Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: openmovement

lego, power, open projects

Kids in a school start building Legotown. Eventually, powerful Legotown figures emerge, and inequalities surface. Some kids are excluded from Legotown, some control the enterprise, some struggle against each other; trading markets develop for various pieces. Teachers get nervous. Eventually, Legotown gets destroyed by external forces, and teachers ponder what they’ve wrought, and start a […]

national post on copyright

This looks like a tide-turning event: National Post’s editorial on copyright reads: For Canada to introduce DMCA-style legislation now would do nothing but encourage nuisance lawsuits. There is nothing wrong with tough rules against copyright infringement, but criminalizing behaviour that might facilitate copyright infringement only incidentally is the wrong approach. If that road had been […]

open movement?

I’m supposed to be doing a radio piece for Nora Young’s CBC show, spark. I’m supposed to come up with a sort of mission statement for the piece, maybe you can help. it’s a problem because I have been struggling with just that since I started getting interested in it a couple of years ago. […]


DBpedia is a community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and to make this information available on the Web. DBpedia allows you to ask sophisticated queries against Wikipedia and to link other datasets on the Web to Wikipedia data.

hacking the noosphere

I had dinner with one of my favourite web writers last week, Jon Udell (along with a collection of other Montreal datahounds and web citizens). I like Jon’s stuff because he writes not about exploring the outer edge of the snowplow; but rather taking things from the snowplow blade and figuring out how they might […]

from major to minor chords

From the economist: IN 2006 EMI, the world’s fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs […]

wikia search

Jimmy Wales got hammered by Arrington for the launch of Wikia Search. Jimmy Wales comments on the techcrunch thread, with a salient point: When I launched Wikipedia, I wrote at the top of the first page “Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”. On that day, anyone reviewing it would have laughed. What’s this? There’s nothing here! This […]

how much to know you’re poor?

Tracey posted this over at …: There is an excellent article in the Toronto Star about why we have little understanding about the social demographic situation in Canada! Bref! No one can afford the research! In the article Truth carries a painful user fee; Carol Goar tells it like it is right now in […]


Quoi? BarCamp Montréal, édition #3 Où? Société des Arts Technologiques, 1195 blvd St. Laurent, Montréal. Quand? Samedi, 3 novembre 2007, de 9h00 à 18h00. C’est quoi ça? C’est expliqué ici. Mais en gros, voici le résumé: Un BarCamp, c’est un rassemblement ad-hoc né du désir de permettre à des personnes de partager et apprendre dans […]

booker prized, free online?

From the Telegraph: All the novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize could be made available online in a radical move being considered by publishers, it was reported today… Negotiations are said to be in progress with the British Council to digitise the six shortlisted novels so they can be downloaded in full, all over […]