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Bitcoin, The Beginning Of Open Source Governance?

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Quality Legislation – Nozomi Hayase: In my previous article on this site, “Bitcoin, Open Source Movement for Decentralized Future”, among many other issues I addressed some concern about the existence of early adopters and this apparent inequality within the Bitcoin ecosystem. I argued how in the Bitcoin network, the accumulation of money is not easily translated into power over others. Someone asked me to further elaborate on this. Here I will explore how the Bitcoin ecosystem offers a different model of governance and how within it, our familiar notion of power can be redefined to mean something radically different


Google has announced that it’s urging the US Government to extend the privacy rights afforded to US citizens to European countries with an extension of the US Privacy Act. Announced today in a blog post, the company said European citizens should have the right to challenge misuse of personal data, as US citizens can already in the EU. T

Obama backs net neutrality, says the internet should be classed as a utility

US President Barack Obama speaks about extending emergency unemployment benefits in the East Room of the White House in Washington on January 7, 2014. The US Senate narrowly advanced efforts to provide benefits for America's long-term unemployed, answering President Barack Obama's call to extend the emergency jobless insurance for 1.3 million people.   AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Internet access should be a utility. At least, that’s what many web denizens of America have wanted it to be for a long time, and now President Obama has thrown his weight behind them in support.

Cyberwar’s hidden victims: NGOs

A new report from the storied Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto documents the advanced, persistent threats levied against civil society groups and NGOs —

peter-sundeAfter being on the run for two years Peter Sunde, aka brokep, was arrested during a family visit in southern Sweden late May.

Despite being accused of non-violent crimes, Peter was transferred to a high-security unit. His time in prison was tough.

Policy and Internet Blog on 13 November 2014 at 08:15AM

Despite the speculation about the role massively open online courses (MOOCs) may play in higher education, empirical research that explores the realities of interacting and learning in MOOCs is in its infancy.

Amazon hearts Hachette
Amazon and publisher Hachette have announced they’ve resolved their dispute and signed a new multiyear deal, which will take effect from early 2015. Neither side has disclosed details of the agreement but Hachette will now gain the ability to set e-book prices, which had been a major sticking point in the dispute. Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s CEO, says: “This is great news for writers.
Today the Tor Project announced that it will be teaming up with Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, and the Center of Democracy & Technology, an advocacy group for digital rights, as part of a new initiative called Polaris.

The Silk Road, the FBI, and Misplaced Priorities

The US government took down Silk Road 2.0, the anonymous marketplace.


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