Towards Innovation and Productivity Improvement in Service Industries April 2007 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Commerce and Information Bureau, Japan

……”(6) Initiative to improve investment efficiency, productivity and competitiveness through the effective use of software (initiative by the government) Japanese companies, including those in service industries, generally tend to develop their own software, spending unnecessary costs for IT investment that does not lead to either differentiation or the creation of value added. They tend not to make “aggressive IT investment” that lead to an increase in value added or an expansion of the market. In order to improve investment efficiency of IT and link it to productivity growth and greater competitiveness, it is critical to start sharing software and to share the successful cases for strategic use.”


new research in residency program in Beijing DCF

# The DCF moves studio to downtown Beijing

The new Studio is a courtyard minutes from the Yonghegong / Lama Temple.
New contact details available here

# Opening party Saturday July 28

Are you in Beijing, then drop by for food and drinks 17.00-21.00
Area map and description here

# This summer the new RinR – Researcher in Residence program will start

Researchers and designers investigating China’s urban landscape are
invited to live and work in the DCF courtyard for 3 to 6 months.
Details to follow.

Online Auction to Support KET’s Defense Fund
Subject: Online Auction to Support KETs Defense Fund
Date: Thu 26 Jul 2007 03:16:37 GMT+02:00

Online Auction to Support KET’s Defense Fund

Shepard has joined many of Alain Ket Mariduena’s friends in supporting his on going battle with the NYC courts by presenting an Art Benefit for Alain Ket’s Legal Defense. Art will be auctioned off on July 26th and an event will be held on August 1st in NYC with proceeds going towards the defense fund.

Alain Ket Maridueña is a publisher, writer, Hip Hop historian, activist and graffiti artist from New York City. He was charged in New York City courts (Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan) on counts of felony criminal mischief, possession of graffiti tools, and X., all relating to a search performed on his home in New York City in late 2006.

Alain Maridueña’s arrest had come in the context of a growing anti-graffiti sentiment in city government due to the growing gentrification of New York City and as part of the Mayor Bloomberg’s quality of life push, one started by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Alain’s arrest appears to be politically motivated attack for his involvement with Marc Ecko and Ecko’s successful lawsuits against the city of New York in order to hold a graffiti event and repealing a spray paint sales ban to 18 year olds. Many consider the charges against Alain excessive.

Alain’s court cases are ongoing and his family and friends will be raising funds to pay his legal defense, setting up public events to educate people about the incarceration of artists, and providing financial, logistical, and legal support to Alain throughout his proceedings.

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