and link back at the end of the
Ideas which are not a million miles away from something we're hoping to offer! We're already making plans for an interactive version of the documentary to launch online around the time that the series is broadcast on BBC Two. These will feature plenty of diversions and side trips - including the arguments, ideas and content you're suggesting, which doesn't make it into the final programmes.
And that's all the news that's fit to blog this week. We'll be presenting this info to Philip and Tilly (Director and Assistant Producer programme one) and will feedback their responses to the blog.
As ever, if there are topics raised here that you have stories or greater details of that would improve our data, research and the programme, please leave comments below.