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Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World

Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World | Open Internet | Scoop.it

Facebook plans to use drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet to the world.


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The most exciting thing about an idea that could help people is when people with power start backing it up. Facebook and Google are some of the most influential organizations and with their background regarding the internet it's no surprise they want to make it more available. Facebook has been partnering up with technology companies to develop a drone which will broadcast internet from the sky.

Last year Google announced project loon which is basically air balloons which will stay in high-altitudes to deliver internet to remote areas. As the idea of a more available internet becomes real we also have to consider how we will deal with new information being distributed online. We want the right information to be accessed by the people who want it. If a piece of information is distributed online but no one views it then it's just useless. We first have to acknowledge this information overload and turn an issue into what it really is , a solution for a more open internet. A more open world for us to live in.

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Cyberspace and the Changing Nature of Warfare

Cyberspace and the Changing Nature of Warfare | Open Internet | Scoop.it
Strategists must be aware that part of every political and military conflict will take place on the internet, says Kenneth Geers.

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Good scoop by Nathan. It's a point of interest to look into when looking into more available internet with freedom of use. Every person knows how aware they have to be of criminals but this shouldn't be a reason to restrict our cyber rights. People need to be more informed into the matter as cyberspace changes and grows.

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Nathan Fisher's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:05 AM

This article from SC magazine takes a look into the past cyber warfare acts committed and provides an insight on the future state of cyber crimes.

 

The Estonia cyber attacks in 2007 will be looked back in the future and be remembered as the turning point in cyberwarfare. It shows that there is a demand for cyber security experts to protect IT-dependent countries.

 

Cyberware and security's demand will exponentially increase in the future due to availability of new technologies by almost everyone in the general public.

 

Joel Field's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:51 PM

A good look into the transformation of political and military conflicts. Every conflict now has a cyber aspect that can drastically effect the outcome of the real world conflicts. Experts conclude that the criminals have the most advantage on the internet. There is far more damage they can do there while remaining hidden. One of the biggest threats to governments is data manipulation. Criminals get access to extremely sensitive information and modify or delete parts. Considering that people have to make important decisions based on this information it is easy to see how there could be extreme real world ramifications. An example would be government infrastructure that has links to military weapons.

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US cites security more to censor, deny records

US cites security more to censor, deny records | Open Internet | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in hist (U.S.
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We live in an age where someone on the other side of the world can know about what's happening "behind the curtain" within a government. Because of this sharing of information the issue with Edward Snowden's personal safety became a global problem which made Russia allow asylum status within their borders. Speaking of Russia again , people globally get daily updates on Russia's involvement within Ukraine. This goes to show the benefits of an open internet with how it allows multiple sources about a political topic to be accessed at one location. In a previous scooped I commented on the fact that this ability to access international news should be more available worldwide. Especially in regions where politics is a life or death situation.

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TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard | Open Internet | Scoop.it
The documentary about the founders of the Pirate Bay. Share it with the world! (Documentário do The Pirate Bay. Necessário para entender o que vivemos hoje.
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I've seen this video and it's an interesting perspective into internet privacy and sharing information itself. If you look past the moral and legal dilemma of pirate bay you can see how we have the ability to create an open internet. In a previous scoop I commented on why we should have an open internet.

 

Governments have threatened and gone after Edward Snowden because of his leak of confidential information. They have failed at this. The co-owner of pirate bay has been sent to prison in Sweden but pirate bay is still as active as ever.  Even after governments , corporations of games , music and movies have put in their effort to stop information leaking it is still happening. This goes to show that people resist at attempts to block their sharing of information and they succeed. We as humans won't be in a situation in the future where the internet is blocked so heavily that we are denied the basic human right to share information through it.  

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Google looks into accepting Bitcoin, but realistically its options are very limited | ExtremeTech

Google looks into accepting Bitcoin, but realistically its options are very limited | ExtremeTech | Open Internet | Scoop.it
Google has signaled its interest in using Bitcoin, and it's asking users for feedback on how to proceed. Almost any move by Mountain View could send the value of the cyrptocurrency even higher than it already is.

Via Geoff Ellis
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Online , digital currency that isn't regulated by one specific country is a major breakthrough with open Internet. At the same time if we're not careful it could be the downfall of online freedom.

At the same time that property ownership is important for a society to function so is ownership of money. Since it's unregulated there has been reports of hacking as Geoff Ellis stated. This could cause anarchy and will call for a reason to start putting up heavy monitoring online. This heavy monitoring may decrease rates of illegal trade dealings with bitcoins but on a bigger level it will disrupt us as a society.

As I've stated in previous scoops, open internet helps us as a society. For us to grow as a healthy and united planet we need to branch out with the internet and retrain from restricting it to a point where information cannot be shared freely.

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Geoff Ellis's curator insight, March 25, 2014 10:38 PM

This is slightly outdated despite being only 2 months old. In the last 2 months bitcoin has had some significant setbacks with hacks, theft, and loss of bitcoins by major players in the industry. Among them one of the largest bitcoin exchanges and a leader in the market lost millions of dollars worth of bitcoins to theft due to an issue with their service, and possibly the protocol itself. They have since gone out of business and filed for bankruptcy. There are a number of such businesses facing similar issues. 

That said, aside from the hiccups over the last few months, bitcoin has remained fairly stable at an exchange of 550-650$ USD per bitcoin.

 

Bitcoins are here to stay. It's a distributed network, and as long as users have investments people will be pushing the service regardless of any external forces. However if many more events like these occur, businesses such as google will be far more hesitant about backing the service.  The bitcoin looked like it was going to have a strong future in legitimate business not too long ago but until its security and reliability is pushed that future may still be a ways off.

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Google's Making Cracks in the Great Firewall of China with Encrypted Search - Latin Post

Google's Making Cracks in the Great Firewall of China with Encrypted Search - Latin Post | Open Internet | Scoop.it
Google's Making Cracks in the Great Firewall of China with Encrypted Search Latin Post Google has decided to challenge China's censorship and surveillance of the internet by offering encrypted Web searches for those inside the country by default, a...
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if anyone is familiar with internet in China then they would know how restricted it is. Google CEO, Eric Schmidt has supported the long term project of cracking down on Internet firewalls. They made it harder for the government to block and monitor search history within China. Google is an American organization that has such a big impact in how Chinese people share information. It's an exciting thought on how involved we are globally with how information is handled even in one country. People are realizing how much we would lose if China continued to restrict how we share information online with China. In the same way we would lose ideas by restriction with china we could gain so many new ideas if we made technology more available.

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(Update #3) You Stole My Artwork: An Open Letter to Anita Sarkeesian - RESOLVED

(Update #3) You Stole My Artwork: An Open Letter to Anita Sarkeesian - RESOLVED | Open Internet | Scoop.it
It’s been a rough 11 days since the C&D, but my art is no longer being used without my permission for commercial uses! We did it, internet! Hooray for following the rules of polite discourse and...
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This is an informal twitter response by an artist that had her art used without permission but it shows a good point in regards to open internet. Intellectual rights and property ownership is important for us to continue working within the IT industry. If we do create an open internet where more people go online with more freedom we have to consider this even more than we do today. If for example someone is worried to upload their intellectual design because they are afraid it will be stolen so they can't get the recognition they deserve then we have failed in regards to open internet. The whole point of an open internet is to share ideas and works on a global level.

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A free and open internet for global inclusive growth

Panel discussion from Stockholm Internet Forum 2013 with moderator Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation and panelists Tim Unwin,...
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Internet is a by-product of a developed world. It's a tool used by society to share ideas over long distances. As stated in the video , the internet doesn't have high availability in developing worlds. This creates a sort of information barrier from one part of the world to the next.

Society should be more focused on the availability of internet because of how efficient a global mind has been in the past. By making the internet more available you're making ideas more available. By making ideas more available you're making the world more available. That should be our goal.

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