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Re: [jox] 2010 Christmas Memo

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Hi Graham

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From: graham <graham>
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:18 pm
Subject: Re: [jox] 2010 Christmas Memo
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Hi Matthieu

Nice job on the website: both presentable and comprehensible :-)

Sorray about the formatting below; my thunderbird is struggling to
digest Mathieu's (openoffice?) output..

Um, yes copied from open office... 

On 12/16/10 10:31, Mathieu ONeil wrote:
  1_2 Submissions
  -StefanMn and StefanMz's submission is ongoing, 
but I have not heard from the authors as to how they wish to 
approach the three reviewer's recommendations.
-Graham Seaman was interested in submitting something but has 
not done so yet.

It's on the topic of the four freedoms of software and the five 
laws of
library science, as being a distinctive new type of human right, 
linkedto the old ones, but solidary rather than individual.

I did write something but wasn't happy with it, and wanted a bit of
editorial input, so I showed it to non-oekonux acquaintances. The
response was that it was too long, too unstructured, and didn't 
have a
clear target audience - all of which I agreed with - so I 
started to
pull it into 2 separate essays, one of which overlaps a little with
Gabriella's work so probably makes more sense here, but will 
take longer.

If anyone would be prepared to give me editorial suggestions I'd be
happy to send them the original, on the understanding it's not for
publishing because it's too rambling. But working on someone else's
ramblings is probably not anyone's idea of fun ;-)

If you could try to do a summary - just the essential points - that is always useful to figure out what you really want to get across. I'd be happy to look at that, take it from there? You could try submitting this to the list as well.

OK, now off-topic (and maybe should be copied/moved to the 
oekonux list/)

  ps. Like many of you I suppose I have been 
following the efforts to shut down Wikileaks and the response of 
the (mainly Western) “free Internet”.

Do you have any evidence for this 'mainly western' free 
internet? Are
you counterposing China to the rest, or... There is certainly a 
responsefrom both India and South America, including active 
involvement in
ensuring the survival of the main files. The Bolivian government 
has a
wikileaks mirror up too; if anything I'd see this as one of the most
globally unifying struggles yet, Li Xaobo and Assange being 
mentioned in
the same contexts.

I was thinking of the various maps of where the mirrors are; mostly in Europe in the ones I saw..

When added to the ever-spreading Facebook identity-
authentication tentacles, these control efforts 
raise some serious concerns about the direction of the network...

My hosting provider instructed me to close my mirror on grounds 
of the
commercial problems that would be caused by a DDOS attack (there 
is an
ongoing rotating DDOS-attack on all listed mirrors, but not that 
highlypowered). It's now back up on sufferance, but clearly 
won't last against
the slightest pressure. It struck me that one place that mirrors would
be less vulnerable to this combined commercial/political 
pressure would
be universities: especially any university teaching courses 
related to
academic freedom, human rights, etc. Has that happened?

Don't know, but it would be interesting to find out... How to do it?

 I agree with the conclusion of which is 
also reframed by
 Of course, apart from agreeing in principle that more 
attention needs to be paid to 
safeguarding the physical infrastructure, I dont have any 
precise or
concrete ideas as to what
should be done, and I can only appeal to others' suggestions or 
refer to
the ongoing discussion
on “alternative email infrastructure” on the P2P foundation

What about the suggestions for an alternate/parallel DNS system?
alternativebut discussions popping up everywhere. 
Hysterical/impossibleoverreaction, or an achievable goal?

Yes, I saw those too... Part of the mix, for sure.
I'd be interested in finding out what hardware and software maps are out there...



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