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Cancellation Notice for 14 March 2011

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Erie Looking Productions has suffered a catastrophic equipment failure. As we attempt to repair damage it must be noted that the regularly scheduled release for 14 March 2011 is cancelled. Barring disruptions the next programming release is set for 21 March 2011.

LISTen An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #144

This week's episode of LISTen brings the return of segment-sized Tech for Techies. A news miscellany is also presented.

Listeners must re-point their podcast receiving software to the following address to continue to receive the podcast uninterrupted: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts

Related links:
Twitter outage
Google-bombing abortion to equal murder
Iranian Cyber Army attacks The Voice of America
Lianza updates on libraries affected in Christchurch
The Tatler: Counties Dying
The Associate Press: Counties Dying

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Unnumbered Special Edition (23 February 2011)

This episode talks about information architecture in today's situation of dysfunctional nation-states that have shown no hesitation in terminating or curtailing Internet access within their territories.

An example of a plug computer mentioned in the program (click to enlarge):
A plug computer

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #143

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.

Related links:
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

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Excluding content by the United States Government incorporated herein, LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #143 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #142

This week's episode brings a news miscellany.

LISTen: An LISNews.org 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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