Items of Interest 5-22
May 22, 2010
- The Appleseed Project: an open-source distributed social networking project. An alternative to Facebook, and unlike Diaspora, is already running. Originated in anarchist circles. Development. Drumbeat. Beta. Latest Source. Facebook. Twitter.
- IT in Developing Nations Makes Women and Poor Happier.
- Infoladies of Bangladesh Revolutionize Rural Life.
- Afrocyberpunk: “But here in Africa, development has been dangerously asymmetrical. By the time any product hits our soil it’s already fully-developed and ready to be abused by the imagination. Technology designed for vastly different societies invariably trickles down to our streets, re-sprayed, re-labeled, and hacked to fit whatever market will take it. Regulation? You can forget about regulation.”
- James Hughes on Beyond the Human Race — and “Human Racism”
- Nobody Encrypts Their Phone Calls. Some interesting links and talk in the comments.
- Google Launches Encrypted Search
- Twitter’s Role in Bangkok Conflict.
- Leaking Legitimacy. “… it’s become increasingly clear that there is a coordinated information operations campaign in place to downplay the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill … eyt another body blow to the nation-state and the global market system as legitimate organizational constructs.”
- Interview with Meredith Patterson from DIYBio
- Craig Venter Creates Synthetic Life: This is major, major scientific news. The ETC calls for a moratorium on synthetic biology (ain’t going to happen). Ken MacLeod offers commentary.
- Open Letter to Glenn Beck from AK Press. “From what sense we can make of your show, you seem happy with “altering” rather than “abolishing” a screwed-up system. For you, replacing the old boss with a new one (Sarah Palin?) is good enough. We understand that you’re confused–these are confusing times. But, deep down, you and the tea partiers know that you can’t trust any politician, or banker, or corporate hack, or union bureaucrat…or anyone who makes their living sucking power and profit from ordinary people. Which, unfortunately, probably includes multi-millionaires like you.