IT Conversations News: March 25, 2005

(Hear the MP3, which contains far more detail.)

New Shows

  • Google’s AutoLink Feature (rated only 2.7, but very popular!) It’s another new IT Conversations series: Sound Policy with Denise Howell, and she starts it off with a bang. Denise hosts a spirited debate about Google’s controversial AutoLink feature. Her guests are Cory Doctorow, Robert Scoble and Martin Schwimmer. Google is no stranger to providing invaluable services to users of the Web, and the Google Toolbar has been no exception. However, the beta release of the Google Toolbar 3, with its link-adding AutoLink feature, has many wondering if Google has forgotten its “don’t be evil” credo. What might AutoLink mean for Web publishers and users, and how it might be impacted by intellectual property law?
  • The Telephone is a Platform! (2.4). We’ve got an amazing panel of experts to discuss the future of the telephone as a platform: Om Malik (Business 2.0), Jeffrey Citron (Vonage), Hossein Eslambolchi (AT&T), Charlie Hoffman (Covad), and Mike McCue (Tellme). From the Web 2.0 conference.
  • (3.8). I drag out my own mic to interview Marc Canter and JD Lasica who have just launched It’s only an alpha release, and the site has already been SlashDotted, so in case you can’t get in there to check it out for yourself, this interview with the founders is the next-best thing.
  • John Smart (3.8). What will Windows (and the Google Browser) of 2015 look like? It will include software simulations of human beings as part of the UI. First-world culture today spends more on video games than movies. These “interactive motion picture” technologies are more compelling and educating, particularly to our youth, the fastest-learning segment of society, than any linear scripts, no matter how professionally produced. From Accelerating Change 2004.
  • Henry Jenkins (3.9). On Tech Nation with Moira Gunn, Dr. Henry Jenkins explains how video games will revolutionize education. Dr. Jenkins is the director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the co-editor of Rethinking Media Change: The Aesthetics of Transition (Media in Transition).
  • John Beck (3.6). Moira also speaks with John Beck, a Senior Research Fellow at USC’s Annenberg Center of the Digital Future, warns that the “Gamer Generation” is about to enter the workforce — and that means change.
  • Belinda Clarke (3.3). And in this week’s Biotech Nation segment, Dr. Belinda Clarke talks about her beliefs that scientists have a moral obligation to communicate science. Dr. Clarke is Science Liaison Manager at Norwich Research Park, Norfolk, England.

And this week’s Doug’s Favorite from the IT Conversations archive:

  • Dan Geer (3.7). He ran development at MIT’s Project Athena when Kerberos and X Windows were developed there, but Dan is more recently known as the guy who was fired for co-authoring a report proclaiming the security risks posed by the monoculture caused by Microsoft’s dominance of the software industry. Hear or read — yes, there’s a transcript of this one — Dan’s long-term assessment of our information security challenges. “As the threat increases the security perimeter skrinks.” But as we shift to protecting assets at the file-object level, access control will prove unscalable. The solution, Dan says, is the introduction of accountability. And yes, he tells the monoculture story, too.

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