Questions for Joi Ito

Creative Commons

Just caught this over at tomorrow.sgCreative Commons is officially launched in Singapore!

Normally, I wouldn’t have gotten excited over this piece of news – while it is quite rare to find a not-for-profit charitable organization in the technology space, Creative Commons could not be uttered in the same breath as Apple’s iPhone and its rumoured launch in Singapore on August 22.

Sidetrack 1: I’m a big fan of Apple and the iPhone, and I’ve already signed up with SingTel in the hopes (probably a long shot though) that I would be alloted one. Wish me luck!

Founded by Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons has probably earned enough brownie points with artists and regulators, devoting itself to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon legally and share. In their words:

Everything we do — including the software we create — is free.

If I had to take a stand, I’m not going to be too bothered by the naysayers of Creative Commons (CC) – you don’t find yourself dissing that charity helping underprivileged families and that other providing for abandoned elderly do you? Try doing better yourself before complaining that the CC framework could be better.

Sidetrack 2: Unless of course the charity in question is Ren Ci, or NKF, or the others that have yet to blow up in the faces of our public.

In my case, what helped Creative Common’s cause was the fact that I would be meeting with the CEO of Creative Commons next week, Joi Ito. When I checked out his Linkedin profile, I was simply blown away – multi-talented doesn’t even begin to describe him. Investor, entrepreneur and activist – man, this dude is way cool!

You can count on it that I’ll be drawing up my list of questions to pose to him in the coming days. Feel free to leave your questions as comments to this post, and I’ll do my best to get his response and post it here after the meeting.

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James Chan is an entrepreneur, investor, geek, photographer and husband/father based out of Singapore. Apart from frequent travels to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia for work, James can also be found online via his trusty 15" Retina MacBook Pro or iPhone 6+.