The sound of the dialup, pictured

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If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?

 

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Self-Censoring Font Redacts Words the Feds Are Watching For

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Seen, a downloadable font from designer Emil Kozole, brilliantly illustrates these linguistic triggers by redacting these so-called spook words. Type something as innocent as “facility” or “San Diego” and before your cursor even jumps a space ahead, the word is hidden behind a black strike-through. It’s disturbing, frustrating, and alarming, and that’s the point.

 

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The Mega-Master Blockchain List

This list is an open/rough attempt to brainstorm what asset registries, keys or related items theoretically could be implemented in a blockchain model. They may or may not be good ideas to do in a blockchain or might be good in certain circumstances or others, but that is not this exercise - this is a brainstorming exercise.

EFF Defends What’s Her Face? From Facebook

Back in the fall of 2011, some undergraduates at Yale created a cool class project. As part of their law and technology class, Bay Gross and Charlie Croom built a website and game that allowed Facebook users to discover how many of their “friends” they really know. The site, still available at whatsherface-book.com, asked people to reflect upon how much personal information they share with strangers or distant acquaintances.

Publicly Shaming the US’s Top Surveillance Officials with Street Art

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Titled Overexposed, the series relies on open-source intelligence “to satirize both an era of ubiquitous mass surveillance and overly mediated political personas,” as the project site explains. Using photographs of top officials he finds on social media as his source material, Cirio then creates large stencils of their faces, closely cropped, and either spray paints the portraits or plasters poster equivalents on public walls. During the year he has worked on the project, he has pasted hundreds of these images throughout street art-saturated neighborhoods such as Shoreditch and Hackney in London, New York’s Lower East Side, East Berlin, and Belleville in Paris.

 

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You Probably Can’t Jailbreak This Tablet Made For America’s Prisoners

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Private corrections service JPay introduced the JP5mini tablet last week, a tablet made specifically for the nearly two million incarcerated Americans that the company services in correctional facilities across 34 states.

 

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Surveillance cameras hanging out together

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Have you ever noticed how surveillance cameras are always alone? There’s a good reason for that. Prague-based artist Jakub Geltner shows us how disturbing it can get if these devices hung out together, just like a flock or a herd.

Wanting to show how technology has saturated the world around us, he’s been placing security cameras and satellite dishes in groups around public places. According to Geltner, these systems that are continually populating public sites are an infection, littering our landscapes with their ever-watchful eyes.

 

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