The Buzzfeed problem and why it’s only the start

A cursory look at your social media feeds today shows that you can barely get past five posts without coming across a “listicle” that has gone “viral”. To elaborate, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Imgur and popular message boards like Reddit, 4chan and others have, for some time now, been flooded with popular […]

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Why not embedding attributions?

One of the first organizations we reached out to when we started Commons Machinery was the IPTC, the International Press Telecommunications Council. Some of the standards that they have developed were used for embedding information within images. IPTC is a trade organization consisting of a number of news organizations worldwide, including the New York Times […]

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Heartbleed and why transparency matters

On Monday, information about the OpenSSL bug “Heartbleed” went out across the web. Crypto bugs usually expose things that are encrypted. Heartbleed exposes far more than that — it exposes the internal state of the webserver, such as other connections’ credentials. This allows something called ‘sidejacking’ of connections, which means someone who is merely connected to […]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Free Culture

In her earlier post, Antje Käske mentioned that “intellectual creations are never the sole creation of one individual.” I would go even further, stating that you can not claim ownership on intellectual goods at all. Why is that? The answer lies in the origin of an idea. If I was inspired by someone else, how […]

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Introducing Lizelle Dela Cruz

I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. With more than 5 years of experience in the Customer Service and Background Screening industries, I am able to adapt in a dynamic and fast paced environment. I was a former Team Leader for a background screening company where I handled four teams catering […]

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Rights or attribution? ODRL and Commons Machinery

When Commons Machinery started, one of the organizations or groups that we reached out to was a W3C community group called ODRL. ODRL stands for Open Digital Rights Language, and is managed by a very enthusiastic fellow called Renato Iannella. The idea of ODRL is to create a general purpose language and a model to […]

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Metadata handling in some projects at #LGM2014

Commons Machinery will be out in force at Libre Graphics Meeting in Leipzig next week. Grab us if you want to talk about metadata or sit down to hack stuff!  We’ll also be presenting three sessions: April 2, 15:10: Jonas presents Commons Machinery and why it is important to retain the context of images and […]

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False histories, attribution and education

by Mathias Klang The hugely popular twitter account @HistoryInPics received a nice publicity puff when Alexis Madrigal wrote about the account in The Atlantic; the article was all about the great new spirit of a couple of teenagers running their own business. But the article did not mention the ways in which their business was […]

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Attribution as a Moral Right

by Antje Käske At Commons Machinery we are interested not only in finding a technical solution for the problem of attributing intellectual digital work but also in moral questions regarding attribution. We are happy to have Antje Käske – who studied philosophy and has a keen interest in defining the rights of intellectual workers – […]

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Who wants automatic attribution? It might be you!

In a recent survey conducted by Commons Machinery of 2,897 individuals in the US, where approximately 200 of them identify as regular creators of presentations (using LibreOffice Impress, Powerpoint and similar tools), 82.1% felt that it was important or very important to give credit when using images. Only 6.6% felt that it wasn’t important at all. […]

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