13 Comments Print Share February 3rd, 2013 11:00 PM By Noam Chomsky Crossposted from Tomdispatch [This piece is adapted from "Uprisings," a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky's new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropol...
FREEDOM, a legendary anarchist bookstore in east London, was firebombed on Friday morning. This is the store that Peter Kropotkin helped found in the 19th century, and the home of a monthly newspaper that published Emma Goldman. No one was hurt, and no one seems to know who did it, or why. The store was [...]
An asteroid half the size of a football pitch and with the destructive power of an H-bomb will narrowly miss striking Earth on February 15, scientists say.
2012 DA14 is a near earth asteroid with an estimated diameter of about 45 meters (148 ft) and an estimated mass of about 130,000 metric tons. It was discovered on February 23, 2012, by the OAM Observatory, La Sagra in Spain (J75) seven days after passing 0.0174 AU (2,600,000 km; 1,620,000 mi) from Earth on February 16. Calculations show ...
#Red - welcome to the network
The #Friendica project is pleased to announce the Developer Preview release of "red" - a new concept in online communications.
Because somebody has to stand up for the people of the internet...
You may obtain a copy via git at https://github.com/friendica/red
The Developer Preview is intended for developers to have a look at the emerging project and possibly influence its direction. This is not intended as a preview to the general public. There are bugs. There are security and privacy issues. Things could crash spectacularly. If this doesn't sound like fun to you, please avoid this preview and wait for a public preview or release. Not all the described features are complete, but you might be surprised how much works today - for a pre-release project of this scope.
Red is kind of like a decentralised social network (along the lines of identi.ca, Friendica, and Diaspora) , but we've thrown away the rule book. Red has no concept of "people" or "friends" or "social". Red is a means of creating channels which can communicate with each other and to allow other channels permission to do things (or not). These things can look like people and they can look like friends and they can be social.
These things can also look like a great many other things - forums, groups, clubs, online websites, photo archives and blogs, wikis, corporate and small business websites, etc. They are just channels - with permissions that extend far beyond a single website. You can make them into whatever you wish them to be. You can associate web resources and files to these channels or stick with basic communications. There are no inherent limits. There is no central authority telling you what you can and cannot do. Any filtering that happens is by your choice. Any setting of permissions is your choice and yours alone.
You aren't tied to a single hub/website. If your own site gets shut down due to hardware or management issues or political pressure, the communication layer allows you to pop up anywhere on the Internet and resume communicating with your friends, by inserting a thumb drive containing your vital identity details or importing your account from another server.
Your resources can be access controlled to allow or deny any person or group you wish - and these permissions work across the Red network no matter what provider hosts the actual content. Red "magic-auth" allows anybody from any Red site to be identified before allowing them to see your private photos, files, web-pages, profiles, conversations, whatever. To do this, you only login once to your own home hub. Everything else is, well - magic.
Red is free and open source and provided by volunteers who believe in freedom and despise corporations which think that privacy extortion is a business model. The name is derived from Spanish "la red" - e.g. "the network".
Welcome to "the network". Welcome to the free web. Welcome to the grid. Red has arrived.
“Serving time for copyright infringement, a victimless crime that I never made a single dollar off of. In fact over the years I bet I paid a thousand or so in site donations and server costs, not even including the time I spent doing code work for a dozen or so places.”
The platform has been created by two students and a recent journalism graduate, who have built a platform 'with journalists in mind'
Voor de 64ste keer werd hij gisteren uitgereikt: de Zilveren Camera, de belangrijkste prijs voor fotojournalisten in Nederland. Grote winnaar is fotograaf Eddy van Wessel die met een foto uit de Syrische stad Aleppo de Zilveren Camera 2012 won. De foto toont een overlevende van een bombardement in een noodhospitaal en is onderdeel van een achtdelige serie over de burgeroorlog in Syrië. Van Wessel won met deze serie ook twee prijzen in de categorieën ‘buitenlands nieuws serie’ en ‘buitenlands nieuws enkel’. Na zes jaar gaat de Zilveren Camera voor het eerst weer naar een buitenlands nieuwsonderwerp.
BooksLife Inc. How Corporatism Conquered the World,and How We Can Take It Back INTRODUCTION | BOOK | MOVIE | PRESS In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from a convenient legal fiction to the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed as Rushkoff shows, most Americans ha...
A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon. Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris, and dead insects.
Outrage is growing over the U.S. Justice Department’s prosecution of the 26-year-old who committed suicide last week just weeks before he was to go on trial. Pioneering computer programmer and cyber activist Aaron Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted for using computers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to download millions of academic articles provided by the nonprofit research service JSTOR. As the chief prosecutor Carmen Ortiz defends her actions, we speak to Swartz’s partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, and computer security consultant Alex Stamos, who would have been the chief expert witness at Swartz’s trial. We invited representatives from the U.S. attorney’s office and MIT to join us, but they declined. [includes rush transcript–partial. More to come. Check back soon.