Spark 170 - January 29 & February 1, 2012

On this episode of Spark: Argonauts, Creative Hubs, and The War On Computing . Click below to listen to the whole show, or download the MP3 (runs 54:00).

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The Coming War on Computing


Author and journalist Cory Doctorow believes US anti-piracy legislation like the recently shelved SOPA and PIPA are just the beginning in a long war against all computing. He calls this idea "The Coming War on General Purpose Computation" and has a a lot to say about control over how people use their computers. (Runs 11:38)

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Balancing Act - Copyright Protection and the Open Internet


In the wake of the SOPA protests, we talk to Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA, (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority), about protecting Canadians' online access in a global Internet context, and balancing copyright protection with an open Internet. (Runs 10:26)

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Building Creative Hubs & the Next Silicon Valley

Places all over the world strive to be "the next Silicon Valley". But what does it take to be a creative hub? Is it something you can design or does it have to happen organically?


We begin with AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean of the School of Information at the University of California and author of The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy. She talks about what happened in Silicon Valley to make it the world's centre of tech innovation, and how the future of growth and innovation will depend on the new Argonauts, experts who move information fluidly between creative hubs all over the world. (Runs 7:05)

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Spark contributor Jonathan Gifford brings us the story of creative convergence in Berlin, Germany - a place that people have had their eye on for the past while as being "the next Silicon Valley". (Runs 7:27)

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    Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation who has a long history in working to build open, collaborative, creative environments, talks about using the open principles of the web to create truly creative tech communities. (Runs 11:08)

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