This Week in Sharing

  • Call it the Wikileaks cycle: first comes the leak of informat, then the leakers realize they're leaking their own information all over the place, then comes the flood of information about how to leak without leaking too much. Which is where Wired's WorkiLeaks guide comes in handy.
     
  • Sometimes I'm just shocked by the kind of laws that are still on the books. Like when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals just decided that computer code is not property that can be criminally stolen under current statutes. They also recommended that Congress fix this loophole, so borrow that code while you can get away with it. J/k folks, j/k.
     
  • There have been fears since before the first sleeping bag rolled out in Zuccotti Park that the occupations would be co-opted by mainstream politics. It looks like one non-profit is going to do its best to accomplish just that this spring.
     
  • Lambert Strether writing at Naked Capitalism about the banking crisis and the computer code comes to the conclusion that "Code is law. Literally."
     
  • Google just won't come clean with the Feds about what exactly it was doing on people's unprotected wifi networks with its street view picture cars. Drive-by data-mining?
     
  • In the "dreams that have come true" category this week: ever wanted to play a computer simulation game about being a computer programmer? Try the contradictory "Linux Tycoon."
     
  • Solidarity Consumption? The model takes hold among Czechs.
     
  • Help NASA sort through 100 terrabytes of data and you might win a special invitation to come hang out. Also, you get to sorta be a rocket scientist.
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