The Economics of Open Content Symposium

Cory Doctorow was in Melbourne giving a talk last Tuesday and I missed him. But to make up I watched some of the The Economics of Open Content Symposium hosted at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open content happen better and faster.

New Yorker economics columnist and bestselling author (The Wisdom of Crowds) James Surowiecki gave the keynote address, a presentation entitled ‘Openness as an Ethos.’

There are a ton of MP3’s available for download

Collaboration and the Marketplace
New Models of Creative Production in the Digital Age
Keynote Address: Openness as an Ethos
The Wealth of Networks
The Economics of Knowledge as a Public Good
The Economics of Open Courseware
The Economics of Open Text
Convergence Culture: Consumer Participation and the Economics of Mass Media
The Economics of the Music Industry
If Only We Knew Yesterday What We Know Today
The Economics of Open Archives, Museums, and Libraries I
The Economics of Open Archives, Museums, and Libraries II
The Economics of the Public Domain
The Economics of Film and Television I
The Economics of Film and Television II
The New Economics of Gaming
Everything is Miscellaneous
Business Interests in Open Content
Next Steps: Cooperation Across Institutions and Industries

and they have all been released under a Creative Commons License.

Go and download them, bang them into your iPod/car stereo, PC whatever and have a listen.

My favourite so far has been
The Economics of the Music Industry given by Terry Fisher, a professor at the Harvard Law School. He explores the various choices economic, legal, moral facing the music and film industries.

Time consuming but fascinating.

KeePass – The Open-Source Password Safe

A while back we chatted about Passwords, Bloody Passwords.

Now realising that a lot of people aren’t actually going to give this really neat idea a shot, here is a more conventional method of keeping track of all those annoying passwords.

KeePass – The Open-Source Password Safe

So recognising the fact that we attract passwords like dogs get fleas, and we actually need to remember the bloody things. Plus to add insult to injury everyone insists that we use different passwords for different programs. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage’s ftp password, online passwords, etc. etc. etc. The list is endless.

But who can remember all those passwords? Nobody, but KeePass can. KeePass is a free, open-source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager for Windows. The program stores your passwords in a highly encrypted database. This database consists of only one file, so it can be easily transferred from one computer to another.

KeePass supports password groups, you can sort your passwords (for example into Windows, Internet, My Homepage, etc.). You can drag-n-drop passwords into other windows. The powerful auto-type feature will type usernames and passwords for you into other windows. The program can export the database to various formats (like TXT, HTML, XML, CSV, …). It can also import data from various other formats (Password Safe v2 TXT files, CSV files, …). Of course, you can also print the password list (how else could you stick it to the side of the monitor). Using the context menu of the password list you can quickly copy password or user name to the Windows clipboard.

It uses serious encryption (AES or Twofish) and offers the optio of a keydisk or a master password.

All in all a real little winner. I must confess I use PasswordSafe by Bruce Schneier, it uses Blowfish. It’s also open source.