Stealing Empire: P2P, intellectual property and hip-hop subversion
Stealing Empire poses the question What possibilities for agency exist in the age of corporate globalisation Using the work of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt as a point of entry Adam Haupt delves into varied terrain to locate answers in this groundbreaking inquiry He explores arguments about copyright via peertopeer P2P platforms such as Napster free speech struggles debates about access to information and open content licenses and develops a politically incisive analysis of counter discourses
Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structures
One of South Africa leading language experts Professor Rajend Mesthrie was guest speaker at UCT Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts Great Texts Big Questions lecture on 15 April He discussed lSyntactic Structures Noam Chomsky and the colourless green revolution in language studies. Noam Chomsky is considered by many to be the father of modern linguistics Mesthrie lecture has Chomsky first book Syntactic Structures published in 1957 as a starting point Syntactic Structures started a
Timed Temperature VI
To read a temperature once every second for one minute.
Introduction to Electronic Learning
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Making a Living, Creatively: The Role of Intellectual Property
Robert P. Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Technology; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; University of California, Berkeley
Freedom of Expression: The Controversy
Moderated by David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker. Featuring Peter Awn, Director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute; University Professor Kent Greenawalt, Columbia Law School; Bernard-Henri Lévy, Author and Philosopher; and Philippe Schmidt, Chairman of INACH and Vice-President of LICRA.
"Un Futuro Para Mexico": A Future for Mexico - ENGLISH
ENGLISH - With panelists Jorge G. Castaneda, Former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Hector Aguilar Camin, Director of Revista Nexos; Jesus Reyes-Heroles, former Mexican ambassador to the U.S.; and Santiago Levy, Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Healthcare Reform and the State of the Economy
Robert Andrews, U.S. House Representative, (D-NJ)
Tackling the financial crisis by changing tack
China, one of Asia’s economic powerhouses, is not immune to the global financial crisis despite enjoying double-digit growth in the last five years and being poised to achieve nine per cent growth this year. Share prices in Shanghai have fallen 72 per cent and house prices have come down 55 per cent. Demand has plummeted and thousands of factories have closed because of cancelled or delayed export orders.
After the Asian tigers, will it be the turn of the African lions?
Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to remain the second-fastest growing region after Asia in the near future, predicts Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, but “we can catch up with Asia, as the prospect of Africa as the last unexplored territory in the world and the potential of growth remain.”
For this to happen, Sanusi says Africa needs to put in place the right policies, address its infrastructure deficit, and provide the right environment and incentives for busine
The Middle Kingdom: Civilisation state or nation state?
China is a conundrum: past, present and possibly the future. Even as it is on course to overshadow the US as the next dominant economic superpower, author Martin Jacques argues that it will never become a Western-style society, but will likely remain highly distinctive.
Smart economics: investing in working women
Working women make up a fast-growing percentage of the global workforce, which is now estimated at 46 per cent of the total. In emerging markets, most working women are self-employed, earning low and irregular incomes.
Where Grameen Bank meets e-Bay in an African marketplace (and everyone wins)
While share prices have been falling and banks have been offering measly interest rates, MYC4 investors have been earning an average gross interest rate of 12.9 per cent a year from investments made from the comfort of their home. Too good to be true? According to Mads Kjaer, CEO of the online marketplace MYC4, “investors set the interest rate themselves and bid for it, and many hard-core investors realise even much higher yields.”
Gold lures small-scale miners into global market
Victoria Paxi used to live in Lima, the capital of Peru, working in a restaurant or washing clothes to earn about 60 dollars a month, while her husband worked hours away in a mine.
Private equity: finding 'vintage' returns in times of economic turbulence
This year and next could well be “vintage years” for private equity returns, even though the private equity market has shrunk dramatically from its peak in 2006 and 2007, says Peter Cornelius, Chief Economist of AlpInvest Partners, a private equity shop which manages assets of US$40 billion.
UO Today #459: William Toll / Ellen Eisenberg
William Toll, History, and Ellen Eisenberg, History, Willamette University, discuss their book Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge (2010). They each gave talks at the UO on May 23, 2010 as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s [...]
UO Today #461: Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, discusses her advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. She spoke at the UO on October 19, 2010. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s half-hour television interview program, provides a glimpse into the heart of the [...]
Ancient China Developed Advanced Tech (Pt. 2)
Recent researchers have found out that China had
pioneered the development of some of the most advaced technology in the
world in the most concentrated and upward directed technological
development in history until the 17th century... But it accomplished
this over a thousand years ago. Pumps, wheelbarrows, canals, and single-arch bridges are all mentioned.
Getting back to basics in a world of luxury
As China's middle class expands, does consumption behaviour change? According to Sir David Tang, founder of Shanghai Tang and China Clubs, consumption behaviour doesn’t shift with economic development; it is only perceived to do so.
“I don’t think economic development has ever changed human nature,” says Tang. “China is able now, with a rising middle class, to start thinking about all the bourgeois things, about life of the next-door neighbour. And that’s why, in a way, cons
Terrorism in Asia: still a threat
When Noordin Mohammad Top, the chief suspect in July’s suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta was killed during a police raid in Central Java in September, the feeling of relief in Indonesia and Southeast Asia was almost palpable.