• What if goverment wasn’t dumb about the internet?

    by  • February 21, 2012 • 4 Comments

    The new-new thing at EdgeRyders is that map. We’re building a map of what’s going on, where the sites and stories are which show the new peeking through the cracks in the old, where the action is. You can sign up to edit the map. That’s actually pretty bold – we’re crowdsourcing a map of […]

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    Surviving “The Event”

    by  • February 20, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Click here if your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video I’ve had a really good time the last two weekends attending The Event Leila Johnston’s talk series on absolutely catastrophic risks (think cosmic rays, supervolcanos and worse.) I did a talk called complexity kills on understanding risk and Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps. Download the talk, slides […]

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    On Un-Designing the Cryptographic Utopia

    by  • February 4, 2012 • 2 Comments

    Utopia. No-place. We can and must do better than this. Because the Media are owned by Corporations who we wish to Police using the power of the State which they have Suborned using the gutter press and requiring political advertising in elections. Because the Internet Service Providers are Tightly Aligned with Copyright Holders who are […]

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    On the ethics (and pragmatics) of cryptography

    by  • February 4, 2012 • 3 Comments

    (Jan 2015 update. Note this post is three years old: it was written a year before the Snowden revelations. But it has a more-or-less accurate threat model regarding the NSA’s technical capabilities and intentions, so the piece is not out of date.) I have a knack for crypto. Actually, to be honest, I have a […]

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    Five verses on the gap, and addendum

    by  • February 3, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Five verses on the gap You can see and feel the gap in the quiet desperation of those well-intentioned as they age into their 30s and wonder “is this it?” It hit me late: I have no child, I am yet free One life is not enough to achieve it. The cosmic infinite inside says […]

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    Four Facets of Forty (FFfF)

    by  • January 18, 2012 • 7 Comments

    I think only somebody like me could decide to have a mid-life crisis. I’m good at crisis. I decided to have one of my own. My life is, by any standards, a fucking mess. I finally found an image which really does it justice: I’m a chisel. A very hard, very flat chunk of grey […]

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    On losing respect for Feminism

    by  • January 2, 2012 • 4 Comments

    I’ve lost respect for western models of feminism after one stupid argument too many. I have not lost respect for women, any more than losing respect for Marxism means you no longer respect Russians. The issues women face are real. However, political mistakes made in the early stages of women’s struggle in the West are […]

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    Tantra, race and feminism

    by  • January 1, 2012 • 8 Comments

    People have no fucking clue what Hinduism is. The monotheisms – the paths which admit a single truth – are four major and many minor. The four major are Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Buddhism is not often discussed as a monotheism, and in many variations it is not, but the notion of a single […]

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