sez, "The Center for Investigative Reporting's 'FOIA Machine' is hosting an Open Beta launch event
Wednesday, June 25 at Mother Jones's San Francisco office. This was one of the stretch goals from their successful Kickstarter but the event is open to anyone who pre-registers
. There will also be a livestreamed roundtable discussion centered on investigative journalism."
Tim Bray's taxonomy of privacy levels
makes a compact and compelling argument that the existence of warrantless spying and security sabotage is what drives people to adopt cryptographic techniques that can't be broken even with a warrant.
writes, "The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa have collaborated to open Ottawa's first public makerspace
, entitled Imagine Space -- an American corner."
Haruka Tsubota has undertaken a Japanese fan-translation of my novel Makers
. It's available as Epub and Mobi, and licensed CC-BY-NC-SA.
I'm delighted to announced that I'll be the guest of honor at Salt Lake City's Westercon 67
this July -- Westercon being the annual convention for science fiction fandom west of the Mississippi. There's quite a fantastic roster of other guests as well! See you 44 days in SLC!
From Creative Commons
's Elliot Harman: "The idea of The Public Domain Jam
is to encourage developers to create games based on public domain assets and stories, and optionally give the games themselves back to the public domain via the CC0 waiver; there's a $1000 prize for the best CC0 game."
As Adobe Creative Suite struggles with its license-server outage
, stranding creative professionals around the world without a way of earning their living, a timely reminder: a cloud computer is a computer you're only allowed to use if the phone company and a DRM-peddling giant like Adobe gives you permission, and they can withdraw that permission at any time.
We didn't know it at the time, but 16 May 2013 was a pretty big day for the Internet: the Rob Ford/crack smoking story broke
; adorable hatchet-wielding hitchhiker/Internet meme Kai was sought for murder in NJ
; 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was spared from prison for doing a science experiment at school and got a scholarship to space camp
; and the guy who put his own face in his child sex-abuse videos was caught
, thanks to the Internet's human flesh search-engine
Elliot from Creative Commons
sends us "An inspiring piece
by our incoming CEO about why Creative Commons is important to him and how he plans to change the organization: "'In today's legal environment, the commons is increasingly under threat. New works are restricted by copyright from the moment they are created until long after their creators are dead, and stricter copyright rules are almost always demanded by large rights-holders who benefited from the commons in the first place. It's like running across a rope bridge only to cut it loose once you get to the other side.'"
Anton Purisma has launched a civil rights suit against an airport Au Bon Pain restaurant; he's asking for $2,000,000,000,
. That would be two undecillion dollars.
writes, "Here's a collection of PDFs of ALL the original scripts to Patrick McGoohan's surreal cult classic
, along with several unmade scripts and several multiple drafts of episodes. It's the next-best-thing to being in The Village, minus the brainwashing and evil weather balloons."
"The same security holes that the NSA relied on to gain access to your (or Osama bin Laden's) email allowed gangsters to steal passwords and login credentials and credit card numbers. And ultimately these same baked-in security holes allowed Edward Snowden to rampage through their systems.
The moral of the story is clear: be cautious about poisoning the banquet you serve your guests, lest you end up accidentally ingesting it
A massive consortium of technology companies ranging from Google, Facebook and Amazon to smaller publishers like Techdirt, have signed an open letter to the FCC
opposing Chairman (and former cable lobbyist) Tom Wheeler's plan to allow ISPs to discriminate among Internet services, demanding bribes to deliver the data
that we request.
writes, "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend is May 15-18, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott.
You do not need to be a SFWA member to attend.
We are delighted to announce that Samuel R. Delany will become SFWA's newest Grand Master. We're also pleased that Frank M. Robinson will be a Special Guest and that Ellen Klages is our Toastmaster." There's also an evening with Delany and Daryl Gregory
that's free for attendees; otherwise it's $10 at the door.
writes, "The 2014 Prix Aurora Award nominees
have been announced! [Ed: this is the Canadian popular science fiction prize].
I am one of the nominees, in the fan music category, which this year also includes A MOTHERFUCKING ASTRONAUT - Chris Hadfield's awesome Space Oddity cover IN ACTUAL SPACE
is nominated. Canadian SF fans, please take a moment to look smug about how cool we all are. Canadians with $10 can join CSFFA to get the voter package with delicious literature & more, coming out soon, and to, y'know, vote."
Brazil's buying $4.5B worth of fighter jets. And rather than buy them from American military-industrial complex go-to Boeing, they're buying them from Sweden's Saab. Why? A contract with Boeing is synonymous with NSA surveillance
. Multiply this by every country in the world and you start to get a sense of the cost of letting the NSA run around without any adult supervision. (via Techdirt
The Harper regime has dealt blow after blow to the values Canada holds dear: environmental responsibility, humanitarianism, fairness, transparency, and pluralism. But when you see it all laid out in one devastating indictment
, it's still jarring. The fact that this indictment appears in a sober-sided journal like The Lancet
only makes the barbs sink deeper. O, Canada.