Closing Session. Reflection #8

August 19, 2008

This week’s class provided good volume of information for thoughts and was insightful. The topics we were discussing contained three ones I was extremely interested in.

1. I don’t know if there is something that couldn’t be done by the collaborative efforts. No doubts, people’s willingness to collaborate driven solely by non-financial motivations is a truly amazing phenomenon, enabled by informational technologies. I’m not surprised that there are a lot of authors who writes about this. Our in-class discussion of books I haven’t read made me think about reading Wikinomics and Wisdom Of The Crowds.

2. Our conversation about the way copyrights work for Wikipedia inspired me to think about the real impact copyrights might have. I can’t stop wondering if Wikipedia could recruit volunteer lawyers to settle a copyrights infringement case? Probably yes. Interesting, how would it change Wikipedia’s image in the eyes of its users? Would contributors feel their input is secured? Would it damage Wikipedia’s image of free and available to everybody encyclopedia?

All the surveys show that people are willing to contribute due to altruistic intentions. What’s the purpose of copyrights in this case? Human clock http://www.humanclock.com/ is another great example of copyrights useless. People are willing to give their rights away, just because they want to contribute.

3. Our in-class conversation about the importance of online reputation made me think about the real value of reviews and comments we did during the quarter. I had an issue with that, because it was really hard to find the ties between net-centric economics and writing reviews. I took it easy, because it’s always good to practice in writing. After Mark’s speech, I realized an importance of the ability to write good and substantial reviews for building an online reputation today. I think I’ll expand on that in my final paper.

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