The open medium is the message / #tm11

(Continued reporting from Transmediale11 in Berlin)

One of the first highlights of Transmediale11 was the so-called Marshall McLuhan Lounge taking place at the Canadian Embassy here in Berlin on Wednesday night. The idea was to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), renowmed ao. for coining the famous mantra, “The medium is the message”.

The keynote speaker for this event was Mark Surman, one of the world’s leading proponents for open technologies and the development of an open net. Currently, Surman (in collaboration with ao. Henrik Moltke, who recently received the New Media Days Award) is leading the extremely interesting Mozilla Drumbeat project.
As you can see in the video below, Mozilla Drumbeat is all about inventing new ways to promote openness, opportunity, and freedom on the Internet; aiming to ensure that the web as a creative platform remains accessible for everyone – as opposed to what is commonly referred to as “walled gardens“. That is, restriction of convenient access to certain parts of the web as well as corporate and private entities’ control over applications, content, and media on platforms (for instance mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads).

Read more about the Mozilla Drumbeat project here.

UPDATE JAN 18, 2011: Transmediale has put the entire talk online as video here.