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  1. Cory Doctorow on the fight for a configurable and free internet - O’Reilly Media

    On the current “tech lash”: Doctorow welcomes the tech lash we’re seeing, because “on the one hand, we’re very worried that a small coterie of unaccountable technologists can write code that changes the lives of billions of people for the worse. But it seems like the mainstream of the critique of that won’t, or can’t, contemplate the possibility that a small group of people might write code that would change people’s lives for the better. That may be the way, or part of the way, that we hold tech to account—by having our own tech, by seizing the means of information.”

    We do need to build a better web: He continues, arguing that there are “companies with a fair degree of impunity to just make ads more invasive, more surveillant, more crappy, and more dangerous. Gathering all that data and warehousing it means that you put it at risk of being breached or subpoenaed or in some other way commandeered and then used against the people who you are advertising to.”

    Go forth and learn from Larry Lessig: Harvard Law school professor and founder of the Creative Commons, Lessig is key here, as Doctorow references: “Larry says that the world is influenced by four forces: 1) code, what’s technologically possible, 2) law, what’s legally available, 3) norms, what’s socially acceptable, and 4) markets, what’s profitable.”

    How we build a better web: Cory makes a two-prong argument on how we build a better web, which starts with a way to “sort the sheep from the goats or the willing from the unwilling…1) we should always design computers that obey their users or owners when there’s a conflict between what that person wants and what some remote entity like, say, a government or a police force or an advertiser or whatever wants. 2) Part two is that it should always be legal to disclose defects in computers. So, if you discover that there’s a problem with a computer that other people rely on, you should be able to warn them even if the manufacturer would prefer that you not.”

    On privacy, data breaches, and a new business as usual: Doctorow opines that we’re not at a watershed moment because: “When the next crisis comes, it reaches an even higher peak. More people care about it and they care about it more intensely. When the crisis passes and the new normal asserts itself, it’s a new normal in which the crisis is more salient yet. That’s how we attain change.”

    The good and bad of technology in the long history of the internet: Doctorow says this is nothing new: "That consciousness has been there since the very beginning, really. No one founds a group like the Electronic Frontier Foundation because they think technology is going to automatically be great. The reason the Free Software Foundation and EFF and other projects try to think about the social implications and how technology could be made safer for human habitation is because of this dual sense that on the one hand, technology held an enormous power to change the balance in social justice struggles and to make people’s lives much better.

    "At the same time, it held an enormous power to make people’s lives much worse and change the balance of power so that it favored the already powerful. Technology has done both. If there’s a real criticism of the techlash it’s that it decides that only one of those things is real. They’re both real. Technology has given us community and it’s given us kindness and it’s given us all kinds of joys and human flourishing. It’s taken those away, too."

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/cory-doctorow-on-the-fight-for-a-configurable-and-free-internet

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  2. Episode 126: How Ann Boleyn gave us our right to privacy • DecodeDC

    What do Ann Boleyn and Henry VIII have to do with Roe v Wade and a right to privacy?

    http://www.decodedc.com/126/

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  3. Is it OK to build websites that require JavaScript? with Nolan Lawson on the Hanselminutes Technology Podcast: Fresh Air for Developers

    The Hanselminutes Podcast by Scott Hanselman

    Nolan Lawson sparked a niche debate with his statement "In 2016, it’s okay to build a website that doesn’t work without JavaScript." In this show Nolan explains what he meant by this, and dissects the concept of Progressive Enhancement in web apps today. Where will the next billion web surfers come from and what do their apps look like?

    http://hanselminutes.com/560/is-it-ok-to-build-websites-that-require-javascript-with-nolan-lawson

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  4. Cory Doctorow on losing the open Web

    The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Digital rights management goes deeper into the Web.In this episode of the Hardware podcast, we talk with writer and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow. He’s recently rejoined the Electronic Frontier Foundation to fight a World Wide Web Consortium proposal that would add DRM to the core specification for HTML. When we recorded this episode with Cory, the W3C had just overruled the EFF’s objection. The result, he says, is that “we are locking innovation out of the Web.”“It is illegal to report security vulnerabilities in a DRM,” Doctorow says. “[DRM] is making it illegal to tell people when the devices they depend upon for their very lives are unsuited for that purpose.”

    In our “Tools” segment, Doctorow tells us about tools that can be used for privacy and encryption, including the EFF surveillance self-defense kit, and Wickr, an encrypted messaging service that allows for an expiration date on shared messages and photos. “We need a tool that’s so easy your boss can use it,” he says.

    Other links:

    In 2014, Nest bought Revolv, maker of a smart home hub. Now Nest is shutting down Revolv’s cloud service, and in the process it’s bricking every Revolv hub that’s already been sold. Consumers may own their hardware, but if it depends on cloud software to run, it operates at someone else’s whim.

    Mark Klein, an AT&T technician who filed a whistleblower suit against AT&T for allowing the National Security Administration to tap into its lines.

    EFF’s Apollo 1201 project, aimed at eradicating DRM

    Simply Secure, a non-profit privacy and security organization of which Doctorow has recently joined the board

    DanKam, an augmented-reality application written by security researcher Dan Kaminsky that helps people who experience colorblindness. It’s an example of a legitimate project that requires the ability to break DRM.

    This week’s click spirals:

    David Cranor: The war among players in the online game Eve Online, including a recent economic insurrection by some players against the game runners.

    Jon Bruner: A game design competition based on Robert Caro’s classic biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, about the legendary urban planner.

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/cory-doctorow-on-losing-the-open-web

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  5. Revision 250: Achtung Baby! | Working Draft

    For our 250th episode, we managed to get our greedy hands on no one less than Bruce Lawson from Opera. Having barely returned from a trip to Asia and still dizzy from his jetlag, we managed to extract a whole bunch of classified information on CSS Houdini out of him (also thanks to our German interview style).

    http://workingdraft.de/250/

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  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens DGA Q&A with J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan

    Director J.J. Abrams discussing the making of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

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  7. Ensuring a High Performing Web for the Next Billion People - Bruce Lawson (Velocity Amsterdam)

    From Velocity Amsterdam 2015: - Where will your next customers come from? Why do the next billion matter, and where do they come from? - What devices do they use? - What challenges do they face? Devices, networks, etc. - What is coming in web standards to ameliorate some of these? - What can browsers do to help – and how do proxy browsers work? - How can web developers ensure their sites work properly with proxy browsers? - What is Opera doing to make its Opera Mini proxy browser faster and better?

    About Bruce Lawson (Opera ASA): Bruce Lawson advocates open standards for Opera. He’s been involved in explaining and making web standards since 2002. He co-wrote the first book on HTML5, contributed to the W3C’s Mobile Web Best Practices, and was a member of the Web Standards Project.

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  8. Cory Doctorow: Podcast: Why it is not possible to regulate robots…

    Here’s a reading (MP3) of a my recent Guardian column, Why it is not possible to regulate robots, which discusses where and how robots can be regulated, and whether there is any sensible ground for “robot law” as distinct from “computer law.”

    http://mostlysignssomeportents.tumblr.com/post/119112072177/podcast-why-it-is-not-possible-to-regulate-robots

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  9. The future of HTML with Bruce Lawson

    This week on the Boagworld show we talk about the future of HTML with Bruce Lawson.

    https://boagworld.com/season/11/episode/1108/

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  10. Open Source pt. 3: The Open Web with Bruce Lawson of Opera | Fresh Tilled Soil

    To (maybe) close out our series on Open Source, Steve and I sit down with the great, Bruce Lawson of Opera! Bruce schools us on why the Open Web is so important

    http://www.freshtilledsoil.com/open-source-pt-3-the-open-web-with-bruce-lawson-of-opera/

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