Statistically ‘Intriguing’ Onion
0:45 Public Sector strikes in the UK
1:18 Website analytics
- Steady rise in traffic from those retweeting and redenting – thanks!
- Most users visiting the site are using linux
- UK and US main countries but many others from around the world
- We’re trying to build a community of practice – get involved
6:20 Privacy concerns and the limits of cyber-utopianism
- There’s been a lot of talk about the Arab Spring being a Facebook and Twitter revolution – how true is this?
- We talk about unions and technology a lot – does this mean we are cyber-utopians? Do we think tech is the future for unions?
- People who are enthusiastic about tech are often utopian – we aren’t. We see potential and danger, and we’re trying to figure out the best way through it
- For some cyber-pessimism, it’s worth engaging with The Net Delusion – by Evgeny Morozov
- Read Cory Doctorow’s review
- Anonymous supporting workers in Wisconsin
9:50 Privacy tools: The Onion Router
- Tor is an anonymous rerouter
- Tor’s hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site.
- Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.
- Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents.
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they’re in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they’re working with that organization.
- Relatively simple to set up
- Can be run from desktop browser bundle or a USB for internet cafes
- Want to thank Keir for his comment about the our previous show relating to building a central wiki for research
- In future show we’ll be having guests from both the Open Source and Labo(u)r Communities
- We’ll look into Bitcoin in a future show
- Creative Commons clarification does not mean free – read The Power of Open for more info
- GPL and LGPL – understanding the General Public Licence