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China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and …

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Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

A quote from the book Digital Disconnect by Robert W. McChesney: Regardless of what a progressive group’s first issue of importance is, its second issue should be media and communication, because so long as the media is in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the …

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Two Projects Aim To Decentralize The Internet

Here are two ambitious projects that aim to create a decentralized internet: Bitcloud: A group of Bitcoin developers want to create a decentralized internet, where peers are compensated for their contributions MaidSafe: A Scottish company has been developing a decentralized file storage system for the last eight years

User-Empowering Software I’m Currently Researching

I’m currently researching: Twister: A fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform that uses the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. See also this news story on Twister. YaYc: A decentralized web search application Peercoin: A cryptocurrency that claims to be more secure than Bitcoin, and to “reward users in more sustainable ways” Marble: An open source …

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The Major Advances In Password Cracking In The Past Five Years

Ars Technica has a fascinating article that describes the latest techniques hackers are using to crack passwords. From the article: A PC running a single AMD Radeon HD7970 GPU, for instance, can try on average an astounding 8.2 billion password combinations each second, depending on the algorithm used to scramble them. Only a decade ago, …

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Collaborative Cosumption May Change Our Economy

Collaborative Consumption is a phenomenon that grow to become highly important sector of our economy. Collaborative consumption is an economic model where products are shared or rented instead of owned. This model may become pervasive enough to replace the ownership-based model we have today. For good introduction to this movement, see the video above. It’s …

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