application aims to use steganography
to hide samizdat
-type data within a larger stream of innocuous network traffic. Thus, civilians in Iran, for example, could more easily evade Iranian censors and provide the world with an unfiltered report
on events within the country. Haystack earned its creator Austin Heap
a great deal of positive coverage from the media during the 2009 Iranian election protests. The BBC described Heap as "on the front lines"
of the protesters' "Twitter revolution", while The Guardian called him an Innovator of the Year
. Despite the laudatory coverage, however, the media were never given a copy of the software to examine. Indeed, not much is known about the software or its inner workings. Specialists in network encryption security were not allowed to perform an independent evaluation of Haystack, despite its distribution to and use by a small number of Iranians, possibly at some risk. As interest in the project widens
and criticisms of the media coverage and software continue to mount
, Heap has currently asked users to cease using Haystack
until a security review can be performed.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 13, 2010 -
Are You Generic?
"Giving Brand-America the finger since 2001." The folks at Are You Generic have a few basic demands
: "natural, unprocessed foods; ad-free space; trustworthy news sources; a healthy body image; promotion of the independents; and the spread of knowledge." They're getting their message
across by means of "culture jams." Their first target
was Starbucks in 2002. Some more recent actions are listed here
, including Confessions of a Generic Magazine
. But they have stuff for sale
, so some might argue that they're not that much different than those they mock. Either way, their site does have a great collection of international street art
posted by amyms
on Mar 20, 2007 -
The aim of Fada'íat No Border Temporary Media Lab
is to remain as a permanent public media interface, part of the counter hegemonic cyborg that we imagine at the gate of Mediterranean sea.
A bunch of media-activists, members of social organizations, artists, video/film-makers, programmers and architects from Europe and North Africa, establish a WiFi connection across the Straits of Gibraltar and do stuff. And there's a java interface
of some sort.
posted by signal
on Jun 17, 2005 -