Archive for May, 2009

More on the WIPO treaty and our Readable initiative!


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Test-drive Readable Beta Release 2!


Go to http://v2.readable.in, explore it and post any bugs you faced in a comment to this post.

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While RC is fighting the good fight for including exceptions for people with disabilities (link) in India’s copyright laws, trouble is brewing at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The US and several other high income countries (apparently Australia, New Zealand, The Vatican and Norway) are lobbying to kill a treaty that deals with the same issue as it pertains to cross-border movement of media for people with disabilities.

Have a look at the following link at BoingBoing for further details.

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I am having IPL withdrawal syndrome. And that has nothing to do with the tourney. I just miss so miss the fake IPL player blog! For those who haven’t heard of him, this is the blog http://fakeiplplayer.blogspot.com. and what a blog it was, suddenly I got seduced by something that I have been uptight about, moral posturing and avoiding for the longest time… gossip! In all fairness, this guy was visceral and so much more intelligent that the rest of them mindless sources. So what here’s my take on what we have learnt from him.

1. the blog was topical and in ways full of muck but more than that, what brought people back was his ability to connect at a level previously never seen, he may be fake but imagine you being a celebrity and had a blog like this one… Hugh Jackman (the wolverine) for example has his tweets ghost written. That simple single compelling connect is what I would look at for inclusive planet. If we can connect to the community at that level where conversations and ideas are tossed around.

2. it changed perceptions. it singlehandedly demystified current indian cricket scene, however fake it may be. there was another sensational blog about Steve Jobs ghost written by Dan Lyons – http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/ that finally came to a close recently. though it was on the same line, it was nothing like the fake IPL guy. the fake steve blog fed on perceptions, the fake IPL guy altered it. 
We really need something on that level with inclusive planet:)
Lets just hope not to pander to perceptions and alter it.

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Check this out. Thank you blog patron Gautam John!

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Loads of feedback post the Readable Beta Release last week. We’ve improved on a whole lot of stuff and the new Beta Release comes out this Thursday i.e. day after. You’ll also notice a whole new design and simplified navigation. So be sure to check readable.in this Thursday evening.

Keep the feedback flowing.

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“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus

Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place. ~Susan Wendell, The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” -Martina Navratilova

(Photo Courtesy: Association of People with Disabilities, Bangalore)

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