16 JUL 2013 by ideonexus

 Seeding Untruths as an Act of Rebellion

Conceding that the battle to stop documentation of people’s private details and lives was a lost one, the Decepticons have taken a different approach: make this data unreliable. Decepticon hackers work hard to penetrate mesh databases and seed false information. They have released numerous worms and trojans into the wild with the sole purposes of gaining access to archives, selecting random entries, and replacing the data with autogenerated material (similar enough to pass, but false). Some...
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As a protest against sousiveillance, some hackers turn to filling the Web with false data to make all data unreliable.

23 JAN 2011 by ideonexus

 Smaller Fragments of Information Command Attention

I do find that smaller and smaller bits of information can command the full attention of my over-educated mind. And not just me; everyone reports succumbing to the lure of fast, tiny, interruptions of information. In response to this incessant barrage of bits, the culture of the Internet has been busy unbundling larger works into minor snippets for sale. Music albums are chopped up and sold as songs; movies become trailers, or even smaller video snips. (I find that many trailers really are be...
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Kevin Kelly describes how he his attention is grabbed by smaller bits of information and his mind more active as a result.