Peter Kafka

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Eric Schmidt and the Technorati Visit the State Department.

Sick of CES news? Are you in Washington, D.C., tonight? Feel like some ambitious party-crashing? Here’s a dinner to get yourself into: The one Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hosting for Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt and a group of digital doers and thinkers.

Other luminaries on the guest list:

  • Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey
  • Howcast CEO and co-founder Jason Liebman
  • Clay Shirky, author and New York University professor
  • Jared Cohen, Member of Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning staff
  • Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Forum
  • Shervin Pishevar, founder of Social Gaming Network
  • Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards
  • Luis Ubiñas, President of the Ford Foundation
  • James Eberhard, pioneer of mobile content and services

What’s on the agenda? Dunno. But I imagine we’ll hear a lot of chatter about it during and after the fact. Here’s Dorsey’s self-portrait, taken en route to the event today:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work