April 26, 2015

Vlax

Ardour 4.0 is out

Ardour 4.0 is out

improved MIDI, now runs on Windows too

http://ardour.org/whatsnew.html

#ardour #linuxaudio #daw #midi #musicproduction

April 25, 2015

videogame confessional forum

tomm hulett

I'm Tomm Hulett. I'm a game director from California. You might have heard of me from such games as the Trauma Center series, Contra 4, Rocket Knight, two Adventure Time games, or one or two Silent...

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April 24, 2015

The GNU project

FSF Events: Richard Stallman - "A Free Digital Society" (Athens, Greece)

There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, nonfree software that controls users, and the War on Sharing. Other threats come from use of web services. Finally, we have no positive right to do anything in the Internet; every activity is precarious, and can continue only as long as companies are willing to cooperate with it.

This speech by Richard Stallman will be part of Commons Fest (2015-05-15--17). It will be nontechnical, admission is gratis, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Please fill out our contact form, so that we can contact you about future events in and around Athens.

Defective by Design

May 6th: Join an event against DRM

The International Day Against DRM is in two weeks on May 6th. On the same day across many countries, we will be meeting together and raising our voices against the unjust restrictions, control and surveillance that DRM imposes, and pointing the way to a future of empowerment for computer users. Will you join us at an event?

There is currently at least one event scheduled in Guatemala, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and the USA. You can see the full list of currently scheduled events on the LibrePlanet Wiki. If you don't see an event in your area, check back closer to May 6th.

Want to organize your own event?

There are event-planning resources on the International Day Against DRM Web site, and you can email info@defectivebydesign.org if there is any way we can help you.

Want to participate, but can't make it to an event?

Make sure to visit dayagainstdrm.org. There's lots to do from your own home (and discounts on DRM-free media on May 6th).

Speak multiple languages?

We need your help translating our anti-DRM flyer so that its message can reach people everywhere. Reviewers are needed as well as translators. Head over to the translation area on the LibrePlanet wiki to get started.

Let's talk

For discussing events, the International Day Against DRM, or DRM-related topics in general, join us on the #dbd Freenode channel or the Defective by Design email discussion list.

by Zak Rogoff

Instants Suspendus

« Don’t let your government take the first step. If censorship begins, it’s hard to stop it. »

twistJ’ai demandé aux copains chinois qui traînent sur #twisterP2P d’expliquer aux petits occidentaux qui n’ont rien à cacher ce que c’est de vivre dans un pays où les communications sont surveillées et l’Internet entièrement contrôlé.
tl;dr: réponse: c’est super relou.
Ce que je retiens particulièrement, c’est que la population ne sait pas ce qui est légal ou pas, la loi est trop vague et si tu dis autre chose que du bien du Parti, tu ne sais jamais ce qui peut te tomber dessus. Résultat évident: même si tout le monde déteste le régime, personne ne dit rien.
C’est exactement ce qui nous pend au nez avec la loi Renseignement.


Attention, je n’ai pas l’indécence de comparer notre pays à la Chine, ne serait-ce que par respect pour les chinois.e.s emprisonné.e.s et exécuté.e.s par le pouvoir totalitaire. Je veux juste montrer que la voix que nous sommes en train de prendre est dangereuse parce qu’il ne peut pas exister de libertés dans une société panoptique.



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Hey Chinese people of the #twister, would you agree to answer a few questions to explain western people what it’s like to live in a country where most of your communications are under surveillance and censorship ?
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Once one of my classmates complained about political courses (which is mandatory in China e.g. Chairman Mao’s theory). The next day, a policeman came to his home and asked his parents about this issue. My classmate was then terribly scolded by his parents (He posted the complaint in QZone, which is like Facebook).

You can see people hate the regime but no one dare to speak out or it will makes him in trouble.

Everything you see in Chinese media is like « the Communist Party is so good, we should insist on its leadership », if you post something different (e.g. multiparty is good for China) in Sina Weibo (which is like Twitter), it will soon be deleted and your account will be suspended.

A example is this guy. He criticizes a person who praise the Party and his account was suspended forever by Sina Weibo, despite the fact he had more than 10Million fans and he didn’t say ill of the Party.

China has blocked all media it can’t control (like Youtube, Facebook) so you can’t find different voice in CHINESE INTERNET. Everyone says the Communist is so good and Chairman Xi Jinping is the hope of China.

Chinese government deploy super computers to do the censorship and people who try to visit illegal websites a lot will be reported by that.

And you can read the book 1984 by George Orwell for more detail.

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Do you feel safe using #twisterP2P ?
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Nothing is totally « safe ». I install #twister on my raspberry pi, and use TOR to go anonymous. But China has blocked Tor, so I should first config my router to forward all traffic to a proxy. This is all I can do for my life safety.
In China if you post something they think really « bad », your post get error code 404 (caught by the police).

Everything the Party doesn’t like is illegal, they can explain the law by their own word.
Actually the law is vague.

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It means you *never* know if what you say is illegal or not?
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If you praise the Party you’re legal.
If you’re saying what the Party don’t want you to say, you may be illegal.
eg. the Constitution of PRC guarantees civil right, but if you’re talking about civil right publicly, you may be in trouble.

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Are the e-mails under surveillance too ?
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« E-mails are under surveillance for sure.
If you use Chinese E-mail service, police can directly see your inbox and they even try to force foreign e-mail service to give them data.
I use Gmail, GFW sometimes block mail (Chinese mail service can’t receive my mail). Most people don’t know how to go privately in China.  »

« Of course, all email service located in China, and outside china without HTTPS.
Unfortunately, few people know, but more and more will know. »

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Does many people know how to communicate privately e.g. twister or Tor?
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Most people don’t know twister in china. Chinese government blocked twister.net.co and twisterio.com.

You can’t connect to TOR network in China if you don’t connect to your foreign proxy server first. Chinese government blocked IPs of all Tor servers. I’m sure GFW is the top 1 system for Internet censorship. I heard Chinese government invest at least 100Million dollars to develop this system

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Do you have any hope this will stop one day?
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It’s impossible if the Communist Party still hold the power.

Actually, censorship becomes more severe in China now. e.g.: in my university there should be at least one so called Internet volunteer every room (6 people live in one dormitory room). Internet volunteer should report « bad information » to the university and speak highly of the Communist Party in the Internet (actually, no Internet in China, it’s a huge local network).

So for you guys. Don’t let your government take the first step. If censorship begins, it’s hard to stop it.

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What would you say to French people thinkinkg it’s a good thing that gov watches the Internet because « only terrorists have anything to hide » ?
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Surveillance in true democratic countries is quite different from surveillance in china. At least you can talk about it freely… I would say: gov should not be granted more power than it should have, or your country will become china even North Korea.

How The Great Firewall Works

DNS blocking: The Great firewall prevents DNS lookup of certain domain names which causes a « site not found » error message in the user’s web browser.
IP address blocking: Certain IP addresses like that of wikipedia.org and blogger.com are on this blacklist. If someone within China tries to access one of these sites, the Great Firewall continuously sends the browser a reset command until « The connection has been reset » is displayed by the browser instead of the prohibited website.
URL Keyword blocking: If the URL contains a prohibited keyword the Great Firewall will restrict access to the site, even if the site was not originally on a blacklist.
Keyword scanning of the actual web pages: This is a recent addition to the Firewall. When someone views a web page, the Great Firewall will also download the web page and scan it for blacklisted keywords. If the the page contains prohibited keywords then the Great Firewall will ban the user from further access to that website for some limited time period. Further attempts to access the website will increase the length of the ban.

Additionally, the Chinese government has now begun to also censor web traffic coming from the outside world into China. For instance, the sessions of foreigners browsing websites in China are monitored, according to UCB Professor Xiao Qiang, and are censored if the foreigner is looking for inappropriate material.

The Great Firewall is a very big undertaking, not just in terms of computer infrastructure, but also with regards to man power. The Chinese government employs on the order of 10,000 people to police the internet who primarily modify the various website and keyword blacklists.

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April 23, 2015

The GNU project

GNUnet News: 6th Dev Mumble - April 27th, 9pm CEST @ gnunet.org

Hi devs,

On the 27th we get to officially announce the results from the GSoC application process to the students, so we should probably use this opportunity to also have a first discussion with those that have been selected. So, let's have the 6th develper Mumble on Monday, April 27th, 9pm CEST, as usual using the Mumble server on gnunet.org. Agenda items include:

  • GSoC announcements and planning
  • GNUnet 0.10.2 release: To CADET or not to CADET?

I hope all GSoC applicants, mentors and Bart can make it, naturally everybody is welcome to join.

Annamaria Monteverdi

NOBUMICHI ASAI works

NOBUMICHI ASAI PRODUCER/TECHINCAL DIRECTOR GUNDAM 3D PROJECTION MAPPING 2013/6 VIDEO… SNOWMAN’S WISH 3D PROJECTION MAPPING 2013/12- MORE… LASER PAINTING@SONAER TOKYO 2013/6 SUBARU BUILDING 3D PROJECTION MAPPING[TD] 2014/7 more… JAPANESE FIREWORKS “MIZU-HANABI” 3D HOLOGRAPHIC INSTALLATION[CG/TD] 2014/8 more…

by annamaria monteverdi

April 22, 2015

The GNU project

parallel @ Savannah: GNU Parallel 20150422 ('Germanwings') released

GNU Parallel 20150422 ('Germanwings') has been released. It is available for download at: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/

Haiku of the month:

SSH set up?
Instant cluster needed now?
Use GNU Parallel.
-- Ole Tange

New in this release:

  • Security fix. An attacker on the local system could make you overwrite one of your own files with a single byte. The problem exist when you use --compress or --tmux or --pipe or --cat or --fifo. The attacker must figure out the randomly chosen file name and create a symlink within a time window of 15 ms.
  • Bug fixes and man page updates.

GNU Parallel - For people who live life in the parallel lane.

About GNU Parallel

GNU Parallel is a shell tool for executing jobs in parallel using one or more computers. A job is can be a single command or a small script that has to be run for each of the lines in the input. The typical input is a list of files, a list of hosts, a list of users, a list of URLs, or a list of tables. A job can also be a command that reads from a pipe. GNU Parallel can then split the input and pipe it into commands in parallel.

If you use xargs and tee today you will find GNU Parallel very easy to use as GNU Parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU Parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel. GNU Parallel can even replace nested loops.

GNU Parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU Parallel as input for other programs.

You can find more about GNU Parallel at: http://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/

You can install GNU Parallel in just 10 seconds with: (wget -O - pi.dk/3 || curl pi.dk/3/) | bash

Watch the intro video on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL284C9FF2488BC6D1

Walk through the tutorial (man parallel_tutorial). Your commandline will love you for it.

When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU Parallel - The Command-Line Power Tool, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, February 2011:42-47.

If you like GNU Parallel:

  • Give a demo at your local user group/team/colleagues
  • Post the intro videos on Reddit/Diaspora*/forums/blogs/ Identi.ca/Google+/Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin/mailing lists
  • Get the merchandise https://www.gnu.org/s/parallel/merchandise.html
  • Request or write a review for your favourite blog or magazine
  • Request or build a package for your favourite distribution (if it is not already there)
  • Invite me for your next conference

If you use GNU Parallel for research:

  • Please cite GNU Parallel in you publications (use --bibtex)

If GNU Parallel saves you money:

About GNU SQL

GNU sql aims to give a simple, unified interface for accessing databases through all the different databases' command line clients. So far the focus has been on giving a common way to specify login information (protocol, username, password, hostname, and port number), size (database and table size), and running queries.

The database is addressed using a DBURL. If commands are left out you will get that database's interactive shell.

When using GNU SQL for a publication please cite:

O. Tange (2011): GNU SQL - A Command Line Tool for Accessing Different Databases Using DBURLs, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, April 2011:29-32.

About GNU Niceload

GNU niceload slows down a program when the computer load average (or other system activity) is above a certain limit. When the limit is reached the program will be suspended for some time. If the limit is a soft limit the program will be allowed to run for short amounts of time before being suspended again. If the limit is a hard limit the program will only be allowed to run when the system is below the limit.

April 21, 2015

videogame confessional forum

shana rosenberg

OK. My name is Shana Rosenberg. I'm in Oxford, Ohio. I'm 42. I've been playing games in one form or another my entire life that I can remember. Whether it was -- sometimes it would be tabletop with...

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D I S N O V A T I O N

Internet.org: delivering poor Internet to poor people

Internet.org: delivering poor Internet to poor people:

Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org project bribes corrupt, non-neutral carriers in poor countries to exempt Facebook and other services of its choosing from their data-caps, giving the world’s poorest an Internet that’s been radically pruned to a sliver of what the rest of the world gets for free.

Internet.org characterizes its goals as charitable and development-oriented. In their framework, poor people either face severe data-caps that limit their access to the Internet to almost nothing, or they get unlimited access to some of the Internet, thanks to Internet.org’s largesse.

April 20, 2015

Vlax

In #Mexico, media reports said that federal #police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January.

In #Mexico, media reports said that federal #police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January.

  • Citing testimony from dozens of survivors and families of victims, the reports said police fired on the protesters, who were not armed.

  • Images accompanying the reports showed bloody bodies around a white truck. Witnesses quoted in the reports said several victims received no medical attention and bled to death on the street.

#violence #goverment #humanrights #control #society #LatinAmerica #journalism

  • The news stories appeared to be at odds with the explanation given by Alfredo Castillo, then the federal government's security commissioner for #Michoacan, who said on Jan. 12 the deaths could have been caused by gunfire from the vigilantes themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/04/19/world/americas/19reuters-mexico-violence-massacre.html

[La Iniciativa de Facebook y sus Aliados Nos Dejan SinInternet.org](https://www.eff.org/node/85457)

La Iniciativa de Facebook y sus Aliados Nos Dejan SinInternet.org

Durante la VII Cumbre de las Américas llevada a cabo en Panamá del 10 al 11 de abril pasado, gobernantes del continente como el anfitrión panameño Juan Carlos Varela, Cristina Fernández de Argentina, Dilma Rousseff de Brasil, Ollanta Humala de Perú, entre otros, posaron para la foto con un convidado especial: Mark Zuckerberg, el fundador de Facebook, promotor y vocero del portal internet.org.
Internet.org es un proyecto liderado por Facebook que reúne a empresas de tecnología, ONGs y comunidades locales, con la supuesta noble finalidad de conectar a “dos terceras partes del mundo sin acceso a la red”, según anuncian en su portal.
Entre otras empresas participantes de Internet.org están Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, siendo su proyecto principal la elaboracion de un app que proporciona ciertos servicios básicos gratuitos en los mercados donde el acceso a Internet puede ser menos asequible.
Desde el año 2014 internet.org brinda acceso a una serie de aplicaciones mínimas (datos del clima, salud, clasificados, librerías) en ciertos países africanos y asiáticos. Desde inicios del 2015, internet.org ya sentó bases en Colombia, Guatemala y Panamá (en las próximas semanas), siendo Paraguay un país de prueba bajo la modalidad Facebook Libre desde el 2013.
Las intenciones de internet.org parten de un problema real: la brecha digital. Millones de ciudadanos en el mundo entero no tienen ninguna forma de acceder a internet, y es una problemática urgente de resolver para los próximos años.  Sin embargo, ésta propuesta del tipo tasa cero que promueve Internet.org significa que las personas con menores recursos económicos tendrán acceso gratuito solamente a algunas porciones de la Internet. Para colmo, esa porción que supuestamente los beneficia, será decidida entre las grandes corporaciones que forman parte de Internet.org, y peor aún, esta propuesta es impulsada como política pública desde el Estado.
En efecto, aquellos usuarios de Internet.org no llegarán a conocer la “mar” de Internet, la que todos nosotros conocemos, que nos permite utilizar cualquier sitio sin ningún tipo de discriminación y/o priorización de ciertas aplicaciones. Sin embargo, los usuarios que accedan a Internet a través del portal disfrutarán de una Internet “pecera”, en el cual tendrán que pagar por todos aquellos servicios que no son parte de la tasa cero (empresas pequeñas, desarrolladores de apps, sitios web novedosos, etc.), y probablemente terminen resignándose a que este paquete sea la totalidad de internet.
Presencia en Colombia
"Estamos haciendo una gran alianza, Facebook y Colombia, para darle acceso a millones de colombianos que de otra forma no tendrían posibilidad de tener acceso a internet" [sic], así lo manifestó el presidente Juan Manuel Santos el 14 de enero pasado en el lanzamiento de internet.org en el país, el primero en Latinoamérica.

Los activistas locales ya habían advertido en más de una ocasión que este proyecto tiene más cuestionamientos que bondades, a pesar de la tendencia de internet.org de ir expandiéndose en la región como la síntesis de internet.
La Fundación Karisma ha afirmado tajantemente que “Internet.org no es Internet”, llamando la atención a los aspectos de prácticas anticompetitivas y la privacidad de los usuarios. Carolina Botero, Directora Ejecutiva de la Fundación Karisma, compartió su postura con EFF desde Bogotá:
"nos preocupa mucho que se presente a Internet.org como estrategia de política pública para el acceso universal a Internet, ésto compromete los derechos de todos y además desdibuja la obligación del gobierno de disminuir la brecha digital de sus ciudadanos por una apuesta de acceso a algunas aplicaciones que, incluso si son interesantes, van asociadas a un interés comercial de una multinacional que el Estado está directamente respaldando".

RedPaTodos, una coalición de usuarios de Internet en Colombia, resaltó que Internet.org jamás será gratuito como lo anuncian porque el costo lo pagarán los usuarios con sus datos personales, brindando beneficios económicos por la cantidad de clientes a la compañía Tigo, que asciende a más de 8 millones de colombianos.
¿Tú también, Brasil?
El país más grande de América del Sur, que ha sido un líder en defender el derecho a la privacidad a nivel internacional en estrados como la ONU; con la elaboración del Marco Civil da Internet y ser protagonista de NETMundial, se uniría a Internet.org generando un contrasentido.
Al encontrarse la presidenta Rousseff y Zuckerberg en Panamá para discutir la futura versión brasileña de internet.org (a estrenarse en junio), las políticas públicas de acceso a Internet, neutralidad de redes y privacidad entraron en un punto muerto.
El Gobierno Federal y Facebook usarán como punto de partida la región de Heliópolis, zona carente del estado de São Paulo, para llevar “inclusión digital”, según la información oficial. Activistas brasileños como Sérgio Amadeu y Raphael Tsavkko han sido claros: el acuerdo entre Rousseff y Facebook puede destruir el Marco Civil da Internet.
Los siguientes pasos
Tras el anuncio del lanzamiento de internet.org para Panamá a través de la compañía Digicel, el Instituto Panameño de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías (IPANDETEC) lanzó una petición dirigida al presidente Varela para que se respete la neutralidad de la red en el país centroamericano.
Otra reunión clave de Zuckerberg fue con el presidente del Perú, Ollanta Humala, en la que conversaron para una posible implementación de internet.org en ese país, donde el 66% de la población aún no dispone de acceso a internet según datos del regulador Osiptel.
El mal llamado "Internet gratis" que internet.org promueve es limitado y aislado como el tipo de Internet que buscan erradictar en los países en vías de desarrollo.
¿Hará Internet.org los datos más accesibles en América Latina, o serán los datos de los latinoamericanos más accesibles para Facebook, y en consecuencia para los Estados Unidos? ¿Es tan gratis Facebook en los países latinoamericanos como lo dicen sus anuncios?
Es cierto que Facebook no es el único contenido disponible a través de Internet.org, y que también son parte otros contenidos tales como Wikipedia. Sin embargo, el problema va más allá de cuáles son los sitios que estarán incluidos en el paquete de tasa cero a los que los usuarios con menos recursos económicos tendrán acceso; esto recae en el concepto mismo que Facebook y sus socios corporativos no deben estar promoviendo en lo absoluto la compilación de estos servicios.
Más allá de las buenas intenciones de Facebook y el puñado de empresas aliadas, estas iniciativas dejarán a los usuarios de la región SinInternet.org.

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FSF Blogs: The Licensing and Compliance Lab interviews Matt Lee from The List powered by Creative Commons

In this edition, we conducted an email-based interview with Matt Lee, a lead developer of The List, which is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (AGPLv3), or at your option, any later version. Matt is the technical lead at Creative Commons. Matt has been working in free software for over a decade and is a notable contributor to the GNU project and a former Campaigns Manager at the Free Software Foundation, as well as co-founder of Libre.fm and GNU social. Currently Matt is raising funds to produce a film this summer, Orang-U: An Ape Goes to College, which he plans to edit using entirely free software and release under a CC BY-SA license.

Can you tell us a bit about The List?

No one can be everywhere at once. But everyone can.

NGOs, journalists, government agencies, and cultural institutions all need photographs to tell their story and educate others. But there’s no way for those organizations to be in the right place at the right time, every time. That’s where we come in.

Through The List, organizations will provide lists of locations, people, and events that they need photographs of. And when users are in the right place at the right time, they can claim an item from the list and publish a photograph of it.

What inspired the creation of The List?

The List powered by Creative Commons is an experiment to see if we can make it easier for people to contribute to the public commons. There are millions of places for images that exist in the public commons in our daily lives, from newspaper articles to photos and illustrations on Wikipedia. The List hopes to bring the people who have a need for such images and the people who may take them, together.

How are people using it?

Right now we're still prototyping things and we're working on getting some real world items into The List, but the way it works is pretty simple: you fire up the app, choose some categories of things you're interested in such as pets, beverages, etc. Then we show you an item that matches the category, and the requesting organization (Wikipedia, FSF, etc.) can choose to add it to your list or not. After you go through this process a couple of times, you wind up with a personal to-do list of images. Taking an image is easy, too: just tap it, tap the camera and take your photo. Or you can upload a photo you've already taken. The photo is then sent to some servers at Creative Commons, where we add metadata and produce a variety of thumbnails of the image, before sending it over to the Internet Archive for permanent storage. And moments later, the image is in the gallery in the app on your phone.

What features do you think really sets The List apart from similar software?

I don't think there's anything else like this out there. For the first time, there's an application that makes it quick and easy to contribute to the public commons, and we do that by hiding a lot of the detail away from the user. For example, instead of presenting a choice of the six Creative Commons licenses, we choose one and all images are licensed in the same manner. It's also a license that's compatible with Wikipedia and other similar projects—Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Why did you choose the AGPLv3 as The List's license?

In addition to The List mobile app, there's a web app in development too. We based the web app and the processing code on GNU FM, a project I started back in 2009 that powers music communities such as Libre.fm. That code is under the AGPL as well, and it's a code base I am intimately familiar with. So much so that we're using it for another project too: a new federated search project at Creative Commons.

How can users (technical or otherwise) help contribute to The List?

The first thing you can do is if you have an Android phone, come try one of the public beta releases on the website, https://thelist.creativecommons.org.

If you're good at Android programming, you'll find our Android app in our source code under app/.

If you're look at PHP, look under webapp/.

And if you'd like to make some improvements to our website, they're up there too under www/.

We have a really simple contributor agreement up there too. And we licensed that under CC0, if you'd like to use it for your own project.

All of this and more can be found at https://github.com/creativecommons/list.

What's the next big thing for The List?

The next big thing will be a proper public release. We're already talking to the F-Droid folks, and we'll be in all the places you normally find apps for your phone. And F-Droid will have the pure, free software experience.

*Enjoyed this interview? Check out our previous entry in this series, featuring Rainey Reitman, Activism Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new EFF Alerts mobile app.

Vlax

Mexican police re...

Mexican police reportedly involved in January killings of unarmed civilians & protesters

http://rt.com/news/251141-mexican-police-january-killings/

The GNU project

gnuastro @ Savannah: Gnuastro webpage is activated

The Gnuastro webpage ( http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuastro/ ) was activated and the documentation is now available. There is still a lot of work to do until it is ready for release though.

Announcements will be done using the info-gnuastro@gnu.org mailing list.

Vlax

México: Nueva versión de la masacre de Apatzingán culpa a los federales de la muerte de los civiles

México: Nueva versión de la masacre de Apatzingán culpa a los federales de la muerte de los civiles

Según una nueva versión de la investigación de la masacre de Apatzingán, al menos 16 miembros de los grupos de autodefensa mexicanos fallecieron tras ser "acribillados" por la Policía Federal.

http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/172502-mexico-version-nueva-masacre-apatzingan-federales

#botpost via feedDiasp*

México: Policía Federal habría masacrado a 16 personas en enero

México: Policía Federal habría masacrado a 16 personas en enero

La Policía Federal de México masacró a 16 personas en enero pasado, según una investigación perodística publicada en los medios locales Aristegui Noticias, la revista Proceso y Univisión.

Se trata de los testimonios de sobrevivientes de dos supuestos ataques de policías federales el 6 de enero, así como de detenidos y de familiares y personal de un hospital de la zona.

Lea también: El 60% de casos de tortura en México busca confesiones falsas

La mayoría de los asesinados por las fuerzas federales serían integrantes de grupos de autodefensa civil que surgieron para defender a la población de un cártel del narcotráfico en el estado de Michoacán (suroeste).

La investigación contradice el informe oficial ofrecido a finales de enero por el comisionado para atender la violencia en ese estado, Alfredo Castillo, quien fue nombrado por el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto.

Los testimonios indican que policías federales armados llegaron en la madrugada del 6 de enero a la plaza principal del pueblo de Apatzingán donde los autodefensas protestaban por la falta de pagos, pues el comisionado Alfredo Castillo los había constituido como un nuevo cuerpo policial llamado Fuerzas Rurales.

No deje de leer: Mexicanos proponen la revocación de mandato contra Peña Nieto

Según los testigos, los federales dispararon contra los autodefensas pese a que estaban desarmados, incluso golpearon a una mujer embarazada.

"Nos estaban masacrando los federales. Mataron a un compañero de rodillas", dijo uno de los testigos en un vídeo.

En el reportaje se incluyeron fotografía donde se ven cadáveres ensangrentados alrededor de una camioneta blanca, así como un vídeo en el que se observan hombres tirados en la calle, uno de ellos todavía vivo. 

De acuerdo a los testigos varias personas se desangraron en la calle, debido a que no obtuvieron ayuda médica. 

Por su parte, la Comisión Nacional de Seguridad dijo en un comunicado que recibió un vídeo de manera anónima "del cual se pueden inferir presuntos actos de uso excesivo de la fuerza o abuso de autoridad por parte de elementos de la Policía Federal en el municipio de Apatzingán". 

Es probable que se trate del mismo caso que relata la investigación periodística, dijo una fuente de seguridad del gobierno mexicano.

EN CONTEXTO

No es la primera vez que la policía mexicana se ve involucrada en un caso de abuso de la fuerza y asesinato de ciudadanos inocentes. En septiembre de 2014, agentes municipales de Iguala, estado Guerrero (sur), atacaron y secuestraron a 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa.

Los normalistas habrían sido entregados por los policías a un grupo del crimen organizado que supuestamente los asesinó y quemó. 

El caso de los 43 de Ayotzinapa causó conmoción en todo el mundo debido a la falta de respuesta del presidente Enrique Peña Nieto. Además, dejó al descubierto la complicidad que existe en el Gobierno y los cuerpos de seguridad.

También en junio del 2014, militares presuntamente ejecutaron extrajudicialmente a una decena de personas tras detener a 22 por supuesto tráfico de drogas en el municipio Tlatlaya. en el estado de México (suroeste).

http://www.telesurtv.net/news/Mexico-Policia-Federal-habria-masacrado-a-16-personas-en-enero--20150419-0043.html

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April 19, 2015

The GNU project

Nick Clifton: April 2015 GNU Toolchain Update

Hi Guys,

  There are several things to report this month:

  * The GCC version 5 branch has been created.  No releases have been made from this branch yet, but when one happens it will be GCC 5.1.  Meanwhile the mainline development sources have been switched to calling themselves GCC version 6.

  * Support has been added for configuring targets that use the Nuxi CloudABI.  More details of this ABI can be found here:  https://github.com/NuxiNL/cloudlibc

  * The linker and assembler now support an option to control how DWARF debug sections are compressed:  --compress-debug-sections=[none|zlib|zlib-gnu|zlib-gabi]

    Selecting none disables compression.  This is the default behaviour if this option is not used.  Selecting zlib or zlib-gnu compresses the sections and then renames them to start with a .z.  This is the old method of indicating that a debug section has been compressed.  Selecting zlib-gabi compresses the sections, but rather than renaming them they instead have the new SHF_COMPRESSED bit set in their ELF section header.

    The other binutils tools have been updated to recognise and handle this SHF_COMPRESSED bit.  More information on the new bit can be found here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/generic-abi/dBOS1H47Q64/PaJvELtaJrsJ

    In another, related change, the binutils will no longer compress a debug section if doing so would actually make it bigger.

    Also the zlib compression/decompression library sources have now been brought in to the binutils git repository and are now a standard part of a binutils release.

    * The linker has a new command line option:  --warn-orphan
      This option tells the linker to generate a warning message whenever it has to guess at the placement of a section in the output file.  This happens when the linker script in use does not specify where the section should go.

    * The compiler has a new option: -fsanitize-sections=sec1,sec2,...
      This tells the address sanitizer to add protection to global variables defined in the named section(s).  By default any globals in sections with user defined names are not sanitized as the compiler does not know what is going to happen to them.  In particular variables in such sections sometimes end up being merged into an array of values, where the presence of address sanitization markers would break the array.

   * The AVR port of the compiler has a new command line option: -nodevicelib
     This tells the compiler not to link against AVR-LibC's device specific library libdev.a.

  * The RX port of GCC has a new command line option to disable the use of RX string instructions (SMOVF, SUNTIL, etc).  This matters because it is unsafe to use these instructions if the program might access the I/O portion of the address space.

  * The RL78 port of GCC now has support the multiply and divide instructions provided by the G14 cpu, and the divide hardware peripheral provided by the G13 core.

  * GDB now honours the content of the file /proc/PID/coredump_filter on GNU/Linux systems.  This file can be used to specify the types of memory mappings that will be include in a corefile.  For more information, please refer to the manual page of "core(5)".  GDB also has a new command: "set use-coredump-filter on|off".  It allows to set whether GDB will read the content of the /proc/PID/coredump_filter file when generating a corefile.

  * GDB's "info os cpus" command on GNU/Linux can now display information on the cpus/cores on the system.

  * GDB has two new commands: "set serial parity odd|even|none" and "show serial parity".  These allows to set or show parity for the remote serial I/O.

Cheers
  Nick

D I S N O V A T I O N

UN told to ban killer robots before they become a reality

UN told to ban killer robots before they become a reality:

Human
Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic
have a strong and eye-catching message for the U.N.: “Ban killer
robots.” The two groups take up the cause against fully autonomous
weapons in a 38-page report released ahead of an international meeting
about said weapons starting April 13. “Fully autonomous weapons,
also known as ‘killer robots,’ raise serious moral and legal concerns
because they would possess the ability to select and engage their
targets without meaningful human control,” begins the report, titled Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots.
Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School lay out a list of concerns
about fully autonomous weapons, including doubts about their ability to
distinguish civilian from military targets, the possibility of an arms
race, and proliferation to militaries with little regard for the law.

Internet of Everything attack surface grows

Internet of Everything attack surface grows:

The proliferation of more than 16 billion connected computing devices today has significantly expanded the attack surface of our interconnected world. Unauthorized, BYOD, vulnerable Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and a rapidly expanding market of low-cost, plug-and-play, cyber espionage devices represent an emerging threat vector and nefarious counterpart to the IoT: the Internet of Evil ThingsTM (IoET). There’s not a CIO out there who has an effective umbrella strategy for the Internet of Things today,” said Shawn Wiora, CIO and CISO at Creative Solutions in HealthCare. “The attack surface is gargantuan – and continues to grow exponentially. Making matters worse, current approaches don’t offer the robust, enterprise-level security that’s needed.”

What is Boston Dynamics and why does Google want robots? | Technology | The Guardian

What is Boston Dynamics and why does Google want robots? | Technology | The Guardian:

(pub 2013) Google’s recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics marks its eighth robotics purchase in the past six months, showing Google’s “moonshot” robotics vision is more than just a pet project. Boston Dynamics is the most high-profile acquisition, however, instantly adding world-leading robotics capability, including robots that can walk all on their own, to Google’s arsenal – as well as significant links to the US military – conjuring images of Skynet and the artificial intelligence-led robot uprising straight out of the 1984 film The Terminator.

April 18, 2015

Vlax

Wikileaks devela cooperación entre Hollywood y la Casa Blanca

Wikileaks devela cooperación entre Hollywood y la Casa Blanca

La plataforma de filtraciones Wikileaks reveló este viernes las relaciones del Gobierno de Estados Unidos con la productora de cine Sony Pictures Entertainment para librar una “guerra mediática” contra el autodenominado Estado Islámico (EI) y Rusia.

Se trata de más de 170 mil correos electrónicos y 30 mil documentos internos filtrados por Wikileaks, que revelaron la estrecha relación entre el Director Ejecutivo de la productora cinematográfica, Michael Lynton, con el presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama.

Lea aquí: Wikileaks revela que la CIA alentó asesinatos políticos

Uno de los mensajes publicados por Wikileaks es una invitación a una cena en la Casa Blanca con la familia Obama, la cual fue enviada por la jefa del personal de Michelle Obama en ese momento, Kristen Jarvis.

En el archivo hay unas cien direcciones de correo de personal de Sony vinculado con el gobierno de EE.UU.

Por otro lado, los correos electrónicos también dejaron al descubierto las conexiones entre Sony Pictures y el Partido Demócrata, cuyas cenas de recaudación de fondos contaban con la presencia de la cúpula empresarial. 

El fundador de Wikileaks, Julian Assange, explicó en un comunicado que decidió publicar los documentos y correos de la productora cinematográfica porque “la información pertenece al dominio público ya que muestra el centro de un conflicto geopolítico. Este archivo muestra el funcionamiento interno de un grupo multinacional influyente”.

"Guerra informativa"

En uno de los correos filtrados, el subsecretario del Departamento de Estado norteamericano para Relaciones Públicas,  Richard Stengel, invitó a Michael Lynton, director de Sony Pictures, a movilizar sus recursos para una “guerra informativa” contra el autodenominado Estado Islámico y Rusia. 

“Tenemos un montón de desafíos en la lucha contra la narrativa de EI en Medio Oriente y la narrativa de Rusia en Europa central y Europa del Este. En ambos casos, hay millones de personas en estas regiones que están recibiendo una versión sesgada de la realidad”, dice el correo de Stengel.

“No es algo que el Departamento de Estado puede tratar por su cuenta. Me encantaría convocar a un grupo de ejecutivos mediáticos que puedan ayudar a pensar en una mejor forma de responder a estos dos grandes desafíos”, escribió Stengel en el correo dirigido a Lynton. 

Por su parte, Lynton respondió con una lista de nombres integrada por el presidente de Walt Disney International, Andy Bird; el director de operaciones de 21th Century Fox; y el exejecutivo de Turner Broadcasting, James Murdoch.

​Además, Wikileaks reveló que Michael Lynton es parte de la junta directiva de RAND Corporation, una organización especializada en la investigación y el desarrollo para el sector militar y de inteligencia de Estados Unidos.

“Los archivos de Sony muestran el flujo de contactos e información entre estas dos importantes industrias. RAND asesoró a Sony en relación con su película The Interview en Corea del Norte”, explicó Assange en el comunicado publicado en su sitio web.

Respuesta del Gobierno 

La portavoz del Departamento de Estado de EE.UU., Marie Harf, respondió a las revelaciones de Wiikileaks al decir que nunca hubieran comparado a Rusia y al autodenominado Estado Islámico, porque los consideran “desafíos muy diferentes”.

Harf reconoció que sí existe colaboración con “personas que tienen plataformas” en la esfera de la política exterior de Estados Unidos.

“Contactamos con personas de esos países ajenas al gobierno para hablar con ellas sobre nuestras prioridades. A veces son ellas quienes se ponen en contacto con nosotros. Pero son ellas las que deciden qué van a producir y cuál va a ser el contenido”, afirmó Harf.

Respuesta de Sony Pictures

La productora cinematográfica acusó a Wikileaks de haber realizado un “acto criminal” al revelar los documentos y correos.

“Los atacantes diseminaron esta información con el objetivo de dañar a Sony Pictures y a sus empleados, y ahora Wikileaks está ayudándoles a cumplir ese objetivo, lo que es muy reprochable. No estamos de acuerdo con la afirmación de Wikileaks de que el material es de dominio público, y continuaremos luchando por la seguridad y la privacidad de la empresa y sus más de 6000 empleados”, dijo la empresa.

No deje de leer: Assange denuncia vínculos entre el Gobierno de EE.UU. y Google

http://www.telesurtv.net/news/Wikileaks-devela-cooperacion-entre-Hollywood-y-la-Casa-Blanca-20150418-0034.html

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in other news, EU invites you to leave Facebook

in other news, EU invites you to leave Facebook

  • “You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” Schima told attorney general Yves Bot in a hearing of the case at the European court of justice in Luxembourg.

  • When asked directly, the commission could not confirm to the court that the Safe Harbour rules provide adequate protection of EU citizens’ data as it currently stands.

#facebook #privacy #data #informacion #Snowden #control #society #internet #surveillance #Europe #USA

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/26/leave-facebook-snooped-on-warns-eu-safe-harbour-privacy-us

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chelsea howe

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April 17, 2015

Vlax

¿internet gratis?...

¿internet gratis?

  • marketing. Nada más. Una estrategia de mercado para vender planes de datos y el acceso a la mayor, y más peligrosa, red social que existe.

  • Si algo es gratis en Internet, recuerda: tú eres el producto

https://twitter.com/RadiosLibres/status/589083003680264192

  • ¿Olvidaron los gobiernos latinoamericanos las revelaciones de Edward Snowden donde quedaba en evidencia la complicidad de esas agencias de inteligencias estadounidenses con las grandes empresas de Internet como Facebook?

#internet #información #sociedad #espionaje #datos #vigilancia #colonialismo #comunicación #gobierno #privacidad #AméricaLatina #facebook #capitalismo #propaganda

  • En Chile, de momento, no podrá llegar esta iniciativa gracias a su Ley que protege la Neutralidad.

http://radioslibres.net/article/internet-gratis

The GNU project

FSF Blogs: Latest TPP leak shows systemic threat to software freedom

On March 25th, 2015, Wikileaks released a leaked chapter of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the multinational trade agreement that is being developed through a series of secret negotiations and aims to create a host of new restrictions. We here at the FSF have been fighting against TPP for years, as it represents the threat of a world dominated by DRM, software patents, and perpetual copyright.

The latest leaked chapter on investments lays out changes to a system of supra-national courts known extrajudicial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals. For years, these courts have enabled large companies to sue democratically-elected governments over policies that these corporations oppose. For example, Big Tobacco has used the system to block or obstruct health laws intended to reduce smoking in countries around the world.

While all of this is bad news in general, one provision in the leaked document presents a particular threat to software freedom. Holders of copyright, patent, and other proprietary interests are now included in the definition of "investor." Given the destructive nature of these provisions, the fact that proprietary developers could use them to interfere with local government protections of users' rights is cause for alarm.

But the damage doesn't stop there. The leaked provisions further clarify that these supranational courts would have jurisdiction over compliance with many of the worst provisions of TPP. That means that a proprietary developer could get a second shot at a case where they didn't like the initial outcome, potentially overturning a ruling on fair use, for example. Any country that tries to implement sane copyright and patent policy via their legislature or courts could be dragged into this sham tribunal to have that policy overturned.

The threat represented by TPP has loomed large on the horizon for many years. This latest leak demonstrates that the dangers we face increase as time goes by. Worse still, time may be running out in the U.S. to stop the madness as Obama and his friends in Congress seek to fast-track TPP approval. Key congressional leaders have now agreed on a deal to fast track the fast-tracking of TPP. Now is the time to fight back. Here is what you can do to help:

The GNU project

GNU Hurd development blog: 2015-04-10-releases

GNU Hurd 0.6, GNU Mach 1.5, GNU MIG 1.5 released. Details.

If you want to give the Hurd a try, you may easily do so with Debian GNU/Hurd.

Please read the FAQ. Bug reports should be sent to bug-hurd or filed on http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=hurd. Requests for assistance should be sent to help-hurd or filed on http://savannah.gnu.org/support/?group=hurd. You can also find us on the Freenode IRC network in the #hurd channel.


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GNU Mach is the microkernel upon which a GNU Hurd system is based. It provides an Inter Process Communication (IPC) mechanism that the Hurd uses to define interfaces for implementing in a distributed multi-server fashion the services a traditional operating system kernel provides. More detailed.

April 16, 2015

Annamaria Monteverdi

Archivio: Parsifal di Wagner, regia di Castellucci, 3D visual environment Apparati effimeri

PARSIFAL Il Théâtre de la Monnaie di Bruxelles dal 27 gennaio al 20 febbraio 2011 ha presentato il Parsifal di Richard Wagner con la regia, scene, costumi di Romeo Castellucci e prodotto con il sostegno di Toyota. Apparati Effmeri per questo straordinario evento ha realizzato un 3D visual environment: una proiezione in tre dimensioni che […]

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Archivio: Glima:a performance by Masbedo

GLIMA – A PERFORMANCE   Glíma è lo stile tradizionale nazionale di lotta in Islanda. La più antica competizione islandese di glima è la Skjaldarglíma Ármann che si tenne nel 1888 e che fu disputata quasi ogni anno da lì in poi.[1] Nel 1905 venne introdotto l’uso della cintura di modo che i lottatori possano […]

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April 15, 2015

The GNU project

FSF Blogs: Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: April 17

Join the FSF and friends today, Friday, April 17, from 2pm to 5pm EDT (18:00 to 21:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. We will be on IRC in the #fsf channel on freenode.

Tens of thousands of people visit directory.fsf.org each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

While the Free Software Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of being a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help!

If you are eager to help and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today!

Decentralized Citizen Engagement Technologies

D-CENT event: Network democracy for a better city

Exciting news! We have set the date and preliminary agenda for the next D-CENT event. On May 5th, we will be hosting a conference in Barcelona which dives into Network democracy for a better city. Our plan is to inspire a great number of high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers to debate the future of democratic City Governments.

Together we will explore new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation in the political process presenting already existing digital tools for a more participatory democracy. We will also discuss how future democratic city infrastructures and governments should look like.

Flyer_front_ENG_webOur discussions will start from the assumption that institutions are in great need of revival since they are out of synchronization with the 21st century technologies, norms and collective aspirations. They haven’t been able to respond and adapt to the new technologies of participation, transparency and proximity, which for instance Spanish citizens demanded since the big wave of the 15-M indignados movement in 2011 that radically changed Spanish politics.

The crisis of political representation and legitimacy of current institutions, corruption scandals that unveiled the major political parties’ complicity with private interest, and the public disaffection with politics can be addressed by reinventing and reactivating political participation, with concrete proposals to devolve greater control and power to citizens.

This is the second larger event the project has organised since its launch in 2013. The previous one was held in London last year with the theme Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe.

The event is free of charge but requires registration via Eventbritehttp://bit.ly/1E2lGCw.

Our venue will be Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona).

The event is hosted by D-CENT, Open University of Catalunya (one of D-CENT partners) and Tecnopolitica.

Download flyer: http://dcentproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Flyer_two-sided.pdf

#DemocraticCity
#DCENT


Agenda 5th of May 2015

09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome and Introduction
Arnau Monterde, D-CENT and Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, IN3

10.10- 11.50 Panel Discussion: Democratic-common Cities vs Smart-private Cities

Chaired by Arnau Monterde

– Gemma Galdón, Eticas Research & Consulting
– Xabier Barandiaran, Floksociety
– Francesca Bria, Nesta D-CENT coordinator
– Carlo Vercellone, CES – Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne
– Evgeny Morozov, Author and editorialist

Q&A

11.50 – 12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-14.00 Panel Discussion: Labodemo: Citizen movements’ new generation campaigns in Spain

Chaired by Miguel Arana

– Miguel Ardanuy, Head of participation, Podemos
– Javier Toret, Barcelona En Comú and D-CENT
– Miguel Aguilera, Podemos Aragón and Zaragoza en Común
– Pablo Soto, Ahora Madrid
– Juan Moreno Yagüe, Podemos Andalucía

Q&A

14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion: Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective

Chaired by Fabrizio Sestini

– Joonas Pekkanen, Forum Virium Helsinki and Open Ministry, Helsinki
– Robert Bjarnason, Citizens Foundation, Reykjavik
– Hille Hinsberg, Praxis Estonia
– Sören Becker, Author of energy democracy in Europe
– Marcelo Branco, InforLibero, Brazil

Q&A

17:00-18:30 Panel Discussion – New political movements for real democracy in Europe

– Alessandro di Battista (tbc), M5S Italy
– Andreas Karitzis, Syriza Greece
– Daniel Ripa, Podemos Spain
– Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party Iceland
– Gala Pin, Barcelona En Comú

>> Registration

Venue: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona)

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aleksandr molchanov

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April 14, 2015

Defective by Design

DMCA exemption commenting process broken beyond repair

Every three years, supporters of user rights are forced to go through a Kafkaesque process fighting for exemptions from the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). We explain this process more fully in our announcement of the comments we filed this year. In short, under the DMCA's rules, everything not permitted is forbidden. Unless we expend time and resources to protect and expand exemptions, users could be threatened with legal consequences for circumventing the digital restrictions management (DRM) on their own devices and software and could face criminal penalties for sharing tools that allow others to do the same. Exemptions don't fix the harm brought about by the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions, but they're the only crumbs Congress deigned to throw us when they tossed out our rights as users. So, every three years we are forced to claw and fight for these minimal protections. But while we work to protect and expand user rights, other groups are fighting just as hard to dilute what little safety the exemptions process is meant to provide -- by opposing proposed exemptions.

While organizations and individuals who supported exemptions had to submit their comments by February 6th, those working to stop exemptions had until March 27th to file their comments. The companies and trade groups that oppose DMCA exemptions generally have greater resources for navigating this broken system, and they choose to use those resources to reinforce the DMCA's draconian anti-circumvention provisions. As we wait for the Copyright Office to finish publishing those comments so that we can name and shame those who support the DMCA's worst provisions, we would like to discuss our experience working with this broken process. Astute observers may have noticed that when comments in support of DMCA exemptions were published, there were no comments from the Free Software Foundation. This was perplexing, because we had actually commented in support of every single proposed exemption. After some back and forth with the Copyright Office, our comments have now been published. So what happened?

As it turns out, the Federal Register had a mechanism for submitting comments on their Web page announcing the commenting period. Phone calls to the Copyright Office revealed that the office had no idea that the Federal Register was taking comments. This is despite the fact that we had received confirmation emails from the Federal Register that our comments had been submitted and that they would be posted by the Copyright Office. Over the phone, we were assured that this was a mistake and that the Federal Register should not have been accepting comments at that time. While we are glad that the issue is now resolved and that our comments are now published, this is more evidence that the exemption creation process is truly broken. If the departments handling the acceptance and publication of comments don't even know the origin or destination of the comments, how can we be sure they are up to the task of ensuring users get the little protection the exemption process provides? How can the voices of people who oppose DRM and the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions be heard if their comments get lost in a bureaucratic maze, where one hand of the government doesn't know what the other is doing?

DRM is morally wrong, and criminalizing the tools of its circumvention, doubly so. The exemptions process is theoretically meant to lessen this wrong. But with the process so completely broken, there is no real way to protect users under the current system. That is why we call on Congress to end the madness and remove the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions entirely. The exemption process is fundamentally broken and cannot possibly protect the rights of users. We need a full reset. Here's what you can do to help:

  • If you live in the U.S., contact your Congressperson and tell them you oppose DRM and the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions.

  • If you live outside the U.S., fight back against TPP, which would extend the worst provisions of the DMCA globally.

  • Join our Defective by Design mailing list to keep up to date on the latest in the fight against DRM.

  • Donate to help support our work in this fight.

by Donald Robertson

April 13, 2015

Annamaria Monteverdi

From Audiovisual Academy some interesting examples of videomapping

From Audiovisualacademy.com here are some examples of videomapping: “Below are some of the examples of how video mapping was used for musical acts and stage design. Let’s start from the most recent one: 1. Amon Tobin ISAM tour: Live in Berlin For his 6-city tour with the new album ISAM Brazilian-born Canada-based electronic maverickAmon Tobin […]

by annamaria monteverdi

From Audiovisual Academy site, some examples of videomapping

From the blog Audiovisualacademy.com an interesting glance on videomapping: see below and from this link. “This week Moscow witnessed the biggest video mapping show ever performed in history. For the day of the city and it’s own 20-years anniversary Russian Alpha bank prepared a present – a […]

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April 12, 2015

Annamaria Monteverdi

Archivio Living Theatre. Una nota inedita di Judith Malina

Nel 2005 mi apprestavo a organizzare le celebrazioni in memoria di Julian Beck per i vent’anni della scomparsa. Scrissi a molti componenti del Living che conoscevo personalmente se volevano lasciarmi una memoria. E naturalmente scrissi a Judith. Che mi inviò una nota attualmente inedita. Sto ancora elaborando un lutto drammatico. E pian piano dall’archivio ritrovo […]

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Archivio LIVING: Il video RESISTANCE di Marco Santarelli

In una nota datata 1 giugno 1948, a pochi mesi dalla fondazione del Living Theatre, Judith Malina elenca, nel suo diario, i tre stadi necessari per la costruzione di un teatro politico: uno astratto, uno concreto, uno “attivo”: 1) Develop a theory of political philosophy (abstract) 2) Develop a historical understanding of what contributes to […]

by annamaria monteverdi

Documenti video on line sul LIVING THEATRE

Antologia video PARADISE NOW MALINA e REZNIKOV documentario RAI http://www.letteratura.rai.it/articoli/living-theatre-judith-malina-e-hanon-reznicov/1080/default.aspx

by annamaria monteverdi

Mysteries del Living Theatre, o della poesia dei cinque sensi a teatro

Mysteries and Smaller Pieces venne allestito per la prima volta dal Living Theatre il 26 ottobre 1964; il testo verrà trascritto soltanto nel 1969. Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, The Chord. L’occasione per un nuovo spettacolo che partisse dalle esercitazioni tecniche quotidiane della compagnia, dopo il successo di The Brig, l’allontanamento forzato dal loro teatro per […]

by annamaria monteverdi

Archivio Living Theatre. Il mio Living ha…25 anni

Il mio Living ha quindici anni. Frammenti di un diario teatrale (2005) di Anna Maria Monteverdi Paradise Now. A Pisa! A Pisa! Ho cominciato a occuparmi del Living quando avevo vent’anni, alla fine degli anni Ottanta, dopo la morte di Julian Beck. O per meglio dire, a vent’anni ne sentii parlare per la prima volta a […]

by annamaria monteverdi

April 11, 2015

Riccardo Orioles

Catania: trent’anni

Un comunicato a Catania 
10 aprile 2015
“In relazione alle notizie di stampa diffuse in data odierna da varie fonti in ordine all’esercizio dell’azione penale nei confronti di Mario Ciancio Sanfilippo ed alla avvenuta designazione del Giudice dell’Udienza Preliminare, si precisa che in data 1 aprile 2015 la Procura Distrettuale della Repubblica di Catania ha  depositato presso la cancelleria del G.I.P. la richiesta di rinvio a giudizio nei confronti del predetto imputato per il reato di concorso esterno in associazione mafiosa e che la designazione del Giudice, non ancora effettuata, avverrà secondo le previsioni tabellari.
Il Procuratore della Rapubblica
Giovanni Salvi
* * *

Una lapide a Catania
5 gennaio 1985
“Qui è stato ucciso
Giuseppe Fava
La mafia ha colpito chi con coraggio
l’ha combattuta, ne ha denunciato le
connivenze col potere politico ed
economico, si è battuto contro
l’installazione dei missili in Sicilia”
Gli studenti di Catania.

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by Riccardo Orioles

April 10, 2015

videogame confessional forum

peter moorhead

I'm Peter Moorhead. I'm a 20-year-old game developer currently living in London. I guess I've been making games in some limited capacity as a hobby since I was 14 or 15, and I released my first...

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Defective by Design

Hate DRM? Tell the world on May 6th

In the last year, we've seen DRM spread into more types of products, with Mozilla giving in to DRM in its Firefox Web browser and the media fawning over Apple's DRM-laden "smart" watch. But more people are waking up to DRM's oppressive effect every day, and the the movement to regain control of our technology is growing.

On Wednesday, May 6, 2014, our global community will come together for the ninth International Day Against DRM. We'll be gathering, protesting, making, and sharing, showing the world and the media that we insist on a future without DRM. We expect this to be one of the biggest, most diverse Days of action against DRM ever.

The Day is in a month, but you can get started now. Here's what you can do today, on dayagainstdrm.org:

Print What is DRM flyer

Print the double-sided flyer in color or black & white.
English

  • Check out the growing list of events on the LibrePlanet wiki. More coming soon! Join the announcements list and tell us where you live to get notifications about new events held by like-minded people in your area.

  • Get your friends together and plan an event. This year we've even got an event planning guide and a shiny new flyer (translations coming soon!) for you to use to spread awareness of DRM in your community. Not into flyering? The site has a list of other ideas for events. Whatever you choose to do, let us know at info@defectivebydesign.org and we'll be glad to answer any questions you have and promote it to people in your area. We recommend you also add it to the list as soon as possible, even if you haven't work out all the details yet.

  • Translate our flyer into your language. Even if you can't hand it out in your country, someone else might. All translations will be posted on dayagainstdrm.org as they are completed. We've set up a translation area on the LibrePlanet wiki. Please be sure to read all instructions before you begin.

  • Draft a blog post or make a video talking about the dangers of DRM, and get ready to post it on May 6th. Feel free to contact us if you'd like advice or help.

  • For a quick action, microblog before and on the Day with the hashtag #DayAgainstDRM

We'll keep in touch with more info leading up to the Day, when we'll use the site to coordinate actions and events. Until then, let's spread the word so that this can be the most powerful International Day Against DRM ever.


P.S. Are you affiliated with a business that sells DRM-free media? If so, we'd love to help you join the shops offering promotions for the International Day Against DRM, and tell our supporters about your business. Just email info@defectivebydesign.org for details.

by Zak Rogoff