Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico: Digital evangelism or disaster capitalism?

I’ve always had a natural aversion against certain brand of California techbros. They usually feature a unique combination of entitlement, privilege and confidence that allows them to make spectacularly tone-deaf statements. Kony 2012 is a good example of the white-dude techno-messianic saviour complex at work, where some entitled guys thought […]

US court dismisses important Creative Commons non-commercial case

People familiar with Creative Commons have been worried recently about a litigation in the United States regarding the non-commercial element in the licences, which had the potential to negatively affect the integrity of the licensing environment by narrowly defining non-commercial use. The case is between Great Minds, a non-profit organisation […]

The online radicalisation of young men

“THE CRUSADE IS COMING! RACE WAR WHITES AGAINST MUSLIMS” This message was not shouted during a UKIP meeting, a Le Pen rally, or an English Defence League demonstration. I did not read it in Breitbart News, or Infowars. I did not read it in an alt-right group or blog. I […]

The Lord of the Internet

The Internet began with the forging of the Great Rings Three were given to the Root Servers Immortal, wisest, and fairest of all beings Seven to the Engineers Great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls And nine, Nine Rings were gifted to the Regulators Who above all else desire […]

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 to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually […]

The War of Things

I am attending the Free Culture Forum 2012 in Barcelona, where amongst other things there has been a lot of talk about 3D printing, and was able to see a MakerBot in action at a hacker lab. The future is here. The monumental change that 3D printing will create may […]

Licensing Options for Digitization

I am in Vancouver attending the conference Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation, organized by UNESCO. Here is the prezi of my presentation. Licensing Options for Digitization on Prezi Enjoy… unless you suffer from motion sickness, in which case I’d give it a miss.

Are smart buildings the next cyber-threat?

For years Eben Moglen has been warning about potential dangers of proprietary software in embedded computers, from trusted computing to chips running software nobody can access. Moglen’s warnings are more relevant, as builders and architects are racing to implement intelligent buildings and smart grids, which are widely heralded as a […]