edsu / Ed Summers

I’m a software developer interested in how the web does and doesn’t work as an archive.

There are eight people in edsu’s collective.

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  1. 05: Human Insecurity by The Secret History of the Future on Podchaser

    The French telegraph system was hacked in 1834 by a pair of thieves who stole financial market information — effectively conducting the world’s first cyber attack. What does the incident teach us about network vulnerabilities, human weakness, and modern-day security? Guests include: Bruce Schneier…


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  2. #675: Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle on the Future of the Decentralized Web | Voices of VR Podcast

    Brewster Kahle told me that the average of a web page on the Internet is 100 days before it either changes or disappears completely. Kahle realized that you can’t run a culture when you have no institutional memory, and so he started the Internet Archive in order to preserve our online cultural heritage that turns out to be extremely ephemeral.

    But then the Snowden revelations came, which showed Kahle how the open web has been transformed into an engine of mass surveillance for governments. Then Cambridge Analytica happen, which showed how advertising platforms could be transformed into bespoke instruments of information warfare by hostile foreign nations. These issues of mass surveillance, privacy, & censorship illustrated to Kahle the dangers of the consolidation of power within centralized governments and corporations.

    This motivated Kahle to do something about it. He saw how brittle online information can already be, but it’s even worse now with the rise of fake news, governmental censorship, and information warfare. Foundations including Mozilla Foundation, Open Society, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Ford Foundation asked Kahle what his “Moonshot for the Internet” would be, and his answer was to build the decentralized web.

    The Internet Archive sponsored the first Decentralized Web Summit in 2016, and this second gathering in 2018 represents a critical mass of some of the most key architects coming together to build A New Internet™. The fact that this is the narrative focus HBO’s Silicon Valley was not lost on the crowd gathered a few weeks ago as creator Mike Judge was featured in the opening session talking about how fact meets fiction in his show.

    But I had a chance to talk with Kahle about the underlying motivation for why he wants to build a decentralized web, how the Internet Archive wants to help create a web that’s more self-archiving and resilient to censorship, but also what he’s doing personally to support different decentralized web initiatives including building a decentralized version of the Internet archive at DWeb.archive.org.

    LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE OF THE VOICES OF VR PODCASThttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/d1icj85yqthyoq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Voices-of-VR-675-Brewster-Kahle.mp3

    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

    Music: Fatality


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  3. Christopher Alexander - Patterns in Architecture

    The following presentation was recorded live in San Jose, California, October of 1996, at The 1996 ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programs, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA).

    A full transcript of this talk is available here: http://www.patternlanguage.com/archive/ieee/ieeetext.htm

    Video transcoded from VHS and provided by The Understanding Group (TUG): http://understandinggroup.com/2011/11/christopher-alexander-from-1996-patterns-in-architecture/

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98LdFA-_zfA
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:38:23 GMT Available for 30 days after download


    Tagged with education

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  4. JS Party #42: Decentralizing the web with Beaker with Mathias Buus and Paul Frazee | News and podcasts for developers | Changelog

    Feross talks with Mathias Buus and Paul Frazee about the decentralized web, why the average person should care about decentralization of the web, the Beaker browser, Dat and the differences and similarities to BitTorrent, and how Paul and Mathias first got involved in this work.


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  5. The Co-op Power Hour: Co-op Study Circles | KGNU News

    The Co-op Power Hour is a new monthly segment on It’s the Economy with co-hosts Nathan Schneider and Caroline Savery.

    Since the beginning of the modern cooperative movement, mutual education has been a central organizing principle.

    This first installment of the Co-op Power Hour explores why education matters for cooperative enterprise, how it has played a critical role in social-movement history, and what it involves.

    Todays guests are Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York, and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice; Christina Clamp, professor of social sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, director of the program on Co-operatives and Community Economic Development.

    https://kgnu-news.objects-us-east-1.dream.io/2017/02/02-22-17%20ITE.mp3Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)



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  6. JS Party #42: Decentralizing the web with Beaker with Mathias Buus and Paul Frazee | News and podcasts for developers | Changelog

    Feross talks with Mathias Buus and Paul Frazee about the decentralized web, why the average person should care about decentralization of the web, the Beaker browser, Dat and the differences and similarities to BitTorrent, and how Paul and Mathias first got involved in this work.


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  7. The Web Is Agreement

    Nations are intangible. Geographically, France is a tangible, physical place. But France, the Republic, is an idea. Geographically, North America is a real, tangible, physical land mass. But ideas…


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  8. Postcolonial DH: An Interview with Roopika Risam by Sylvia Fernández

    Roopika Risam is an Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education, Salem State University. Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor of English, Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and Coordinator of the B.A./M.Ed. English Education program at Salem State University. Her research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Roopikarisam.com (website) @roopikarisam (twitter)

    Sylvia Fernández is a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, Research Fellow with Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, and HASTAC Scholar.

    This interview was possible through the Digital Humanities & Social Justice 2018 Speakers Series and Workshops hosted by Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-project/events-2/speaker-workshop-series/

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ1lIb-CNOo
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Sun, 09 Sep 2018 09:11:51 GMT Available for 30 days after download

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  9. ‘Solarpunk Social’, with Scuttlebutt – STEAL THIS SHOW

    In this episode we meet Zenna, Andre and Zack from Scuttlebutt, a P2P-based social ‘network of networks’ based around a BitTorrent-like distribution technology. 

    After figuring out what Scuttlebutt is (and is not) we discuss: the roots of Scuttlebutt in New Zealand, the system’s politically anarchist/libertarian ethos, how Scuttlebutt survived (or shrugged off) a right-wing deluge; and how SSB’s technical architecture eliminates the need for moderators.

    With social networks like Facebook, Twitter and 4Chan increasingly becoming propagation tanks for viciously partisan net cultures, we talk about what makes Scuttlebutt different: it’s a network that resists aggregation, massification,  and centralisation. Scuttlebutt is succeeding where Diaspora failed precisely because it doesn’t seek to replace the social media behemoths: Scuttlebutt is tiny by design, happy to be human, and based around the ethos of ‘solarpunk’ — a vision of a future we actually want, where high technology is put in service of humans and the environment.

    Showrunner & Host Jamie King | Editor Lucas Marston (Hollagully)Original Music David Triana | Web Production Eric Barch

    Presented by TorrentFreak  | Season SponsorPrivate Internet Access

    Episode Sponsor ZCash Company


    Executive Producers: Mark Zapalac, Eric Barch, Nelson Larios, George Alvarez, Adam Burns, Daniel, Grof.

    Sponsorship slots are currently full. For future sponsor opportunities, please email [email protected]

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  10. Kevin Kelly: Technium Unbound - The Long Now

    Holos Rising

    When Kevin Kelly looked up the definition of “superorganism” on Wikipedia, he found this: “A collection of agents which can act in concert to produce phenomena governed by the collective.”

    The source cited was Kevin Kelly, in his 01994 book, Out of Control.

    His 02014 perspective is that humanity has come to dwell in a superorganism of our own making on which our lives now depend.

    The technological numbers keep powering up and connecting with each other.

    Their aggregate is becoming formidable, rich with emergent behavior, and yet it is still so new to us that it remains unnamed and scarcely considered.

    Kelly clicked through some current tallies: one quintillion transistors; fifty-five trillion links; one hundred billion web clicks per day; one thousand communication satellites.

    Only a quarter of all the energy we use goes to humans; the rest drives Earth’s “very large machine.”

    Kelly calls it “the Technium” and spelled out what it is not.

    Not H.G. Wells’ “World Brain,” which was only a vision of what the Web now is.

    Not Teilhard de Chardin’s “Noosphere,” which was only humanity’s collective consciousness.

    Not “the Singularity,” which anticipates a technological event horizon that Kelly says will never occur as an event—”the Singularity will always be near.”

    The Technium may best be considered a new organism with which we are symbiotic, as we are symbiotic with the aggregate of Earth’s life, sometimes called “Gaia.”

    There are pace differences, with Gaia slow, humanity faster, and the Technium really fast.

    They are not replacing each other but building on each other, and the meta-organism of their combining is so far nameless.

    Kelly shrugged, “Call it ‘Holos.’

    Here are five frontiers I think that Holos implies for us…”

    1) Big math of “zillionics” —-beyond yotta (10 to the 24th) to, some say, “lotta” and “hella.”

    2) New economics of the massive one-big-market, capable of surprise flash crashes and imperceptible tectonic shifts.

    3) New biology of our superorganism with its own large phobias, compulsions, and oscillations.

    4) New minds, which will emerge from a proliferation of auto-enhancing AI’s that augment rather than replace human intelligence.


    New governance.

    One world government is inevitable.

    Some of it will be non-democratic—”I don’t get to vote who’s on the World Bank.“

    To deal with planet-scale issues like geoengineering and climate change, “we will have to work through the recursive dilemma of who decides who decides?”

    We have no rules for cyberwar yet.

    We have no backup to the Internet yet, and it needs an immune system.

    There is lots to work out, but lots to work it out with, and inventiveness abounds and converges.

    “We are,” Kelly said, “at just the beginning of the beginning.”

           —Stewart Brand


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