I'm building a list, and I hope you, Copyfight's readers, can help. It's not a list of iTunes -- it's a list of links to the very best writing, webcasts, podcasts, blogs, and other resources for people learning about the battle for balanced intellectual property law and policy in the digital age. And the cool thing is, the list won't sit stranded on a website by itself, waiting for people to stumble on it. Instead, as part of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society's brand new "H20 Playlists," it'll become a shared playlist that anyone interested in the copyfight can tune in to.
H2O Playlists applies the lessons of iTunes, Amazon.com, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and other collaborative knowledge-sharing projects to any kind of educational endeavor you can imagine. Educators from all around the world can gather at H2O to build the academy's "greatest hits" for any subject matter they choose, to share with anyone else who wants to learn. And your search for, say, "chilling effects," will yield playlists with crossover appeal -- that is, show you groups of educational materials compiled by people who share similar interests.
And it gets even better. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the playlist. When you subscribe, you help "rate" the list, so others can see which playlists are most useful.
Of course, what will make this project even cooler is more people supplying their own playlists. I've personally spent quite a bit of time at Netflix rating DVDs so the people on my friends list can benefit from my (ahem) superior taste. But I've naturally done it in increments -- five minutes here, five minutes there. Imagine if countless educators and curious, thoughtful, knowledge seekers did the same with H2O Playlists, taking 10-15 minutes over a week's time to add an excellent article, webcast, or book title to a playlist?
If you want to help create the Copyfight playlist, either leave a comment with your recommended resources below or send me an email with your recommendations. Once I have the list complied, I'll announce it here -- and together, we can see how it plays.
You are, of course, free to compile your own playlist. And if you do, let me know -- I'd like to see what you're interested in.