The Commons:Current events
Who owns the bits?
Network Software, security, and the diaspora project
"Go here," says Flash-master-Fyffe
Who moves the Bits?
Network Hardware, privacy, and the MIND project
"But just a few weeks before Mr. Putin publicly endorsed open-source software, FBI Director Robert Mueller toured Silicon Valley's leading companies to ask their CEOs to build back doors into their software, making it easier for American law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies to eavesdrop on online conversations. The very possibility of such talks is likely to force foreign governments to reconsider their dependence on American technology. Whatever the outcome of Washington's engagement with the Internet, Silicon Valley will be the one to bear the costs."
"White House calls for Internet identity ecosystem to protect online users"
Fahmida Y. Rashid, e-week, January 7, 2011
The gist: The US government wants to create and an authentication system for Internet users, implemented by private companies but "coordinated" by the Department of Commerce, supposedly to prevent commercial fraud.
Who makes the bits?
Network Usage, humanity, and the project of human civilization.
Why political liberty depends on software freedom now more than ever (Eben Moglen, keynote address at FOSDEM 2011)