Firesheep, What Color is Your Hat?

This is my final paper for my professional ethics course. I decided to write it on the ethics of Firesheep. The course is structured around the VCR approach–basically, that most ethical issues can be better understood when the stakeholders’ values, virtues, consequences, contingencies, rights, and responsibilities are revealed. It is written for a decidedly non-technical […]

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5 Points of Intersection Between FanFiction and Open Source Communities

Since I’m a fan of and a dabbler in both fanfiction and Open Source,* and keep coming back to them because the communities are nutritious and fun, I wanted to briefly explore the ways in which their communities function similarly: They are distributed. While there are fanfic writing rock stars and coding queens, it is […]

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MPAA doing well, still complaining about piracy

You know those threats from the FBI you watch every time you watch a movie (and which can’t be skipped)? The ones that completely ignore fair use–by definition an “unauthorized use of copyrighted material”. Well, in addition to those the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is constantly complaining about piracy to everyone from Congress […]

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Google Maps and David Rumsey collection–The Bay Area, then and now

This is an image I composed and then captured using my MacBook Pro’s screenshot capabilities. See what’s the same and what’s different. The map on the right is the Official map of the State of California. by Eddy, William M. from 1854 from the awesome David Rumsey collection. The left is the current Google Map […]

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Estonia: Information Warfare and Lessons Learned “The First Internet War” (a presentation I watched from DefCon)

These are some notes I took while watching a slideshow from last year’s DefCon (watching online *sigh*). It is on the attacks against Estonia last year and how they were responded to. Fascinating stuff for anyone interested in Security, emerging threats and online/internet/cyber-terrorism. If you have no idea what happened to Estonia a year ago, […]

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