U.S. to escalate War on Piracy at domain name level

Back in July we reported about a new strategy by American copyright enforcement authorities against websites considered to be pirating. “Operation In Our Sites” (notice the clever pun, or play of words) revoked the domain name registration of several sites engaged in copyright infringement. At the time, several people commented […]

Twitter exploit cripples website

Interesting start of the afternoon. Twitter has been hit by an XSS exploit which makes use of Javascript mouseover function in a browser, so that every time people browsed over a tweet, it opened a screen, sent an RT which propagated the vulnerability. The purpose was spam, the browser would […]

ACTA update

A quick note about ACTA. There is a new leaked draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. There is an excellent analysis of the leaked text at Knowledge Ecology International (here and here). The text is finally being trimmed down, but there are still some important disagreements. One of the biggest […]

xkcd on password reuse

As one of the millions of people who reuses passwords, I found this xkcd utterly brilliant: I wonder if it would be possible to program a web search that looks for the frequency of use of the words ‘xkcd’ and ‘brilliant’, ‘wonderful’, ‘utterly brilliant’, ‘amazing’ and ‘WTF?’ The results I […]

Technology changes things, get over it!

I must admit that I am yet to read The Shallows by Nicolas Carr, this summer’s book to hate, but I have read some interesting reviews, particularly Scott Rosenberg’s. However, I notice that the book has been making the rounds in the British press (I assume Carr may be out […]

Book wordle

So, I’ve finished my book (tentatively named ‘Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation: Scale-Free Law’). Here is the Wordle for the entire book: Here is Chapter 1. I think it is clear that the book is about networks, don’t you think? And here is the Wordle for Chapter 4. First impressions? […]

Walled gardens and forbidden cities

We used to define schadenfreude in technology circles as the warm and fuzzy feeling you got when something bad happened to Microsoft. Now I get the same feeling when something bad happens to Apple. True, they often make it difficult to hate, particularly when they come out with some beautiful […]