from the Military-Intelligence community in the US: Feds Say Fidel Is Hacker Threat. They also manage to work in the “evil Islamic terrorists are using crypto and stego” angle. Declan McCullagh must have had to shower after wading through that crap.
a very interesting site through Derek Powazek‘s site this evening: CommunityZero. Anyone can set up a free online community for their friends, for a project, whatever. Many of these have come and gone in the past, but none quite as well executed as this one seems to be. I may play with it soon – as a long-time online community guy, it has been a goal of mine to merge this site with a series of discussions at some point.
that will document the creation of a new book: Design for Community by Derek M. Powazek. He’s making use of community tools in the site, which makes sense. The site itself could become a great example to use in the book later on. Pretty cool. Recombinant.
, I am now on a company’s board of directors. It’s for cam.org, a small non-profit community-oriented ISP here in Montreal, which also happens to have been the first public ISP here many years ago. Should be fun, though I should try to learn a bit more about the ISP business pretty quickly.
Cory Doctorow writes about [His] Date with the Gnomes of San Jose at the first P2P Working Group meeting, which looks like it might be a stillborn effort by Intel to coopt (or just to support?) the peer-to-peer community.
Really great quote from the article: “[peer to peer nets are] faery infrastructure, networks whose maps form weird n-dimensional topologies of surpassing beauty and chaos; mad technological hairballs run by ad-hocracies whose members each act in their own best interests.
In a nutshell, peer-to-peer technology is goddamn wicked. It’s esoteric. It’s unstoppable. It’s way, way cool.”