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All features that the best QR code generator should have

All features that the best QR code generator should have
QR codes have become an important part of marketing, sharing information, and adding value to the product to different products and services. From showcasing extensive information about a particular product to tracking user’s data using a dynamic QR code generator, QR codes can be your next winning digital marketing strategy.
So, how to find the best QR code generator that gets results? The Internet is filled with dozens of dynamic QR code generators each one offering something new than the others. As this post talks about the best QR code generator, we’ll talk to you through the necessary features to look into a QR code generator.
How to Choose the Best QR Code Generator?
QRTiger is your one-stop shop to all QR code needs, from Wi-Fi to Multi URL QR codes to social media channels to Emails, able to produce QR codes of any type. The must-haves of the best QR code generator are related to:
Multiple Options
Almost every QR code generator provides more than two types of QR codes. But there are a few who can get you over 10+ QR codes types. In this regard, the best QR code generator can help you create QR codes for:
· A website URL
· Multi URL redirection
· File upload as PDF
· HTML5 text editor
· WiFi
· MP3
· Bitcoin
· Vcard
· Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube
· Email
· Text
Moreover, the ability to make multi URL QR codes sets us apart from most QR code generators available online. A multi URL QR code redirects users to multiple URLs depending on certain conditions like location, time, and device type of the user.
Credibility
Never make a mistake to use unreliable QR code generators. You are most likely to use your private information behind QR codes so using an unreliable QR code generator can put your privacy at risk. An ideal yet best QR code generator will have a high number of trusted users. This indicates the credibility of the QR code generator to perform QR code tasks with ease. It is recommended to go through user recommendations, blog comments, or reviews on the QR code generator site that you’re deciding to use.
Dynamic QR Codes
Almost all QR code generators provide the accessibility to create static QR codes. To be honest, static QR codes aren’t going to improve your marketing tactics in any way. This is where dynamic QR codes come in handy. Concerned about the difference between static and dynamic QR codes? Well, here is the difference:
· Static QR Codes: Once the information is added behind a static QR code, it cannot be changed afterward. Thus, you must create new QR codes and start all over in case you wish you to change something behind the code.
· Dynamic QR Codes: One can change the saved information in the QR codes as much as possible. This lets companies use the same QR codes to offer different deals or menus. It does not only save time but also a lot of your marketing revenue. In addition, dynamic QR codes offer real-time user tracking to devise a successful QR code campaign. You can track the total number of scans, location, time, date, and device type of the user.
As a business marketer, you might be after a dynamic QR code generator. It adds convenience and flexibility to QR code marketing. No doubt static QR codes are free, but they’re just a bunch of basic QR codes with no functionality.
Conversion Tracking
This only works for dynamic QR codes and is offered by most QR code generators. Tracking is important. If you aren’t keeping track of your QR code scans, you are most likely dumping money in the garbage and leaving a lot of sales opportunities to your competitors.
The best QR code generator with real-time conversion tracking that allows you to keep track of the total number of scans, location, time, and device type of the user. Even the exact GPS location of the scanned QR code is also possible when using QR codes in your marketing strategies.
In this way, you can analyze your targeted audience in different cities or even countries. You can analyze which of your products are getting more scans. Are they Android users or iOS users? What time do you get the highest sales? Which of your products is failing? And then come up with a winning marketing strategy to generate more sales. Sounds good? Thus, choosing a QR code generator with real-time tracking is necessary.
Multiple Designing Options
When was the last time you scanned a basic QR code with black and white squares? That was a long time ago, right? Today, QR code generators allow you to custom design your QR code per your product packaging or brand theme.
For example, you can change colors, eyes, add an image or logo, and style of your QR codes to make them look appealing on your website, products, posters, brochures, etc. With that being said, QRTIGER is able to custom design your QR codes by:
· Choosing different design patterns
· Customizing eyes at the corners
· By adding a logo or image of your brand/product

https://preview.redd.it/hctfg0piilk41.jpg?width=602&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=05e3c41cf86651266d9f6076962578a5f7d23472
Customizing colors per your brand
Custom-Designed QR codes are more likely to get scanned than traditional QR codes. Customizing your QR code per your brand or product identity will make it stand out and offer another reason to your targeted audience to engage with your product or brand.
Different Formats
An ideal yet best QR code generator lets you print QR codes on print media to distribute among your targeted audience. For instance, if you own a restaurant, you can print dynamic QR codes on your menu to provide additional information about your restaurant i.e. origin of the restaurant recipes, and ingredients used in the food. Thereby, most QR code generators allow users to download QR codes in raster formats like JPG, SVG, PDF, PNG, etc.
Final Verdict
The best QR code generator with a logo must have the mentioned things to help you in your QR codes marketing strategy.
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Jeremiah Nichol (/u/jtnichol) @ EthTrader's Community Member Spotlight

Hey fam, Welcome to the first talk of the series! jtnichol and I just got off the phone! We had a great conversation thanks to the questions submitted. I'm using the built-in webcam so low resolution, but the audio quality is quite decent.
Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I2rDQCF7Fs Link to MP3: https://ethcs.org/files/jtnichol.mp3 RSS feed: https://ethcs.org/files/feed/podcast/

The questions (chronologically)

Intro

Yes/no

EthTrader Questions (some have been grouped together)

u/Trent_vanepps
u/ruvalm
u/jkaykr
u/reterical
u/slay_the_beast
u/soupdizzle1
u/ChazSchmidt
u/redbullatwork
u/redredditor
u/_lotuseater
u/spcialx
u/KathyinPD

Rapid Fire Questions

Mentioned in the talk

https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2017/10/10/the-blockchain-man/ https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2019/02/28/markets-are-eating-the-world/
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Weekly Update: ParJar hits 1k, aXpire appeal to PAR fam, Fantom crushing it, 2gether presale... - 15 Mar - 21 Mar'19

Weekly Update: ParJar hits 1k, aXpire appeal to PAR fam, Fantom crushing it, 2gether presale... - 15 Mar - 21 Mar'19
Sup Guys! Here’s another detailed update for the week that was at Parachute (15-21 Mar’19):

We reached 1000 members in ParJar this week! This called for a celebration Parena. And games master Jason answered the call with a battlefest like never before. Alexis beat FwBastille in a long and bloody finale to take home a big chunk from the 300k PAR pot. March Madness is now live! Hope you made good picks. Brackets are locked and now visible. 475k PAR is on the table. If you want to watch the tourney, stream here. Parachute + aXpire hosted DoTA 2 competition is still open for entries. 1.25M PAR + 10k AXPR on the line. Get in! Click here for more details. The teams will play on 6th April 8 PM EST. Did you make your entry for the charity Parena yet? It will be held on 14 April and is a buy-in Parena. Make a minimum 5 USD donation to Clinton’s charity either through ParJar (tip Clinton) or directly (share proof with Jason) and stand a chance to win a unique t-shirt.
Alexis’ Shrike’s journey to victory in the 1k celebration Parena
aXpire has officially entered the prestigious list of tokens (“The Pool”) that will be voted on for listing on Ethfinex (voting starts on 2nd April). aXpire calls on the Parachute community to help them get over the final hurdle. You’ll need EVTs (Ethfinex Voting Tokens) to vote for aXpire. Check out this article on how to get EVT. aXpire will rebate the community for their ETH spent on EVT voted. Make sure to submit details of your EVT purchase and vote to get the rebate. Also, there's an additional draw for a chance to win 1000 USD in AXPR for voters. Details here. Let’s do this folks! Let’s get on Ethfinex! In more aXpire news, 10k more AXPR was burnt as part of the weekly burn event. Still figuring out, how to use MatchBX to find work? Have a look at this cool infographic to get your questions answered. aXpire was listed on Blockfolio signals this week. All Blockfolio users who track AXPR or have it added to their portfolio will now get updates from the team through push notifications. At aXpire, the team strives to make a positive dent on the world. Here’s their positive dent for this week: Visiting SOS Children’s Villages in India. Pictures from the event coming soon!
The Pool. Get voting, folks!
This has been the biggest week at 2gether yet! Let’s see if I can cover it all in one paragraph. 2gether took part in a pitching contest at CryptoMondays Madrid for tickets to Paris Blockchain Week and won! The winner was determined by the audience. Here’s a few pics from the event. 2gether’s Eurozone expansion beyond Spain was featured on Coindesk and shared by FinTech Futures. Crypto Zombie also featured the card in his video around the 19:27 mark. Some more notable features were on Bitcoin.com and BlockTV. The presale ANN also went up this week! Get in on the discussion. A good question or thoughtful post on BCT can earn you some sweet 2GB from their admins on TG. Did you know that participating in the presale could entitle you to some great bonuses? Check them out here. 2gether CEO Ramon was interviewed by Forbes radio a few weeks back. The interview is out now. Spanish speakers, have a listen. Plus, 2gether is launching an ambassador program for its most loyal users in Eurozone. If you’re interested, fill out this form and the team will connect to you. Whew! All fitted in one paragraph. Done.
A bank so efficient that it returns revenue to customers. Only at 2gether!
Like always, Fantom has been killing it! Chico Crypto reviewed Fantom in a 10 minute long video explaining its DAG structure. Look out for the lambo at 8:29 mark. Crypto Surge’s review of Fantom came out this week as well. Fantom joined Binance Info’s transparency initiative for which they received the V-Label. This label certifies that the project team is itself updating and maintaining its information on Binance Info. Transparency FTW! Fantom CEO Dr. Ahn presented at the WeGO Activities Briefing Session to municipal representatives from member cities of WeGO. He explained how Fantom could help development of smart cities in his presentation. Crypto researcher Jonathan Habicht published a review report of FTM. They scored 55/76. Pretty awesome! Axsonex’s project report on Fantom was also released. Here’s their tweet on it. And finally, Fantom was listed on Digifinex on the 19th. What a way to cap off the week!
Confused? Check out Chico Crypto’s Fantom Review to learn more
All XENB holders received the XEN profit sharing token this week. XENB is obsolete now that we all have our XEN. Woot! Trading gurus, get ready for the battle of the bots competition on 6th and 7th April. Top trading algos will make a ton of XEN plus some fiat (to buy more XEN. Haha). You can read about details of the competition here. Plus, there’s an ongoing bug bounty program to make even more XEN. Dean Papas from ETC Labs explained these giveaways in his Explore the Chain video at 1:46 mark. Keith Koo from the radio show 'Silicon Valley Insider' interviewed Shuvro and Brian on how the Cryzen platform functions. Check out the podcast here.
Can you spot Shuvro & Brian in this pic with Vijay Ullal, Seabed VC, addressing the ETC Labs cohort?
Now onto some news from our newest partners! Blockport enabled ETH and BPT deposits this week. Plus, a new partnership with TUSD was announced in preparation for their upcoming STO. Opacity-ParJar partnership has been rocking the show! A ton of OPQ was tipped to new members in the run up to 3k members in Opacity TG. Plus, a number of updates are listed in their March interim report: upcoming CCN interview, team changes etc. Have a read to know more. Check out District0x’s weekly update and dev report to get a lowdown on all that’s been happening over there. Here’s a few highlights: a set of new commands have been deployed in their TG to get quick info on the network and districts, tons of bugs solved in Meme Factory, District Registry development on course.
In addition to security + privacy advantages, Opacity also offers price advantage
BOMB, BPT and BNTY were listed on ETHOS this week with the latest ETHOS update. WandX founder Abhinav pushed a ton of updates this week. A number of Wanchain and AION smart contracts were deployed to mainnet. Updates to the desktop app will be in realtime so that there’s no need to download the app multiple times. The contracts have been open sourced here and here. Check out a few ways to earn on Uptrennd from this post. And did you know that Uptrennd commands a greater rate of attention than most social media giants? This post from Uptrennd founder Jeff lays it all out. Horizon State founder Nimo Naamani travelled to the ADC Global Blockchain Summit this week to talk about a range of issues from education to the future of organisations. Check out the pictures here and here. And finally, the latest Decentralized WednesdayClub (WED based social network) is in live beta now. A ton of new features have been added. Make sure to post something there and Mike will airdrop some WED (by liking your post). Read more on their weekly Reddit airdrop post.

And with that, it’s a wrap for this week at Parachute. See you soon with another weekly update. Keep Parachuting, keep rocking!
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Decred Journal – August 2018

Note: you can read this on GitHub (link), Medium (link) or old Reddit (link) to see all the links.

Development

dcrd: Version 1.3.0 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) is out! The main features of this release are significant performance improvements, including some that benefit SPV clients. Full release notes and downloads are on GitHub.
The default minimum transaction fee rate was reduced from 0.001 to 0.0001 DCkB. Do not try to send such small fee transactions just yet, until the majority of the network upgrades.
Release process was changed to use release branches and bump version on the master branch at the beginning of a release cycle. Discussed in this chat.
The codebase is ready for the new Go 1.11 version. Migration to vgo module system is complete and the 1.4.0 release will be built using modules. The list of versioned modules and a hierarchy diagram are available here.
The testnet was reset and bumped to version 3.
Comments are welcome for the proposal to implement smart fee estimation, which is important for Lightning Network.
@matheusd recorded a code review video for new Decred developers that explains how tickets are selected for voting.
dcrwallet: Version 1.3.0 RC1 features new SPV sync mode, new ticket buyer, new APIs for Decrediton and a host of bug fixes. On the dev side, dcrwallet also migrated to the new module system.
Decrediton: Version 1.3.0 RC1 adds the new SPV sync mode that syncs roughly 5x faster. The feature is off by default while it receives more testing from experienced users. Other notable changes include a design polish and experimental Politeia integration.
Politeia: Proposal editing is being developed and has a short demo. This will allow proposal owners to edit their proposal in response to community feedback before voting begins. The challenges associated with this feature relate to updating censorship tokens and maintaining a clear history of which version comments were made on. @fernandoabolafio produced this architecture diagram which may be of interest to developers.
@degeri joined to perform security testing of Politeia and found several issues.
dcrdata: mainnet explorer upgraded to v2.1 with several new features. For users: credit/debit tx filter on address page, showing miner fees on coinbase transaction page, estimate yearly ticket rewards on main page, cool new hamburger menu and keyboard navigation. For developers: new chain parameters page, experimental Insight API support, endpoints for coin supply and block rewards, testnet3 support. Lots of minor API changes and frontend tweaks, many bug fixes and robustness improvements.
The upcoming v3.0 entered beta and is deployed on beta.dcrdata.org. Check out the new charts page. Feedback and bug reports are appreciated. Finally, the development version v3.1.0-pre is on alpha.dcrdata.org.
Android: updated to be compatible with the latest SPV code and is syncing, several performance issues are worked on. Details were posted in chat. Alpha testing has started, to participate please join #dev and ask for the APK.
iOS: backend is mostly complete, as well as the front end. Support for devices with smaller screens was improved. What works now: creating and recovering wallets, listing of transactions, receiving DCR, displaying and scanning QR codes, browsing account information, SPV connection to peers, downloading headers. Some bugs need fixing before making testable builds.
Ticket splitting: v0.6.0 beta released with improved fee calculation and multiple bug fixes.
docs: introduced new Governance section that grouped some old articles as well as the new Politeia page.
@Richard-Red created a concept repository sandbox with policy documents, to illustrate the kind of policies that could be approved and amended by Politeia proposals.
decred.org: 8 contributors added and 4 removed, including 2 advisors (discussion here).
decredmarketcap.com is a brand new website that shows the most accurate DCR market data. Clean design, mobile friendly, no javascript required.
Dev activity stats for August: 239 active PRs, 219 commits, 25k added and 11k deleted lines spread across 8 repositories. Contributions came from 2-10 developers per repository. (chart)

Network

Hashrate: went from 54 to 76 PH/s, the low was 50 and the new all-time high is 100 PH/s. BeePool share rose to ~50% while F2Pool shrank to 30%, followed by coinmine.pl at 5% and Luxor at 3%.
Staking: 30-day average ticket price is 95.6 DCR (+3.0) as of Sep 3. During the month, ticket price fluctuated between a low of 92.2 and high of 100.5 DCR. Locked DCR represented between 3.8 and 3.9 million or 46.3-46.9% of the supply.
Nodes: there are 217 public listening and 281 normal nodes per dcred.eu. Version distribution: 2% at v1.4.0(pre) (dev builds), 5% on v1.3.0 (RC1), 62% on v1.2.0 (-5%), 22% on v1.1.2 (-2%), 6% on v1.1.0 (-1%). Almost 69% of nodes are v.1.2.0 and higher and support client filters. Data snapshot of Aug 31.

ASICs

Obelisk posted 3 email updates in August. DCR1 units are reportedly shipping with 1 TH/s hashrate and will be upgraded with firmware to 1.5 TH/s. Batch 1 customers will receive compensation for missed shipment dates, but only after Batch 5 ships. Batch 2-5 customers will be receiving the updated slim design.
Innosilicon announced the new D9+ DecredMaster: 2.8 TH/s at 1,230 W priced $1,499. Specified shipping date was Aug 10-15.
FFMiner DS19 claims 3.1 TH/s for Blake256R14 at 680 W and simultaneously 1.55 TH/s for Blake2B at 410 W, the price is $1,299. Shipping Aug 20-25.
Another newly noticed miner offer is this unit that does 46 TH/s at 2,150 W at the price of $4,720. It is shipping Nov 2018 and the stats look very close to Pangolin Whatsminer DCR (which has now a page on asicminervalue).

Integrations

www.d1pool.com joined the list of stakepools for a total of 16.
Australian CoinTree added DCR trading. The platform supports fiat, there are some limitations during the upgrade to a new system but also no fees in the "Early access mode". On a related note, CoinTree is working on a feature to pay household bills with cryptocurrencies it supports.
Three new OTC desks were added to exchanges page at decred.org.
Two mobile wallets integrated Decred:
Reminder: do your best to understand the security and privacy model before using any wallet software. Points to consider: who controls the seed, does the wallet talk to the nodes directly or via middlemen, is it open source or not?

Adoption

Merchants:

Marketing

Targeted advertising report for August was posted by @timhebel. Facebook appeal is pending, some Google and Twitter campaigns were paused and some updated. Read more here.
Contribution to the @decredproject Twitter account has evolved over the past few months. A #twitter_ops channel is being used on Matrix to collaboratively draft and execute project account tweets (including retweets). Anyone with an interest in contributing to the Twitter account can ask for an invitation to the channel and can start contributing content and ideas there for evaluation by the Twitter group. As a result, no minority or unilateral veto over tweets is possible. (from GitHub)

Events

Attended:
For those willing to help with the events:
BAB: Hey all, we are gearing up for conference season. I have a list of places we hope to attend but need to know who besides @joshuam and @Haon are willing to do public speaking, willing to work booths, or help out at them? You will need to be well versed on not just what is Decred, but the history of Decred etc... DM me if you are interested. (#event_planning)
The Decred project is looking for ambassadors. If you are looking for a fun cryptocurrency to get involved in send me a DM or come talk to me on Decred slack. (@marco_peereboom, longer version here)

Media

Decred Assembly episode 21 is available. @jy-p and lead dcrwallet developer @jrick discussed SPV from Satoshi's whitepaper, how it can be improved upon and what's coming in Decred.
Decred Assembly episodes 1-21 are available in audio only format here.
New instructional articles on stakey.club: Decrediton setup, Deleting the wallet, Installing Go, Installing dcrd, dcrd as a Linux service. Available in both English and Portuguese.
Decred scored #32 in the August issue of Chinese CCID ratings. The evaluation model was explained in this interview.
Satis Group rated Decred highly in their cryptoasset valuation research report (PDF). This was featured by several large media outlets, but some did not link to or omitted Decred entirely, citing low market cap.
Featured articles:
Articles:
Videos:

Community Discussions

Community stats:
Comm systems news:
After another debate about chat systems more people began testing and using Matrix, leading to some gardening on that platform:
Highlights:
Reddit: substantive discussion about Decred cons; ecosystem fund; a thread about voter engagement, Politeia UX and trolling; idea of a social media system for Decred by @michae2xl; how profitable is the Obelisk DCR1.
Chats: cross-chain trading via LN; plans for contractor management system, lower-level decision making and contractor privacy vs transparency for stakeholders; measuring dev activity; what if the network stalls, multiple implementations of Decred for more resilience, long term vision behind those extensive tests and accurate comments in the codebase; ideas for process for policy documents, hosting them in Pi and approving with ticket voting; about SPV wallet disk size, how compact filters work; odds of a wallet fetching a wrong block in SPV; new module system in Go; security of allowing Android app backups; why PoW algo change proposal must be specified in great detail; thoughts about NIPoPoWs and SPV; prerequisites for shipping SPV by default (continued); Decred vs Dash treasury and marketing expenses, spending other people's money; why Decred should not invade a country, DAO and nation states, entangling with nation state is poor resource allocation; how winning tickets are determined and attack vectors; Politeia proposal moderation, contractor clearance, the scale of proposals and decision delegation, initial Politeia vote to approve Politeia itself; chat systems, Matrix/Slack/Discord/RocketChat/Keybase (continued); overview of Korean exchanges; no breaking changes in vgo; why project fund burn rate must keep low; asymptotic behavior of Decred and other ccs, tail emission; count of full nodes and incentives to run them; Politeia proposal translations and multilingual environment.
An unusual event was the chat about double negatives and other oddities in languages in #trading.

Markets

DCR started the month at USD 56 / BTC 0.0073 and had a two week decline. On Aug 14 the whole market took a huge drop and briefly went below USD 200 billion. Bitcoin went below USD 6,000 and top 100 cryptos lost 5-30%. The lowest point coincided with Bitcoin dominance peak at 54.5%. On that day Decred dived -17% and reached the bottom of USD 32 / BTC 0.00537. Since then it went sideways in the USD 35-45 / BTC 0.0054-0.0064 range. Around Aug 24, Huobi showed DCR trading volume above USD 5M and this coincided with a minor recovery.
@ImacallyouJawdy posted some creative analysis based on ticket data.

Relevant External

StopAndDecrypt published an extensive article "ASIC Resistance is Nothing but a Blockchain Buzzword" that is much in line with Decred's stance on ASICs.
The ongoing debates about the possible Sia fork yet again demonstrate the importance of a robust dispute resolution mechanism. Also, we are lucky to have the treasury.
Mark B Lundeberg, who found a vulnerability in atomicswap earlier, published a concept of more private peer-to-peer atomic swaps. (missed in July issue)
Medium took a cautious stance on cryptocurrencies and triggered at least one project to migrate to Ghost (that same project previously migrated away from Slack).
Regulation: Vietnam bans mining equipment imports, China halts crypto events and tightens control of crypto chat groups.
Reddit was hacked by intercepting 2FA codes sent via SMS. The announcement explains the impact. Yet another data breach suggests to think twice before sharing any data with any company and shift to more secure authentication systems.
Intel and x86 dumpsterfire keeps burning brighter. Seek more secure hardware and operating systems for your coins.
Finally, unrelated to Decred but good for a laugh: yetanotherico.com.

About This Issue

This is the 5th issue of Decred Journal. It is mirrored on GitHub, Medium and Reddit. Past issues are available here.
Most information from third parties is relayed directly from source after a minimal sanity check. The authors of Decred Journal have no ability to verify all claims. Please beware of scams and do your own research.
Feedback is appreciated: please comment on Reddit, GitHub or #writers_room on Matrix or Slack.
Contributions are welcome too. Some areas are collecting content, pre-release review or translations to other languages. Check out @Richard-Red's guide how to contribute to Decred using GitHub without writing code.
Credits (Slack names, alphabetical order): bee, Haon, jazzah, Richard-Red and thedecreddigest.
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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM tl;dr: #TheGame23 introduces #DangerousIdea23: ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 is a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a mutating h-index type algorithm. ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑, as an idea, has been validated —though in any way 'endorsed'— by Google's lead of Google.ai, Google’s AI division, computer scientist Jeff Dean and by Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum.. ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 will be used by a Team of Sages to assist them in ruling the World and to replace "democrazy" for a true 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] ...ticktockticktockticktock... 𝓘 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓪. 𝓗𝓸𝔀 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓘 𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓹? ↪ Tweet this: "Bye bye 'democrazy'. Hello TechnoMeritocrazy. Read carefully: https://pastebin.com/FbYPPbrc #TheGame23 #TechnoMeritocrazy #HIVEMIND23" ↪ Share this idea and this pastebin and spread the message with these hasghtags: #HIVEMIND23 and #TechnoMeritocrazy ↪ Create & share original Art, be that an image, a wallpaper, a YouTube video, an mp3... featuring #TheGame23 and the #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 idea. ↪ Speak about it on boards and social networks. Send a kind email/tweet/DM to experts you know, introducing the idea. ↪ Start an Etherpad/GitHub/Board/whatever and begin to politely brainstorm and discuss design and code ideas with fellow hackers. ↪ Monitor https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheGame23 and you will be updated with news as they happen. ↪ Join https://TheGame23.com and you will be updated with news as they happen. ƸӜƷ SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? ƸӜƷ ↪ START HERE FIRST; Oct 14, 2014; 30.000 views: https://pastebin.com/YbmG6ETq ↪ #TheGame23 META-Instructions by twitter.com/m1vr4 https://pastebin.com/wDN9DpdC ↪ #TheGame23 Artistic Disclaimer: https://pastebin.com/Ux0Uk2em ^^ .-=-=-=-. ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ ( `-=-=-=-(@)-=-=-` ) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-= #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑--`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-`) `-=-=-=-=-` "Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible." Albert Einstein https://i.imgur.com/ldPEVU9.jpg ↪ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴄᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ ɪɴ 𝟷 ʟɪɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴄᴏᴅᴇ: ᴛʜᴇ ☢ 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲 ☸ `-.`'.-' `-. ∵ƸӜƷ∴ .-'. `-. -./\.- .-' -. /_|\ .- `-. `/____\' .-'. `-. -./.-""-.\.- ' `-. /< (()) >\ .-' - .`/__`-..-'__\' .- ,...`-./___|____|___\.-'.,. ,-' ,` . . ', `-, ,-' ________________ `-, ,'/____|_____|_____\ / /__|_____|_____|___\ / /|_____|_____|_____|_\ ' /____|_____|_____|_____\ .' /__|_____|_____|_____|___\ ,' /|_____|_____|_____|_____|_\ ,,---''--...___...--'''--.. /../____|_____|_____|_____|_____\ ..--```--...___...--``---,, '../__|_____|_____|_____|_____|___\ \ ) '.:/|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_\ ( / )\ / ) ,':./____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____\ ( \ /( / / ( ( /:../__|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|___\ ) ) \ \ | | \ \ /.../|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_\ / / | | .-.\ \ \ \ '..:/____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____|_____\ / / / /.-. (= )\ `._.' | \:./ _ _ ___ ____ ____ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___\ | `._.' /( =) \ (_) ) \./ |\/| |__) |___ |___ |___ _X_ _X_ \/ _|_ \ ( (_) / \ `----' """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" `----' / \ ____\__ #HIVEMIND23 ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏᴍᴇʀɪᴛᴏᴄʀᴀᴢʏ __/____ / \ (=\ \ / /-) / \_)_\ \ 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 / /_(_/ \ \ 𝐃𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 / / ) _ ) 𝐦𝐮𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡-𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐱 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐦 ( _ ( ( (,-' `-..__ __..-' `-,) ) \_.-'' ``-..____ ____..-'' ``-._/ `-._ ``--...____...--'' _.-' `-.._ ∵ ƸӜƷ ∴ _..-' `-..__ #𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞𝟐𝟑 __..-' ``-..____ εν το παν ____..-'' ``--...____...--'' 𝘿 𝙚 𝙢 𝙤 𝙘 𝙧 𝙖 𝙯 𝙮 𝙞 𝙨 𝙗 𝙧 𝙤 𝙠 𝙚 𝙣 ☠ Let’s fix it. And it’s been broken since the very beginning: Socrates (470 – 399 BC) was killed ‘democratically’. [ See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Socrates#Support_for_Oligarchic_Rule_and_Contempt_for_Athenian_Democracy ] Socrates openly espoused certain ‘anti-democratic’ views, most prominent perhaps being the view that it is not majority opinion that yields correct policy but rather genuine knowledge and professional competence, which is possessed by only a few: Socrates set the basis for the future TechnoMeritocracy. Democracy has been broken very especially since the Military-Industrial Complex —as Eisenhower warned us in his famous speech in 1961— and a bunch of psychopaths and ignorants have taken our lives and the lives of our beloved ones as well as the lives of several billion people buried in life. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military-industrial_complex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-jvHynP9Y - Jan, 17 - 1961 Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech Origins and Significance This is our State-of-the-Art Pyramid as human species: ***> “The world’s 62 richest people now own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of the global population.” Source: https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bp210-economy-one-percent-tax-havens-180116-en_0.pdf ***> “Almost 1 billion people are undernourished or lack vitamins and minerals.” Source: http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/ Is that really the absolute very best that we can do after more than 300.000 years of evolution as Homo Sapiens and 3 million years since the first Homo Habilis? Do you still think that ‘Democrazy’ is the absolute very best way to rule the world? If not, please keep on reading. ↪ ᴡᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏᴍᴇʀɪᴛᴏᴄʀᴀᴢʏ These are the 2 central tenets of the ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏᴍᴇʀɪᴛᴏᴄʀᴀᴢʏ: ↪ 1. We are NOT all equal: the vote of a psychopath or an ignorant can’t be equal to that of a decent citizen. ↪ 2. Only the ‘scientifically proven’ best and most skillful, the most honest, generous and willing to serve people in the world should rule us. ↪ This is HOW to Hack the Planet in 1 line of ‘Code’: With a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a ‘mutating’ h-index type algorithm. If you don’t agree with that, please stop reading now. Thank you for your time. If you do agree with that and feel curious to know more, please keep on reading. Thanks. 𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓵 𝓬𝓾𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓪𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓮 In The Internet Galaxy (2001), Manuel Castells (the 2000–2014 research survey of the Social Sciences Citation Index ranks him as the world’s fifth most-cited social science scholar, and the foremost-cited communication scholar in the world) talks about the ‘network society’ culture being techno-meritocratic, for hackers and virtual communitarians, and entrepreneurial. You have to be crazy to question democrazy. Very, very crazy. For you are going to have to fight against 2.500 years of mental and political conditioning and not everybody is ready to dare to get rid of the beliefs and prejudices that the family, the school, the college, the laws, the culture… have unconsciously programmed us with. “It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” Albert Einstein And you are going to have to fight not only with yourself but against the others. For almost nobody is ready to be unplugged from this subtle Prison for our Minds. “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” Morpheus – The Matrix When you face others in denial regarding this idea you have to remember 2 things: Patience. Perserverance. ↪ #TheGame23 ‘𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓼’ 𝓘𝓭𝓮𝓪 𝓝𝓾𝓶𝓫𝓮𝓻 23: Let’s build #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑, a 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐖𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. The most apt, the most sage, intelligent, the best prepared, technically or artistically minded, in any of the branches of Human Knowledge —in the Trivium et Quadrivim spirit— and also the most kind, generous and willing to serve the others, as tagged to be the best ones by others like them, will jump straight to the top of a TechnoMeritocratic Pyramid to manage and administrate world material and human resources world wide. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figurative_system_of_human_knowledge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivium https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrivium How? Hacking the Planet with 1 line of ‘Code’: With a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a ‘mutating’ h-index type algorithm. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_intelligence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_learning https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-organization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-index https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 This is ONLY a draft for the implementation of the idea: the idea has to be implemented by a Community of Hackers and Experts and not by a single individual. Now… Imagine a Pyramid of Excellence and Nobility with 10? (just to say a number) Supersages, Conscious Scientifics and Artists, all powerful, each one of these an expert in one branch of Human Knowledge, in the Liberal Arts education, in the Trivium et Quadrivium style, whom were tagged and chosen to be the Supersages by the human community, according to an h-index type algorithm. The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. This could be used to implement a kind of “PageRank” for people, where the people most knowledgeable about a subject would ascend steps in the Pyramid and whose tags/votes would carry more weight in the algorithm to be computed by an Artificial Intelligence system than those on the base of the Pyramid. Imagine that those Supersages could be rotating each certain time (in order to avoid corruption or abuses of power), as determined by the Council of Computer Scientists in charge for the development of the algorithm. Imagine that the algorithm was used so that those 10 Supersages or Experts could designate other sub-experts, whom would designate other sub-experts one step below in the Pyramid to assist them, whom could designate further sub-experts down the Pyramid and so on and so forth… in order to work with concrete and urgent issues such as the search for the cure of cancer or any Global Catastrophic Risks such as the imminent threat of Climate Change. Maybe the fact that trusting 10 Supersages on top of the Pyramid to manage the planet thanks to an Artificial Intelligence permanently mutating in its algorithm might sound a bit distopic, right? Well, that’s an easy one: let’s try and see what happens: that’s the hacker attitude, right? See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_arts_education https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Author-level_metric https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation_impact https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_catastrophic_risk How to test the validity of this ‘𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬’ 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐚 #23? First an anonymous #TheGame23 agent wondered who might be the best person in the world to understand this idea. S/he needed only the absolute very best: in the same spirit that we would do if we had the System already built. This is Jeff Dean: https://www.csail.mit.edu/sites/default/files/2018-10/Jeff-Dean-FINAL.jpg Jeff Dean, computer scientist and software engineer. He is currently the lead of Google.ai, Google’s AI division. If you want to know more about Jeff Dean’s work at Google, this is his home page: https://ai.google/research/people/jeff If you are not deeply impressed enough yet, you can read "The Jeff Dean Facts". [ http://www.informatika.bg/jeffdean ] Due to his impressive background and expertise, and as lead of Google’s Artificial Intelligence division, Jeff seemed to be exceptionally well positioned to understand the idea. 𝟏𝟎 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 ‘𝐂𝐨𝐝𝐞’ 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭 Several years ago, on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM an anonymous #TheGame23 player sent these 10 lines of ‘Code’ to Jeff Dean: Hi Mr. Dean, Have you considered building a “PageRank” for people? Imagine the following scenario: a meteorite is detected and it is predicted that it will hit the Earth in 24 months. Suddenly, a worldwide challenge arises: to arrange a team in the shortest amount of time with the best engineers in the whole world coordinating world resources in order to work together towards deviating/desintegrating such threat to human survival. Idea: a kind of a “h-index” would solve this in the shortest amount of time. A Reputation Engine that would rank items (where items = human beings or products) according to a certain parameter, be it “trust”, “skillfulness at mathematics”, “knowledge about meteorites”, “leadership”, “honesty”…, etc. In our view, this could hugely improve the world for the better, not only to deviate meteorites but to manage anything from running a company to running nationwide governments. Question: do you see this as impossible to code? If you want more info, please let me know. Regards, [#TheGame23 player] Jeff Dean kindly replied to that message on Nov 10, 2015, 5:14 AM: Hi [#TheGame23 player], I’ve thought about similar things a few times. I do think there are lots of benefits in getting people with similar interests that don’t otherwise know each other or interact to do so. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to work on this. I think that one would really want it to not be a single PageRank value per person, but rather a context-sensitive value, depending on what kinds of expertise was of interest. Someone that knows a lot about the structure of concrete should be very high in the context of answering materials sciences kinds of questions, but probably low in the context of answering psychology questions. A good place to start might be to use large corpora of published scientific articles as the way of computing this information. Unfortunately, I’m busy enough with other things that these ideas remain mostly just occasional thoughts rather than an active project. –Jeff Excellent. Jeff Dean not only understood #TheGame23 player's idea but he actually shared some ideas about how to improve it. Unfortunately —and understandbly— he is quite busy to develop it. Thank you Jeff. Then that #TheGame23 player thought that it was needed to contact the absolute very best person in the world to understand blockchain and cryptocurrencies. That person was that genius called Vitalik Buterin, obviously. Co-founder of Ethereum, THE blockchain platform. Vitalik Buterin: https://i.imgur.com/W9CRCx5.png Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Виталий Дмитриевич Бутерин; born January 31, 1994) is a Russian–Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:45 AM that #TheGame23 player sent to Vitalik the same email that s/he sent to Jeff Dean. He got back on Tue, May 3, 2016, 12:48 AM with the following reply: Hmm, sounds like what you’re describing essentially is what we call a “decentralized reputation system”. So yes, quite doable on ethereum, and there may be groups trying to do it already. Great. Vitalik also understood the idea and even assured #TheGame23 player that it could be done on Ethereum. Thank you Vitalik. [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: https://i.imgur.com/CMEvTi0.jpg ] #TheGame23 player got the two confirmations that s/he needed: now the System was ready to run on its own. Something like this would definitely change the world for the better. From the technological to the economics, to the political, the ethical and even the philosophical: now we know that it IS doable. 𝓘 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 #HIVEMIND23 𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓪. 𝓗𝓸𝔀 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓘 𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓹? ↪ Share this idea and this pastebin and spread the message with these hasghtags: #HIVEMIND23 and #TechnoMeritocrazy ↪ Create some original Art, be that an image, a wallpaper, a YouTube video, an mp3... featuring #TheGame23 and the #HIVEMIND23 idea. ↪ Speak about it in boards and social networks. Send a kind email/tweet/DM to experts you know, introducing the idea. ↪ Start an Etherpad/GitHub/Board/whatever and begin to politely brainstorm and discuss design and code ideas with fellow hackers. ↪ Monitor https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheGame23 and you will be updated with news as they happen. ↪ Join https://TheGame23.com and you will be updated with news as they happen. FAQ: Q: Is #HIVEMIND23 the perfect system of government? A: No. None is. But we firmly believe that, as Socrates sharply suggested —and even died for it—, this is the least bad. Q: Is this a technocrazy? A: No, this is a 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. Q: Is this a meritocrazy? A: No, this is a 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. Q: Is this a Black Mirror episode like Nosedive? A: No. Q: Is this going to work like the Social Credit System in China? A: No. Not. At. All. Actually this is the polar opposite to that. Q: Why you don’t have the Answers to all the Questions? A: Because we are only humans. Instead, we want all of us to politely dialogue, brainstorm and answer as many questions that we all pose about Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of this ‘Dangerous’ Idea together. License: Public Domain The anonymous #TheGame23 player who originally sent those several hundred mysterious emails from 2014 to 2016 has released this idea into the Public Domain in order to guarantee that we (the writers of this pastebin/webpage/etc.) don’t pursue any material benefit with it at all. Once it’s been released, the idea doesn’t belong to us anymore: it’s absolutely free for you to act upon it. Or not. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 We as the global Human kind that we are, face global challenges of an imminent urgency, such as as Climate Change and a million other problems. With millions of children dying of hunger each year, this cannot bet the best of all possible worlds as Leibniz suggested. We must have done something terribly wrong. …are we really thinking that thanks to “““Democrazy””” in all its splendor, we prefer, as it’s been already “““proved””” to be the best type of systems of government, after more than 300.000 years of Evolution, to have in the apex of the Pyramid in order to set the destiny of the world to… …this?: https://media.giphy.com/media/cNNcBeouzDHLBMEGRH/giphy.gif Thank You. Imagine. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller - https://i.imgur.com/thET9a5.jpg This is for the Crazy ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwsuXHA7RA / \ / \ { } { } { { } } \ \ / / \ Y / .-"`"`"-. ,` 11:11 \ / #ᵀᴴᴱᴳᴬᴹᴱ23 \ / Sir Eliah! \ { ;"";, } { /";`'`,; } \{ ;`,'`;. / { }`""` } /} { } { // {||} { / `"' `"' - tl;dr VISIT THIS: °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸http://technomeritocrazy.wordpress.com ,ø¤°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸ ℒℴνℯ, @m1Vr4 #TheGame23 Or maybe yes... - ∵ ƸӜƷ ∴ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- iQIzBAEBCAAdFiEEHPNFPfMfQ/3nrMIAhVQJMaDeV5UFAlwzwmMACgkQhVQJMaDe V5V4GQ//X9fY8ReMfdfUcaJf/CUN7wjUWzm6WabtvdpBdAJ22FZszwn0fJuybsEb iqoUHVrpFg/3vgu8DN6GM+GWAKCmL7kY+/IaAVkevjjIm8sB4jJdp/8YF89r6OBs fYSWySMin0y2ESLORZYhqAi02yvJV3e1vc9TvlvgIA27L7zV7sCYmwRyG67DdHO8 DF3nhL6vP0AlRu2uMjnsZI7wFPD+EQiQ9N3QBlAB2bdXH2Miw6L6S+O7oKmDH/kq X7B78xYrdA84MICAnFISx6Lo0m/cGruF0+hCn63N2UrVu9Bkq0noXLoPDNEjEzVr e+NPu0tYE7SW1UXZtkUY+guaYzg0aiPKNxnekiC2jV+yBdWoSWWGtN6UAErsDPC5 67FytEsrCBGhgkarDgWXl0MLYX69Ieg9tiqlupFZ8hsZCTQ/JVt52gJRvLvs2fdh 9ujMGbsknWZFiPqU4Onp11e8jorz527sQ5fZ9VzVksOz+DGqt8SJNX0ajHRxgIfR IY8qnMDXUXnUqJmReV/QWDwhoK4byROF5gEB/IsDlkGa0B2ru1izeFx11/HiKlVe 3xQqRYvl7Xg+AoqrbTtC3B4gdrVUeyCrtbY9RJFj3sf0IZ0d3cRFi0ypyRXd1p5r 3Jey+8x4/ccZ5ULGjXF/caFrM5DgnP+eQtoT8BgRrK/Zw6NAJwE= =ybXv -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- 
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Subreddit Stats: PowerShell top posts from 2016-09-13 to 2017-09-12 15:08 PDT

Period: 363.81 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 13381
Rate (per day) 2.75 36.66
Unique Redditors 594 2754
Combined Score 34214 35206

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 1085 points, 28 submissions: Prateeksingh1590
    1. Powershell Cheat Sheet Compilation (177 points, 15 comments)
    2. Get-Weather report using Powershell (78 points, 20 comments)
    3. Plot Graph in Powershell console (68 points, 9 comments)
    4. Powershell : Find-UnsecureWifiConnection’s Nearby (57 points, 7 comments)
    5. Powershell Auto Mute, when headphones are accidently unplugged. (54 points, 5 comments)
    6. PowerShell : Get MP3/MP4 File’s MetaData and How to use it to make your Life easy (53 points, 2 comments)
    7. Scrolling Internet Explorer with Powershell (52 points, 2 comments)
    8. Get-Nutrient composition of Food Items using Powershell (47 points, 7 comments)
    9. Get-Summary of a Text document using PowerShell (43 points, 4 comments)
    10. PowerShell ranks 18 in RedMonk Programming Language Rankings (34 points, 11 comments)
  2. 777 points, 8 submissions: daviwil
    1. Just released v0.10.0 of the PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code with an integrated console experience like the ISE! (166 points, 47 comments)
    2. Announcing PowerShell for Visual Studio Code 1.0! (124 points, 25 comments)
    3. Just released #PowerShell for VS @Code v0.12.0 with a bunch of fixes and improvements! (115 points, 48 comments)
    4. Just released PowerShell for VS Code v1.3.0 with CodeLens support for Pester tests and function references! (88 points, 8 comments)
    5. Just released v1.2.0 of PowerShell for VS Code with improvements for PSScriptAnalyzer and dynamic help snippets! (86 points, 29 comments)
    6. Just released PowerShell for Visual Studio Code 1.1.0 with a cool new feature: dynamic snippets for comment-based help! (77 points, 22 comments)
    7. Just released PowerShell for VS Code 1.4.0 with new code formatting presets and custom HTML content view APIs! (73 points, 17 comments)
    8. Check out new improvements to the integrated console and debugging experience in 0.11.0 of PowerShell for VS Code (48 points, 21 comments)
  3. 713 points, 18 submissions: markekraus
    1. Flat Is Justice! Flatter Code for PowerShell (77 points, 51 comments)
    2. Bye Bye Backtick: Natural Line Continuations in PowerShell (Get-PowerShellBlog markekraus) (73 points, 45 comments)
    3. PowerShell Fun for the Holidays! (73 points, 15 comments)
    4. PSRAW (PowerShell Reddit API Wrapper) 2.0 Released (51 points, 4 comments)
    5. Let’s Kill Write-Output (Get-PowerShellBlog markekraus) (49 points, 53 comments)
    6. TIFU By Breaking the PowerShell Core Nightly Build For the 2nd Time this Month (49 points, 14 comments)
    7. PowerShell GUI for Viewing/Exporting Dynamic Distribution List Members on Office 365 (41 points, 2 comments)
    8. If PowerShell Were School, I would Ditch Classes Regularly (39 points, 25 comments)
    9. Write The FAQ 'N Manual: Automated Documentation in a CI/CD Pipeline for PowerShell Modules with PlatyPS, psake, AppVeyor, GitHub and ReadTheDocs (markekraus Get-PowerShellBlog) (39 points, 13 comments)
    10. PSRAW: PowerShell Reddit API Wrapper Module - Core Functionality Release - v1.1.0.5 (36 points, 9 comments)
  4. 685 points, 13 submissions: rschiefer
    1. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Storage (152 points, 13 comments)
    2. Slow Code: Top 5 Ways to Make Your PowerShell Scripts Run Faster (128 points, 25 comments)
    3. A Practical Guide for Using Regex in PowerShell (90 points, 10 comments)
    4. High Performance PowerShell with LINQ (56 points, 18 comments)
    5. Release v6.0.0-alpha.11 release of PowerShell (54 points, 11 comments)
    6. Hitchhikers Guide to the PowerShell Module Pipeline (41 points, 2 comments)
    7. How to create a Nano Server Image using PowerShell (34 points, 0 comments)
    8. Introducing Reverse DSC – Nik Charlebois (25 points, 4 comments)
    9. Nano Server with Kitchen.ci, Hyper-V AND Pester (24 points, 1 comment)
    10. PowerShell Magazine » ForEach and Where magic methods (22 points, 4 comments)
  5. 613 points, 3 submissions: nepronen
    1. Free Online PowerShell GUI Designer (503 points, 121 comments)
    2. Free Online PowerShell GUI Designer REPOST /PowerShell (81 points, 14 comments)
    3. Would you use a free simple WPF designer for PowerShell? (29 points, 11 comments)
  6. 600 points, 17 submissions: KevMar
    1. Everything you wanted to know about hashtables (73 points, 27 comments)
    2. Powershell: Everything you wanted to know about PSCustomObject (58 points, 25 comments)
    3. Kevmar: All .Net 4.6 Exceptions List for use with Powershell (57 points, 12 comments)
    4. KevMar on Powershell: The many ways to use regex (52 points, 19 comments)
    5. PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2017 - YouTube (41 points, 12 comments)
    6. KevMar: The many ways to read and write to files (39 points, 23 comments)
    7. KevMar: Let's build the CI/CD pipeline for a new module (37 points, 11 comments)
    8. KevMar: Building a Module, one microstep at a time (33 points, 18 comments)
    9. Kevmar: Remote install software (33 points, 11 comments)
    10. @ATXPowershell user group on Thur: General admin problems and how to solve them (29 points, 8 comments)
  7. 518 points, 11 submissions: l33t_d0nut
    1. Introducing PowerShell Pro Tools Universal Dashboard - Cross-platform, web-based dashboards (114 points, 29 comments)
    2. ConvertTo-PowerShell and ConvertTo-CSharp cmdlets now available in PowerShell Pro Tools module (85 points, 7 comments)
    3. PSPack.exe - Package PowerShell Script in an Executable (78 points, 22 comments)
    4. View as PowerShell - Chrome extension to convert C# to PowerShell (61 points, 3 comments)
    5. Converting C# to PowerShell using Roslyn (46 points, 13 comments)
    6. PowerShell Pro Tools for Visual Studio 2017 - Psst Form Designer (40 points, 3 comments)
    7. Converting PowerShell to C# through intent instead of an abstract syntax tree alone (26 points, 1 comment)
    8. Building WPF Windows with PowerShell in Visual Studio (19 points, 2 comments)
    9. Building Windows Forms with PowerShell in Visual Studio 2017 (18 points, 0 comments)
    10. PowerShell Tools for VS - May Release Notes (16 points, 3 comments)
  8. 483 points, 15 submissions: Net-Runner
    1. How To Create Progress Bars in PowerShell (118 points, 12 comments)
    2. Microsoft Transitioning Windows PowerShell 6.0 into PowerShell Core (47 points, 10 comments)
    3. How to Version and Publish a PowerShell Module to GitHub and PSGallery with AppVeyor (42 points, 0 comments)
    4. Managing Owners of Files and Folders with PowerShell (33 points, 4 comments)
    5. How to upload Custom Images to Microsoft Azure using PowerShell (29 points, 0 comments)
    6. Working with Arrays in PowerShell (28 points, 12 comments)
    7. Get Windows 10 digital license with Powershell (26 points, 7 comments)
    8. PowerShell Script to Load Balance DNS Server Search Order (25 points, 3 comments)
    9. PowerShell – where, .where or Where? (24 points, 6 comments)
    10. How To Grep in PowerShell (23 points, 43 comments)
  9. 473 points, 16 submissions: fourierswager
    1. In light of PowerShell Core, what's your plan for refactoring old stuff and writing new stuff? (57 points, 44 comments)
    2. WinRM-Environment Module - Make your remote PSSession environment the same as your local session. Plus the ability to edit files within the PowerShell console. (50 points, 7 comments)
    3. Start-SudoSession - Sudo for PowerShell written in 100% PowerShell! (42 points, 14 comments)
    4. Register-FileIOWatcher - function to montior one or more files and/or subdirectories for changes. (38 points, 5 comments)
    5. Get-UserSessionEx - Get all user session info in one place...for real though. (36 points, 5 comments)
    6. ManageLocalUsersAndGroups Module Significant Update: Now capable of managing local users and groups on Remote Hosts on different domains (or not on a domain at all) (36 points, 2 comments)
    7. Vi/Nano for PowerShell? (35 points, 30 comments)
    8. Start-PSLogging - Capture logs for ALL PowerShell activity on a system. (32 points, 7 comments)
    9. Replace-Text powerful, easy-to-use function. (24 points, 3 comments)
    10. EncryptDecrypt Module - Hybrid RSA/AES Encryption solution with PowerShell. Please use responsibly. (22 points, 1 comment)
  10. 439 points, 11 submissions: PowerShellChallenge
    1. Installing latest PowerShell Core 6.0 Release on Linux just got easier! (69 points, 14 comments)
    2. Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 now in Microsoft Update Catalog (60 points, 3 comments)
    3. PSSwagger – Automatically generate PowerShell cmdlets from OpenAPI (f.k.a Swagger) specification (56 points, 2 comments)
    4. PowerShell 6.0 Roadmap: CoreCLR, Backwards Compatibility, and More! (53 points, 9 comments)
    5. Join the PowerShell 10th Anniversary Celebration! (48 points, 2 comments)
    6. OpenSSH Security Testing Kick Off (47 points, 1 comment)
    7. PowerShell Open Source Community Dashboard (24 points, 1 comment)
    8. Managing Security Settings on Nano Server with DSC (23 points, 3 comments)
    9. Windows PowerShell 2.0 Deprecation (21 points, 4 comments)
    10. Code Coverage – Part 2 (19 points, 0 comments)
  11. 417 points, 6 submissions: thebeersgoodnbelgium
    1. dbatools - an open source project, now with over 100 PowerShell commands for DBAs. Here's our most recent release! • /SQLServer (123 points, 1 comment)
    2. I'm presenting tomorrow! PowerShell ❤ SQL Server: Modern Database Administration with dbatools & dbareports (83 points, 12 comments)
    3. Official SqlServer module now in the PowerShell Gallery! (83 points, 16 comments)
    4. If all goes well, the SQL Server module will be in the PowerShell Gallery in the next month! (80 points, 25 comments)
    5. we just added 63 commands to a beta dbatools release - help us test, please? :D (27 points, 8 comments)
    6. Rejoice! dbatools now helps with SPN management: Get-DbaSpn, Set-DbaSpn, Test-DbaSpn & Remove-DbaSpn • /SQLServer (21 points, 0 comments)
  12. 414 points, 13 submissions: ramblingcookiemonste
    1. What have you done with PowerShell this month? July 2017 (53 points, 83 comments)
    2. What have you done with PowerShell this month? March 2017 (51 points, 69 comments)
    3. What have you done with PowerShell this month? June 2017 (41 points, 84 comments)
    4. What have you done with PowerShell this month? April 2017 (40 points, 46 comments)
    5. What have you done with PowerShell this month? January 2017 (33 points, 54 comments)
    6. What have you done with PowerShell this month? November 2016 (33 points, 51 comments)
    7. 2016 Retrospection: What have you done with PowerShell this year? (31 points, 25 comments)
    8. What have you done with PowerShell this month? October 2016 (27 points, 68 comments)
    9. What have you done with PowerShell this month? August 2017 (25 points, 45 comments)
    10. What have you done with PowerShell this month? September 2016 (24 points, 40 comments)
  13. 408 points, 8 submissions: oze4
    1. Install a Powershell Script .ps1 as a Windows Service! GUI that allows you to install and run a Powershell script as a Windows Service! (With example .ps1 you can run as a service) (129 points, 50 comments)
    2. Run PowerShell Script (.ps1) as a Windows Service! (88 points, 49 comments)
    3. GUI Tool For Enabling/Disabling AD Accounts & Reset PWs! (59 points, 40 comments)
    4. Custom "Windows Explorer" for Powershell GUI scripts (51 points, 3 comments)
    5. Is there a way to tell when windows is at the login screen after boot via power shell? (23 points, 11 comments)
    6. How to install a PowerShell script as a Windows Service. GUI Edition! ~PaaWS: PowerShell as a Windows Service~ with bonus uninstaller (20 points, 6 comments)
    7. Get permissions for specific Active Directory user - even if they are in a Group! (19 points, 0 comments)
    8. Log your pings! (19 points, 18 comments)
  14. 402 points, 9 submissions: happysysadm
    1. A PowerShell function to rapidly gather system events for sysadmin eyes only with some tips (92 points, 24 comments)
    2. Is WinRM Secure or do I need HTTPs? (63 points, 7 comments)
    3. Getting weather data with PowerShell and other funny things you can do in just a line of code (59 points, 0 comments)
    4. Ramp up your PowerShell knowledge in 2017 with these books (52 points, 8 comments)
    5. Announcing the winner of the PowerShell Oneliner Contest 2016 (43 points, 10 comments)
    6. The new way to check computer information with PowerShell and WMF 5.1 (30 points, 15 comments)
    7. Do you think you know PowerShell? Code Golf - Find Next Palindrome Number (26 points, 6 comments)
    8. Using the PoshRSJob module with a PowerShell function to perform a WinRM check up (20 points, 0 comments)
    9. All the 7 principles of the LEAN methodology in a single line of PowerShell code (17 points, 21 comments)
  15. 367 points, 4 submissions: mikefrobbins
    1. How to install Visual Studio Code and configure it as a replacement for the PowerShell ISE (144 points, 44 comments)
    2. Announcing a new book: PowerShell 101 – The No-Nonsense Beginner’s Guide to PowerShell (106 points, 3 comments)
    3. Use PowerShell to Determine if Specific Windows Updates are Installed on Remote Servers (78 points, 18 comments)
    4. PowerShell One-Liner to Disable Active Directory Accounts and Log the Results to a SQL Server Database (39 points, 6 comments)
  16. 331 points, 7 submissions: signalwarrant
    1. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) How-To for Beginners (Pull Mode) (87 points, 7 comments)
    2. Hey PowerShell... Text me when the Domain Admins Group changes. (75 points, 13 comments)
    3. Fellow PowerShell wizards... You need version control in your life. (43 points, 11 comments)
    4. Create an HTML report of Active Directory Forest Information with PowerShell (42 points, 4 comments)
    5. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) How-To for Beginners (Push Model) (39 points, 3 comments)
    6. Automate Creating Lab Virtual Machines in Azure with PowerShell (26 points, 3 comments)
    7. Convert text files to PDF then merge PDFs in bulk with PowerShell and iTextSharp (19 points, 6 comments)
  17. 324 points, 6 submissions: ColeMcDonald
    1. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps: 4 - Loops (87 points, 11 comments)
    2. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Part 3: Input (63 points, 2 comments)
    3. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps: Data - Classes and Storage (63 points, 4 comments)
    4. Here's the second step on our journey to world domination through scripting. (40 points, 12 comments)
    5. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - 5 - Decisions (40 points, 6 comments)
    6. Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps: Data - 3.Movement... This week, classes and methods move around in another dimension... or something like that. (31 points, 0 comments)
  18. 265 points, 6 submissions: jerdub1993
    1. PowerShell for beginners video training course as taught by its inventor, Jeffery Snover. (145 points, 8 comments)
    2. Change all AD usernames to firstname.lastname and rename home directory. (34 points, 13 comments)
    3. Query IMDB for movies and information. (32 points, 10 comments)
    4. Is it possible to use PowerShell to get information from an online account if you provide the credentials? (ie: Facebook, email, Reddit inbox?) (24 points, 12 comments)
    5. Help piping multiple values by property name? (15 points, 14 comments)
    6. Is it possible to test a command without running it? (15 points, 11 comments)
  19. 259 points, 3 submissions: nickrod518
    1. Never too busy to have fun... send cat facts to coworker's PC's using PowerShell (183 points, 20 comments)
    2. Migrate Windows user profile(s) from one computer to another or to an archive (57 points, 20 comments)
    3. Create a price chart of Bitcoin from the last 30 days (19 points, 7 comments)
  20. 242 points, 2 submissions: blownart
    1. 10 Free PowerShell e-books (187 points, 16 comments)
    2. PowerShell 10 Year Anniversary (55 points, 9 comments)
  21. 230 points, 1 submission: bigbirdtoejam
    1. Using powershell for office pranks (230 points, 86 comments)
  22. 215 points, 5 submissions: kabanossi
    1. Learn basics of PowerShell & PowerCLI under 1.5 hours (76 points, 2 comments)
    2. The Top 3 Features in Visual Studio Code for PowerShell Folks (74 points, 20 comments)
    3. Powershell Script to Get ESXi Datastore Path Information (27 points, 4 comments)
    4. vCenter Cluster Performance Tool (21 points, 0 comments)
    5. Making sure your Citrix Desktops are utilized in 35 lines of PoSH (17 points, 0 comments)
  23. 214 points, 1 submission: pmd006
    1. Not what I expected (214 points, 33 comments)
  24. 213 points, 6 submissions: 1RedOne
    1. Extracting and monitoring web content with PowerShell (45 points, 19 comments)
    2. POWERSHELL DECONSTRUCTED - A deep dive into how binary modules work (44 points, 20 comments)
    3. SOLVED: What happens to WINRM when certs die (37 points, 19 comments)
    4. Adding tab-completion to your PowerShell Functions (36 points, 15 comments)
    5. Advanced Autocompletion - Part II (30 points, 16 comments)
    6. Building a DSC Design application with PowerShell (21 points, 8 comments)
  25. 183 points, 4 submissions: AdminArsenal
    1. Happy Star Wars Day, /PowerShell (77 points, 2 comments)
    2. Creating a Hipster Playlist Using PowerShell (42 points, 4 comments)
    3. Anyone looking for a full-time PowerShell position? (39 points, 55 comments)
    4. Determining Disk Type with Get-PhysicalDisk (25 points, 3 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. markekraus (1517 points, 465 comments)
  2. Lee_Dailey (1044 points, 590 comments)
  3. KevMar (899 points, 297 comments)
  4. ihaxr (404 points, 84 comments)
  5. daviwil (287 points, 75 comments)
  6. spyingwind (285 points, 94 comments)
  7. Sheppard_Ra (277 points, 103 comments)
  8. ka-splam (265 points, 85 comments)
  9. JBear_Alpha (255 points, 102 comments)
  10. jheinikel (254 points, 62 comments)
  11. SeeminglyScience (230 points, 74 comments)
  12. SaladProblems (222 points, 92 comments)
  13. Swarfega (207 points, 64 comments)
  14. OathOfFeanor (198 points, 71 comments)
  15. Snak3d0c (191 points, 110 comments)
  16. root-node (188 points, 66 comments)
  17. evetsleep (188 points, 59 comments)
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Why bitcoin will never have to worry about being quashed by big banks or sidelined by a competing crypto currency.

It's been a long running debate: Is bitcoin the defacto crypto currency? What's to stop someone else launching supermegabitcoin and stealing its crown? Why, if it's so great can't a bank come along and use it's marketing might to do the same thing?
In this post I'm going to attempt to answer these questions once and for all so that we can all leave here without a shred of doubt that bitcoin will almost certainly be the King of Cryptos for time immemorial.
I say almost certainly, because I am working on the assumptions that nothing disastrous happens to the protocol itself and that humans don't blow themselves up before it gets a chance to take off.
First, let's rewind. Back in 2011 Gavin Andresen was asked by the CIA to visit their headquarters and give a presentation on bitcoin. Present at the meeting alongside the CIA were: PayPal, Facebook Payments, M-Pesa, Heartland Payment Systems, and the Federal Reserve.
Source: http://www.bitcointrading.com/forum/talk-bitcoin/gavin-andresen-cia-visit-presentation-(june-20th-2011)-(pdf)/
It is perhaps no coincidence that just prior to the meeting Wikileaks had just started accepting bitcoin which garnered much mainstream media attention. The decision to support Wikileaks came after a long-running discussion on bitcointalk that had involved Satoshi himself (who was vehemently against supporting Julian at such an early stage in the development of bitcoin). Satoshi was outvoted and seemingly his worst fears confirmed when shortly after the CIA got in touch. Satoshi left shortly after Gavin announced he would be attending the CIA meet.
So here's what we can ascertain from this: bitcoin is giving oxygen to an organisation that has had all other payment methods frozen by the government and has been labelled a threat to national security. In tandem with this, it is also being used to fuel the world's largest online drug marketplace (Silk Road)... At this stage you would have expected two things to happen:
  1. The CIA moves fast to make any bitcoin related transaction illegal, blocking at the banking level (as they did with online gambling).
  2. The FED, Paypal or any number of the other reps present at the meeting lift the bitcoin code and implement some proprietary version of the tech that can be controlled and regulated. They launch, trumpeting it as the world's most advanced, legal, government backed crypto currency and AmeriGovoCoinPal becomes the new reserve currency backed by all the major banks, who can offer the usual payment protection etc.
Except. That didn't happen. Nothing happened. Bitcoin was left to quietly permeate it's way through the collective consciousness of the Geek hive until it began to grow at an almost exponential rate. Just taking a look at the Github repository and watching the codebase contributors expand from back when it was just Mike Hearn and Satoshi himself to what it is today is truly mind blowing.
So, how (and why) was this allowed to happen when there were so many big players at the CIA meet (including the FED itself?).
The answer is the same as you would give to the question "Why is Linux the most powerful operating system in the world?"
Because bitcoin, like linux, is open source. There is a reason the International Space Station switched to Linux, just as there is a reason so many geeks wet their collective pants when they realised what bitcoin was capable of; Put quite simply, bitcoin cannot be stopped and will always prove to be the most powerful crypto in the world because of it's open nature.
The only thing that threatens this are external events such as the Foundation making too many concessions to heavy handed regulators. But even then, the bitcoin community always has the nuclear option: forking a new version of the protocol and moving away from any perceived compromises.
"Open solutions enable the ecosystem to discover the optimal value of the solution, whereas less open systems are at the mercy of their creator having guessed at the optimal solution in the first place." - Dick Costello (co-founder of FeedBurn)
But wait. We've not even got started yet. Let's rewind right back to April 2009 when the bitcoin protocol had just 2 developers: Satoshi and Google security engineer Mike Hearn. Bitcoin was but a mere twinkle in Gavin's eye back then.
But Mike was on it. In fact, he was so taken with Satoshi's vision that he chose to dedicate his Google 20% time to the project and what he quickly realised was that bitcoin wasn't just a lovely platform for cheap monetary exchange, but...a...whole...lot...more.
Here's what Satoshi had to say about the architecture of bitcoin that Mike quickly picked up on.
"The design supports a tremendous variety of possible transaction types that I designed years ago. Escrow transactions, bonded security contracts, third party arbitration, multi-party signature etc...If bitcoin catches on in a big way these are things we will want to explore in the future, but they all had to be designed at the beginning to make sure they would be possible later."
As Mike explains here, the bitcoin protocol is FULL of features that currently lie dormant. These features are so ground-breaking, so mind-bogglingly game changing it is, for once, not a cliche to say that bitcoin represents a huge paradigm shift that will permeate every level of society and business. Every business model that relies on middle-men; from banking to real estate, from car loans to health insurance and contract law is going to go out of business unless they rapidly adapt to the forthcoming changes. In exactly the same way MP3s and P2P have driven a nail in the coffins of record industry middle-men so too will bitcoin finish any model of business that can be more elegantly dealt with by the crowd and a rock-solid mathematical algorithm.
And it doesn't even stop there, that's just short-term stuff. The next decade is going to see sooo many innovations built around blockchain and micropayment technology that the current world we are living in is going to look like something from the flintstones.
"Oh Fred, do you remember when we used to have to WALK up to parking meters and actually pay physical coins for the privilege of parking our cars?"
"Yes" Laughs Fred, "And do your remember when they used to actually pay men dressed in silly faux policemen outfits to walk up and down all day in a job they hated, just so they could check we had paid at the meter?"
"Don't forget Fred, Barney had that terrible job of having to empty all those worthless coins out of the meters and that he died on his way home - completely needlessly because some punk thought those old nickels and dimes were worth something."
"To think, only 10 years later there would be automated flying ambulances that owned themselves and his life would have been saved. Poor Barney. Google Car: Home Please"
Back In 2013...
It is not histrionic to assert that we will - in a very short space of time - look back on the current system in the same way we shiver with disbelief that there was an era not that long ago when bank clerks used to tally all our life savings in hand written ledgers.
It is of course very difficult to think ahead and predict future changes, and yet maverick technologists like Ray Kurzweil have made a fine living out of doing just that. Of course there are those that have not faired quite as well (Krugman. We are disappoint).
So why bitcoin and nothing else?
Just as nothing could stop the rise of Linux due to it's legion of nerdtastic programmers who work on it day in day out for the pure love of what they do, there is nothing that can even come close to emulating that goodwill (no matter how much money is spent on drones hired by banks or other agencies).
The global legion of talented programmers, designers, enrepreneurs, business gurus, financial experts and lobbyists (yes, lobbyists) who have already made a collective decision to dedicate their time and energy to building bitcoin into what is and what it is yet to become is an unstoppable force.
So take the red pill and buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, because that is the power of love, and it cannot be bought, sold or compromised.
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[Table] IAmA: We are Internet freedom advocates, experts, and innovators. If you're concerned about invasive agreements like the TPP or just the future of the Internet, ask us anything!

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The goal is to make sure every elected official knows that his/her constituents all over the country demand internet freedom. This embarrasing shit is for "internet freedom"? ಠ_ಠ Taken in context: it was a Fark meetup and that classic SNL Sean Connery quote used regularly as a punchline on Fark posts was suggested by the audience as a greeting for a funder of the bustour who we know personally -- it's not a highlight of the bustour, but it is what it is: a dumb prank offered as a perk for funding.
Do petitions like this make any difference? Absolutely. We describe the process a bit here. In short though, when people come out in numbers (even online) and add their voices to a message by signing a petition (and sharing it on social media, talking about it in their community, etc), it can become really hard to ignore.
We at OpenMedia, at least, have seen a bunch of wins, and it's all because of our community coming together, contributing ideas, and rallying around the issues we all care about.
Yes. But beyond that, everyone should have their elected officials on speed dial. Ben Huh turned me on to an app that's useful here in the States called Contact Congress.
I demoed it in front of a couple hundred University of Nebraska students on the Internet2012 tour to show just how easy it is.
Remember: your elected officials work for you. You're their boss, calling them up to give them performance reviews and inform them about things they should be looking out for (and why it's important).
Earlier this year, the radio show This American Life had a great program all about "lobbying." Link to www.thisamericanlife.org It had one really telling moment in there, in which a politician (I forget who) noted that, yes, lobbyists have power, but in the face of a huge group of voters, the voters always win over the lobbyists. The problem is that, on most issues, the only people who speak up are the lobbyists. But when the public really does speak up loudly and clearly it can absolutely make a difference. Not always. And not in every case, but I think we've seen enough examples of mass public participation changing the course of legislation and trade agreements.
I've cried to have openmedia replace the CRTC. One day... one day :)
Thank you for doing this AMA; and thank you for all your activism! Internet Hero status for all you guys! I mod /evolutionReddit; a sub for redditors interested in fighting for online freedom and the free flow of information. I feel a problem for many redditors is that it can feel quite overwhelming. It seems there's always a new surveillance law being pushed; or copyright maximalism being tricked in, whether by six strikes or TPP. It's hard to focus and really know where to put our energy. It feels quite different from when we could just focus on SOPA and just hammer strategies against a single bill. So... What do you think is the single most important issue/threat to online freedom at the moment and why? How can the average Redditor get more involved on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like we are limited to threaded rage. Do you think we can see another J18 like mass protest online? How do we keep online freedom issues mainstream and not just in the geek lobby? Can movements like the CryptoParty mainstream cypherpunk geek speak? When are you guys going to start accepting Bitcoin donations? Obama, Romney, Stein or Johnson? 1) Apathy. I recommend that you add your SenatoRep's phone number to your phone and treat them like customer service. If you see/hear about a bill you dislike, call them up and tell them. 2) See #1. + Talk to your friends about it. Blog about it. Tweet about it. 3) It will have to wait. If we do it too often, it loses power. 4) Support organizations that protect Internet Freedoms and other political issues. 5) N/A 6) As long as you vote, it matters, it counts.
I would like to know what limits you think are proper (if any) for internet freedom - I think that the internet should be free to use and to create your content with, but I wonder if there should be limitations to this. Is the internet a right? How far does it extend? However, the same limits that apply to free expression rights might also apply to free expression on the Internet. For instance laws place limits on the freedom of expression. You cannot use this freedom to incite violence or to defame someone. We can argue about the exact contours of these limits. But we generally agree that limits can exist. The same limits might also extend to free expression on the Internet.
I think free expression is a right and the Internet is a medium that facilitates that right.
What do you consider the #1 threat to our Internet freedoms as they stand today? If we don't pay attention to the way laws are made, and if we ignore the lawmakers, they will listen to those who show up on their doorstep.
We have to pay attention and talk to those whom we elected.
Otherwise, the money and the lobbying will always win out.
It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
It's a bit outside the context of the TPP, but one of the issues I find personally concerning is the militarization of the internet. We've seen state sponsored viruses already in Stuxnet, and I think it bodes poorly for the future. For the moment, these efforts are quite focused, but it's easy to imagine a future where this sort of activity affects everyone.
There was intense reaction in the 80s to putting weapons in space, but so far the idea that we shouldn't be putting weapons on the internet has remained a relatively marignal issue. It gets even more scary when the interests of business and government are combined. Separating this behaviour from the usual criminal activity on the internet can be difficult, but it would seem to me important that we think carefully about how we proceed.
I think part of the reason why this discussion is so important is that threats come from so many different directions. If there was a #1 threat, then we could all focus our attention on that and deal with it. And then we'd miss all the other threats. There are both threats and opportunities coming from all different directions, and people need to direct their attention to the areas that interest them the most in terms of pushing forward the opportunities, while pushing back on the threats.
What is your stance on piracy? Do you think piracy is a legitimate action in free internet? The more important point is that "piracy" (which is a pejorative term) is understandable as long as rights holders focus on fighting the future, rather than embracing it. I like to think of this as the "Game of Thrones effect".
The moral elements of this issue require a deeper debate about the role of intellectual property in society and, while both important and interesting, will always be much more about cover for laws and policies that restrict freedom for all and offer an excuse for entrenched interests to avoid giving people the service they want in the way they want it for a fair price.
I think it's important to recognize that "piracy" almost always is a symptom of the real problem, rather than the problem itself -- but too often people focus on fighting the symptom, rather than solving the underlying problem. We have enough historical research to see this over and over and over again. Adrian John's book "Piracy" and Matt Mason's book "The Pirate's Dilemma" both drive home this point with tremendous clarity on a historical basis -- each and every time we see a rise in "piracy" it tends to be because the technology enables something new that the public wants, and the powers that be haven't figured out how to make use of the technology, so they fail to deliver what people want in a reasonable way. More recently, the massive (and incredibly thorough) "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies" report put together by Joe Karaganis has shown how this applies to plenty of today's piracy as well.
So, in the end, it's not about whether or not piracy is a "legitimate action." It's simply a fact of nature. It's happening -- and historically no amount of "increased enforcement" has ever been shown to be long term effective in fighting it, though it often has been shown to have tremendous negative side effects. What has worked, is figuring out how to make use of the technology in positive ways to provide what people want. In other words: treat the problem, not the symptom, and amazing things happen.
Of course, in the interim, all you hear is how the piracy itself is evil. But that's an old story. We heard it when the printing press came out. When the player piano came along. When radio was invented. When TV showed up. When cable TV entered the market. When the photocopier was invented. When the VCR was introduced. When the DVR became popular. When the first MP3 players hit the market. And, of course, when online streaming became popular. And yet, historically, we see the same thing every time. The "piracy" was really a result of people seeing this new enabling technology and thinking "wow, that lets me do something new and wonderful, so I'm going to do that." And those that it disrupt cry "piracy!"
But in the long run, as people learn and adapt, we see each of those new technologies (with the possible exception of the player piano...) opening up tremendous and amazing new markets, often leading to significantly more growth than what existed in the old market. So it's not about whether or not it's a "legitimate action." It's a signal from the market that they want something more, and historically, it's been shown that it's quite productive to figure out how to serve what the market is asking for.
My favorite example of this, by the way, remains the VCR, which famously was described by the MPAA's Jack Valenti as "the Boston strangler" to the movie industry. 5 years after he said that at a Congressional hearing, the home video market was worth more than the box office market for the movie studios. So there's that.
We just keep getting farther and farther away from what copyright laws were originally for... Do you think that we will someday make copyright laws less extreme or are governments too influenced by corporations for that to happen? With the successful fight against SOPA and ACTA the tide does appear to have turned on restrictive copyright measures -- at least with public opinion. The fact that media conglomerate lobbyists are trying to use trade agreements to get these provisions through suggests they are getting desperate. I suspect their attempts to layer on new Internet restrictions will continue for at least the next several years, but we are at place now where we can and should start pushing the other way. One exciting initiative where Internet users are starting to develop our own priorities for digital policy is the Internet Freedom Declaration.
What do you think the internet will look like 10 years from now? If we all stay active and engaged, fight back against threats like the TPP's Internet trap, and keep looking forward, it'll be whatever users choose to make it.
This.
Isn't "internet freedom" one giant oxymoron? In fact "Internet freedom" is more redundant than oxymoronic. A "closed Internet" is not consistant with the Internet being simply a series or protocols that people and companies choose to adhere to. This inherent openness is what scares nation-states, law enforcement, IP interests, telcos and other entrenched interests. Their fear manifests itself in an ongoing desire to control the freedom inherent in the Internet. This is similar to every other communication technology from the printing press forward, but much more so.
Is there any hope for the CRTC as a body governing telecommunications in Canada or are they too heavily influenced by the large telecom companies? We're definitely moving forward. Canadians have been getting increasingly involved in Internet/telecom issues and increasingly vocal, and the CRTC seems to be listening. Their rhetoric has now put the public interest at the forefront of their agenda, and they've done a few things recently that indicate that they mean it.
For example, the CRTC has asked citizens for input in developing national rules to protect cell phone users (so we're asking to hear tales of cell phone service frustration at Link to CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca. And most recently, they firmly blocked big telecom company Bell's attempt to control an even greater share of the media market.
We've made steady progress, which has now led up to the CRTC showing an understanding that we are all stakeholders in the digital future.
U.S. Courts have recently ruled that it is constitutional for the government to force an individual to decrypt an encrypted hard drive. How do compelled decryption cases such as United States v. Fricosu affect the future of the Internet and privacy? Awesome question, ZooCow.
Compelled decryption is still a hot topic with only a few court cases setting precedent. You mentioned US v. Fricosu, where a district court in Colorado ruled that Fricosu could be forced to decrypt information on a seized computer. A separate 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case in Atlanta, however, ruled that the 5th Amendment protected a suspect from being forced to decrypt the contents of several computers.
For a lot more juicy detail, EFF staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury has an excellent blog post about these two cases and the nuance of privacy/decryption. Despite the disappointing Fricosu ruling, the larger point is that we are continuing to fight for your constitutional rights in these compelled decryption cases. Luckily the case is specific enough not to have a huge ripple effect.
As some one who was born in an age when our freedoms have been continually taken away from us I am not very optimistic that we can ever really change anything. What kind of hope and encouragement can you give to show that we can make a difference? In many ways, it is a constant struggle -- and as someone who reports on these kinds of issues, I see people bring this up all the time. In fact, many people assume that I am similarly pessimistic, because every day I talk about attempts (and sometimes success stories) in which freedoms are taken away. However, I also, very consciously try to point to the many, many success stories. And they are everywhere you look. But, on the whole, I think what we are seeing is a gradual push in a good direction. It's less obvious on an every day basis, because when new uses of technology expand our abilities to do good, it doesn't get as much attention (often because people don't even realize how powerful it is). The attacks on technology and freedom do get much more attention, because they're often very clearly stated. On the whole, then, I'd argue that we do see plenty of progress when viewed at a big picture angle, it's just that it's tougher to see unless you take a step back. The constant attacks against Internet freedom are really reactions to how the new uses of technology have enabled (often quietly) such disruptions. I always like to think of it as watching the rate of change and the relative direction of change. I am incredibly optimistic and thrilled about all of the amazing new uses of technology, and what it has enabled -- and I am simultaneously frustrated about the efforts to curtail those possibilities, because I think it slows down the rate at which wonderful things can happen. But the net result, I believe, is still forward momentum -- and there are plenty of clear success stories to prove that (SOPA & ACTA being big ones).
Because of the preservation orders mandated by C-30, it's often argued it is in fact not warrantless surveillance. Why have the ISP voluntary disclosure provisions not gotten more exposure to counter this? Great point. yes the main issue with c-30 was that it would mandate disclosure of private info without a warrant. But you're right that it happens voluntarily all time already. I think we have a real opportunity to turn C-30 into an opportunity to add new requirements to prevent this from happening. That's what we're pushing for with our lawyers now. I'll bring back to the coalition the idea of getting more exposure to this issue. We were focused on stopping this from getting worse with C-30, but you're right that it's now time to move past that and stop the voluntary disclosure.
A few people I know have remarked that the STT petition is somewhat vague and while it is of course based on the leaked IP chapter, why haven't figures such as the $10,000 fine been included? We tried to be as specific as we could with the STT petition, but you're right that we can certainly improve on it. Good idea on the $10,000 fine -- I'll run that by our lawyers to make sure it's safe to say then we'll start putting that forward. Maybe a blog on "how much the TPP could cost you". If you have any other ideas please let me know.
How is it that the Eastern countries have such affordable internet and cell phone rates but here in the West (ie Canada), we can't get anything decent for under $50/month? What are the big telecom companies doing to keep our bills so damn high and why aren't more people outraged? We recently launched an MVNO in the US (Link to ting.com and would LOVE to do the same in Canada. In the US, Sprint is a hungry #3 and a great network partner. In Canada the oligopoly is too cozy.
It is terrible that Canada has the most expensive mobile rates in the world (with the US a close second).
Which presidential candidate(of the two major parties) do you believe will be the biggest advocate of Internet freedom if he is elected/re-elected? Neither candidate has come out clearly on one side or the other.
And frankly, we don't think this should be a partisan issue.
We saw with sopa/pipa that both parties were willing to bargain away the rights of the public in exchange for industry support. But when we spoke up, they did listen.
It's important that we keep talking and telling the legislators that we care about our rights.
Here is a link to more details on our collective political stance: Link to www.reddit.com
How can someone get involved in internet advocacy? What are the biggest issues threatening internet freedom today? One of the simpler and more direct methods that appears to be effective is to get some time with your federal representative (assuming you live in a place with such things). If you can make it clear to them their constituents care about internet freedom, they listen. This is perhaps even more relevant if you run a business that may be affected by things like the TPP or SOPA. If you can show them how it will effect your business, and consequently prosperity and jobs in your area, they'll for sure listen.
Get your elected officials on speed dial.
Join our Internet Defense League.
Sign our Declaration of Internet Freedom - if you agree with it!
Tell others when you've done these things, even just a facebook status update makes a difference.
I agree with @LisaC_APC and @Gbunton. Getting in touch with your elected representatives is very powerful, and contributing in any way you can to the efforts of the Internet freedom groups in this AMA is essential.
>It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
What's your opinion on the global and national Pirate Party movements? A good thing? They've been known to fight for the Internet, and we sure do like that, but it would be ideal if Internet freedom issues had a prominent spot on every political party's agenda.
You guys need to lead an effort to create a sort of unity group with everyone, Internet Defense League, OpenMedia / StopTheTrap, LaQuadrature, Public Knowledge, on and on, etc and so on, and pool your resources, and do giant ad campaigns on the endless stuff we are faced with... TPP CISPA, cispa executive order, cyber DIB, CISPA v2, ACTA, CETA, ACTA inside CETA, the UN calling the internet "terror," the UN ITU, it's too much it needs MAJOR combined forces beyond which exists... thanks for considering this comment.. I am pretty sure all this is already well on your mind. But maybe a reddit would be in order between the various groups, Public Knowledge, OpenMedia, LaQuadrature, and add to that, you know, like about 20 or 25 other groups that are pretty easy to find... invite them into a reddit meeting like this and ask them if they want to be part of a unified thing for the purpose of getting out a message, advertising, advocating for internet freedom. Some of these efforts already exist but the public is not seeing it enough... something bigger is needed... what do you think? Agreed - in particular regarding the UN ITU situation. We at OpenMedia and others are working on something along these lines. We'll try to get the word out on reddit but stay tuned at Link to openmedianow.net
Can you give an overview of the different federal party positions on open and affordable internet and digital policy? And, if you're able, your take on their positions or lack thereof. We actually did something like that during the Canadian election last year through our Digital Future Survey. Our recommendations are also on that page.
Why are there no women in your group. Or, if there are, why are there none taking part in this AMA? Many of us are here. Carolina and Maira from EFF, Jodie and Rashimi from PK, Burcu from PC, Lindsey from Open Media. and so on :-)
Is there a subreddit for internet freedom? Maybe one that users should be joined to by default? One user made an epic list of free culture related subreddits: Link to www.reddit.com
I personally lurk around /cyberlaws.
I think the subreddit for internet freedom may be... reddit.
But /technology tends to pick up on a lot of the issues.
Not that I know - but that's a fantastic idea!
Garlictown is Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network. BTW, my (Ben Huh) current Reddit account is Link to www.reddit.com
Enoss is Elliot Noss from Tucows. Enoss = Elliot Noss, Tucows.
Gbunton is Graeme Bunton, also from Tucows. Gbunton = Graeme Bunton, also with Tucows.
CarolinaEFF is the EFF's Carolina Rossini. AdiEFF is the EFF's Adi Kamdar. MairaEFF is the EFF's Maira Sutton. CarolinaEFF is Carolina Rossini from the Electronic Frontier Foundation mairaEFF is Maira Sutton from the Electronic Frontier Foundation adiEFF is Adi Kamdar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Jodieg is Jodie Griffin, Public Knowledge. Bcrashmi is Rashmi Rangnath, Public Knowledge Jodieg is Jodie Griffin from Public Knowledge, and earlier bcrashmi was Rashmi Rangnath, also from Public Knowledge.
Does Open Media support any political parties? I admit that sometimes when I receive your emails, I get the feeling that you do. This makes me less likely to support the cause. A good question. No we do not. We're a post-partisan organization. There's a little write up on our approach here: Link to openmedia.ca
We celebrate any party or politician that advances Internet freedom and will scold any that act to impose new Internet restrictions. Being non-partisan is essential to our success. Thanks for letting me know that you get the feeling that we do -- I'll try to make it more clear that we are not on the side of any particular political party in future communications. Thanks you.
Why is there no prominent media coverage of the TPP? Or is that a naive question? MediaMatters published an interesting study on media coverage of SOPA/PIPA that may be useful.
That is not a naive question at all. Trade agreements are hard explain and call attention to since many of the issues are highly technica. There is a lot of specialized media coverage, such as InsideTrade and others. However, since we are getting close to the elections, this slowly is changing. During the last TPP round in Virginia, the Financial Times, Washington Post, The Hill, and others have covered the TPP. Obama has mentioned it in many press meetings too, as a core part of his foreign policy in Asia.
It's our job as digital rights advocates to explain these policies in a way that will convince people that these agreements would have a real impact on their lives. We believe that the better job we do in highlighting the core concerns in the TPP, the better the media coverage will be. The point with is to get more and more attention. We need people to never stop demanding that entrenched powers stop messing with the Internet. We need more heroes in this fight! We all need to be part of this Internet Immune System!
You guys are wonderful, thank you for everything you do, and especially for this AMA! If blasphemy were to become illegal internationally, how would it be enforced over the internet/COULD it be enforced over the internet? That’s a great question, and very apropos this discussion (religious defamation laws are ineffective in the digital environment for the same reason that overbroad copyright remedies are as well). In the recent controversy over the “Innocence of Muslims” video, you basically saw the problem with enforcing religious defamation laws. Although some hosting sites overseas were forced to take down the video, it will usually end up being a game of whack-a-mole. In the United States, the argument against religious defamation laws has always been that by protecting even hateful speech, the government cannot justify censoring any speech.
As a bonus question, what can we do to secure our internet freedom? Yes, in fact EFF has an international team that is solely dedicated to fighting for digital rights globally. Our team is separated into three issue areas: free speech, privacy/international rights, and intellectual property. We all do what we can to cover emerging Internet freedom issues around the world, influence proper policymakers, and most importantly, support and work with digital rights organizations and movements on the ground.
Could any of the U.S. elections (President, Senate, House) have an effect on Internet freedom? Which, and why? The President, Senate, and House all have a role in crafting and implementing policies that impact internet freedom, so the elections for each will be important.
In preparation for the upcoming elections, the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties have both issued party platforms that outline their respective visions for the future on many issues. Several of these issues will impact how the internet functions and how the public can use it, including internet freedom, the open internet, spectrum policies, and intellectual property.
Public Knowledge has given on rundown comparing the party platforms here: Link to www.publicknowledge.org
On the TPP specifically, the Democratic party announced that they were "on track" to finalizing the TPP, and promoted the fact that the President signed free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia that included more restrictive intellectual property provisions.
For their part, the Republican party stated that they would complete the TPP negotiations and would focus on a worldwide multilateral agreement for open markets.
Good stuff Steve - I understand that it is easier said than done - and finding a fine line to appeal to the masses will be a challenge. As for the specifics, as it is not an easy task - would have to think about it. Sounds good - thanks for the helpful input regardless. I'm bringing it back for the team to considering for upcoming communications.
So is the TPP similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA or is it different? What I mean is, what are the similaritites between those 3 and the TPP? TPP is a much larger agreement, covering a variety of topics well beyond just IP -- so it's very different on that front. But, part of the problem is the massive amount of secrecy behind TPP, so we can't even tell you how it's similar or different to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA. The leaked drafts so far (few and far between, in part because the USTR is really trying hard to avoid leaks) suggest that the entertainment and pharma industries are basically asking for a huge wishlist of everything they could possibly want. The ongoing negotiations will push back on some of the most extreme proposals, but there isn't anyone involved in the negotiations who has the internet freedom perspective, or looking at what's actually best for the public. It's tough to say exactly where and how TPP will end up being different or similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA, but it seems clear that the goal of all of them were quite similar -- and no effort has been made to explain why these enforcement increases are needed (or if they'll work).
What do you think of networks of Internet freedom that are also extremely controversial such as Anonymous and even LulzSecurity? I tend to think of the "extreme" examples like Anonymous and LulzSec as being clear signals of chokepoints on the internet. Whether by intention or not, they highlight where things are broken. Personally, I think that some of their actions are self-defeating because they create backlash, while other actions are effective forms of protest. You get a bit of the good and the bad mixed in -- as is quite frequently the case. But what is most interesting about them is that they really tend to highlight where the new world breaks with old institutions. As a study of where the clashes are happening, they're the leading indicators. They're showing where the future many people envision clashes with the past and the institutions that grew up around it, and for that reason, they're important to understand. That it sometimes comes with what may appear to be childish or destructive activity is somewhat par for the course when old meets new. That's not to condone the activity, but to recognize what it means.
Do you believe that people on the internet should be able to steal anything they want because they can, it's free, and "it isn't taking the original"? I don't think they should but do you guys believe they should? I think what you're really trying to ask, is whether or not we think that copyright infringement itself is acceptable, because (unlike with theft), the original copy is still present. I can't speak for everyone else here, but I can't recall anyone ever claiming that it is "okay," but rather that (1) it is different than theft and talking about it the terminology of "theft" and "stealing" makes it difficult to have a rational discussion over the topic and (2) that whether or not it is acceptable, it is here and not going away -- and, therefore, it is a more productive discussion to talk about why that is and what to do about it.
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