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Will Internet pirates be winning the war on SOPA with "Tribler" ?

Will Internet pirates be winning the war on SOPA with "Tribler" ? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The never-ending war between copyright holders and online pirates just entered a new phase. However, this time hackers are armed with the ultimate weapon that may grant them victory.

 

Tribler will be entirely decentralized, leaving the control in the hands of the users.


“Individuals can rename files, flag phony downloads or viruses, create ‘channels’ of verified downloads, and act as nodes that distribute lists of peers across the network.”

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The internet should be a demilitarised zone

The internet should be a demilitarised zone | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Christopher Williams assesses security chief, Eugene Kaspersky's global
campaign for the internet to become a 'military-free zone'.

 

According to Mr Kaspersky, all-out digital conflict can be avoided by enacting arms control laws similar to the international agreements meant to prevent the proliferation of nuclear bombs. Speaking at a cyber security conference in Mexico this week, he argued for a treaty would create a cyber equivalent to the International Atomic Energy Authority, also reporting to the UN and with similar powers of inspection.


"It would not eliminate cyber weapons completely, but it would improve the current situation a lot," he said.

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Caring for the commons

Caring for the commons | Networked Society | Scoop.it

With this new campaign we aim to learn how to build a common pool of resources and use them well. What are the ways to grow the commons? How can citizens be granted open, equitable access to common resources? What’s the needed infrastructure to access the commons, and how can it be built and paid for? What’s the role of states in these areas? Perhaps even harder: how do we deal with commons that are global in nature – air, water, radio frequencies, the Internet, biodiversity – given that there is no global government?

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Crop Mobs - Starting One of Our Own

Crop Mobs - Starting One of Our Own | Networked Society | Scoop.it
By Sean Keller

 

The Media Timebank is about to try something entirely new, something that has, at least to my knowledge, never been done before. This spring, we are planning to start a Crop Mob and coordinate it with the Timebank.

 

A Crop Mob is a group of people – whether experienced or inexperienced in the field of farming – who travel to a local, sustainable farm on a given day, and lend a hand wherever they are needed. The first Crop Mob, which took place in North Carolina in 2008, involved 19 people, and managed to harvest 1,600 sweet potatoes in less than 3 hours. A Crop Mob can comprise any number of people, large or small, and any task is fair game – whether harvesting crops, planting, building fences, or moving a greenhouse, the beauty of a Crop Mob is that it lets one enthusiastic and fresh group of volunteers do in one day what might otherwise entail weeks of labor for a farm’s full-time workers. Sometimes, a meal is shared between volunteers.

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Poland freezes anti-piracy pact ratification

Poland freezes anti-piracy pact ratification | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Poland's prime minister said Friday that Warsaw would put on ice plans to ratify a controversial international online anti-piracy accord after massive off-and-online protests in his country.

 

"I consider that the arguments for a halt to the ratification process are justified," Donald Tusk told reporters.


"The issue of signing of the ACTA accord did not involve sufficient consultation with everyone who is part of the process," Tusk said, adding that he would hold broad talks on what to do next.


"The ACTA ratification process will be frozen as long as we haven't overcome all the doubts. This will probably require a review of Polish law. We can't rule out that, at the end of the day, this accord will not be approved."

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Occupy the Future - The Austin Chronicle

Occupy the Future - The Austin Chronicle | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Corporations are not people...

 

"I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one."


The person who created that sign in Zuccotti Park put her or his anonymous finger on the heartbeat of the Occupy movement.


Many wonder what Occupy stands for and why Occupy has not made specific demands – as though it's not enough that, in Occupy's brief existence, its participants have emblazoned the difference between the 1% and the 99% upon the consciousness of America. As my longtime colleague Ginger Varney said, "They've changed the conversation."

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[Video] Divers find large, unexplained object at bottom of Baltic Sea

[Video] Divers find large, unexplained object at bottom of Baltic Sea | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A team of salvage divers has discovered an unexplained object resting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Sweden.


"This thing turned up. My first reaction was to tell the guys that we have a UFO here on the bottom," said Peter Lindberg, the leader of the amateur treasure hunters.


Sonar readings show that the mysterious object is about 60 meters across, or, about the size of a jumbo jet. And it's not alone. Nearby on the sea floor is another, smaller object with a similar shape. Even more fascinating, both objects have "drag marks" behind them on the sea floor, stretching back more than 400 feet.

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Shareable: Speedroommating Takes New York! [VIDEO]

Shareable: Speedroommating Takes New York! [VIDEO] | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Finding a good match is always a tough row to hoe, whether it's for a romantic mate or a roommate. Some creative thinkers in New York City borrowed a strategy from the former and applied it to the latter. Et voila! Speedroommating.

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BitTorrent’s New P2P Protocol Could Fix the Internet’s Shoddy Streaming Video Quality

BitTorrent’s New P2P Protocol Could Fix the Internet’s Shoddy Streaming Video Quality | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Conventional video streaming—through, say, YouTube or Netflix—eats up network resources because each user is pulling in their own individual feed. The live peer-to-peer streaming protocol created by BitTorrent founder and chief scientist Bram Cohen, instead works much like BitTorrent itself does. Everybody that requests a certain video stream shares the feed between themselves, rather than just leeching the content. This reportedly reduces lag drastically, network load and increases video quality for those watching. And, just like when torrenting, the more people that sign on to a stream, the better it looks for everybody.

 

Thanks to Franco Iacomella for the heads up!

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Wikipedia Controlled by Special Interest Groups?

Wikipedia Controlled by Special Interest Groups? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"With regard to my attempts to make corrections to articles dealing with health issues, on two occasions I experienced particularly notable rejections. One was an inaccurate and pro-pharmaceutical industry article on the subject of naturopathy; the other article concerned a physician – Dr. Matthias Rath – who was characterized as ‘controversial’ and, regarding whom, ’questionable lawsuits’ were alluded to. In both of these articles, I noted that there was scarcely anything reported that was meaningful.

 

Not only were my attempts to make changes to these two articles unsuccessful, it was stated that my edits were blocked on the grounds that they amounted to ‘vandalism’. Prior to this, I had never heard the term ‘vandalism’ used in this context. On Wikipedia, however, it is clearly a term used to justify censorship."

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Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke

Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke | Networked Society | Scoop.it
How did our country get here?...

 

Not only your country (the USA) - it's happening everywhere. Practically a family can no longer survive without both parents holding down a job. This is a trend that's definitely going the wrong way, and we see the outcome of it in the "crisis" that grips the economy these days.

Time to re-think money. Time to re-think the whole economic set-up.

 

As it is, we're only working for the rich (and for their banks). 

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Eben Moglen on Having Facebook

Eben Moglen on Having Facebook | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"You see that’s not true. You injure other people today also using social media. You’ve informed on them. You’ve created more records about them. You’ve added to the problems not of yourself but of other people. If it were as simple as just you’re only hurting yourself I wouldn’t bother pointing it out to you. See, that’s the difference, okay? The reason that this all works is that even when you know you’re hurting other people, you’re too selfish to stop. And there are hundreds of millions of people like you. That’s why it works."

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[Video] Copyright: Hollywood Cons Congress

In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss copyright and how Hollywood cons Congress by using Wall Street accounting. In the second half...

 

In the second half of the show, Max talks to Amir Taaki about hackers, piracy, technology and bitcoin.

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Act Now Against ACTA!

Act Now Against ACTA! | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The EU is poised to take up ACTA, a new int'l treaty that will affect all of us and fundamentally destroy the openness of the internet around the world. The EU is our only hope to stop it!

 

If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has already been signed by several countries, poses a dangerous threat to the inherent freedom and openess of the Internet. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be given more power to track what we do online, while forcing them to turn over our information and reporting our activity to the authorities -- all in the name of copyright protection! While we respect the rights of creators, ACTA's ill-conceived provisions will have chilling effects on free speech everywhere.

 

The European Parliament still has to approve ACTA for it to go into effect around the world. If they vote NO, then ACTA will be effectively dismantled -- even in countries that have already signed it. We helped bring down SOPA and PIPA, now let's turn the fight to ACTA. Call on the EU Parliament to take a stand and vote “NO” on ACTA!

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My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company

My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Watch the TEDxRainier talk on 'The Soulful Company' -- a new generation of firms that won't just tap the soul, but feed it too.

 

A wonderful talk about companies and how they could evolve into something we might have never imagined...

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Occupy the Truth: Whistleblowers Conference, February 17-19 at UC Berkeley

Occupy the Truth: Whistleblowers Conference, February 17-19 at UC Berkeley | Networked Society | Scoop.it
UPDATED FEB 6, 2012

Countdown: 11 days till we kickoff our Occupy the Truth: Whistleblowers Conference!

 

Transparency needs your brain. Whistleblowers need your protection. Fresh Juice Party invites you to bring your ideas.

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Onnie Phuthe's comment, February 7, 2012 2:03 PM
Whistleblowers are people who have seen the truth swept under the rug and everyone walk over, while the sweeper, stands tall and proud that they know nothing. Today the world has changed the people now lead the leaders and it will actually take killing the whole world to keep the truth covered.
Sepp Hasslberger's comment, February 7, 2012 3:48 PM
Thanks Onnie,
you're the poet now!
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Hacking For Privacy: 2 days for amateur hacker to hack smart meter, fake readings

Hacking For Privacy: 2 days for amateur hacker to hack smart meter, fake readings
Detailed smart meter data can show what TV shows you watch, scan for copyright-protected DVD movies you watch, and...
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Diaspora* grows up.

Diaspora* grows up. | Networked Society | Scoop.it

We have been learning a lot by watching the Diaspora* develop and grow. Diaspora* has evolved into a social community unlike any other, where free thinkers from around the world interact. It provides a vehicle for all sorts of different kinds of people to share ideas and form new relationships. This is what’s happening on Diaspora* right now. It is what makes it unique, and it is what the core team is trying to optimize for.

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Ukraine shuts down leading file-sharing site

Ukraine shuts down leading file-sharing site | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Ukrainian authorities have shut down a popular file-sharing website saying it violates copyright laws, officials said Wednesday.

 

Interior Ministry Spokesman Volodymyr Polishchuk said that Ex.ua was closed Tuesday after complaints from Microsoft, Adobe and other companies. The ministry said it has confiscated 200 servers that were used to support the website and law enforcement agents were questioning 16 of its employees.


The Recording Industry Association of America has named Ex.ua among the world's worst Internet piracy sites.


Shortly after Ex.ua went down Tuesday, the Interior Ministry's own website became inoperable. Polishchuk said this was likely a work of hackers.

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YaCy - The Peer to Peer Search Engine: Web Search by the people, for the people

YaCy - The Peer to Peer Search Engine: Web Search by the people, for the people | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A Peer to Peer Web Search Engine...

 

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world's users.

 

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Someone asked me the other day what would be an alternative to Google. Well, ideally the alternative would be something like YaCy, a fully distributed search engine, where results cannot be censored or slanted by anyone. Of course this will work only if enough people participate, i.e. install the program and run the engine while they are on line. There's a cost to freedom...

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UN panel says retool world economy for sustainability

UN panel says retool world economy for sustainability | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The world can no longer afford to ignore the environmental cost of economic growth and must redefine the very concept of national wealth, a UN panel of heads of state and environment ministers said Monday.

 

Led by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma, the 22-member panel said a new blueprint for growth and low-carbon prosperity must be "mainstreamed" into economic policy as quickly as possible.


Social and environmental costs must be factored into how the world prices and measures economic activity, and into a revised measure of wealth that goes beyond the narrow calculus of gross domestic product (GDP), it said.


"Our report makes clear that sustainable development is more important than ever given the multiple crises now enveloping the world," Zuma said in a statement.

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SOPA Was a Sideshow, Hiding ACTA, the Real Sellout of Internet Freedom – But Here’s How to Stop It

SOPA Was a Sideshow, Hiding ACTA, the Real Sellout of Internet Freedom – But Here’s How to Stop It | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Share Tweet ACTA, worse than SOPA, says that we the people will be denied the right to use tools simply because someone might perhaps may could possibly misuse them. The prez signed, but it isn’t a done deal.

 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that does an end-run around national sovereignty. Its misleading title gives the impression its purpose is to stop the international sale of ersatz goods. It is, though, a Trojan horse, hiding the sinister purpose of destroying the internet as we know it and handing it over to multinational corporations.

 

ACTA would allow any claim from any party in any nation to force the closure and seizing of any website. No proof would be required. As anyone who pays attention knows, the right to make such a claim won’t be genuinely available to just anyone. It’ll take money and power to bring a claim. For those who have such wealth, the claim itself will suffice. The rest of us are left with no option but to anticipate complaints and act as self-censors.

 

The act requires severe penalties for the owner of a site on which users might have illegally transferred files. These penalties must include asset forfeiture, severe fines, and prison.

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Isn't It Time to Occupy Big Medicine?

Isn't It Time to Occupy Big Medicine? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

We are the owners of our own health, not the corporate-medical-industrial complex. We must reclaim our rights to privacy, our fundamental right to make choices without being hounded by medical big brother, and our personal medical autonomy.

 

Despite overwhelming patient satisfaction and clinical evidence in support of alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, and energy healing, to name just a few, organized medicine tends to dismiss these options as unproven, pseudoscientific practices. Furthermore, mainstream medicine has been known to muster up the audacity to accuse alternative practitioners of attempting to rip off the public -- as if conventional medicine could never be accused of the same. And the irony is that the whole rotten enterprise hides behind the authority of "science" whenever the madness of its methods are questioned. Never mind that one medical study commonly contradicts another, and that medical research is riddled with conflict of interest, cover-ups, and the manipulation of data to conform to desired outcomes.

 

The medical establishment rewards conformity, enslaves doctor and patient alike by restricting choice and mandating certain practices, and uses supposedly private patient information to threaten job loss, school expulsion, and discontinuation of medical services if patients do not act in accordance with medicine's arbitrary and capricious rules. Relentless fear-based propaganda is designed to convince us that we will die if we don't take cholesterol drugs, be forever unhappy if we don't take antidepressants, fall down and break our bones without drugs to prevent osteoporosis, and lose our manhood if we don't use erectile dysfunction pills.

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Turtle F2F - Sharing files with trusted friends

Turtle F2F - Sharing files with trusted friends | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Turtle is a free and open source anonymous peer-to-peer network project facilitating free speech and sharing information by combining encryption with peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. Like no other anonymous P2P software, it allows users to share files and otherwise communicate without fear of legal sanctions or censorship.

 

Turtle has one drawback for us common mortals: So far, it only runs on a computer that has Linux installed as the operating system.

 

The basic idea behind Turtle is to build a P2P overlay on top of pre-existing trust relationships among Turtle users. Each user acts as node in the overlay by running a copy of the Turtle client software. Unlike existing P2P networks, Turtle does not allow arbitrary nodes to connect and exchange information. Instead, each user establishes secure and authenticated channels with a limited number of other nodes/friends controlled by people he or she trusts (friends).

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Robin Good's comment, January 22, 2012 3:44 AM
Too bad it runs only under Linux - it should be mentioned.
Sepp Hasslberger's comment, January 22, 2012 5:04 PM
You are right, Robin. For now it's Linux only, but a Windows version is under way, and I believe Mac is on the drawing boards ...
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SOPA/Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet

SOPA/Protect IP Act Breaks the Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Please sign this petition to stop a bill that's so crazy that it could shut down Twitter and Youtube!

 

Now the government and corporations could block any site, foreign or domestic, just for one infringing link. Lites like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook would have to censor the users or get shut down since they become liable for everything users post...

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