Monday, May 23, 2011


Parallel to the G8 meeting in Paris, another meeting is held: the e-G8 Forum. About 1000 influential people of the internet-world are gathered together to discuss issues related to the new media, mostly (if not solely) from an economical point of view, however. Among the guests: Eric Smith (Executive Director of Google), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia), Jeff Bezos (founder and Executive Director of, John Donahoe (Executive Director of eBay), Mark Zuckerberg (co-founder and Executive Director of Facebook), Sean Parker (co-founder of Facebook and of Napster, associate of the Founders Fund), and Niklas Zennström (co-founder of Skype and Executive Director of the fund Atomico). And some major players of economy, such as Rupert Murdoch (Executive Director of News Corporation), and Christine Lagarde (French Minister of Economy, and putative next Director of the IMF).
Debates seems to be oriented on business models, future trends, and management of legal issues in multinational spaces.

On a more light touch, we can hardly be scientists focusing on virtual worlds without being aware of the so-called Geek culture, so here are some funny things. A representative panel of Geeks voted for the best quotes of the whole (Geek) history. Here is the top five for your viewing pleasure:
"May the force be with you" (Star Wars)
"Luke, I am your father" (Star Wars)
"You shall not pass!" (Lord of the Rings)
"I will be back" (Terminator)
"My Precious" (Lord of the Rings)

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