Social Network of No
Torrenting has a very bad rap. The BitTorrent protocol can be used for good — it was the inspiration for Bitcoin, and the basis for BitTorrent Sync, Bundles and Bleep — but most people associate it with illegal file sharing. That’s in no small part due to the fact that Pirate Bay’s most visible founder is a black hat who can’t keep himself out of jail.
Today, Gottfrid Svartholm was sentenced to three and a half years in a Denmark prison, which is the worst kind of prison according to Hamlet. Mr. Svartholm’s crime this time around has nothing to do with the Pirate Bay, but hacking into an American tech firm called CSC. This new conviction comes briefly on the heels of an acquittal for allegedly hacking into a Swedish bank to siphon off money.
meanwhile in north korea
App creators are often surprised by how people end up using their creations. Unfortunately for *diaspora, a hands-off social network that allows people to control their own decentralized groups, their software is being used by terrorists.
Terrorist organization ISIS has now fled other social networks to the aptly named diaspora*, a company that, by its own admission, can’t actually kick anyone off of their network. diaspora* has responded by publishing a blog post advising their citizen moderators how to deal with accounts that could belong to terrorist organizations:
diaspora* is a completely decentralized network which, by its nature, consists of many small servers exchanging posts and messages. There is no central server, and there is therefore no way for the project’s core team to manipulate or remove contents from a particular node in the network (which we call a “pod”). This may be one of the reasons which attracted IS activists to our network.
Privacy is Dead
Apparently North Koreans love downloading porn, just like you! According to BitTorrent monitoring site Scan Eye, people in the tightly controlled country downloaded a bunch of British television shows, video games, and, obviously, some porn within the past two years.
BitTorrent has kind of a bad reputation, even if they don’t deserve it. They invented the BitTorrent protocol, which can be used for downloading movies and music, and has wreaked havoc on every creative industry it touches. Ever since, they’ve been trying to use their cryptographic skills for good.
BitTorrent opened up alpha testing Read More
As cloud service companies battle it out for supremacy, one file sharing service sets itself apart by skipping the cloud altogether. It’s called BitTorrent Sync, and starting this week, it’s going to be available through Netgear’s native app store.
Sync is like a cloud storage solution, only with no actual cloud storage involved.
Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep your data in a central online database that you can access from any device — for example, you can work with files on your tablet or laptop, and when you switch over to your PC, the files will still be accessible.
Fresh off the diamond-studded heels of its partnership with Madonna, Vice Media is expanding the selection of music, video and other media it offers on BitTorrent. The Wrap reports that the artists and actors involved in the multimedia bundles haven’t yet been revealed, but we’re hoping it at least involves Read More
The Queen, Empress, Duchess, Headmistress, etc., of Pop has finally announced some deets for her secretprojectrevolution, which is a partnership between herself, VICE and Steven Klein. And while we don’t know much more about it besides the fact that it’s a 17-minute film and it has something to do with society and oppression, we do know this: she will distribute the film via BitTorrent.
Young people who attend week-long music festivals to get wasted and rub up against each other may not be the upstanding citizens you thought they were, Spotify’s researchers insist.
Instead, Spotify found that after festivals, youngs are keen to “sample [artists’ music] through unauthorized channels,” which is fancy BBC-speak for stealing music on the Internet.
Well look who’s
scroogling screwing people now. The European Union has fined Microsoft $731 million for violating its promise to offer consumers a choice of web browser. Probably because when given a choice, no one will pick Internet Explorer. [Reuters]
Facebook plans to announce better ways to filter News Feed content at tomorrow’s big press event, including being able to view just Instagram photos. Photos will also appear larger for posts and, of course, ads. [TechCrunch]
What happens when you share Beyonce files on BitTorrent? Sony smacks you with a $233,000 damages lawsuit. That’s what you get for stealing from Queen Bey, we suppose. [TorrentFreak]
The FBI is secretly spying on some Google users, though because of national security, Google can only give an estimate of how many accounts have been tapped. [Wired]
JFK employees reportedly saw a drone aircraft flying around yesterday, and now the FBI wants your help tracking it. [Motherboard]
Everyone knows that America’s youths just love pirating music. However, as in all things, there must be a winner, someone whose devotion goes above and beyond, a town that pulls together to reach number one. And so–drum roll, please!–CNET has a list of the metro areas with the most offenders per capita. Taking home the crown?
Gainesville, Florida, the home of the University of Florida. Surprise, surprise.*
As CNET notes, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who the culprit is here: