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The OPEN Bill and the Future of Crowdsourced Legislation

KeepTheWebOpen functions like a combination of Wikipedia and any familiar commenting system: Click a sentence in the bill and add your changes.


With all the focus on today’s website blackouts to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, it’s easy to forget that there are other ways to fight the bill. For members of Congress who oppose the bill, that means drafting competing legislation.

By the end of this week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) is expected to officially introduce his answer to SOPA. Issa’s bill is significant not only as a less restrictive way of protecting intellectual property on the internet, but also because it is being crafted with the help of the internet itself, creating one of the most visible crowdsourcing efforts ever seen on Capitol Hill.

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Big Ideas from TED 2011: A Construction Set for Civilization

Marcin Jakubowski is trying to create robust, modular versions of the 50 machines that every modern community needs.


The big idea behind the Global Village Construction Set is that everyone everywhere should have access to the key tools for creating human civilization.

At the end of years of study and the completion of a PhD in fusion physics, Polish-born TED2011 Fellow Marcin Jakubowski found himself feeling like he was, to use his words, "useless." Believing he needed to get past a consumer lifestyle, he moved to middle America to begin farming. After buying (and then breaking, and breaking again) a tractor, he began to wonder what were the truly essential machines at the core of every society. And even more, he began to wonder why, if open source software had had such powerful impacts, there wasn't an equivalent for the essential hardware of civilization?

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