Since it's a new year, a #introductions refresh for those new or want to get a reminder of who I'm about:
Here's some hashtags to what I'm all about. If you relate to any of these, I would love to interact with you all!
Heads up for people living in the United States:
The Senate is moving forward with the EARN IT Act AND have introduced a bill that if passed would in fact plant a nuclear bomb into our privacy, our security, AND our online freedom of expression.
Please pay attention and fight this! #privacy #security #cybersecurity #freespeech #Section230 #internet
Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down https://decrypt.co/31906/activists-rally-save-internet-archive-lawsuit-threatens
If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.
Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.
Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive https://torrentfreak.com/publishers-sue-the-internet-archive-over-its-open-library-declare-it-a-pirate-site-200601/
It's become very clear that these publishers and authors want to kill libraries and it would be a dangerous precedent if they win.
For example: libraries never needed permission to lend books, and these same publishers are trying to change that with this suit. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200519/13244644530/libraries-have-never-needed-permission-to-lend-books-move-to-change-that-is-big-problem.shtml
Regulatory Capture: Telecom Edition
Although there's ways to go such as getting through the Assembly, the New York State Senate has become the first legislative body in the US to pass a #RightToRepair law. https://www.vice.com/en/article/93y3np/new-york-senate-passes-electronics-right-to-repair-legislation
@pluralistic once again pointing out the Supreme Court deciding to overrule congress's Telecommunications Act of 1996 in Verizon vs FCC (2002), and deciding that fiber didn't have to be common carrier, deciding that companies had monopoly rights.
since monopolies own most of the local infrastructure, & don't have to share, there's little incentive for other players to come in & improve local situations, to wire up just one neighborhood. they'd be a tiny ISP.
with common carrier, an upstart could service a unserved area, AND have access to the rest of the customer base. and they'd have to reverse-share (at regulated wholesale prices) with the main incumbent carriers too, for the new areas they served.
but nope! monopolies. as far as the eye can see. because of an activist pro-very-big-business pro-monopoly Supreme Court.
The Biden broadband plan set aside $100B to build out universal fiber; that number was way too low (it was derived from the fraudulent broadband maps the monopoly telcos produce).
The true figure is much higher ($240B!), and ::sad trombone:: the GOP whittled Biden down to $65B. It's easy to see this as the GOP stabbing its rural base in the back (and yup, that's what they're doing), but there's a LOT of urban broadband deserts.
"Fastly says single customer triggered bug behind mass internet outage
Flaw was introduced in May and lay dormant until a customer updated their settings, firm says".
It *was* DNS. You read it here first.
(All joke aside, this was the most ... empty explanation I have ever read. I'll be interested in a more detailed post-mortem).
This morning's outage of Fastly CDN taking out so many websites in the process for about an hour shows you why there's so little players in the cloud hosting/CDN space and we need to regulate or even break up these companies. https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/08/numerous-popular-websites-are-facing-an-outage/
Someone found a WebPad 1001 Prototype and it's worth a read on how it was found. https://huebnerob.com/2021/06/06/found-at-goodwill-webpad-1001-prototype/
I really hope this can finally create competition again at least in New York as they're finally doing something about more stronger antitrust laws. https://archive.is/eCYw2
Here's some great indie games for a worthy cause. Kudos to all of them for bringing this together. https://itch.io/b/902/indie-bundle-for-palestinian-aid
Please go forth and get the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid for only $5!
1000+ games, books, and resources with all profits going to the UNRWA providing food assistance for Palestinians.
It's also showcasing the award-winning game Liyla and the Shadows of War by Palestinian game dev Rasheed Abueideh
During the stakeholder dialogue on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive, EFF and other civil society groups stressed that the official guidance document should prioritize user rights. However, the EU Commission refused to let go of filters https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/06/eu-commissions-guidance-article-17-did-not-let-go-filters
This is a huge win for anyone who has a electronic device (computer, phone, tablet, you name it). It may not be perfect, but it's a good day.
By the way, there's a documentary of Aaron's life and career here if you want to watch it: https://archive.org/details/TheInternetsOwnBoyTheStoryOfAaronSwartz
This man should be alive today.
While this instance was on a nearly two-day outage, something good happened:
The SCOTUS has restricted the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/03/supreme-court-cybercrime-law-491764
Makes me wish Aaron Swartz was still alive to witness this...
Mostly tech, IT, and off topic stuff here but I'm versatile.
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