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July 23, 2011

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Jon Husband

Implementing (one of the dark sides of) wirearchy, one algorithm and one link at a time.

Phil Cubeta

With a small budget and 10,000 "gamers" Darpa could drive any meme it wants. Patriots! come to the call of your country!

Tank R. Graffinton

Well, the Pentagon is at least correct in identifying "social media" as a space of contention. In that sense, their view is free of a common ideological frame which emphasizes collaboration, friending and a meritocratic hierarchy over everything else.

Jay Taber

So after arresting Quakers and other peace activists, they're going to do what? Beat senseless kids wearing Che t-shirts?

Phil Cubeta

Net War via friending is fiendish indeed.

Blowhard de Chardin

Network theory: keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer; keep your frenemies closest.

Phil Cubeta

Google seems to have an angle on this with a social network in which you can wall off your most personal friends from say your boss or random viewers. Of course all elements of it would be subject to anti-terror surveillance and probably to marketers.

Jon Husband

course all elements of it would be subject to anti-terror surveillance and probably to marketers.

Yah think .. "probably" ?

Hahahaha ... ha !

Tank R. Graffinton

You think that's nefarious, but how about this: unless I create a specific rule in my firewall to allow outgoing connections from my web browser to Asian Philanthropy Forum, Gifthub.org will not load.

Phil Cubeta

Say that? What is your interpretation of that, please? How did this come up? What alerted you?

Tank R. Graffinton

I noticed that when I visited gifthub.org that the browser status bar in the lower left often said "waiting for asianphilanthropyforum.org" - just like it'll say waiting for "static.typepad.com" or "google-analytics.com" or whatever. I thought that was weird so I created a firewall rule that disallowed connections to APF. The firewall I was using has a rather broad net, and since APF is hosted by typepad too, the firewall rule blocked all access to any typepad site, including gifthub.

I guess the question would be why connections are (were) made to APF when loading gifthub.org if the only apparent connection between the two sites is that APF is in your blogroll.

It was probably some innocuous bug. I don't see it happening currently, but in theory it would have allowed the APF owner to log connections to gifthub, if they cared enough.

Tank R. Graffinton

Heh. It's some strange interaction btwn typepad and the local DNS cache. Apparently the DNS Cache (or perhaps the firewall app) will map a random domain name from the blogroll, instead of the domain name of the typepad site you've actually visited.

It doesn't just happen with gifthub, it happens with other typepad sites too.

Tank R. Graffinton

Hmmm:

Firefox "pre-fetches" web page links (e.g., blogrolls) without telling you. You have to browse to about:config in order to turn this feature off.

If the link that Firefox pre-fetches is a typepad site, your local DNS Cache may map the typepad IP address of the site you are actually/really visiting to the last typepad domain that was pre-fetched from a link in the blogroll(?).

That will fool a particular firewall app which reads the DNS cache into believing that web site A is web site B.

Or something like that. Nothing to worry about.

Phil Cubeta

Thank you, Tank. I won't worry then.

Tank R. Graffinton

As the Man said, "Liberty is the Price of Eternal Vigilance."

Phil Cubeta

You are Free if you think you are.

Phil Cubeta

Freedom is freedom from noncontractual constraint. Liberty is a statue. The Constitution is a piece of paper, or parchment.

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In that sense, their view is free of a common ideological frame which emphasizes collaboration, friending and a meritocratic hierarchy over everything else.

Phil Cubeta

I dont about free of it. They prefer to own the platform on which collaboration and friending is done.


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