Google, Facebook, Amazon: algorithms will soon rule our lives so we’d better understand how they work A very scary item is hidden away the governments’ budgets so far – not an allocation of funds for joining in the Third World War, nor a huge amount of money for building wind farms everywhere so coal and … More When Algorithms Rule The World
Back to Paris yesterday night I got an email from my good friend P. Barnes bringing my attention at a Ray Kurzweil’s interview in the WSJ (hereunder). Kurzweil is the Pope of Transhumanism, a futurist ideology of which Google has become one of the main sponsors. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Some … More Making babies with Spiritual Machines
Even if you are using privacy tools is your internet browsing safe? How secret are your financial transactions, are the off colour jokes you share with friends really private, and what about the kind of sites you would never tell your mother you visit? While you are going on financial deals, selling, purchasing or…watching porn, … More Internet privacy : Could your on line browsing details go viral?
AN « EXCESS » OF DEMOCRACY (2/3) Networked forms of the 1960s/70s were distinctive because essential to their origin, character and sustainability were values of solidarity, equality and democracy. Consciousness of these origins could help us now, when networked organizations are everywhere, to distinguish between the instrumental use of the concept of network in essentially undemocratic … More The political economy of networks
AN « EXCESS » OF DEMOCRACY (1/3) As we become increasingly dominated by the pursuit of economic growth, what campaigners can learn us from #occupy as well as previous radical movements in our attempt to forge a new kind of political economy based on a framework of equality, mutuality and respect for nature. The philosophy and … More From social rebellion to transformation
Be irrepressible, an Amnesty International campaign. >> Haga clic aqui para la versión en Castellano Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information. The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest … More Censorship on the Internet
Newsmap 2.0, your daily portion of breaking news. OO OO Newsmap is a well-known application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal … More Wandering over the Internet: ‘Newsmap’ and ‘Worldometers’
It’s in danger of collapsing under its own weight. By Mark Gimein Even by Internet standards of hyper-growth, there has never been a phenomenon like Twitter. Less than a year and a half ago, Twitter hit 1 million users. It now has 44 million, a rate of expansion so rapid that if it could continue … More Can Twitter Be Saved?
One of the places where the Iranian uprising against falsified election was given a narrow coverage was China. An attempt was made indeed in PRC to block online images of demonstrations meanwhile official media tried to ignore the clamor. The reason was clear enough: any mass protest and its brutal suppression raises uncomfortable memories of … More The Political Importance of the Power of Images to Reveal Government Abuse
China, Myannmar, Iran: surfing in these countries can be dangerous for political opponents. Psiphon software, developed by a Canadian university, can evade the censors of the Internet in non-democratic countries. This is a recurrent question of Internet users in China: how to circumvent the Great Firewall , the censorship on the Net erected by the … More Software to Help Dissidents
The French law that allows disconnecting Internet-users has crashed against the Constitutional Court today at 18.00. The highest authority on constitutional law condemned late this evening the controversial legislation passed a month ago by the parliament on the grounds that “internet is a component of freedom of expression and consumption” in the Declaration of Human … More Constitutional Court knocks down Hadopi
Tuesday 19 May, French Socialist MEPs have lodged an appeal to the Constitutional Court, aimed to annul the Hadopi law against illegal downloading –adopted 13 May. Most of Communists and Green party have given support to the appeal. In a long argument, published by Les Echos website, the opposition representatives point out eleven points they … More Hadopi Law to Constitutional Court
The European Parliament has decided that ISPs and regulators, such as Hadopi in France, cannot restrict individuals’ access to the internet. But this vote approving online freedom of expression is not the conclusion of the EU debate taking place between the European Parliament and Council. Since the Parliament has not agreed with the Council, the … More European Parliament Gives Support to Internet Freedom