• Open Access

    Gen 18 2013, 8:56

    Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep
    it for themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage,
    published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being
    digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read
    the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You'll need
    to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

    There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has
    fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights
    away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under
    terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios,
    their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything
    up until now will have been lost.

    That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read
    the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing
    the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those
    at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the
    Global South? It's outrageous and unacceptable.

    "I agree," many say, "but what can we do? The companies hold the
    copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access,
    and it's perfectly legal -- there's nothing we can do to stop them." But
    there is something we can, something that's already being done: we can
    fight back.

    Those with access to these resources -- students, librarians, scientists --
    you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of
    knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not --
    indeed, morally, you cannot -- keep this privilege for yourselves. You have
    a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with
    colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

    Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You
    have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the
    information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your

    But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It's
    called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the
    moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing
    isn't immoral -- it's a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would
    refuse to let a friend make a copy.

    Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which
    they operate require it -- their shareholders would revolt at anything
    less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws
    giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.

    There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the
    light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our
    opposition to this private theft of public culture.

    We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and
    share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright
    and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on
    the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file
    sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

    With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message
    opposing the privatization of knowledge -- we'll make it a thing of the
    past. Will you join us?

    Aaron Swartz
    July 2008, Eremo, Italy
  • Son Las Cinco y Te Extraño

    Set 8 2005, 7:27

    Son las cinco y te extraño en una madrugada de insomnio y desconsuelo, aunque no sé quién eres ni cuáles son tus señas, pero te echo de menos quizás porque no existes.
  • last.fm radio en Mandril

    Ago 15 2005, 17:24

    ¿Y si sacamos el stream de grupos de Madrid a las ondas Wi-Fi?
  • The Wireless Commons Manifesto

    Ago 14 2005, 21:02

    We have formed the Wireless Commons because a global wireless network is within our grasp. We will work to define and achieve a wireless commons built using open spectrum, and able to connect people everywhere. We believe there is value to an independent and global network which is open to the public. We will break down commercial, technical, social and political barriers to the commons. The wireless commons bridges one of the few remaining gaps in universal communication without interference from middlemen and meddlers.

    Humanity is on the verge of a turning point because the Internet has transformed the way humans relate with one another. All communication can be traced to a human relationship, whether it's lovers exchanging instant messages or teenagers sharing music. The Internet has given us the ability to communicate faster and more cheaply than ever before in history.

    The Internet's value increases exponentially with the number of people who are able to participate. In today's world, communication can take place without the use of antiquated telecommunications networks. The organizations that control these networks are limping anachronisms that are constrained by the expense and physical necessity of using wires to build their networks. Because of this, they cannot serve the great mass of people who stand to benefit from a wireless commons. Their interests diverge from ours, and their control over the network strangles our ability to communicate.

    Low-cost wireless networking equipment which can operate in unlicensed bands of the spectrum has started another revolution. Suddenly, ordinary people have the means to create a network independent of any physical constraint except distance. Wireless can travel through walls, across property boundaries and through a community. Many communities have formed worldwide to help organize these networks. They are forming the basis for the removal of the traditional telecommunication networks as an intermediary in human communication.

    The challenge facing community networks is the one limiting factor of wireless communication: distance. The relationships that can be formed across a community wireless network are limited by their physical reach. Typically these networks are growing to the size of a city, and growth beyond that point requires coordination and a strategic vision for community wireless networks as a whole. Without this coordination, it is hard to see how the worldwide community of wireless networking groups will ever merge their systems and create a true alternative to existing telecommunication networks.

    There are many barriers to the creation of a global network. So far, the focus has been on identifying the technical barriers and developing methods to overcome them. But technical problems are the least of our worries, the business, political and social issues are the real challenges facing community networks. Hardware and software vendors need to understand the business rationale for implementing our technical solutions. Politicians need to understand our requirements for universal access to open spectrum. The public needs to understand that the network exists and how to get access. Unless these problems are identified and addressed, the community wireless movement will never have influence beyond a local level.

    Most importantly, the network needs to be accessible to all and provisioned by everyone who can provide. By adding enough providers to the network, we can bridge the physical gaps imposed by the range of our equipment. The network is a finite resource which is owned and used by the public, and as such it needs to be nurtured by the public. This, by its very nature, is a commons.

    Becoming a part of the commons means being more than a consumer. By signing your name below, you become an active participant in a network that is far more than the sum of its users. You will strive to solve the social, political and technical challenges we face. You will provide the resources your community consumes by co-operating with total strangers to build the network that we all dream of.

    Please take a moment and read the community wireless definition and tell us what you think.
  • Mind Reloaded

    Ago 12 2005, 16:54

    For years, months, days, we networks and communities of individuals have been exchanging knowledge, designing worlds, experimenting with gizmos and devices.

    We are the expression of a thousand thoughts, we are migrants across the City and the Net; we are searching for a place where our commonalities and practices can open up space-time discontinuities.

    We want to hack reality, and we need a lab to reassemble its basic elements. In a metropolis scared by unreal securities and too real fears, we yearn to give birth to a site of full of imageries made flesh, of bytes resurrecting metal.

    Our collective mind is replete with digital/analog technology, info-communication, knowledge-sharing, meme-spreading, participation-catalysis, and much much more.

    The four cardinal points are no longer sufficient coordinates. As Mars is closer to Earth than ever in history, there is no better time for a new reticular constellation, for a new geometry of relations that can freely recompile low-entropy bioware, stunning and getting stunned by vivid special effects and lively affects.

    Reload, Hacklab Milano, Sept 14 2003