Cyberculture agenda: KickassTorrents might be back at

KickassTorrents ex-staffers brought the torrent site back from the dead The Next Web by Mix   Back in July, millions of pirates got their hearts broken when their go-to torrent site KickassTorrents suddenly shut down following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin – but it seems not all is lost. A group of devoted ex-staffers has kicked off a … Read more


A Tactical Tech research: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RESEARCHING DIGITAL SECURITY TRAINING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS INTRODUCTION As technology becomes increasingly fundamental to the work of many human rights defenders (HRDs), a parallel expansion can be observed in the digital threats they face. Tactical Tech has been working in digital security training for human rights defenders for … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products…

A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products Berkman Center Newsfeed Teaser In this paper, which is modeled on a similar effort in 1999 by researchers from George Washington University, Berkman Fellow Bruce Schneier and collaborator Kathleen Seidel together with Harvard College student Saranya Vijayakuma identify and survey 865 encryption products from 55 different countries, 546 of them … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: A report on The future of wearables…

The future of wearables: report The Next Web by Andrew Levy There have been a lot of changes to the mobile platform landscape in recent months. Innovative reimaginings of the way we connect with the world, new products and undeniably out-of-the-box features have made it an exciting time for consumers and the industry alike. Library Suspends Tor … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Ashley Madison leak 2.0

Ashley Madison leak 2.0: new dump is twice as large, and includes CEO’s emails  Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin Self-proclaimed Ashley Madison hackers the Impact Team today released what looks like another 20 gigabytes of ill-gotten data. The just-dropped “other shoe” includes emails from the cheater-dating website’s CEO. Swarm 3.0, over-gamified, missed its chance with me The … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: #Alphabet is the new Google

Now It Can Be Evil! Twitter Reacts to Google’s Alphabet  Wired Top Stories by Davey Alba Rarely is the Internet simply handed a joke fest on this scale. A New Company Called Alphabet Now Owns Google Wired Top Stories by Cade Metz Google has reorganized itself into multiple companies, spinning off several of its most ambitious projects … Read more

Anthropology roundup: ” Anthropologists When They’re the Expert in the Courtroom.

We weaponized anthropology. Why didn’t it work? The Fabius Maximus website (blog) Yesterday’s post recommended Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State (2011) by David H. Price (Prof of anthropology at St. Martin’s U; bio here). In this great book he describes one facet of America’s militarization .. View image | … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Obama’s Cyber-Threat initiatives… EFF: Transparency Is No Substitute For Free Speech…

Transparency Is No Substitute For Free Speech Updates by Eva Galperin and Jillian York  / Twitter has released a new transparency report. The company—which scored five stars in our latest “Who Has Your Back?” report—blogged about the release, wrote that “[p]roviding this insight is simply the right thing to do, especially in an age of … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts in Silk Road trial verdict…

Silk Road trial verdict: Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin Ulbricht faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Read the rest Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht found guilty for all 7 conspiracy charges  The Next Web by Napier Lopez Today, Ross Ulbricht, known by his online alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,”was … Read more

Freedom House (@freedomhousedc) releases Freedom on the Net 2014 report… Cyberculture agenda…

Report link here Turkey partly free ************** Angela Merkel calls for end to net neutrality Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow The German Chancellor — whose party is closely aligned with the telcoms sector — says she wants a two-tier Internet; on the “fast” Internet, carriers will be allowed to slow down access to services that haven’t paid … Read more

Anthro roundup: “New American Ethnologist Virtual Issue on ?In/Visibility: Projects, Media, Politics, 2012-2013?

New American Ethnologist Virtual Issue on ?In/Visibility: Projects, Media, Politics, 2012-2013? NEW! American Ethnologist virtual issue on ?In/Visibility: Projects, Media, Politics, 2012-2013? ? FREE articles for 2 months. Guest edited by Samuel Martínez, organizer of our 2014 AES spring conference on the same theme.   Looks of early European revealed   Genetic tests reveal that … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “Tons of newly published open anthropology…

Introduction to Anthropology, Culture by Islamic Thinkers Iran Book News Agency Mohammad Heidaypour and Mahmoud Azimi Rasta have jointly compiled a new book in assessment of the views by Islamic and Iranian thinkers onanthropology and culture. IBNA: Arranged in three major parts, the book delves into the nature, generalities Tons of newly published open anthropology When … Read more

Yandex data compares Istanbul’s traffic – 17 % more time spent in mornings…

Data provided in Turkish here. A comparison between October 2012 to October 2013 states that 17 % more time spent in mornings and 12 % more time spent in evenings in Istanbul traffic since last year…   ************** In other Istanbul news Hagia Sophia: between consecration and contestation Should Hagia Sophia become a mosque? Or … Read more

Cyberculture roundup: LSE research shows piracy isn’t killing big content…Twitter IPO… Anonymous members indicted…

  London School of Economics: piracy isn’t killing big content; government needs to be skeptical of entertainment industry claims Copyright and Creation, a policy brief from a collection of respected scholars at the rock-ribbed London School of Economics, argues that the evidence shows that piracy isn’t causing any grave harm to the entertainment industry, and that anti-piracy … Read more