Lately there have been more and more attempts to legislate, censor and control the Internet and with that many protests to counter these measures. There are also more and new groups and political parties that advocate Internet freedoms, freedom of speech and all that stuff. Even some website tha...Read more.. . ..
The debate on Net Neutrality has been ongoing for way too long. It was supposed to be settled long ago. Last summer someone asked me if I would be writing something about this, I didn't have the time and thought I'd miss the deadline (September). Funny and sad at the same time is the fact that it...Read more.. . ..
A quick word about the term "online privacy", or "Internet privacy".
I dislike when politicians and media talk about "online privacy". It's as if it's a specific notion that only applies to a virtual world detached from reality. Perhaps many discard its importance and translate it to "s...Read more.. . ..
I've seen way too many comments about people using VPNs and/or Tor as a shield to any kind of possible breach of privacy and/or security in general. I'm going to attempt to explain very simply what they do, because these are good tools, but using them the wrong way can void their purpose.... Read more.. . ..
As written on the W3C's Twitter feed: Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. joined W3C (no period at the end of the sentence either, standards are already breaking apart).
Microsoft, Google and Netflix have already been hacking away at the W3C's v...Read more.. . ..
Censoring Inappropriate Content
David Cameron would like to setup filters at ISPs for all home users. These filters would sieve out content that is judged as "inappropriate" by the authorities. Only the subscriber would be authorised to deactivate the filters, and to do this, he/she m...Read more.. . ..
After the clear explanations of how various governments are spying on everyone using mostly popular web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Hotmail, Skype, etc etc, it's almost a surprise that nothing has changed. Half of the web still uses Google Analytics and an array of interactiv...Read more.. . ..
If you are American it is possible that by violating the Terms
of Service of a website (which constantly change without warning)
that you are a criminal. With that in mind, here are my Terms of
By visiting this website you are exceeding your
authorized access. Therefor...
The discussion about implement DRM in HTML has been ongoing on the W3C mailing lists for a while now. Sometimes it seems more of a flame war than others. Companies like Netflix, Microsoft and even Google are trying to push for a standard that would allow the content distributors to...Read more.. . ..
The UK would like to implement a new system (originally brought up by the Labour party) that would oblige Internet access providers to monitor all electronic communications. The ISPs would have to store logs of all communications, though they say the actual content of emails wouldn't be recorded ...Read more.. . ..
In some coffee shops you can easily get access to the Internet, what they do is just give you the password and voila. Neat right ? Anyway, these other coffee shops, chains to be precise, hire a 3rd party company to do it for them. So the other day I went in to one of them to get a coffee and an ...Read more.. . ..
Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) speaks about the anti SOPA/PIPA blackout, noticeably about Wikipedia.
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Over the past 10 years or so the entertainment industry has been whining about losing money because of the Internet. Of course it is (most probably) false. The crazy thing isn't the bitching, it's the desire to have full control of human communication, over the Internet at least.
I am s...Read more.. . ..
Today I heard about OEmbed, my first reaction was to implement it, of course ! The idea is to define a way of providing a page preview. Say you post a link on a microblog or something, the said microblog or something can visit the link, figure out what the resource is to obtain the preview, or O...Read more.. . ..
Over and over again corporations have been trying to control the Internet and make it their product and governments have been trying to make it their terrain. Meanwhile many, the masses, think it's fine, nothing wrong with any of this. People like shiny new products and the government is just try...Read more.. . ..
I don't even know how to go about writing about this.. So the Internet used to be a place where physical location did not matter.. Then websites started to deny access depending on your IP's declared physical location... .
Innovation being a part of the Internet, it seems that we may so...Read more.. . ..
The other day I was running some tests because it seemed that my VPN traffic was being slowed down quite a lot. One of the tests was plain FTP, that went at about 1mbyte/sec, then FTP via VPN, that seemed capped at around 200kbytes/sec. Some say "overhead because encryption", and I believed it,...Read more.. . ..