When former CIA employee Edward Snowden blew the lid on the extent of digital surveillance by western governments two years ago, it sparked a fierce debate about the rights of citizens to privacy versus the duty of governments to protect against the threat of global terror. Having been exposed as colluding with these surveillance programmes, communications companies have recently sought to distance themselves from state monitoring and new technologies are emerging designed to give consumers the option of greater privacy. In this week’s Newshour Extra, Owen Bennett and his guests discuss whether Snowden’s revelations have been a gift to terrorists or whether personal freedoms have been rescued from the grip of Big Brother.
If you are looking at a computer screen, your right hand is probably resting on a mouse. To the left of that mouse (or above, if you’re on a laptop) is your keyboard. As you work on the computer, your right hand moves back and forth from keyboard to mouse. You can’t do everything you need to do on a computer without constantly moving between input devices.
There is another way.
A device called a “keyset” could help us navigate virtual environments without moving your hands back and forth. With the mouse in your right hand, the keyset would occupy your left hand. Its five buttons resembled piano keys.
Doug Engelbart invented the keyset in the 1960s. Engelbart was also the person who invented the mouse.
Of Mice And Men
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Here’s video of the fantastic conversation between whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg at HOPEX hacker con last week.
Video Link, and here’s audio.
[Thanks, Trevor Timm!]
Continue the discussion at bbs.boingboing.net
Art as Evidence. A panel with Trevor Paglen, Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras. Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. Friday January 30, 2014, Haus der Kulturen …
Jacob Appelbaum - One Hour Talk Q&A in Ecuador On Espionage, Spying, Assange and Snowden. Q
Huffduffed from http://cre.fm/cre013-jacob-appelbaum
What should an independent archive do? Some starter ideas and an invitation for contributions.
A reading of the blog post Approaching Principles for Independent Archives by Luke Bacon, published 17th February 2014.(http://equivalentideas.com/journal/approaching-principles-for-independent-archives/ ).
The principles are hosted on Github and are available to edit and discuss there at https://github.com/equivalentideas/independent-archive-principles
The reading of this journal post was inspired by Chloe Weil and Jeremy Keith.
Jon Rose: the Thomas Edison of the vibrating string. - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Thursday 14 August 2014 10:20PM
Composer, violinist, raconteur and history buff Jon Rose has just presented Ghan Tracks in Sydney. This project came out of his Great Fences of Australia work which involved his playing fences in Israel, the USA, Finland and of course the many and varied "vermin" fences in the Great South Land. He’s in to tell us how much of his work serves as a metaphor for colonial settlement.
Playlist by Lykke Li, see http://www.modularpeople.com/modcast/-187-lykke-li/29100.html
Graham Nash - Simple Man Harry Wilson - Save The Last Dance For Me (alternative version) Neil Young - Such A Woman Nina Simone - Who Knows where the time goes Bob Marley - Selassie Is The Chapel Fleetwood Mac - Storms Sinead O’Connor - Nothing Compares To You Kathy McLord - I’ll Never Be Alone Again Foreigner - I Want To Know What Loves Is Rolling Stones - Heaven Swans - No Cure for the Lonely Bryan Ferry - Make You Feel My Love Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou - Homesickness Alessi Brothers - Seabird Amason - Alen Tussilago - Lovesong #1 Karen Dalton - Reason To Believe Donnie & Joe Emerson - Love is Robert Wyatt - At Last I’m Free Bruce Springsteen - I’m On Fire Elvis Presley - Blue Moon Grateful Dead - Dark Star Harry Nilsson - Don’t Forget Me Big Star - Dream Lover Judy Henske - Buckeye Jim Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball