Posts tagged internet
Posts tagged internet
Last week, a group of hackers sparked an Internet firestorm by claiming to have broken into an FBI agent’s laptop where they found more than 12 million numbers used to track Apple mobile devices.
The hackers released 1 million of the numbers online and said their findings demonstrated how the FBI was using citizens’ smartphone data to spy on them.
I’m still thinking they did this on purpose, and I’m now wondering what they benefited by claiming the leak was from the FBI. There is a tactic used sometimes of calling in a bomb threat before an actual attack to watch the response, and prepare a more devastating attack based on the observed behaviors. Either they did this to gauge response, or they just wanted to throw egg in the face of the FBI, and hoped that would cover their real tracks.
Phoebe was genius. I hated friends, but I loved “Phoebeisms.”
Ex-Googlers Launch “Newspaper Of The Future”
Delivering news digitally in a personalized manner is a nut many a startup – as well as many established Internet companies and publishers – are desperately trying to crack.
A newly-founded Palo Alto startup called Hawthorne Labs is one of them.
Filed under: It’s not Banksy, but I like it.
Relevant to my interests.
POLICE BRUTALITY. The guy on the ground was thrown down, pepper sprayed multiple times, kicked in the temple and back of the head, and then beat with a baton. For what? Taking photos of another person being assaulted by police. I was choked with my own helmet by a cop and Brian was maced - again… FOR TAKING PHOTOS.
Chicago Tumblrs - who got video? We NEED to get this out to the media.
This was Critical Mass. Critical fucking Mass, people. The group of cyclists that ride the streets once a month. This wasn’t some gang. Hopefully someone got video or revealing pictures so these CPD officers are punished.
Big Brother is here.
Apple Inc. is now collecting the “precise,” “real-time geographic location” of its users’ iPhones, iPads and computers.
Let there be memes.
I think it was that one meme where something was just SO awesome it caught on on the internet.
I think it’s in that one movie where Tom Cruise is running…
Ignore us. Ignore human rights. - Amnesty International
Oh Hai there, China.
First Amendment? What First Amendment? I don’t see no First Amendment. Hey Vito, did you see a First Amendment here?
- I didn’t see no First nothin’.
Nope, no First Amendment here.
The case for digitally-driven stupidity assumes we’ll fail to integrate digital freedoms into society as well as we integrated literacy. This assumption in turn rests on three beliefs: that the recent past was a glorious and irreplaceable high-water mark of intellectual attainment; that the present is only characterized by the silly stuff and not by the noble experiments; and that this generation of young people will fail to invent cultural norms that do for the Internet’s abundance what the intellectuals of the 17th century did for print culture. There are likewise three reasons to think that the Internet will fuel the intellectual achievements of 21st-century society.
First, the rosy past of the pessimists was not, on closer examination, so rosy. The decade the pessimists want to return us to is the 1980s, the last period before society had any significant digital freedoms. Despite frequent genuflection to European novels, we actually spent a lot more time watching “Diff’rent Strokes” than reading Proust, prior to the Internet’s spread. The Net, in fact, restores reading and writing as central activities in our culture.
The present is, as noted, characterized by lots of throwaway cultural artifacts, but the nice thing about throwaway material is that it gets thrown away. This issue isn’t whether there’s lots of dumb stuff online—there is, just as there is lots of dumb stuff in bookstores. The issue is whether there are any ideas so good today that they will survive into the future. Several early uses of our cognitive surplus, like open source software, look like they will pass that test.
The past was not as golden, nor is the present as tawdry, as the pessimists suggest, but the only thing really worth arguing about is the future. It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks more things than scarcity. We are now witnessing the rapid stress of older institutions accompanied by the slow and fitful development of cultural alternatives. Just as required education was a response to print, using the Internet well will require new cultural institutions as well, not just new technologies.
It is tempting to want PatientsLikeMe without the dumb videos, just as we might want scientific journals without the erotic novels, but that’s not how media works. Increased freedom to create means increased freedom to create throwaway material, as well as freedom to indulge in the experimentation that eventually makes the good new stuff possible. There is no easy way to get through a media revolution of this magnitude; the task before us now is to experiment with new ways of using a medium that is social, ubiquitous and cheap, a medium that changes the landscape by distributing freedom of the press and freedom of assembly as widely as freedom of speech.