Wow. Someone made a play about #Anonymous. Serious business.

One of the reason I am fascinated by Google Maps and apps like Foursquare is not because they solve a very real problem, but instead, for me they are a living test bed of an Internet that is shape-shifting in real-time, is data rich and hyper-personalized to such an extreme that it can predict what comes next almost automagically. It is a network that uses connectivity to its extreme and offers the impossible.
40 Kilometers | @Om
If Westminster is locked into a paralysing neoliberal consensus it is partly because the corporate media, owned and staffed by its beneficiaries, demands it. Any party that challenges this worldview is ruthlessly disciplined. Any party that more noisily promotes corporate power is lauded and championed. Ukip, though it claims to be kicking against the establishment, owes much of its success to the corporate press.
How the media shafted the people of Scotland | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

In the context of cloud computing at least, corporate authority is limited to the extent that online operators like Amazon, Google, or Facebook must abide to the basic tenets of law. In the case of Ethereum, the authority of the code cannot be questioned, nor can it be repealed by the law. In that sense these challenges are actually more similar to the issues emerging with the advent of autonomous agents – such as evolutionary software viruses or (though perhaps limited to the realm of science-fiction for now) intelligent robots with an autonomy on their own — than they are to traditional P2P applications.

Ethereum and other blockchain-based applications might well liberate us from the tyranny of large online operators. We just need to make sure that we don’t exchange that for the “tyranny of code”: rules dictated and automatically enforced by the underlying code of an online platform that only exists in the “ether”…

Tomorrow’s Apps Will Come From Brilliant (And Risky) Bitcoin Code | WIRED

The widespread hatred of what’s happened with Facebook, in particular, is a constant gripe not just for users (I finally deleted my personal Facebook account, and kept only the fan page) but also marketers, who have developed huge followings that they now have to pay to reach. But as was pointed out by a speaker at the conference, this is all the fault of myself and my colleagues:

"We’re the problem! We broke Facebook. They had to switch to promoted content because we were spamming people with garbage. ‘Here’s a picture of the sun! Do you YOU like the sun? ‘Like’ this picture of you like the sun!’ WE ARE THE PROBLEM."

DO YOU ‘LIKE’ THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game - Charlie’s Diary
I asked one, an old friend I hadn’t seen for at least 10 years, why he’d be voting yes. “I changed my mind quite a while ago. For me it’s about the way Britain has gone - the extremes of wealth and poverty that people down south seem comfortable with, the dominance of the privately educated people in all walks of life, the rise of UKIP, the talk of leaving the EU and a Labour Party that I don’t really recognise any more”.
Scotland’s Decision

A one minute supercut examining (and celebrating) Pixar’s use of color.
Edited by Rishi Kaneria (@rishikaneria)
Music by Moderat.


*It’s won a moral victory, no matter the inevitable end


*It’s won a moral victory, no matter the inevitable end

They herald a cultural movement among the young which may become part of the history of our time … For those with eyes to see it, something important and heartening is happening here. The young are rejecting some of the sloppy standards of their elders … they have discerned dimly that in a world of automation, declining craftsmanship and increased leisure, something of this kind is essential to restore the human instinct to excel at something and the human faculty of discrimination.
New Statesman | From the archive: The Menace of Beatlism

The Web I want doesn’t have DRM in its standards, because the Web I want doesn’t believe it’s legitimate to design computers so that strangers over a network can give your computer orders that you aren’t allowed to know about or override.

Unfortunately, the W3C has caved to Netflix, the BBC and other big rightsholders who insisted that this become part of the HTML5 standard. Now that DRM is going to be in every browser as standard, any Web-capable computer will have software whose flaws are illegal to report (because disclosing information that can be used to break DRM is illegal all over the world), and will become reservoirs of long-lived vulnerabilities ripe for exploitation by voyeurs, identity thieves, creeps, spies, cops, and corrupt governments.

W3C hosting a “Web We Want Magna Carta” drafting session at Internet Governance Forum - Boing Boing
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