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Trans: My day with Internet War pt. 1/?

Posted by maloki på 6 december, 2010

This is the translation to English of Min dag med Internetkrig del 1/?. Just helping a friend.

My day with Internet War – Part 1/?

Friday morning began with a phone call, a phone sales person, nothing important. But I woke up and could not fall back to sleep, so I booted up my computer and connected to IRC. I found that most of the channels were dead and the people were sleeping. Some persons in US was active for a few minutes.

Then I started to notice something in the twitter feed, ”wikileaks.org are down”. So I started to dig into it, tried to resolve the server, and yes, the domain name was down. You could not reach wikileaks.org anylonger. We started to dig for their IP-Addresses. We found one, not exactly the one we were looking for but it was a lead to get the data out from wikileaks.org. We got the start page and a broken link to cablegate, being the site we wanted to get to. Someone accidentally tweeted it, and it started to be retweeted with the info that cablegates was there. Which wasn’t true at the moment, but it is now.

We got hold of another address from an entirely different network, and it had the same content as the previous one and now also cablegate. We tweeted out the info about it, that Wikileaks exists there and is still accessible. A lot of people retweeted it. Information is rapidly and widely spread, and in the channel we begin to realize that we were in epicenter of the information, we had the opportunity to spread the up-to-date information to thousands of readers. We were kept up to date with information from inside and outside our lines. Varifying as we went.

In the middle of this wikileaks hosting on Amazon was killed, without warning. They switched their primary host for the third time within a few hours during the morning. Telecomix topic kept up-to-date with the latest information and was not late to tweet the news.

We put up a mirror on a server that I share with a few friends. It quickly became popular, and it was probably one of the first 10 mirror sites of Wikileaks that was created for this purpose. We spread the link through Telecomix twitter, and again, it spread rapidly and widely. The first was merely a snapshot of wikileaks own server that we mirrored, but later in the evening we developed it a little. We named it http://cablegate.failar.nu

At this point it was time for me to head into town, a quite inconvenient day to have other things to do than keep a watchful eye on the flow and keep things in order. Thanks to my N900 I could keep a pretty good idea of what was going on and do some administrative work while I was out. Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio) in the P3 News reported first that EveryDNS had taken down Wikileaks because of the attacks (referral to DDoS), which was a lie. I tweeted this through the Telecomix channel, right should be right. Next news report they had taken in some ”Computer Expert” that explained what actually was going on and the significance of it. The homepage was up and running and had always been, you just had to know where to look.

The Swiss Pirate Party made a good effort in buying wikileaks.ch and pointed it to wikileaks server, it worked well and became the new primary domain that people diligently used. It got its biggest impact after we ran it through Telecomix Twitter. The problem with wikileaks.ch was that it as well was hosted with EveryDNS and just as wikileaks.org it was removed by EveryDNS in an attempt to remove the only incentive to DDoS their name servers. Later that day all of EveryDNS’ name servers were down, completely. All four of them. Which is quite extreme for being such a huge host of DNS. The result being that wikileaks.ch was down and we had to fall back on IP-addresses again.

That evening when I got to the pub we realized that we should update our mirror of wikileaks in a better way than once in a while at random. So at the pub, with a cider i one hand and my N900 in the other I started to hack together a script that would re-mirror the whole site into a folder, put the files in order, add any new files in the repo and commit. Then have it rinse and repeat every 30 minutes. So I have a repo with changes on Cablegate from approximately 9pm and forward (add date), we can go back in revisions and always have intact data no matter what happens to the data on wikileaks servers.

More mirrors were being created, and in the evening we could count up to something like 84 of them in the mirror list, it was quite a lot to keep track of. To do this they, just as I would have, started a pad where you could help to list and sort all mirrors. It started in ietherpad but they only allow 16 people in a pad at the time, normally that’s a lot. In this case it was peanuts. It was moved over to Mozillas open pad, and from what I’ve read even they got a taste of the DDoS to kill Wikileaks. The list was moved over to Tumblr, and from what I’ve seen they have not had any problems with attacks yet.

In the evening things started to subside, the entire day had been one immense chaos of information flow. And I like it! The chaos left its marks with that it’s not the authority that rules the Internet, Internet is its own organism. That thanks to hacktivists live and thrive. To DDoS companies to make them remove names out of the name servers will not kill a homepage. At least not when if hacktivists wants it to stay, then it will spread even further. After having only been available from two sites at the beginning of the day, it’s now up on 84 servers. Distribution, huh? Not such an efficient take down after all.

It has been an eventful day on our Internet, I believe that I’m one of the few that’s really seen and has a good overview of what happened today. A lot of well spent hours is spent on checking sources, collecting facts, and filter data to be able to spread knowledge and information with powerful tools to them who have been interested.

Knowledge is power, this has been proven time and again today.

I’ve also been thinking about the release of the cables, that they are releasing a few documents at a time. This is incredibly clever if you want impact. When they released the War Diary it mainly got attention because it was so much, but none could actually digest all its content. It was too much in too short of a time span. After having thinking about it I find that I really like that they are doing it like they are now. It’s a good move.

I want to leave a great thanks to Telecomix, for their existence. For the people being there. For the fact that people work so well together in a group and help each other. During periods of the day when I had other things to do there was always someone else keeping track. We’ve been keeping a watchful eye all day. The Telecomix Twitter has been a very good channel to spread out the information about what has actually been going on. ”Telecomix News Agency – Reporting Live From the Internet.” And that is exactly what we’ve done today.


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I am a Winner! #NaNoWriMo

Posted by maloki på 1 december, 2010


And there it was. After 30 days of hard work (on and off) I finished my first draft for a novel, ever. At 50573 words. I got met by applause and this message:

Author, on November 1 you accepted our challenge to write a novel in 30 days. Harnessed with a hard deadline, you persevered in the face of countless obstacles. You wrote with determination, you quieted that inner critic, and now you’ve reached the hallowed Winner’s Circle.

We couldn’t be more proud of your amazing accomplishment! Thank you for joining us on this outrageously creative adventure—we’ll see you next November for more. And we hope you’ll join us in April for Script Frenzy, too.

Before you go celebrate, we have some very special NaNoWriMo Winner Goodies for you. There are two paths to collecting them. We hope that NaNoWriMo meant enough to you that you will take a moment now and make a tax-deductible donation to help ensure that NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program are fully enabled for 2011! (If you’ve already donated, thank you so much for your contribution!)

When one defeat great challenges one always thank people, doesn’t one? Here goes.
First of all I have to thank the wonderful OlofB for his work on Devul that has helped me a whole deal while writing.
(if you have Flattr you can Flattr the application. Not, read this)
I also want to thank the Gothenburg cluster of Wrimos. Who I met up with for one coffee. Even though I did not get much writing done there it was still incredibly motivating!
Anyone that has cheered me on, be it random people on twitter, Wrimos and non Wrimos. People I know on Facebook. Or just people I know in real life, or wherever. Thank you!

I’ve learnt a lot about myself as a writer. But I think I’ll save that for another post I think. I know I can write a lot under pressure, if I put my mind into it. Which is something I can use.
I will definitely take part next year. If I got time.

Hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did!


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AOL – TED Women, I’m Disappointed

Posted by maloki på 24 november, 2010

So here I am, writing a last-minute idea for what I would love to present on a TED Women talk, for the AOL TED Women contest, my idea for the future.
I decided to use my 2022 text about a Flattring Future (in Swedish) and the basis for the idea, since it is something rooted deep in me, and it is something that I can, and love to talk about.

I’ve filled everything out, and it was time to read the rules and what not. I was already a little suspicious that there was no box to fill out which country you were from. So I read it, and come up with this:

1. Eligibility: The AOL & TEDWomen Big Idea Contest (the ”Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States (including the District of Columbia) who are 18 years of age or older.

I realised that I would not be able to submit my application for the contest. Not a chance in hell for me to go to a TED Women in Washington DC. I would not be able to take one of the greatest steps in my own life with taking a chance on this competition.
This is what I had written.

To change the business model of today, where big companies hold copyrights for material made by artists, we need to look at it with new eyes. With a model that is about the love for sharing and showing appreciation the future will be built.
A future where we are more kind to Flattring people, the people behind the product. It is time to take a big step onto this.

I’m also well aware that I had not asked anyone of the Flattr-team, if it would be okay to submit to competition with the idea. For me it is an extension of theirs. A hope for what the future can become, thanks to it.

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NaNoWriMo + Flattr = <3

Posted by maloki på 4 november, 2010


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It’s November, and all of us NaNoWriMo fans know exactly what that means. It’s time to chase that word count again. The aim is to write 50000 words in 30 days.
Myself forgot, even though I very well knew it was the first of November, to start writing the first day. I didn’t get going untill late that night, and it had already become a new day. I’ve still got some catching up to do, on 3k today, with todays goal to reach 6667, to stay on track. Added note: 9th Nov I caught up with 4k new words thanks to Devul

When I was writing last night I started to think about Flattr and that I really should inform more of them WriMos out there about this wonderful thing.
Flattr is a Social Micro Donation System, with Flat-rate. You can pay as little as €2 a month, and as much as €100 if you want to. This is shared between the items you decide to click during the month. You click around on things you like and maybe encourage others to use it as well.
I wish you guys to have a look at Flattr, and see if it’s something that you’d want to fit into your blog, or connect to your creative writings, or other kinds of creations.

Why do we write? Your aim might not be to earn money. But what if other people wish to give you a little something for your effort?

I’ve written quite a lot about Flattr before, and I have a strong love for it. WikiLeaks are even using it!
There are also some other NaNoWriMo writers I know of who use this service already, and people who publish their books[swe] online too. In my efforts to draw attention to Flattr I e-mailed a few people, which decent results.

I hope you’ll have a look and love Flattr as much as I do!

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Publicera din bok online

Posted by maloki på 25 augusti, 2010


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Det brukar frågas hur kulturarbetarna ska få betalt och i Almedalen mötte Piratpartiet upp med Kulturskaparna. Det är svårt att förklara möjligheterna konkret. Samtidgit som jag anser att det är viktigt att man tar eget ansvar för sin inkomst, och därför undersöker vilka möjligheter man har, istället för att bara titta på problemen. Men jag ska visa på lite exempel på hur man kan hantera sitt författarskap väl.

Anna Troberg är nog ett av de bästa exempel jag har sett på att vända om i upphovsrättsfrågan. Hon öppnade sig för att lyssna på vad det hela, som piratrörelsen kämpade så hårt för, handlade om. Många har hört historien, andra inte.

Nu lägger hon upp sin bok Chefer Från Helvetet som sommarföljetong på sin blogg. Alla delarna har även Flattr-knappar (tips, börja på sista sidan), vilket långsiktigt kan ge henne några extra kronor för boken hon aldrig hade sett skymten av annars.
Nyligen läste jag ut boken i dess papperskopia, som Anna förövrigt gav till mig. Eftersom att jag absolut älskade boken, bestämde jag mig för att sjänka lite klick på alla kapitlen som hittills blivit publicerade på hennes blogg i sommarföljetongen.

Att anpassa sig är positivt, ibland. I detta fall är det en utveckling i rätt riktning. Utnyttja de sätt som finns för att publicera sin bok. Tillägget med Flattr, ger ju bara en liten extra kick, och ännu ett sätt att anpassa sig och utnyttja de nya teknikerna positivt.

Jan Lindgren publicerar hela sin NaNo2009, kapitel för kapitel. NaNo är en förkortning för NaNoWriMo, som i sin tur står för National Novel Writing Month. Även dessa med Flattr-knappar. Vi har även exemplet från Ravenna, Anna Svensson, som publicerat sin roman Mörkrets Väktare online, även den går att flattra.

Nu har jag ju bara gett exempel på svenska författare som använt sig utav detta. Men det finns även andra exempel. Toreas är en fantasy roman som publiceras kapitel för kapitel på en wiki, där man fritt får använda, kopiera och dela med sig av texten, bara man släpper det under public domain.

Jag har tidigare skrivit om alternativa sätt, innan Flattr fanns som alternativ, då Unni Drougge nyligen hade lanserat sin ljudbok online via The Pirate Bay, där den fortfarande finns att ladda ner.

Om vi fortsätter på detta spår kommer vi förhoppningsvis nå en personligare och smickrande framtid

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Flattr + Wikileaks = DataLove

Posted by maloki på 2 augusti, 2010

I knew it, when I first heard about Flattr, while Wikileaks were looking for donations, I just knew that Flattr and Wikileaks would be a great idea together. Just guess how happy I am today that I get to read that Wikileaks now has an account, a verified one as well. TechCrunch reports about it.

I’m thrilled about this progress, and I’m glad that Wikileaks joined Flattr. Now that they are integrating with other partners! Will be awesome. I hope that some of the sites I emailed will reply as well. One has already done so, and it was WordPress.com that was first to reply.

Thanks for the suggestion Marie, Flattr looks cool – I’ve added it to our regularly reviewed list of suggestions.
Thanks,

Hanni
Happiness Engineer, Automattic

Now I’m just waiting to see who else will tag along. Who do you want to see to implement Flattr? Send them an email and explain to them why! Doesn’t matter if I’ve already done it, you have to tell them why you want them to.

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Social remix ett sätt att leva

Posted by maloki på 24 juli, 2010

Social remix av remix är hur det har utvecklats. Vi ser, inspirerars och remixar. Remixen remixar och vi remixar socialt. Social remix.

Att inspireras och nyttja det man blivit inspirerad av för att göra något nytt, eller någorlunda nytt är inte ovanligt. Men ibland kan det ju självklart bli lite fel. Dagens media rapporterar om hur Esterella klantat sig med deras senaste reklamkampanj ”Väck djuret i dig”. De har helt enkelt inspirerats och remixat konst av fotografen Geoffrey Cottenceaus. Man kan hävda att det var alldeles för likt, och det kanske det är. Kanske skulle de ha gjort cred på något vis till fotografen. Men det de främst borde ha gjort, var att kolla med honom om det var okej att använda honom som inspiration och så tydliga, men remixade, kopior av hans verk.

Remixkulturen är ett faktum, den kommer inte försvinna.

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Piratpartiet behöver din röst!

Posted by maloki på 24 juli, 2010

Erik Laakso är enormt stark och modig när han skriver detta inlägg om att Piratparitet behöver din röst. Tankar kommer sällan ensam, som många av oss vet, ingen tanke är unik. När tiden är rätt så föds samma idéer på flera håll simultant, med endast små skillnader, men i sin helhet har det samma innebörd.

Vi behöver allas hjälp för att komma in i Riksdagen. Jag tackar idag Erik Laakso för att han visar sitt stöd så tydligt och öppet. Det är enormt starkt av honom att göra som utsagd Socialdemokrat. Vi behöver mer stöd, från alla som håller med oss. Må det vara uttalat, eller hemligt ekonomiskt. Piratpartiet behöver dig!

Vi måste simma neråt (se youtube klippet från 4.22), tillsammans,
annars fixar vi inte detta. Vi behöver verkligen Piratpartiet i riksdagen. För att sätta stopp på övervakningskarusellen.

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Ett inlägg per dag

Posted by maloki på 23 juli, 2010

2022 fortsätter att publicera ett inlägg per dag. På grund av seglingen så har jag inte riktigt haft tid att läsa varje dag de senaste dagarna, och läser således ikapp just nu.

Qeruiem om Remixkultur var ett väldigt långt inlägg med en del illustrerande videoklipp till. Tyvärr hade Flash däckat, och min uppkoppling just nu skulle inte må så bra av flertalet youtube-klipp.

Isak Gerson om Kunskapskärlek och Patent, var enormt gripande och det ger mig inspiration. Inspiration till ännu en vision, med något som jag tycker är viktigt. Vad får ni se vid ett senare tillfälle.

Igår Olof Bjarnason om Gestikulerande människor ger oss en vacker blick in i en framtid som nästan är här. Den är inom räckhåll.

Idag Göran Widham om att En gång i tiden såldes alla idéer som om de vore varor ger en intressant bild in i framtiden. Reklam i all ära. Det ska bli spännande att se hur detta leder vidare.

I morgon är det mitt inlägg på tur!

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Intervjuer från PP i Almedalen

Posted by maloki på 15 juli, 2010

Vi syns i Almedalen publicerade jag mitt i veckan. Men det blev fler intervjuer, så jag tänkte slänga upp alla länkarna här nu.

Andreas och Ola kommenterat 6% i Sifo, Olof pratade med Johnny om ett seminarie som inte var PP-politik, och Amelia blir tillfrågad om Bryssel, medan Anna och Gun pratar om distraktion.
Han intervjuade även mig om Flattr.
Johnny och Calle om Kulturpolitisk afton med Piratpartiet.
Simon blir utfrågad av Göran om RepRapen nere vid Pirattältet.
Gustav och Sandra berättar om det hårda livet i Almedalen.
Janne och Gun om anonymitet.
Anna och Rick går ut och pratar om det kulturpolitiska utspelet.
Han vågade även själv upp och ställa en fråga i en debatt som blev filmad!

Det är en bra satsning på rörlig bild, och det behövs. Här är vi! Här får ni ett ansikte på oss Piratpartiet i Almedalen.

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