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by Zanadou (#48563857) Attached to: Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

Remove the "s" --> . The interesting thing about this one is the chat box in lower left corner. Worth lucking for a while in there to see if any interesting info pops up.

However, it looks like none of the content has been updated since yesterday. Maybe the upstream "pool" is still AWOL, as well.

There's also , but I'm not sure about the (more/less) authenticity of that one. It also hasn't been updated in a about 24 hours.

+ - U.K. Police Force "Accidentally" Admits It Spied on Journalists->

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "A U.K. police force has accidentally released documents revealing that it has used controversial anti-terror laws to spy on journalists who had not committed any crimes.

The Cleveland Police force (U.K.) “erroneously” sent information to The Press Gazette, a British media trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press, that indicated that the police force had used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to obtain telecoms data while searching for a journalist’s source, the Press Gazette reports—and asked the publication to delete the documents when they realised what they had done.

Press Gazette refused to do so, arguing that “there is a strong public interest in disclosing it.”"

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+ - "Outernet", a Satellite-Based Internet Delivery/Caching System

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Outernet, humbly billing itself as "Humanity's Public Library", seeks to deliver internet content to even the world poorest and under-provisioned people via a system of repurposed television broadcast satellites (DVB-S) periodically transmitting data based on "selected internet content", to either a device called "Lantern", which in turn distributes the data via an in-built wifi point, or via a DIY solution.

It's been billed in some press as "Internet from Space"; it's perhaps not quite that: it's not providing a live internet feed, just selected portions, ("like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music"), i.e. most likely a cache of Wikipedia, with other content selection open to a vote. One thing that does come to mind: this might be a relatively difficult system to censor and/or block in repressive regimes."

+ - Swarmops, the Swarm Management System of the Swedish Pirate Party, Seeks Funding

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Swarmops was written by Rick Falkvinge and is back-end business software system that automates accounting (claiming to be "Bitcoin native"), is able to able to mobilise and communicate with thousands of people, and has the ability to decentralise power and authority in "swarm-type organizations" by pushing all the crucial decision-making out to the edges of the group where the most information is available. Originally it was used by the Swedish Pirate Party, where it was key to putting people in European Parliament on a shoestring budget. Although it still needs funding, it is available now for free; not as copyrighted open source software, but as in "absolutely free" software: all code (and code contributions) being copyright free, in the public domain.

A live version of it seems to be up here; it looks rough (1990s design?), but interesting."

+ - Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse in The USA

Submitted by Zanadou
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Australians are well used to paying what's called an "Australian Tax": high(er) prices for international products and services simply because they are are being accessed from an Australian IP address and/or being delivered to an Australian mail address. But Australia Post, Australia's national mail service, might have a solution: last week they opened a new warehouse/delivery depot in Oregon, USA allowing Australians to use a US-based delivery address for mail items, which can then forwarded onwards to Australia.

However, this service, called "Shopmate", comes at a cost."

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