This is awesome! The map of online communities is great not only because I like visuals, but because it is a visual explanation for society’s info overload. Click the map to view the FULL version!
08/25/10 8:30 AM
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Note: First published in Behind the Green Scene
At first glance, Fujitsu’s paperless party video seems like a pretty hokey attempt at positioning their ScanSnap scanner as a tool for greening the office. Employees celebrate by creating everything from cut-outs to paper mache. One guy even creates a piñata in his own likeness.
I don’t know Fujitsu’s intention, but it piqued my curiosity — not about the scanner, but about their sustainability record. Greenwashing, avoiding greenwashing, and covering up greenwashing are big business these days, so…
I checked out the company’s sustainability report, which they’ve been publishing as far back as 2000. It appears to be pretty forthcoming and thoughtful in process and approach — detailing their internal set of regulations — Green Product Evaluation Standards and product environmental assessment.
While I’m not endorsing Fujitsu products, am not (and have never been) paid by them, I thought would share information that I pulled from the section on eco-friendly products.
The Fujitsu Group has adopted a unified Group-wide approach to eco-design for newly designed products and works to improve environmental performance throughout the product life cycle.
We have been implementing our own environmental assessments for products since 1993, and we strive to develop eco-friendly products that reflect environmental considerations in such areas as energy saving, 3R design, non-use of hazardous chemical substances, packaging materials, and information disclosure.
If you’re still curious about the video, here it is…
08/13/10 12:25 PM
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Now that Google and Verizon have circumvented the FCC to develop their own policy, without the involvement of the public, what will this mean for net neutrality?
Following is Guardian writer Mehan Jayasuriya’s perspective:
This week’s traffic prioritisation agreement between Google and Verizon (another one of the largest providers in the US) serves as a prime example of what will happen in the absence of clear rules of the road for ISPs. Two large companies have negotiated in private and have reached an agreement on how internet traffic should be managed.
On the surface, this agreement doesn’t look too nefarious. Verizon has agreed to respect the end-to-end principle on its wired networks and Google has reiterated its commitment to net neutrality. However, the proposal specifically excludes wireless internet services. The agreement also proposes that so-called “managed services” on the wired network – essentially fast lanes carved out of the bandwidth currently used by the internet – be exempt from any rules that govern the web.
Finally, and perhaps most troubling, Google and Verizon have suggested that industry-led advisery groups write the rules for what’s left of the internet. In matters of consumer protection and nondiscrimination, the FCC’s actions would be subject to approval by the very companies that the agency is meant to oversee.
It’s clear why this proposal is attractive to Google and Verizon. With net neutrality out of the picture, Verizon would be free to extract additional fees from content providers and users in exchange for access to the fast lanes. Google is large enough that it could afford to pay these fees, thereby assuring speedy delivery of its content and a competitive advantage.
02/19/10 10:53 AM
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According to the National Law Journal’s Karen Sloan
Flagship law reviews have seen paid circulation decline significantly during the past three decades, with some facing particularly steep drop-offs lately, according to a study by a professor at the George Mason University School of Law.
The reported paid circulation for the Harvard Law Review, Davies found, was 8,760 in 1979 but a mere 2,029 in 2009 — a decline of nearly 77%. Paid circulation for The Yale Law Journal dropped by more than 57% — from 4,051 in 1980 to 1,725 in 2009.