“Reddit Squashed QAnon by Accident” is a good piece about how Reddit decreased Qanon presence on its service — as opposed to Facebook, where apparently Qanon activity is spiralling out of control.

I’ve been recently reading a fair bit about QAnon, as it seems to be one of the biggest…


“Link in bio” is a slow knife, wrote Anil Dash at the end of 2019. (this is the last link in this post, I promise, and you will soon see why).

A gold chain necklace from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

It’s a good piece and by now it probably is part of the literature canon on hyperlinks. His argument…


When the pandemic started and the stay at home orders were given, videoconferencing tools became one of the first items in anyone’s crash course in digitisation. Beyond a narrow group of remote workers and tech savvy people, most users have never participated in a Meetup, or a Zoom teleconference.

In…


What is the value proposition of Creative Commons licensing? What is the challenge that we are solving? And how has this changed over the last decade, as the online ecosystem has deeply transformed?

Those are the questions that we asked ourselves at a recent Centrum Cyfrowe team meeting, while we…


Mass of people
A mass of people standing on the quay by a passenger ship. (Source: Polish National Library, Public Domain)

Facebook creates a new, global community for which we don’t even have a proper name yet. It isn’t a state in the classic sense, it isn’t a “global village,” and it isn’t only a website, or media outlet. And the term “user” is insufficient as well to fully capture our…


In 1955, the World Festival of Youth and Students took place in Warsaw. Thousands of people from around the world that came to Warsaw gave people living behind the Iron Curtain a unique chance for a global perspective. Imagine that you could attend a global event for your movement just once in your lifetime — what would you do then? (Photo: NAC)

Imagine that it is the XXII century and your favorite Open Movement organization has chapters in the dozens of planetary systems inhabited by mankind. Dozens of chapters, spread out across the vastness of space. …


Katherine Maher, in her recent op-ed for Wired, argues that internet giants like Facebook and Google must support Wikipedia and other organizations that together form the Big Open movement. At first glance, her argument seems strangely similar to the ask expressed by press publishers in the ongoing European copyright reform…


During Mozfest 2017, together with Nicole Ebber from Wikimedia Germany we organized a workshop on the Big Open. We proposed this term to propose a shared project within the varied open movements to search for a shared vision and possibility of cooperation. …


Yesterday, Apple unveiled iPhone X, its new flagship phone. It’s most exciting feature, according to most experts, is its Augmented Reality (AR) platform. App producers are already responding with a surge of interest in AR apps. So this seems like a good moment to speculate about AR as intellectual property…


CC Summit Opening Session Presentation by Ryan Merkley. Photo: me, CC0

At the end of April, the 2017 Creative Commons Summit took place in Toronto. The bi-annual summits are focal points for our global work. Big bangs! during which we congregate as a community and concentrate our communications, to fuel our shared work over the coming year or two. For me…

Alek Tarkowski

Head, Centrum Cyfrowe / Public Lead, Creative Commons Poland / Communia Association. Dealing with all things open, with a policy focus.

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