Another Two Part Issue -Open Source Ecologies- Alive and Well
and Kansas City: What it has Suffered and Efforts to Undo the Damage
The November December 2014 COOK Report comes in two parts.
The first is a report on the in person visit I made in June. It contains an interview with Marcin Jakubowskii focused on the issues raised by an April 1, 2013 report in the P2P Foundation blog called Crisis at OSE? This item for suggested that Marcin's enterprise might be in its death throes. It was taken in its entirety and out of context from comments in the OSE user forum. It turns out that the P2P foundation has decided it does not like Marcins leaderships style and when it finds negative information on this it reports them to its global constituency with no effort to make any independent judgment. My reports covers what happened at OSE from 2011 to the present in someone extensive detail. My report concludes that OSE appears to be in fine shape but does also report some pointed criticism of Marcin’s engineering design process.
The second: Kansas City what it has Suffered and Efforts to Undo the Damage reports on Anita Dixon’s efforts to put the Mutual Musician’s Foundation on the global map in time for its 100th year anniversary in 2017. The Ben Webster Foundation brought Anita to Copenhagen in September and set off many positive events that included livestreaming the Saturday night jam session (done by Clint Wynn) from KC to Denmark over the Internet via the Kansas City Freenet. The report also describes the damage done by real estate development that include Jessie Nichols extensive use of redlining and racially restrictive covenants that resulted massive white flight and left behind a overwhelmingly black and economically devastated urban core. Finally an interview with Clint Wynn outlines an amazing approach using the Kansas City Freenet to begin to close the so-called digital divide. The divide is real but I have never previously seen a meningful approach. Clint’s is extraordinary. Unfortunately these are critical issues that Google fiber has completely missed.
A Practical Navigator for the Internet Economy
We re now in our twenty third year of publication. (Our first issue was April 1992.) We publish 6 times a year - long in depth reports on subjects of intense personal intertest. Meanwhile our most important revenue producing operation is the offering of a private subscription only forum now in its eleventh year. The Forum is a mail list called the Architecture and Economics of IP Networks. It is a community of interest where more than 100 members discuss issues and trade ideas. I do not screen posts in advance. Foir more informatrion see the menu item "Business Model and Mail List Policy."
Some of the topics we explore:
- economic framework for thinking about technology
- fiber as economic infrastructure
- change from PSTN to all IP over fiber
- business models- domestic and global
- green IT, mobility, wireless
- new carrier models
- community fiber
- enterprise fiber & NRENs