Dragon statue in front of the kiyomizu-dera temple gate, Kyoto, Japan
Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and the Washington Post. He made 200 billion dollars on the pandemic so far. All of that health passport data is going to be hosted on Amazon AWS.
A recent Washington Post Headline:
A recent Amazon AWS Headline:
All built on the Covid House of Cards
So don't forget: Jeff Bezos owns Amazon and the Washington Post. He made 200 billion dollars on the pandemic so far. All of that health passport data is going to be hosted on Amazon AWS.
This twitter thread by Jeff Jarvis nicely summarizes one line of criticism of the non-fungible token idea:
"Finally starting to understand NFTs--and what is wrong with them. The NFT doubles down on the worst of copyright, the property metaphor, & tries to impose old ideas of scarcity & exclusion on the digital realm, where both are obsolete."
Copyright, born w/1710's Statute of Anne, was supposed to support creators & learning. In truth, it made creation a tradable asset so creators could sell & publishers could own it. NFTs want to do that with digital: turn the ephemerality of digital into a market in permanence
NFTs & DAOs, like copyright, see creation as a product (which can be owned & kept from others & thus sold). Instead, look at creativity as an act, which may leave artifacts (stories, pictures) but can inspire more creation & collaboration, sharing & criticism -- if it's open.
If we shift from creativity as property (who owns it?) to activity (who joins in it?) then we see many acts to encourage: inspiring, creating, collaborating, performing, remixing, sharing/promoting.
In thinking how to replace copyright (and we should), let us start our thinking with benefit to the culture rather than with trying to recreate the worst of copyright. What the net enables is collaborative creativity. How do we support *that*?
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