[…] It’s obviously unconstitutional. It’s obviously unfair.
And you may think you’re just defending yourself against smartass hackers who pirate your texts on Usenet. But when you rearrange the basic legal structures that undergird society, it’s not actually likely that the consequences are going to be limited to those you happen to find satisfactory. We are trading an old civic and civil model of intellectual property for a strange, ruthless new thing, red in tooth and claw. And its next victim won’t be hapless hackers who pirate Harlan Ellison stories on Usenet. Its next victim will be people like you. And you. And you.
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.
is the article ‘Do not forget ideas are also weapons’ by Subcomandante Marcos.
Introduced by the following “The purpose of this text is to fuel the debate between right and leftwing intellectuals. It does not attempt to explain the relation of either with governments or changes in society.”
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.”
to the right question again – and faster and more intelligently than anyone else I’ve seen. From Feed – what is the cultural status of operating systems?