He is one of the ancestors and masterminds of today’s digital media culture. Yesterday, Douglas Engelbart died at age 88. In 1968 Engelbart gave a presentation which is since widely regarded as the mother of all demos. To catch a glimpse of the history of computer culture the video of the event is still worth watching – even more so today.
Yesterday the German parliament passed a law granting scientists the right to make their research available online after a period of twelve month independent of former agreements with publishers. On first glance this appears to be a good thing. Yet as always the devil lies in the detail. The law excludes the regular everyday research done in universities. This limitation has been justly criticized. Moreover the legislation falls short in another respect which is especially […]