The Internet is great.
Except when it isn’t. Unfortunately, the Web is also home to racists, misogynists, homophobes, fraudsters, malicious hackers, and unsavoury characters of all sorts. It is also filled with trolls, Internet users who gain pleasure from purposefully upsetting other users by expounding views that they may or may not have, what [...]
Our social networks tend to show distinct social circles
One of the most interesting stories that has emerged from the NSA surveillance scandal is, in my opinion, the revelation that the intelligence agency has been using some of the data collected to conduct social network analysis (SNA) on the general population.
This is a [...]
A few days ago I was hacked for the first time in my life.
I keep telling me that everything is fine, that given the statistics this is nothing to be ashamed of. Even experts get hacked from time to time. It was meant to happen, for someone who spends such a large amount [...]
Fan subtitles can provide useful additional information
The Swedish police has raided and taken offline Subtexter, a website where users upload and exchange fan-made files that can be used by a media player to provide subtitles to popular movies and shows before their translations have been made available by the rights holders. The action [...]
In the land of the morally blind, the blind lead the way
Earlier this year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) agreed to hold a special session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to organise a diplomatic conference later in the year in Marrakesh that would discuss a possible Treaty [...]
Translation into Spanish of this article.
He estado viendo diferentes versiones de la siguiente declaración de privacidad en Facebook:
“Hoy día X, haciendo pleno uso de mis facultades mentales y de mi titularidad de esta cuenta en Facebook, declaro, a quien pueda interesar y en particular al administrador de la empresa Facebook, que mis derechos [...]
Since September 11, 2001, whenever I was visiting or passing through the United States, I have been subjected to more “random” security checks than could ever be expected by chance alone. Similarly, I have come to expect to be stopped by the Immigration officers about 50% of the time. The TSA are also keen [...]
Jobs, blink and they’re gone
I have to admit that I have not read Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?“, but mainstream media seems to be filled with snippets from the book. Often described as a visionary, Lanier has become one of the most prominent and outspoken critics of the digital economy. The most [...]
Many years ago I started reading The Wheel of Time fantasy series (yes… I know…) I started with Book 5, which I think is still the best of the franchise, just before it descended into a nightmarish description of clothes, and endless comments on the act of braid pulling. My interest in the series [...]
The Liberator gun
The world is finally waking up to the promises and threats of 3D printing, when a group of people calling themselves Defense Distributed published the plans online to make a 3D printed gun make almost entirely out of plastic, and posted a video of the gun being fired.
3D printing is [...]