Tech

Time to go distributed

This article on TechCrunch, describes the centralisation of computing and data into silos like Facebook, Twitter, GMail etc, and shows how these developments were enablers of PRISM. The article calls for a new Prometheus to bring us the technology to stop this happening, to render centralisation unnecessary. I emplore any computer programmer to please go…

Video: Hacking at Hierarchy

Adriana’s talk offered less in the way of practical solutions than I might have liked and less perhaps than the write-up promised, but this did not diminish a fascinating talk by someone clearly absorbed in her topic. The following write up is based, in order of importance, on her notes which were quite thorough and…

Aside

If this is TIA Black, we had better start challenging VISA, AMEX and all the others who process financial transactions. I predict that nearly every credit and debit card transaction in the US is being fed in along with the phone records and the google files and facebook pages and private email.

It is a virtual certainty. This isn’t 1984. It is much worse because as the techniques improve it becomes Skynet starring as Big Brother.

Dale Amon at Samizdata. “This” is presumably PRISM etc.

Notes from on #ORGCon 2013

The last conversation I had before leaving ORGCon for the day was with Alec Muffet, Adriana Lukas, Glynn Wintle and others about whether ORG was a Liberal Democrat party conspiracy, or was in some way permanently leftist. This is a concern shared with me privately and one which is important enough to gather opinion on.…

Russia fingered in FT hack

FT executive Andrew Betts put’s his hands up to letting some Syrian phishermen into his FT Gmail account. He publishes a statement from the SEA claiming that Syria “is simply defending its soil” and the the rebels aren’t a very nice bunch. There is actually not a lot new in the statement that anyone with…

Tech giant shows accountability of markets

Facebook has to be one of the biggest of “big business” players out there and has certainly had it’s fair share of scrutiny from social campaigners, in particular, from privacy campaigners. The privacy issue is one where an instinctive mistrust of powerful entities seems to drive large sections of the population to paranoia. What these…