[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
— Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror) May 14, 2014
#biggest news this week
Everything is Broken – “Computers, and computing, are broken.” And another fantastic Quinn Norton rant.
Jacob Appelbaum’s opening speech – “As a person of Jewish American descent to accept the head of someone who fought in the war as a Nazi, I felt it must be under different circumstances: only when we take the head ourselves and never to honor the name of someone carrying such a history regardless of petty details.”
Pelé Said What? – “Dave Zirin has a book out next week called Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. His travels to Brazil and work on that project inform much of this article.”
Piratbyrån and Friends – “Piratbyrån and Friends, an exhibition at Furtherfield that presents screenings, installations and artworks by founding and more recent members of Piratbyrån (The Bureau for Piracy), keen to tell the story of the group on their own terms.”
Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit – “For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup that was supposed to insure privacy for all reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don’t have the right to much privacy in the first place”
Dystopia Tracker – “The Dystopia Tracker is a collaborative effort to document predictions about the future and their realisations. Everyone is invited to contribute content and correct errors.”
The obscenity trial that made H. R. Giger an icon for punk rock and free speech – “We were the first people to be prosecuted over an album in American history”
Berlin supermarket would have zero packaging – “a team of women in Berlin are trying the next iteration of the packaging-free grocery store, and they call the concept Original Unverpakt (“Original Unpacked”).”
Jean-Marie Le Pen suggests Ebola as solution to global population explosion – “Virus ‘could sort out demographic explosion’ and by extension Europe’s ‘immigration problem’, says founder of Front National” When old racists get senile things turn truly grim.
Banksy’s “Artist in Residence” Video for 18th Annual Webby Awards – Banksy is 38. That narrows it down a bit.
The True Story of Pot and Spoon – “What happened to Pot and Spoon at Occupy Wall Street? Read this true story from the front lines.”
Former Lulzsec hacker Jake Davis on his motivations – “Among those sentenced was Lulzsec’s self-appointed PR man, Jake Davis, who in his first TV interview has spoken to BBC Newsnight’s Susan Watts about what he did and why.”
DJ Food ‘Children of the Sun’ mix for Farmfestival – “‘Children of the Sun’ is a mix about the sun and summer in general”
OWS Protester Cecily McMillan Sentenced to 90 Days – “Cecily McMillan, the Occupy protester who was charged with assaulting a police officer after an incident the night of March 17, 2012, was sentenced to 90 days in prison minus time served and five years probation on Monday.”
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights around the world – “More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime”
«Es gibt Hinweise, dass die NSA die Schweizer Banken ausspioniert» – “Journalist Glenn Greenwald sagt, die Schweiz stehe in der Pflicht, Snowden Asyl zu geben. Sie würde keine Strafe der USA riskieren.”
«Überwachung ist das Geschäftsmodell des Internets» – “Dabei wissen wir überhaupt nicht, ob uns das überhaupt etwas nützt. Big Data ist ein riesiger Hype. Und wir wissen noch nicht, was davon bleibt.”
Politik ist mehr als Abstimmen – “Wer so oft erfolglos das gleiche Mittel anwendet, sollte sich irgendwann fragen: Warum machen wir das?”
E-Mail-Verschlüsselung in 30 Minuten – so geht’s! – “E-Mail-Verschlüsselung ist keine Hexerei, sondern etwas, das Journalisten beherrschen müssen, wenn sie ihre Quellen schützen wollen.”
Geld- und Zinskritik gegen Fiatgeld? – “Weder das Geld noch das Geldsystem in Form der Zentralbanken sind also das politische Problem. Dass die Geldkritik zudem antisemitisch anschlussfähig ist, macht es umso wichtiger, sich kritisch mit ihr zu beschäftigen.”