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This week's episode is brief as there will be another release on Wednesday. Sometimes the production cycle does not give us time to adapt to late-breaking events. This week's episode presents a news miscellany that touches upon Borders, Facebook, and The FreedomBox.
As of March 1st we will be breaking the previous URL for subscribing to the podcast. Your podcatcher must be pointed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts to continue to receive the program. That target is already live and active so it may be used immediately.
New York Times: The FreedomBox
Software Freedom Law Center: Freedom in the Cloud
The Register: The FreedomBox
PCMag.com: National Broadband Map
Fox News: National Broadband Map
BBC News: Borders seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News: Borders seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy
The Register: Google on Manual Search Penalties
The Register: Facebook on SIM
5:18 minutes (4.86 MB)
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This week's episode brings a news miscellany.
US Postal Service bordering on default
January 13th's postal pricing announcement
USPS Library Mail rates
Internet congestion set to worsen
The Web Keeps Getting Bigger
Egypt & The Big Off Switch
Why Not Meter The Internet?
WikiLeaks Does Everything
How Safe Is Your Network?
Nicky Wires on library closures
Facebook causing ana-mia
University of Haifa on Facebook thinspiration
7:12 minutes (2.89 MB)
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This week's episode of LISTen is a quick look at headlines in light of some sort of major sporting event taking place in the United States.
Daily Mail on snow in the northern hemisphere
The Register: Internet Kill Switch
Investor's Business Daily: Internet Kill Switch
PCMag.com: Internet Kill Switch
OpenCongress.org: Internet Kill Switch
Jillian York: Future of Egyptian Internet
The Register: Bill Gates on Killing The Internet
The Scottish Sun: "Use your library because it's on borrowed time"
Comment Is Free: Technology Changing Reading Habits
The Observer: "Super Library" in Birmingham (UK)
The Guardian: Shh-in
HOWTO: Communicate if Your Government Shuts Off Your Internet
3:16 minutes (1.31 MB)
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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.
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
TOR Project: Egyptians Switch En Mass To The Onion Router
TOR Project: Downloading for Ubuntu
11:54 minutes (9.54 MB)
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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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"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.
LISNews on Twitter
LISNews on Identica
The new feed location you must point your podcatcher at ASAP: feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts
Ars Technica: Fake keyboard PCs via custom Android drivers
New York Times: Digital Unreliability
Media Network: No blogging in Saudi Arabia without government permission
13:48 minutes (5.53 MB)
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This week's second episode of LISTen presents a more general news miscellany of stories.
USA Today: Make mental health reporting mandatory
National Review Online: Make mental health reporting mandatory
National Review Online: The Madness Lobby
Dr. Helen Smith: The Loughner Case
Deutsche Welle: Sarkozy versus The Net
La Quadrature du Net
The Register: The Right To Be Forgotten
BBC News: South African retailer Massmart selling controlling stake to Wal-Mart
National Review Online: Bankruptcy possibilities
USA Today: Public pensions crushing states
The Detroit News: Classes at the high school level in Detroit may well inflate to 62 students per classroom.
Library Journal: California Governor Jerry Brown zeroes out library funding
Sun News/Cleveland.com: Libraries Feel Budget Cuts Trending
MSNBC: Postal rate hikes coming
USPS PDF file: New "library mail" rates come April
Ars Technica: Radio delivered for Haiti -- Read More
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.
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 censorship...in 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
18:12 minutes (7.29 MB)
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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:
The Register on the net neutrality debate at CES 2011
Larry Downes on the net neutrality debate at CES 2011
Nate Anderson of Ars Technica on a short-coming to the net neutrality order
Wikipedia on FidoNet
Wikipedia on UUCP
LockerGnome on Internet Alternatives
Megan McCardle on Borders
The Register on Overwhelming Smut Online in Australia
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“ http://ubuntuone.com/p/WgV/
A duplicate of the episode audio is being hosted on Ubuntu One temporarily during this period of transition for the back-end to LISNews.