Compare and contrast

Friday, April 20th, 2012

People think I'm completely evil and what I'm doing is completely immoral, but at the end of the day I feel like I'm just educating people on technology. That's Hunter Moore, founder of 'revenge porn' site IsAnyOneUp, as quoted by the BBC. Compare that with the rationale provided for an 'art' ...

The interplay of copyright and creativity – a Storify collection

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I've recently started playing around with Storify. In the piece embedded below, I'm gathering together various different snippets concerning the interplay of copyright and creativity. http://storify.com/funferal/copyright-and-creativity

Global Facebook subject to Irish Data Protection rules

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Turns out that all Facebook user accounts, outside of the US and Canada, are overseen by its European headquarters in Ireland. That means that it's subject to Irish data protection rules, and the Irish data protection commissioner has now launched an investigation. This is one to watch.

AT&T to cap competing video services (or why we need net neutrality)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Lauren Weinstein has dug behind the newly announced DSL caps on AT&T to note the exemption for U-verse content (i.e. the in-house video service). This, of course, is exactly the sort of anti-competitive behaviour that net neutrality rules are meant to prevent.

Better than the dump truck metaphor

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

"The Internet is not a credit card company." From one of the grandmothers annoyed at AT&T for trying to get one over on them, and assuming they're naive and vulnerable.

Irish telecoms market data

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The latest edition of Comreg's Quarterly Report (pdf) is now available, and it's got some interesting nuggets hidden in it. First, VoIP is now showing up in call volumes - although Comreg only tracks certain VoIP services, and not internet-based offerings such as Skype. There's a suggestion in the report that ...