Monthly Archives: November 2010

BitTorrent is ThoughtCrime

[caption id="attachment_440" align="alignright" width="320" caption="CC by blogpocket on flickr"]I Love P2P[/caption] Use of BitTorrent is stigmatised, and poses potential administrative cost and liability risk for anyone who uses it. Since BitTorrent is the most effective ways to distribute large files -especially by individuallys, and small businesses who can’t afford much infrastructure – this limits technical options that many people have. Academic analysis of copyright infringement and the surrounding ecosystem may even require such direct data analysis.

This taboo ties the hands of many, even when the protocol is used for legitimate purposes. If an academic wants to conduct investigations which have strong fair use defences, these costs and risks may result in personal or institutional aversion to such research. This has the effect of chilling discussion and investigation of P2P technology, and the related public policy issue of copyright infringement.

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All Ends Cold and Wild

A fairytale by the Oneiroi, translated. They have travelled far and wide, the lonely man of many faces and his faithful follower. They’ve heard the hints of the dark dog begotten of time’s storm; won the battle at the falls … Continue reading

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Do Not Track means Do Not Track

I’ve been giving some thought to proposed “Do Not Track” legislation. The proposals, currently being considered by the FTC and the legislature, seek to protect user privacy by empowering us to tell online services not to track us in a … Continue reading

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The BBC just released two previously cut scenes of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, which feature some of the best one-liners from the whole season, such as: Every time the TARDIS materialises in´╗┐ a new location, within the first … Continue reading

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Ars Technica on Felten‘s appointment as FTC’s first Chief Technologist: Princeton computer science professor Ed Felten today was tapped for a one-year stint at the FTC in a decision so shockingly sane that it’s still a bit hard to believe.

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Twitter for Grown-Ups

Derek Powazek has some pretty good advice on how to use Twitter like a reasonable person. Gina Trapani likes to follow everyone important (to be polite), but only actually reads tweets from a scant 9% of those people who are … Continue reading

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