The Long Tail is dead. The Long Tail is a theory penned by Wired editor Chris Anderson which states that the rise in digital markets, and the slow demise of brick and mortar shops, particularly in media and entertainment, will translate into more spending and viewing of smaller niche markets.
Harvard professor Anita Elberse [...]
A special issue of SCRIPTed, a Journal of Law and Technology, is now live for your enjoyment. This issue has some papers from the last BILETa conference in Liverpool, and it has the added bonus that this will be the last issue in which Yours Truly will act as Technical Editor.
(2013) 10:3 SCRIPTed 307-408 [...]
The Yogg-Saron encounter in World of Warcraft is patented.
Judith Rauhofer has sent me this gem of a patent. I present you U.S. patent 6,935,954 which protects a “Sanity system for video game”. The abstract reads:
“A video game and game system incorporating a game character’s sanity level that is affected by occurrences in [...]
I have been toying with an impossible idea. Can the Internet be rebuilt?
I am starting with a simple premise: the current Internet is broken. It is no secret that many of the protocols that make up the Web were not designed to accommodate a network such as the one that emerged in the [...]
I has a conspiraseh!
So far, the most serious report to arise from the NSA files has been the revelation that US authorities have been involved in a systematic program to defeat Internet encryption. By any objective measure, the revelations are astounding: intelligence agencies have been building backdoors into cryptographic technology by tampering with [...]
New issue of SCRIPTed is now live:
Issue DOI: 10.2966/scrip.100213
Matrix Code David.Asch Playing with long exposure zoom. CC-BY-SA on Flickr.
Copyright Management for Open Collaborative Projects –Inbound Licensing Models for Open Innovation Catharina Maracke, pp.140-148 | HTML | PDF |
Dedicated Section [...]
Weapons of mass destruction
The Guardian has reported that on July 20th 2013, “shadowy” government officials destroyed several hard drives in their offices, under threat of legal action that would make it impossible to continue publishing stories about the NSA surveillance scandal. These devices contained copies of the files from Edward Snowden, obtained by [...]
Any terrorists under my bed tonight?
On Sunday morning, David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained and interrogated during his transit stop at Heathrow airport on his way to Brazil. He was detained for 9 hours under the Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows border police and immigration [...]
Sun, Sand, and Gikii
The registration for the next edition of Gikii, the Geek Law conference, is now open.
This is shaping up to be a very strong programme! I’m loving some of the papers, and I predict a showdown with Judith Rauhofer (mwahahahaha).
Some of the papers that I’m looking forward to the [...]
Does anyone else get the feeling that Internet regulation is starting to resemble a dystopian novel? Widespread surveillance (both public and private). Censorship. Lack of transparency. Prosecution of whistle-blowers. Secret courts. Governments intent on hard-wiring morality into the network. Open standards under attack. Excessive IP enforcement. Centralised architectures.
We are in dire need of [...]