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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #140

This week's episode is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary look at the violation of the knowledge ecology perpetrated in Egypt. Practical discussion is presented as to circumventing the disruption of Internet access as well as SMS/MMS messaging as seen there. Implications for information architecture are also discussed. Related links: Xubuntu Project Lead Approved Mashable: Egypt Protests Deutsche Welle: Egypt Protests Media Network: Egypt Protests Renesys: Egypt Leaves The Internet The Other McCain: Egypt Protests The Register: Egyptian Media Crackdown Al Jazeera English: Egypt Leaves The Internet Al Jazeera English: Online Activism Fueling Protests Caroline McCarthy: No such thing as a "social media revolution" Committee to Protect Journalists: Egypt Leaves The Internet The Register: Vodafone acknowledges shut down order Librarian Phoebe Ayers: Egypt Protests Infodisiac: Egypt access to Wikipedia disappears The Associated Press: Egypt Leaves The Internet...and fails to quell protests! Media Network: Radio Netherlands Worldwide to target increased broadcasting at Egypt The Associate Press: The Day Part of the Internet Died RFC 1930: "Guidelines for creation, selection, and registration of an Autonomous System (AS)" Ars Technica: How Egypt Fractured The Internet RIPE Network Coordinate Centre stats on Egypt traffic Project Gutenberg's CD & DVD Project for offline access LOCKSS MirrorBrain FLDIGI QSSTV TOR Project: Egyptians Switch En Mass To The Onion Router TOR Project: Downloading for Ubuntu

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The Lights Are Going Out

Things are apparently developing in Egypt. There is an unconfirmed report that Egypt is totally offline. The Electronic Frontier Foundation posted to Identica about a separate report about the Internet being cut off in Egypt. Caroline McCarthy at CNET notes that Twitter is presently being blocked in Egypt. Later reporting by Elinor Mills at CNET notes that blocking is on the rise in Egypt and Associated Press reporters are unable to communicate. Nina Shea at National Review Online's group blog The Corner notes that these reports of disruption are not anomalies which is echoed by Matthew Shaffer there as well. Agence France-Presse notes that cellular telephone service is disrupted in addition to the reports of Internet disruption.

The situation in Egypt, much like the recent case in Tunisia, illustrates fundamental flaws in the nature of Internet access. Even though the system is purportedly designed to route around outages like this, failure seems to be easily caused. In conjunction with the proliferation of computer sound cards and software like fldigi, the deployment of radiofax service by outside powers to distribute information may be advisable. Examples of what this might look like are available online. Though such would have required specialist equipment twenty years ago that method for information distribution can take advantage of consumer-grade computer and radio hardware.

This situation continues to develop...

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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #139

"You may or may not have noticed LISNews fell off the Internet on Saturday..." In this episode we talk about our interesting outage, how to find the podcast when there is an outage, and have an essay that takes a reasoned look a public finance. Related links: LISNews on Twitter LISNews on Identica The new feed location you must point your podcatcher at ASAP: Ars Technica: Fake keyboard PCs via custom Android drivers New York Times: Digital Unreliability Media Network: No blogging in Saudi Arabia without government permission Creative Commons License
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #137

This week's episode contains a replay of the most recent episode of TVO's program Search Engine about the censorship situation in Tunisia. We follow up last Tuesday's release of Search Engine by bringing the story up to date with events that happened since. Another episode of LISTen will be released late Tuesday night/early Wednesday overnight with content that is more traditional. Related links: The episode of Search Engine being replayed Ars Technica on Twitter vs. Tunisia Committee to Protect Journalists on Tunisian Censorship BBC News reporting on Tunisian 2005... The Voice of America on the Tunisia situation Story by Aidan Lewis on BBC News about the situation in Tunisia Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news on the ex-President of Tunisia fleeing to Saudi Arabia France24 on the possibility of more incidents like this Creative Commons License
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #136

This week's tardy podcast brings discussion of the upgrade to the LISNews back-end and a news miscellany. As referenced in the episode, your podcatcher should be pointed at the following target to best receive the program in case we have to switch to any backup systems through the technical wizardry of variable endpoints: Related links: The Register on the net neutrality debate at CES 2011

And the podcast audio payloads have disappeared...

Due to circumstances beyond our control, podcast payloads have been temporarily disabled.  From a suitably equipped Macintosh or Linux computer bearing the curl package, the following command will download the audio of LISTen #135 for you:

curl -C - -L -o “LISTen-135.mp3“

A duplicate of the episode audio is being hosted on Ubuntu One temporarily during this period of transition for the back-end to LISNews.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #134


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