Month: June 2012

  • Apple’s Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms

    Apple’s recent products, especially their mobile iOS devices, are like beautiful crystal prisons, with a wide range of restrictions imposed by the OS, the hardware, and Apple’s contracts with carriers as well as contracts with developers. Only users who can hack or “jailbreak” their devices can escape these limitations. link to the article on the […]

  • The nine-headed monster named ACTA

    Both in substance and in process, ACTA embodies an outdated top-down, arbitrary approach to government that is out of step with modern notions of participatory democracy. If Europe rejects ACTA, will it actually go away? #acta #eff #ep #lawandpolitics #vote

  • Commotion: Let’s get Meshy!

    WHAT’S COMMOTIONCommotion, is an open source “device-as-infrastructure” communication platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, Wi-Fi enabled computers, and other wireless-capable devices to create community- and metro-scale, peer-to-peer communications networks. HOW IT WORKSCommotion is organized and maintained by community members to fit their needs. It can act as a backbone for last-mile infrastructure, a local […]

  • OpenData brace yourself, Morozov is moving in!

    Evgeny Morozov curbs Web enthusiasm His next book will include an attack on the “open data” movement. In one cautionary example, the Indian state of Karnataka put millions of property records online in the name of convenience and transparency. “The wealthy and the powerful used this new data to evict the poor, find the right […]

  • Discussion with @ICTRecht and @photomatt on Privacy and Jetpack

    I like how twitter enables you to communicate with people you would normally never have a conversation with. Here is a screenshot of a dialogue I had with @ICTRecht en @photomatt (Matt Mullenweg: the founder of WordPress) “@photomatt: WP 3.4 and Jetpack Comments:” @ictrecht does jetpack violate the new cookie-law? #nicefeature #2ndthoughts — dosch […]

  • Piwik als alternatief voor Google Analytics

    Ook Google Analytics valt onder de cookiewet. De cookies die deze websiteanalysetool zet, zijn immers niet puur en alleen bedoeld om de eindgebruiker een gepaste webpagina voor te schotelen. De webmaster kan extra informatie krijgen over bezoekers met deze cookies, en dat maakt de cookies toestemmingsplichtig. Los daarvan wordt Analytics gezien als privacytechnisch dubieus, met […]

  • 26/6 | Me, Myself and I //or// How to make your own new identity – 20:00 : Schijnheilig

    An evening on identity, technology and crossing borders. Heath Bunting is presenting his Status Project: an experiment in creating real and new identity for yourself or anyone else.We will explore the technological challenges and social consequences of this endeavor. Also we will look into possible real-world applications if people can have a new or more […]

  • Basic Internet Security – Download the book

    The digital world is changing at a tremendous speed. New communication technologies open up new possibilities, but by using them you can also expose yourself, and others, to risks. Many people have trouble assessing these risks especially with regard to the subject of safe digital communication. This is particularly true for people working in regimes […]

  • Bunting on customer feedback

    If goods and services are extended to people globally, we can expect feedback in return. If these goods and services are marketed by force, as for example in Iraq, then we can expect a violent customer returns. From the status project #heathbunting #lawandpolitics

  • Heath Bunting on the hierarchy between the physical and the virtual

    Before the Internet, you knew where your virtual body was – it was at the tax office or the police station, or at school. And if a revolution did take place you could go and burn those records, but now people put all their data on different platforms and different machines and think it’s fun. […]