The Internet’s Own Instigator

peter.suber's bookmarks 2019-01-17

Summary:

"For the past 25 years or so, Carl Malamud’s lonely mission has been to seize on the internet’s potential for spreading information — public information that people have a right to see, hear, and read....

Indeed, Malamud has had remarkable success and true impact. If you have accessed EDGAR, the free Securities and Exchange Commission database of corporate information, you owe a debt to Malamud. Same with the database of patents, or the opinions of the US Court of Appeals. Without Malamud, the contents of the Federal Register might still cost $1,700 instead of nothing. If you have listened to a podcast, note that it was Carl Malamud who pioneered the idea of radio-like content on internet audio — in 1993. And so on. As much as any human being on the planet, this unassuming-looking proprietor of a one-man nonprofit — a bald, diminutive, bespectacled 57-year-old — has understood and exploited the net (and the power of the printed word, as well) for disseminating information for the public good...."

Link:

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/the-internets-own-instigator/amp

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oa.new oa.people oa.pd oa.copyright oa.litigation oa.law oa.usa oa.usa.ga oa.india oa.south oa.patents oa.takedowns oa.public.resource.org

Date tagged:

01/17/2019, 15:09

Date published:

01/17/2019, 10:30