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This year’s book reviews #2010

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As always I read far more in 2010 than I blogged about, and most of the books I did blog about were treasures. I hope I inspired you to read at least one of them. And you have certainly noticed that I have added them all to the bookstore to make it easier for you to find out more about them.

I’ve had this title in my head for about a week now, the title is natur…

I’m reading Bruce Sterling‘s Islands in the Net – Amazon de…

As followers of mine will know I love xkcd, and he has some gems such as this…

I read Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak in English rather tha…

I’ve seen the film more than a dozen times, but I had yet to read Star …

Brian Jacques‘s book Outcast of Redwallfollows Veil the ferret who is r…

The Odessa File, by Frederick Forsyth, is another of the books I am keeping s…

Brian Jacques‘s book Martin the Warrior is another book from the Redwal…

I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I …

Mossflower by Brian Jacques is probably my favourite of the Redwall series, t…

Timothy Leary once told us to “Turn on, tune in, drop out“, and a…

For some reason I had the book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, by Br…

After having seen many films and read many books I expected that Hitler: The …

One of my first real American comics was Thor, I really liked it. Sadly it re…

I like Ontologies, Taxonomies and Folksonomies. I’m currently reading W…

I read Mario Puzo famed book The Godfather after having seen the movie a numb…

As I previously said I bought Anathem at the same time I bought Cryptonomicon…

I borrowed a number of books from an aunt of mine, who reviewed these books f…

I was standing in a secondhand book store with my father, and we wandered rou…

As an early Christmas gift my father gave me vouchers he didn’t want to…

The Snake is the first book I have read by John Godey, it was recommended to …

In the company I work for they are introducing the Agile FrameWork, in the fo…

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Just Finished Reading: “Islands in the Net” #wikileaks #books #datahaven

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I’m reading Bruce Sterling‘s Islands in the Net – Amazon describes it as

Slightly dated science fiction about the near future can be fun, especially when it evokes a strange, chaotic, and dangerous world that’s uncomfortably close to our present one.

And the irony is that Amazon is involved in a situation with chilling parallels, with Wikileaks and lesser known Amazon customers being called data pirates, similar to the way they are described in the book.

Of course there are already existing data havens like , and there is the new creation of a data haven for journalists and free speech in Iceland.[1] Other data havens are almost certainly in creation, as described in another work of fiction . I believe that these are most probably currently being hosted in encrypted clusters by Google and Amazon, with or without their knowledge, and almost certainly these exist in smaller countries.

The next parallel is the violations of copyrighted materials by these data pirates, there is serious money in piracy just look at China and the streets of New York or any other major city. It’s already possible to become a paid member of a piracy group online – comparable to a piracy Netflix – where in exchange for your payment you get a monthly allotted number of points to use to download films and television series collecting points by sharing a fixed ratio more than you download, and where everything is tracked by the torrent tracker.

There are other parallels, but for that I advise you read the book…

  1. Wikileaks and Iceland MPs propose ‘journalism haven’

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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