New Menu for My Dessert-ation…

Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant

Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant

  • Day/Date: Monday, 14.07.08
  • Time: 21:14
  • Scene: Dinner at Al-Shami Restaurant, Oxford
  • Menu:  …. (have to ask Gerry again, he knew the names of all the food served!)

The summer school students and faculties were having very delicious dinner serving Middle-Eastern food. I was sitting next to Professor Gerald J. Sussman from MIT and Prof Bill Dutton, the director of the OII. We had a warm and friendly chats, especially with Prof Gerald (or Gerry), ranging from American politics & election to Indonesian coffee (Gerry surprisingly mentioned a fact which i don’t know, that the best coffee from indonesia is ‘Mandailing coffee’). We also chat about one of the best movies each of us had watched: The Beautiful Minds.

I have to thank Gerry especially for his brief insight on what I need to include in my research. He particularly suggested the inclusion of the issue of product liability pertaining to consumer protection against defective software, etc., so as not to unjustifiably cause the loss it the users.

We dispersed at around 10pm. and spray of rain started, briefly lasted though. Thanks to the OII for the treat!


‘Can Internet really works?’ Asks Jonathan Zittrain

Lectures in the second Day feature Prof Jonathan Zittrain from Harvard University’s Berkman Cyberlaw Centre, and Prof. Daniel Weitzner from the Massachusetts Instititute of Technology (MIT)

Jonathan’s presentation’s ttile was ‘Civic Technologies and the Future of the Internet’. Meanwhile, Daniel talks about ‘Information Accountability’.

Copyright Sealed in an Envelope

Oxford Summer Programme, Day One.


Kevin from the States told us this story in his presentation. Since he was six or so, he was taught how to understand and protect copyright for his works. In order to establish such right, they believed they would have to write a letter to themselves, writing about the work and right established thereform, and sent to themselves through a post office (kevin, correct me if I’m wrong). Once received, the envelope would be kept without first opening the content. So it’s kept selaed. This would become a proof in future to show that the copyright over his particular work does exist. This was known as ‘poorman’s copyright’.

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