Senator Gillibrand is a Dangerous Pirate

Stifling the economy, trampling private property and straight thievery are the Senator’s current activities, at least according to the legislation she’s trying to pass. The PROTECT IP legislation being discussed in the Senate that she’s a co-sponsor of in theory seeks to prevent online piracy, but does little to stop intellectual property theft and in … Continue reading

This Can Get Mark Zuckerberg Arrested

Mark Zuckerberg faces 15 brutal years in a Thai prison. According to the Computer Crimes Act of Thailand, a website owner is responsible for anything written on their site, not just the actual author of the content. So if anyone posts anything on Facebook that is considered illegal in Thailand, Zuckerberg could be held responsible. … Continue reading

Iraq: A Digital Dissenter

In today’s podcast, Mark talks with young Iraqi digital media activist Hayder Hamzoz. They discuss current conditions of repression in Iraq for new media political activism. Hamzoz runs the blog Iraqi Streets 4 Change, which documents peaceful public dissent in order to push the Iraqi government to expedite democratic reforms. He also works on Salam … Continue reading

Computers, Freedom & Privacy: Day 2 (Part 2)

“The Internet perceives censorship as damage and routes around it”- John Gilmore. The second half of the day started with a more intimate discussion hosted by Wendy M. Grossman titled Censorship: Can the Internet Still Route Around the Damage? The room was packed to hear an exciting panel of experts ranging from lawyers, researchers and … Continue reading

Computers, Freedom & Privacy: Day 2 (Part 1)

Creating the Future: Thinking about the past, glancing into the future Day 2 of the conference is right-side up again, starting with a keynote, going into some workshops and ending with emerging research. The day basically started with the astounding news that China blocked access to Twitter, Hotmail, Windows Live, Bing, Flickr, YouTube, The Huffington … Continue reading

Computers, Freedom & Privacy: Day 1

Creating the Future: An upside down conference CFP09 kicked off today at George Washington University’s Marvin Center on a sunny Monday in Washington, DC in a day of workshops and tutorials. Rooms are filled with people who are passionate about the issues and proud to have been ahead of the curve on the subject. The … Continue reading

The Future / Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show 2009

Entering the 4th floor at Tisch means confronting unbridled creativity. The spring show at ITP is wall-to-wall projects for bizarre futures. A lot of them are fruits from strange imaginations, others are really fantastic insights into the way the world could potentially work. That doesn’t mean they’ll actually float. Before these things really get out … Continue reading

Circumvening censorship in Istanbul (once Constantinople)

Is Turkey on the verge of becoming a part of Europe? It’s a question worth considering and certainly one that was tangentially related to my conversations in Amsterdam. I was hired by a client to do a training there on technology for bloggers, artists, and activists working under difficult circumstances in a variety of countries. … Continue reading