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Sono lo SPID e il software libero sufficienti per una partecipazione deliberativa elettronica comunale in larga scala?!

Con la conquista di 2 grandi città, il Movimento Cinquestelle ha finalmente l’occasione e le risorse per realizzare la promessa democrazia diretta, online e non, in larga scala. Il programma prevede un forte consolidamente e estenzione degli istituti di partecipazione … Continue reading

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“Head of NSA’s Elite Hacking Unit: How We Hack” by ABC News

ABS News come out with this article: http://abcnews.go.com/International/head-nsas-elite-hacking-unit-hack/story?id=36573676 In assessing the veracity and completeness of what the head of NSA Tao says here we should consider it’s important part of its agency mission that hundreds of thousands of potential mid-to-high … Continue reading

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We arw alredy in a “digital explosion” a head of Gartner says

said Christian Byrnes, managing vice president at Gartner. “An inflection point in business and technological innovation has occurred, which we refer to as the ‘digital explosion’ and the ‘race to the edge.’”

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Welcome to Linear City 2.0, a social and human urban redevelopment concept

For my master thesis in Public Policy and Regional Planning at Rutgers University in 2000, I defined in fine detail an ethical vision I had in 1998 that convinced me to pursue that Master in that school: the technical, political and … Continue reading

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Some comments on the Preamble of the Italian Internet “Bill of Rights”

Last July 2015, the Italian parliament approved, through a motion, an Italian Internet “Bill of Rights”. We greatly admire and support the motives of the drafters, many of which are friends, but we believe it necessary to highlight some serious shortcomings to … Continue reading

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Richard Hawking on the great risks of the “default” scenarios for the future of AI

Richard Hawking, the great physicist, sees in the future of humanity like no one else. He sees our greatest risks related to the future of self-improving AI machines: (1) Human exinction, if AI machines can be controlled at all. He said … Continue reading

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Is meaningful trustworthiness a requirement of Free Software “computing freedom”?

In this youtube video excerpt (minute 8.33-15.55) from Panel 2 of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference, that I organized 2 weeks ago, in which Richard Stallman and myself debate about IT trustworthiness and free software. The entire panel video is also … Continue reading

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How could the US government incentivize IT service providers to voluntarily and adequately provide compliance to lawful access?!

More news on Obama’s search for legislative or regulatory solution to lawful access to digital systems. For some time now, the US government has been ever more often stating that there will not be a mandatory technical requirements to enable remote state lawful access, … Continue reading

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A Proposed Solution to Wikimedia funding problem …

… without introducing any undemocratic bias: Introduce contextual ads made exclusively of product/service comparisons made by  democratically-controlled consumer organizations. In Italy for example there is Altroconsumo org with 100s of thousands of members which regularly produces extensive comparative reports. In … Continue reading

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“f no values-based standards exist for Artificial Intelligence, then the biases of its manufacturers will define our universal code of human ethics. But this should not be their cross to bear alone. It’s time to stop vilifying the AI community and start defining in concert with their creations what the good life means surrounding our consciousness and code.”

http://mashable.com/2015/10/03/ethics-artificial-intelligence/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-tech-link

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” Now imagine that some fiendish crime syndicate were to steal such a car, strap a gun to the top, and reprogram it to shoot people. That’s an AI weapon.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/humans-not-robots-are-the-real-reason-artificial-intelligence-is-scary/400994/

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The robots aren’t taking our jobs; they’re taking our leisure

But what about the bounty of digital technology that is in evidence all around us? Almost 30 years ago, the great economist Robert Solow quipped, “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” An answer to … Continue reading

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Blaming China for cyber attacks without any public evidence creates highly-perverse dynamics

Blaming China for cyber attacks without any public evidence creates highly-perverse dynamics: (1) breached entity, instead of paying in liability/blame for lack of security, can turn itself into victim of act of war; (2) increases support for requests by defense  agencies/contractors for … Continue reading

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A definition of “Constitutionally-meanigful levels of trustworthiness” in IT systems

A proposed definition of “Constitutionally-meanigful levels of trustworthiness” in IT systems An IT system (or more precisely a end-2-end computing service or experience) will be said to have “constitutionally-meaningful levels of trustworthiness” when its confidentiality, authenticity, integrity and non-repudiation is sufficiently high to make its use … Continue reading

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Motives of the Hacking Team hack may have much in common with those that broughtin 1903 the British Mr Maskelyne – and possibly its UK corporate/state sponsors – to hack Marconi’s radio telegraph in 1903 …

… to establish their tech/service as the “secure” remote communications of choice for global corporations and governments: Maskelyne followed his trick with an even bigger showstopper. In June 1903, Marconi was set to demonstrate publically for the first time in … Continue reading

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if sousveillance tools do not have sufficiently extreme levels of security and user-accoutability, they become additional tool of the powers-that-be…

This article – “Indian cops want Bangalore’s citizens to help them catch criminals by using Periscope” – makes me think that if sousveillance tools do not have sufficiently extreme levels of security and user-accoutability, they become additional tool of the … Continue reading

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Who sets the security standards for lawful access systems like Hacking Team team?!

After what came out of the Hacking Team scandal, we should consider if the standards for such techs, crucial for society – that many governments want extended as mandatory to other IP communications – maybe we have a problem at their origina, … Continue reading

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Hacking Team on the relative morality of their general line of business

From Ars Technica post today. It does make sense in many regards: Rabe argued that just as the United States and other Western countries routinely sell arms to allied countries like Saudi Arabia, so too should Hacking Team be able … Continue reading

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Adi Shamir: ” “In the Second World War if you had good crypto protecting your communication you were safe. Today with an APT sitting inside your most secure computer systems, using cryptography isn’t going to give you much protection.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/01/post_cryptography_security_shamir/ “In the Second World War if you had good crypto protecting your communication you were safe. Today with an APT sitting inside your most secure computer systems, using cryptography isn’t going to give you much protection. “It’s very difficult … Continue reading

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Panopticon sounds very much like the post-Snoden world for all of us

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) … Continue reading

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