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Wikipedia pilots articles via SMS

Wikipedia pilots articles via SMS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24662267

Open source construction and blueprints for houses, shelters , etc. GiveItToTheCommons

All in a day’s work. Imagine building a house in just five hours, and I’m not talking about a Lego mansion, I’m talking about a real structure that you can live in. Dutch designer Pieter Stoutjesdijk has created an emergency shelter that can be snapped together in just five hours, reports Fast Company. Stoutjesdijk’s open source design is meant to bring shelter to people who lose their homes in a disaster. And while we’re on the topic of open source construction, check out this interview with WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin, who shares details on where the open source construction set is heading.

https://opensource.com/weekly-wrap-oct-18

Stallman: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand? #greatread

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/a-necessary-evil-what-it-takes-for-democracy-to-survive-surveillance/

We Must Design Every System for Privacy

If we don’t want a total surveillance society, we must consider surveillance a kind of social pollution, and limit the surveillance impact of each new digital system just as we limit the environmental impact of physical construction.

For example: “Smart” meters for electricity are touted for sending the power company moment-by-moment data about each customer’s electric usage, including how usage compares with users in general. This is implemented based on general surveillance, but does not require any surveillance. It would be easy for the power company to calculate the average usage in a residential neighborhood by dividing the total usage by the number of subscribers, and send that to the meters. Each customer’s meter could compare her usage, over any desired period of time, with the average usage pattern for that period. The same benefit, with no surveillance!

We need to design such privacy into all our digital systems.

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