pascalvanhecke + 2011   13

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin | Magazine
Bitcoin being declared dead by Wired, mainly for 2 reasons:

"Even the purest technology has to live in an impure world. Both the code and the idea of bitcoin may have been impregnable, but bitcoins themselves—unique strings of numbers that constitute units of the currency—are discrete pieces of information that have to be stored somewhere. "

"Stefan Brands, a former ecash consultant and digital currency pioneer, calls bitcoin “clever” and is loath to bash it but believes it’s fundamentally structured like “a pyramid scheme” that rewards early adopters. “I think the big problems are ultimately the trust issues,” he says. “There’s nothing there to back it up. I know the counterargument, that that’s true of fiat money, too, but that’s completely wrong. There’s a whole trust fabric that’s been established through legal mechanisms.”"
bitcoin  2011  currency  wired  history  from delicious
november 2011 by pascalvanhecke
TYSTYA - Told You So Ten Years Ago
The ultimate test for your punditry: make a prediction now and have it published in ten years time....

Wondering whether this service will make it till 2021....
microblogging  time  history  predictions  twitter  gimmick  2011  from delicious
november 2011 by pascalvanhecke
Here Are The Four Charts That Explain What The Protesters Are Angry About...
A summary in 4 graphs what's wrong with income distribution in the US... By Henry Blodget!

1. Unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression
2. At the same time, corporate profits are at an all-time high
3. Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low.
4. Income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near an all-time high
henryblodget  2011  history  activism  economics  economy  politics  visualisation  visualization  from delicious
october 2011 by pascalvanhecke
24 year old student lights match: Europe versus Facebook - IdentityBlog
Kim Cameron's overview of Max Schrem's crusade against Facebook.

"Max is a 24 year old law student from Vienna with a flair for the interview and plenty of smarts about both technology and legal issues. In Europe there is a requirement that entities with data about individuals make it available to them if they request it. That’s how Max ended up with a personalized CD from Facebook that he printed out on a stack of paper more than a thousand pages thick (see image below). Analysing it, he came to the conclusion that Facebook is engineered to break many of the requirements of European data protection. He argues that the record Facebook provided him finds them to be in flagrante delicto."
kimcameron  privacy  facebook  dataretention  dataprotection  europe  legislation  legal  righttoaccess  2011  from delicious
october 2011 by pascalvanhecke
slight paranoia: The forces that led to the DigiNotar hack
Chris Soghoian pointing fingers to the USA's NSA for not pointing out the weakneses in the SSL/CA system (and probably silently using it).<br />
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"Had the US defense and intelligence community acted 10 years ago to protect the Internet, instead of exploiting this flaw, we would not be in the dire situation that we are currently in, waiting for the next hacked certificate authority, or the next man in the middle attack."
ssl  https  chrissoghoian  2011  diginotar  certificates  security  surveillance  activism  politics  from delicious
september 2011 by pascalvanhecke
The DigiNotar Debacle, and what you should do about it | The Tor Blog
As it turns out, Diginotar also had issued several certificates for the TorProject... Guess who would be interested in that?!
diginotar  ssl  security  tor  2011  certificates  censorship  iran  from delicious
september 2011 by pascalvanhecke
(speculative) post on the internal debate within Google on GooglePlus' realname policy.
anonymity  pseudonymity  nymwars  privacy  googleplus  2011  socialnetworking  socialgraph  realname  from delicious
august 2011 by pascalvanhecke
ULD to website owners: „Deactivate Facebook web analytics“
First Data Protection agency that plays it hard: using FB's Like Button and other social plugins considered infringing.<br />
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"... calls on all institutions in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany to shut down their fan pages on Facebook and remove social plug-ins such as the “like”-button from their websites. <br />
.. such features are in violation of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG)..<br />
By using the Facebook service traffic and content data are transferred into the USA and a qualified feedback is sent back to the website owner concerning the web page usage, the so called web analytics (Ger.: Reichweitenanalyse). Whoever visits or uses a plug-in must expect that he or she will be tracked by the company for two years. Facebook builds a broad individual and for members even a personalised profile. <br />
.. There is no sufficient information of users and there is no choice"
germany  eu  legal  privacy  dataprotection  facebook  tracking  profiling  likebutton  2011  from delicious
august 2011 by pascalvanhecke
The great Murdoch conspiracy - Telegraph
Damning piece on the "system of collaboration between an over-mighty press and timorous politicians".<br />
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Jeff Jarvis' comment: <br />
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"I think that's the real fatality of the Murdoch scandal: the deflating of institutional journalism and its support of the institutions of government and politics"
privacy  journalism  democracy  britain  unitedkingdom  politics  disruption  corruption  2011  rupertmurdoch  from delicious
july 2011 by pascalvanhecke
BBC acts to stop Twitter leaks by stars and writers | Media | The Guardian
Now we're all media on our own, employees are facing heavier contractual restrictions on what they can say and cannot say in public, so companies (like the BBC in this case) get to control their message.
twitter  socialmedia  media  microcelebrity  corporatecommunication  corporatetwittering  2011  from delicious
july 2011 by pascalvanhecke / FT Magazine - Invasion of the body hackers
FT report on the QS conference in the Computer History Museum and on the Quantified Self movement:<br />
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Chang and many of the attendees of the Quantified Self conference liken themselves to the Homebrew Computer Club of the 1970s and ’80s, the Silicon Valley gathering of technical hobbyists – including Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak – who swore personal computers would one day grace every home. Quantified-selfers who are inventing personal tracking gadgets in their basements “will have the same scope of impact”, Chang says."
financialtimes  quantifiedself  health  timferris  trend  2011  selfimprovement  from delicious
june 2011 by pascalvanhecke

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