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Happy Birthday Bassel releases

Sun, 22 May 2016 19:01:45 +0000

Today is Bassel Khartabil’s 35th birthday and his 1530th day of detention in Syria, and the 233rd day since he was moved to an unknown location, and not heard from since (previously: 1, 2, 3). Shortly after his disappearance last year I helped organize (CFP) a book sprint in his honor and calling for his […]

Aggregated prediction markets and next election iteration outcomes

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 03:45:15 +0000

9.5 years ago I wished for a prediction market aggregator. PredictWise gathers data from a handful of betting sites and publishes aggregated odds expressed as percentages, e.g., for the U.S. presidential election. PredictWise data is fairly easy to find and download at|latest)/table_NNNN.json (view source of pages on the site to find NNNN’s of interest). […]

Question Public Domain Day

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 07:59:21 +0000

I forgot last year to re-affirm (2014; includes links to previous years’ public domain day posts): Unless stated otherwise, everything by me, Mike Linksvayer, published anywhere, is hereby placed in the public domain. With that out of the way, I want to question the public domain of works that were subject to copyright upon publication […]

Research Ideas, Inputs, Impacts and Outcomes, Outputs

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:18:55 +0000

I’ve previously cheered Daniel Mietchen’s efforts to promote open access research proposals. Mietchen, with fellow researcher/OA activist Ross Mounce and ecologist/academic publisher Lyubomir Penev have recently launched Research Ideas and Outcomes (I sometimes misremember the name; title of this post may help others afflicted find RIO), a new open access mega journal that provides a […]

Software Freedom Conservancy 2015

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:25:48 +0000

Software Freedom Conservancy is running its 2nd annual (last year) individual supporter campaign. We need 750 supporters (at US$120 each) to keep the lights on (continue serving as a non-profit charitable home for free/open source software projects…assuming we manage to stay alive, some exciting new member projects will be joining in 2016) and 2500 to […]

Call for mini-essays on “the cost of freedom” in free knowledge movements in honor of Bassel Khartabil

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:54:39 +0000

Dear friends, I’m helping organize a book titled “The Cost of Freedom” in honor of Bassel Khartabil, a contributor to numerous free/open knowledge projects worldwide and in Syria, where he’s been a political prisoner since 2012, missing and in grave danger since October 3. You can read about Bassel at and lots […]

AcaWiki non-summary

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:16:02 +0000

Six years ago I helped launch AcaWiki, a site based on Semantic MediaWiki (software for which I had very high expectations, mostly transferred to Wikidata) for summarizing academic research. A substantial community failed to materialize. I’ve probably been the only semi-consistent contributor over its entire six years. The best contributions have come from Jodi Schneider, […]

Lessig is the most patriotic candidate

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:32:12 +0000

Almost always for me ‘patriot’ is a term of derision, but here I mean something specific: putting one’s preferred issues and interests to the side to focus on fixing the relevant institutions, in this case of the state. To make the state stronger (as in less degenerate, not necessarily huger). To make collective action work […]

No peace, no justice

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:59:15 +0000

Revolution is an invitation to trolls, subjects non-combatants to depredation, is usually crushed and otherwise usually produces another tyranny, and abets impoverishing cycles of conflict. No revolution should be celebrated, including one producing a long-lived and relatively non-tyrannical (in some respects) state such as the United States. All revolutionaries should be condemned as atavistic accomplices […]

Ideas for limiting civic extortion, one in US 2016 federal budget proposal?

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:33:59 +0000

How to Stop the Stadium Wars (2015-03-17): Or better yet: The next time the Cobb County Braves decide they’re ready to spin the Wheel of Taxpayer Subsidy, we should all hope the whole practice has become illegal. That’s what the Obama administration proposed in its budget last month: to end the issuance of tax-free government bonds […]