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Miguel Caetano

Miguel Caetano

CIES researcher at ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon). Project: "Users and distributors. Networked Communication and European Cinema in P2P networks." Linux, Open Source, Music.
The Old Reader: behind the scenes - The New Old Reader -
The Old Reader: behind the scenes - The New Old Reader
"We’re pleased to announce that The Old Reader will officially remain open to the public! The application now has a bigger team, significantly more resources, and a new corporate entity in the United States. We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this great web application and would like to share some details about its future as well as thank you for remaining loyal users. We’re big fans and users of The Old Reader and look forward to helping it grow and improve for years to come. First off we want to say that it’s rare to have an application that inspires as much passion as The Old Reader has as of late. We think that’s a sign of greatness and all credit for that goes to the wonderful team that has been running the show including Dmitry and Elena. We’ve gotten to know them pretty well this past week and they are smart, honest, and passionate people. We’re happy to announce that they are still a part of the team and we hope they will be for a long time to come.  The new team will be managing the project and adding to the engineering, communications, and system administration functions." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Trabalhar de borla? Nem pensar! - Lucy Kellaway (Económico) -
"Só me ocorrem três situações que justificam trabalhar sem receber qualquer tipo de remuneração. a) Uma boa causa. Mas neste caso estamos a falar de trabalho voluntário, que tem na sua génese o princípio da não remuneração. b) Se o trabalho em questão for realmente fascinante ou for algo que uma pessoa sempre quis fazer mas que de outra maneira seria perfeitamente inviável. c) É uma excelente forma de publicidade" - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' - Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian) -
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' - Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian)
"One presentation claims the XKeyscore program covers 'nearly everything a typical user does on the internet' A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. The latest revelations will add to the intense public and congressional debate around the extent of NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Culture Machine journal, Vol. 14: Platform Politics (2013) — Monoskop Log -
Culture Machine journal, Vol. 14: Platform Politics (2013) — Monoskop Log
"This special issue explores how digital platforms can be understood, leveraged and contested in an age when the ‘platform’ is coming to supplant the open Web as the default digital environment. Platforms can be characterized as resting on already existing networked communication systems, but also as developing discreet spaces and affordances, often using ‘apps’ to circumvent any need to access them via the Internet or Web. Papers in this issue explore the nature and distinctive aspects of the ‘platform’: as something that can be positioned as more than just a neutral space of communication; and as a complex technology with distinct affordances that have powerful political, economic and social interests at stake. In this respect the platform constitutes a zone of contestation between, for example, different formations and configurations of capital; social movements; new kinds of activist networks; open source and proprietary software design. Platforms also constitute spaces of... more... - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Should You Invest in the Long Tail? - Anita Elberse (Harvard Business School) -
Should You Invest in the Long Tail? - Anita Elberse (Harvard Business School)
"The blockbuster strategy is a time-honored approach, particularly in media and entertainment. When space is limited on store shelves and in traditional distribution channels, producers tend to focus on a few likely best sellers, hoping that one or two big hits will carry the rest of their lists. But online retailing and the digitization of information goods have changed the commercial landscape: Virtual shelf space is infinite, consumers can search through innumerable options, and the marginal cost of reproducing and distributing products is low. What does that mean for the blockbuster strategy? In his 2006 book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine, argues that the sudden availability of niche offerings more closely tailored to their tastes will lure consumers away from homogenized hits. The "tail" of the sales distribution curve, he says, will become longer, fatter, and more profitable. Elberse, a professor at... more... - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
INA Global, the Review of Creative Industries and Media -
Measuring cultural diversity with the Stirling model [Heritiana Ranaivoson] | CROS-portal -
"Language:  English Document:  NTTS2013fullPaper_186.pdf Document date:  Friday, December 21, 2012 Group content visibility:  Public - accessible to all site users 4A05_186" - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
#LongTail: Will endless choice create unlimited demand? - Heritiana Ranaivoson (INA Global) [20/09/2010] -
"The Long Tail theory was born in the pages of Wired in 2004, and has had a huge impact on the analysis of online content consumption in the wake of its emergence. And now the question is, to what extent does - or might - the development of a Long Tail influence the creative industries?" - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Book Launch: "Swarmwise" - The Tactical Manual To Changing The World - Falkvinge on Infopolicy -
Book Launch: "Swarmwise" - The Tactical Manual To Changing The World - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
"After four years of work, the leadership book “Swarmwise” is finally published. It is a book filled to the brim with the experience from leading the Swedish Pirate Party from zero into the European Parliament, spreading the movement to 70 countries, and most importantly, beating the competition on less than one percent of their budget – being over two orders of magnitude more cost-efficient. It is available as a paperback and a PDF, with more formats to come." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Sair ou não do Spotify, eis a questão - Filipe Marques (Ouve-se) -
"Thom Yorke faz bem em lutar por outras condições para ele e para outros – e se há pessoa que pode fazê-lo, é ele, no seu equilíbrio perfeito entre reputação e dimensão. Mas não resolve nada. Faz o que fez – chamar a atenção para o problema. Mas os consumidores não vão deixar de usar o Spotify por causa disso. Eu sei que eu não vou fazê-lo, pelo menos. Mas pronto, eu continuo a comprar os discos desta gente toda, portanto também não sou o melhor exemplo." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
The End Of The Original Three Strikes Program, And Other Stories About Online Infringement From On The Media - Mike Masnick (Techdirt) -
"I'm an avid listener of the radio show On the Media, and the latest episode touched on a variety of topics concerning copyright infringement online that may interest some folks here (after their discussion of how the press reported on Anthony Weiner's latest Weinering and the UK porn filter). The section on infringement kicked off with a fantastic segment with our own Glyn Moody discussing the end of the original Hadopi program, which will no longer be kicking people off the internet, and has shut down the costly bureaucracy that ran such a program (moving some of the people into another agency). He also discusses how increasing evidence has shown that having legal alternatives reduces infringement." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
#USA: Secret surveillance court overhaul is urged - David G. Savage ( -
#USA: Secret surveillance court overhaul is urged - David G. Savage (
"Critics say the court has become a rubber stamp for Bush and Obama surveillance policies. Lawmakers want to change how judges are selected and institute more checks and balances." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Major opinion shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | -
Major opinion shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |
"Numerous polls taken since our reporting on previously secret NSA activities first began have strongly suggested major public opinion shifts in how NSA surveillance and privacy are viewed. But a new comprehensive poll released over the weekend weekend by Pew Research provides the most compelling evidence yet of how stark the shift is. Among other things, Pew finds that "a majority of Americans – 56% – say that federal courts fail to provide adequate limits on the telephone and internet data the government is collecting as part of its anti-terrorism efforts." And "an even larger percentage (70%) believes that the government uses this data for purposes other than investigating terrorism." Moreover, "63% think the government is also gathering information about the content of communications." That demonstrates a decisive rejection of the US government's three primary defenses of its secret programs: there is adequate oversight; we're not listening to the content of communication; and the spying is only used to Keep You Safe™." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
20 great years of #Linux and #supercomputers - Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (ZDNet) #OpenSource #FLOSS -
20 great years of #Linux and #supercomputers - Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (ZDNet) #OpenSource #FLOSS
"Summary: Today, Linux rules supercomputing. It wasn't always that way. Here's how Linux moved from being Linus Torvald's hobby operating system to being the OS of choice for high-performance computing." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video - Jon Brodkin (Ars Technica) #trafficmanagement #peering -
"These business decisions involve "peering" agreements that Internet companies make to pass traffic from one to another and negotiations over caching services that store videos closer to people's homes so they can load faster in your browser. When Internet providers refuse to upgrade peering connections, traffic gets congested. When ISPs refuse to use the caching services offered by the likes of Google and Netflix, video has to travel farther across the Internet to get to its final destination—your living room. The negotiations can lead to brinksmanship and bad blood. Recent public examples of such spats include:" - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
High court bans publication of car-hacking paper - Duncan Geere (Ars Technica) -
High court bans publication of car-hacking paper - Duncan Geere (Ars Technica)
"A high court judge has ruled that a computer scientist cannot publish an academic paper over fears that it could lead to vehicle theft. Flavio Garcia, from the University of Birmingham, has cracked the algorithm behind Megamos Crypto—a system used by several luxury car brands to verify the identity of keys used to start the ignition. He was intending to present his results at the Usenix Security Symposium." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
In The World Of Internet Policy, Online Freedom Hangs In The Balance - Mike Godwin (Forbes) -
In The World Of Internet Policy, Online Freedom Hangs In The Balance - Mike Godwin (Forbes)
"Cyberpolicy is more relevant than ever, because cyberspace has rapidly become a central staging area for political participation in the modern era. For proof look no further than to Italy and the United States. Inboth countries in 2012, repressive legislation led Wikimedian activists to protest by temporarily shutting down access to Wikipedia. It also led to new dialogues between governments, internet companies and civil society organizations. In both instances, legislators withdrew the proposed laws." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Even Google Reader Replacements Are Shutting Down - Eric Limer (Gizmodo) -
Even Google Reader Replacements Are Shutting Down - Eric Limer (Gizmodo)
"When Google Reader finally closed its doors, it shoved thousands of teary-eyed RSS fans into cyberspace, adrift, where we flailed around desperately for a suitable replacement. Many services rose to the challenge, but the incoming wave was a lot to handle. Too much for one of our favorite alternatives—The Old Reader—which is taking a page from Googs and shutting down as well." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality - Joseph Stiglitz (NYTimes) -
"There are alternatives. Advocates of intellectual property rights have overemphasized their role in promoting innovation. Most of the key innovations — from the basic ideas underlying the computer, to transistors, to lasers, to the discovery of DNA — were not motivated by pecuniary gain. They were motivated by the quest for knowledge. Of course, resources have to be made available. But the patent system is only one way, and often not the best way, of providing these resources. Government-financed research, foundations, and the prize system (which offers a prize to whoever makes a discovery, and then makes the knowledge widely available, using the power of the market to reap the benefits) are alternatives, with major advantages, and without the inequality-increasing disadvantages of the current intellectual property rights system. Myriad’s effort to patent human DNA was one of the worst manifestations of the inequality in access to health, which in turn is one of the worst... more... - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy - Evgeny Morozov (FAZ) -
Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy - Evgeny Morozov (FAZ)
"All of this is to say that there are profound political and moral consequences to information consumerism– and they are comparable to energy consumerism in scope and importance. Making these consequences more pronounced and vivid is where intellectuals and political parties ought to focus their efforts. We should do our best to suspend the seeming economic normalcy of information sharing. An attitude of “just business!” will no longer suffice. Information sharing might have a vibrant market around it but it has no ethical framework to back it up. More than three decades ago, Michel Foucault was prescient to see that neoliberalism would turns us all into “entrepreneurs of the self” but let's not forget that entrepreneurship is not without its downsides: as most economic activities, it can generate negative externalities, from pollution to noise. Entrepreneurship focused on information sharing is no exception." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Fidus Writer: web based, open source (AGPL), almost-WYSIWYG and with tools for academics such as citation management and formula support and output formats PDF, Epub, Latex, HTML." -
Steve Jobs didn’t build that: Our patent law doesn't promote innovation - Sean McElwee (Salon) #patents -
Steve Jobs didn’t build that: Our patent law doesn't promote innovation - Sean McElwee (Salon) #patents
"As Republican obstruction kills immigration reform, the next problem Congress and the president will try and fail to fix is the patent system. Specifically, they’ll target “patent trolls,” companies that buy patents and use them to create endless litigation. But the larger problem they fail to see is that America’s patent regime is based upon a flawed model of innovation and will hamper innovation, while increasing inequality. The American patent system is based on what Gar Alperovitz calls “the hero inventor” ideology, the belief that one man or woman working diligently and independently on a project drives innovation by upending the status quo. As Michel Foucault explains:" - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Trabalho com Informação: valor, acumulação, apropriação nas redes do capital - Marco Dantas (Sítio do Marcos) -
Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is - John Naughton (The Observer) -
Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is - John Naughton (The Observer)
"As an antidote, here are some of the things we should be thinking about as a result of what we have learned so far. The first is that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered. It was always a possibility that the system would eventually be Balkanised, ie divided into a number of geographical or jurisdiction-determined subnets as societies such as China, Russia, Iran and other Islamic states decided that they needed to control how their citizens communicated. Now, Balkanisation is a certainty. Second, the issue of internet governance is about to become very contentious. Given what we now know about how the US and its satraps have been abusing their privileged position in the global infrastructure, the idea that the western powers can be allowed to continue to control it has become untenable." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
#NeutralidadeDaRede: Mudança em projeto da lei da web pode reduzir velocidade de usuário - Renata Agostini (Folha de S. Paulo) -
"As teles ficarão autorizadas a oferecer pacotes com limite de acesso a dados e a reduzir a velocidade de navegação quando a franquia estabelecida no contrato for ultrapassada pelo usuário. Esse tipo de pacote é comercializado hoje pelas operadoras, mas ficava proibido na versão anterior do texto em prol do princípio da "neutralidade da rede", jargão para definir que o acesso a todos os sites tem de ser feito na mesma velocidade." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
BBC News - Altered Images: Egypt's disinformation war -
BBC News - Altered Images: Egypt's disinformation war
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"So many faked images are circulating in Egypt that Facebook sites have been set up with the goal of separating fact from fiction, writes BBC Monitoring's Dina Aboughazala. While tensions between opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi flared into violence in Cairo this weekend, social media has long been a battlefield. Rumours, fabricated images and fake accounts have emerged on Facebook and Twitter, as each side uses the internet to tarnish their rivals' reputations. This activity has intensified since the army removed Mr Morsi from power on 3 July. The deposed president's supporters, who have tried to depict events as a conspiracy led by the Coptic Church and secularists, used one image of a group carrying a cross to claim Christians had led protests against the Islamist president. The photograph dated from 2012, it later emerged." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Cities Need to Weigh Costs of Private Partnerships - Donald Cohen ( -
Cities Need to Weigh Costs of Private Partnerships - Donald Cohen (
"DealBook recently published a piece by Kent Rowey that makes a troubling argument for selling public services and infrastructure to Wall Street banks and other corporations. Under the guise of making recommendations for Detroit, Mr. Rowey tried to sell the idea that auctioning off our most vital services and assets to for-profit companies is a simple win-win solution for strapped governments. It sounds simple, but the real track record of public-private partnerships is fraught with problems." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
#NSA faces backlash over collecting phone data - Ken Dilanian (LA Times) -
#NSA faces backlash over collecting phone data - Ken Dilanian (LA Times)
"A reporter recently asked the National Security Agency's chief a blunt question: Why can't he come up with a better example of a terrorism plot foiled through the bulk collection of U.S. phone records? In the weeks since Edward Snowden disclosed that the NSA had been collecting and storing the calling histories of nearly every American, NSA Director Keith Alexander and other U.S. officials have cited only one case as having been discovered exclusively by searching those records: some San Diego men who sent $8,500 to Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
Data retention might not be proportional to risks - Monika Ermert (Internet Policy Review) #Privacy -
"While the representatives of the EU member states, the Council, the Commission and the Parliament had to acknowledge a lack of statistical evidence, they still demanded the Court to reject the complaints from Digital Rights Ireland, the working group AK Data Retention Austria (who were joined by over 11,000 citizens in their legal action) and individual complainant Michael Seitlinger, an Austrian IT expert." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
#Facebook's silence on #PRISM could result in legal action - Joe Kloc (The DailyDot) #NSA -
#Facebook's silence on #PRISM could result in legal action - Joe Kloc (The DailyDot) #NSA
"Since Facebook’s participation in PRISM was revealed in early June, its stock has traded at a significantly lower value than in the previous months. Of course, one can’t say for sure that the NSA leak is to blame. The company’s stock had been on the decline for weeks beforehand. But a month out, the lack of recovery is worth noting. For a corporation relying on its customers’ faith that their personal information will be protected, there is good reason to believe the revelations about NSA surveillance—the extent of which has still yet to be disclosed—were bad for business. That is, bad for shareholders." - Miguel Caetano from Bookmarklet
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