Rehash #22

Rehash #21

  • Evgeny Morozov talks about the dark side of the Internet [58min]
    • “I think Silicon Valley is, for sure, the first Teflon industry. No matter how much dirt you throw at it, I mean, nothing seems to stick. And I think the reason is that we do think that they’re actually different because of the fact that they’re dealing with a commodity that is knowledge or information or data, and we think that it’s a fundamentally different commodity than, for example, other industries are dealing with. If you have noticed, whenever we talk about big pharma or big oil or big energy, we actually are fully cognisant of the fact that the top companies in those industries might actually have interests that are very different from those of the public.”
    • “My point here is that we can actually use many of the same technologies but do things differently if we do think about it as sort of a public investment in infrastructure”

Quote: Enforced by the laws of nature

“The shock of this initial period [after the first revelations] will provide the support needed to build a more equal internet, but this will not work to the advantage of the average person unless science outpaces law. By understanding the mechanisms through which our privacy is violated, we can win here. We can guarantee for all people equal protection against unreasonable search through universal laws, but only if the technical community is willing to face the threat and commit to implementing over-engineered solutions. In the end, we must enforce a principle whereby the only way the powerful may enjoy privacy is when it is the same kind shared by the ordinary: one enforced by the laws of nature, rather than the policies of man.”
— Edward Snowden

Rehash #20

Quote: Uniqueness

“This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.'”
— Viktor Frankl

Rehash #19

  • Bruce Schneier talks with Edward Snowden
    • Edward Snowden: They’re intercepting American products and services … and they are subverting. They’re weakening the security and in some cases – like this case – they are implanting Trojans … They are reducing the trust in the security of American products. And this is critical, … because it has a real cost. Not just for us morally, not just legally not just ethically but financially.
    • Bruce Schneier: We’ve build an internet for surveillance. We decided that advertising, that marketing, that personal information is the currency by which we all by our internet.

Rehash #18

  • One of the best talks I have seen in the last few months. Nate Hagens on humans, energy, and growing up as a species [65min]
  • Morgan Marquis-Boire: Fear and Loathing on the Internet [58min]
  • EVE Online documentary: A Tale of Internet Spaceships [56min]
  • The Guardian writes that The ultimate goal of the NSA is population control
    • “At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”
    • The NSA will soon be able to collect 966 exabytes a year, the total of internet traffic annually
  • Richard Feynman on Good, Evil, and the Zen of Science:
    • “The first way in which science is of value is familiar to everyone. It is that scientific knowledge enables us to do all kinds of things and to make all kinds of things. Of course if we make good things, it is not only to the credit of science; it is also to the credit of the moral choice which led us to good work. Scientific knowledge is an enabling power to do either good or bad — but it does not carry instructions on how to use it. Such power has evident value — even though the power may be negated by what one does.
      I learned a way of expressing this common human problem on a trip to Honolulu. In a Buddhist temple there, the man in charge explained a little bit about the Buddhist religion for tourists, and then ended his talk by telling them he had something to say to them that they would never forget — and I have never forgotten it. It was a proverb of the Buddhist religion:

      “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.”

      What, then, is the value of the key to heaven? It is true that if we lack clear instructions that determine which is the gate to heaven and which the gate to hell, the key may be a dangerous object to use, but it obviously has value. How can we enter heaven without it?
      The instructions, also, would be of no value without the key. So it is evident that, in spite of the fact that science could produce enormous horror in the world, it is of value because it can produce something.”

Rehash #16

  • Edward Snowden testimony at PACE [35min]
    • “I would hope that this goes without saying but let me be clear that the NSA is not engaged in any sort of nightmare scenarios, such as actively compiling lists of homosexual individuals. However, they still deeply implicate our human rights. We have to recognize that the infrastructure for such activities has been built and is in reach of not just the United States and its allies, but *any* country today (and that includes private organizations that are not associated with governments). Accordingly, we have an obligation to develop international standards to protect against the routine and substantial abuse of this technology; abuses that are ongoing today.”

Rehash #15