I remember quite well some years ago when slowly getting into both GNU/Linux and “the internet” as a whole bunch of interesting technologies and means of communication, I struggled quite a lot to get a really working, free-as-in-free-speech client for ICQ instant messaging system up and running. Some years later, this has changed drastically; now bunches of good, free clients are available for ICQ same as other instant messaging services, like AOL’s AIM-Service, the Yahoo! Messenger and even the infamous Microsoft Messenger that comes bundled with pretty every installation of MS Windows. So far, so good?
Thanks to the kind folks on the FreeCulture mailing list, I just came across a paper created and published by David Blackburn, being a student at Harvard Department of Economics, who tried to study the effect of (music) filesharing on the music industry and record sales. Personally, I think his results are interesting yet not … Read morefilesharing and economy