The Net; you never know what you’re gonna catch. The other day I caught up with ancient-by-internet-standards cinematic classic The Net and was surprised by a) how prescient it was b) the fact that I appear to have become Sandra Bullock. Sweet! So the Santa Monica Pier chase scene was completely ridiculous; SO WHAT! I’m still holding out hope that CyberBob is still out there somewhere, having tricked a Russian spammer into answering the door to the Praetorian hitman. I remember how horrified everyone was at the extent of cyber-surveillance possible back in Ninety-whatever. Nowadays, we just take it for granted that it’s being done all the time, by corporations for money and by the government for control, and right there is how far we’ve come in twenty years.
I wouldn’t say the trend has been “up.”
On that dystopian note, here is the last link roundup for this week. Plenty to keep you perusing over the weekend when you, I, and everyone else is keeping their heads down, pretending they’re at Defcon.
Edward Snowden granted three years more of Russian asylum (CourageFoundation)
You’re scared of the wrong things (WarIsBoring)
It’s Wikimania Weekend! (Wikipedia)
“Godzilla” attacks Pakistan (AnonHQ)
Secrecy or Democracy? (HAX)
New brain-inspired superchip (DARPA)
Featured image of Chinese Fishing Nets by Tim Moffatt on Flickr