Cyberculture agenda: Historic switch- Firefox from Google to Yahoo… Creative Commons at 12 years…


Yahoo will soon be the default search engine on Firefox browsers.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: why only an anthropologist can tell the story of Anonymous


Each month 150-170 million Internet users share files using the BitTorrent protocol, a massive audience by most standards. The common perception is that these people are only interested in obtaining content for free.

However, studies have found that file-sharers are often more engaged than the average consumer, as much was admitted by the RIAA back in 2012. There’s little doubt that within those millions of sharers lie people spending plenty of money on content and entertainment.


The following review appeared in the Central Intelligence Agency’s in-house academic journal Studies In Intelligence.

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, by Luke Harding (Vintage, 2014), 346 pp., index.

The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster, by Edward Lucas (Edward Lucas eBook, 2014), 76 pp., glossary, endnotes, no index.

No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald (Metropolitan, 2014), 259 pp., photos, endnotes & index at

What’s Missing from the Industrial Internet of Things Conversation? Software

These days, you can hardly have a technology conversation without talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). And when that conversation shifts its focus to the industrial sector, including energy, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, and petrochemicals, among others, the discussion changes to what is being called the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT). So […]

U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Consciousness in the age of digital dystopia

Now we are still in the honeymoon phase of the internet, but we must ensure that we do not let the internet become another arm of tyranny.

Protest against mass surveillance in Washington DC, October 2013.


The Spam Wars

This essay is adapted from Spam Nation, by Brian Krebs, published by Sourcebooks.


Twitter on Tuesday announced that it is going to make it easier for users to search for every tweet ever sent.

The State of GamerGate

A Reflection On Online Culture And Technology Platforms


Hey Silicon Valley, We Are All Uber


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