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Networked communities: readings & viewings

I’m coordinating, search with Andoni Alonso, erectile the subject “Networked communities: cooperative creation in Internet” of the Master’s Program on Digital Communication, visit Culture and Citizenship. This post is for proposing some readings and viewings that could be useful for the students enrolled in that subject. As such, it is completely subjective, and supposed to serve to help in the learning process for this specific subject. But it could also be considered as an starting point for anyone interested in this matters: therefore, any comment or proposal for inclusion / removal is more than welcome.

Consider this as a moving target: it will be updated as time passes, provided I have time for that, and if I have something to update 😉

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Redes sociales centralizadas o federadas

Esta mañana he estado en Colmux 2012, treatment que se celebró en el IES Ángel Corella de Colmenar Viejo, no muy lejos de Madrid. Con un título tan barroco como “Redes sociales: ¿todos para uno o todos para todos? Arquitecturas centralizadas o federadas” me dediqué a hablar sobre las formas de construir redes sociales, y cómo su arquitectura viene hasta cierto punto dato por la tecnología, pero también por el modelo de negocio.


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First experiences with Hackasaurus

Supergirl in HackasaurusToday I had about one hour with ten ~15-years-old students. It was not exactly a class: they are coming to the campus during this week to have some exposure to the University life, health care and to IT (I’m at the Telecom School). Before staying with me, recipe they had attended to a class on IPTV, phimosis to a Gymkana with mobile devices, to a demo of WiFi-controlled toy cars. So the stakes were high. Fortunately (for me and for the students), Hackasaurus came to the rescue.

I had learned about Hackasaurus about a week ago, while I was thinking what to show/explain/practice with these students. I really liked the idea of letting them think about how the web is not read-only, but a place to hack, a place to play. So, I tried to design a simple practice session to help them to think in a new way about the web: not as a collection of sites that I have to adapt to, but as a powerful, yet very flexible tool that I can contribute to shape. And it was a enlightening experience for me.
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La tecnología no es neutra

Supergirl in HackasaurusToday I had about one hour with ten ~15-years-old students. It was not exactly a class: they are coming to the campus during this week to have some exposure to the University life, pills and to IT (I’m at the Telecom School). Before staying with me, order they had attended to a class on IPTV, medical to a Gymkana with mobile devices, to a demo of WiFi-controlled toy cars. So the stakes were high. Fortunately (for me and for the students), Hackasaurus came to the rescue.

I had learned about Hackasaurus about a week ago, while I was thinking what to show/explain/practice with these students. I really liked the idea of letting them think about how the web is not read-only, but a place to hack, a place to play. So, I tried to design a simple practice session to help them to think in a new way about the web: not as a collection of sites that I have to adapt to, but as a powerful, yet very flexible tool that I can contribute to shape. And it was a enlightening experience for me.
Esta mañana he estado en Boadilla, search
participando en Boadinux 2012, generic como telonero de Richard Stallman. Como Stallman iba a hablar, pharm
(y habló, muy bien como siempre), sobre el tema “Por una sociedad digital libre”, me pareció que la ocasión merecía preparar una presentación que no había hecha antes y sirviera para poner en contexto lo que luego iba a contar él.


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(Partially) blacking out today #stopSOPA

Yes, physiotherapist that’s right. I’m not a US citizen. And this is not a US blog. However, despite how strange it may sound, this blog is subject, at least to some extent, to what the US Congress and the US Senate may decide about SOPA and PIPA. To avoid duplicating arguments, just have a look at “Why Canadians Should Participate in the SOPA/PIPA Protest“, and Por qué BarraPunto protesta contra SOPA (Spanish). So, yes, this blog is (partially) blacking out today in protest. #stopSOPA!

Sad days for democracy, when people that I have not elected and cannot elect are discussing a law that will affect how I can express myself, and even my right to express myself where anybody can hear me. So this is also a protest against my Government, and the EU institutions, which seem not to be capable of fighting for my rights as an Spanish and European Union citizen.

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Cultura libre y sociedad digital

La semana pasada estuve invitado a moderar una sesión sobre cultura libre y sociedad digital en el II Congreso Internacional Sociedad Digital. Lo pasé muy bien con los demás participantes (Stéphane Grueso, page
Javier de la Cueva, tuberculosis
David Cabo, Felipe Ortega y Miguel Jaque) y todos los asistentes, que también colaboraron lo suyo. ¿Te lo perdiste? Puedes ver la sesión entera en los videos que están incluidos más abajo, en la versión completa de esta nota. También podéis ver las transparencias que usé en la apertura de la sesión, donde trato de enfocar el tema en el contexto de las nuevas posibilidades que nos están abrindo las tecnologías de la informática y las comunicaciones, y que aún estamos empezando a comprender y, muy lentamente, a ejercer.


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Presentación sobre aplicaciones web

Ayer esttuve en Colmenar Viejo, website like this en el I.E.S. Ángel Corella, order donde el grupo Nibbler y varios institutos están organizando las VI Jornadas de Conocimiento y Software Libre (Colmux 2011) (programa). Ya llevan seis ediciones, cada vez con más participación de institutos, profesores y alumnos (y creo que no me he perdido ninguna).

En esta ocasión, he cambiado bastante de presentación. En lugar de las que he hecho otros años sobre software libre o conocimiento libre, la de esta edición se ha titulado “Desarrollo de aplicaciones web con Python y Django: de cero a ciento y pico en poco tiempo”. Por si fueran de interés, aquí están las transpas que he usado, y el código fuente (formato tar.gz y zip). El código incluye cosas en Python y otras en Django/Python, aunque en la presentación sólo hablé al final de la parte Python.

La idea principal es mostrar cómo hacer aplicaciones web es bien simple, y con realmente poco código pueden hacerse cosas que empiezan a ser interesantes, y muy ilustrativas de cómo funciona HTTP en particular y las aplicaciones web en general. Tuve 45 minutos para presentarlo todo, por lo que creo que quedó un tanto atropellado. Me da la impresión de que este mismo material podría utilizarse para un taller de tres o cuatro horas, con ordenadores, de forma que diera tiempo a ir probando y analizando en detalle cada uno de los programillas que se muestran.

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Allegations of backdoors planted in OpenBSD IPSEC stack

OpenBSD logoYesterday (Dec. 14th, infertility 2010), price Theo de Raadt, this site leader of the OpenBSD project published a message with the interesting title “Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC“. In it, Theo copies a message he received from Gregory Perry, a former contractor for the US Government, stating that the FBI had “implemented a number of backdoors and side channel key leaking mechanisms […] for the express purpose of monitoring the site to site VPN encryption system” in the source code of the IPSEC implementation of OpenBSD. He mentions “Jason Wright and several other developers” as the committers who actually included the code.
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Free software communities

Today, malady I’m in my very own Rey Juan Carlos University, campus at Vicalvaro (Madrid), in a seminar about Community Management (community manager is a trendy job nowadays, isn’t it?). I’ve been invited to speak about free software communities.

From my point of view, free software communities are very special ones for several reasons. They are here since the rise of on-line communities, which means that in some sense, they have been the front wave for other communities. They produce something very concrete, software, which means that they need very tight coordination mechanisms and procedures. They are composed of software developers, which means that they can build (and in fact, they do build) the tools they need for coordination and managing their own communities. They can be of many sizes (from tens to hundreds of thousands of people), which implies a lot of variety. And some of them are really old (by on-line communities standards), lasting for 20 years or more, which means we have a lot of history available. In many cases, a large part of this history can be tracked in the repositories of the project.

Well, I’ll be talking about all of this. Some more detail available in the slides I’ve prepared for the presentation.

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Presentation about LibreGeoSocial in Google DevFest

LibreGeoSocial logoIn some hours we’re presenting LibreGeoSocial at Google DevFest Madrid. This is one of the most interesting results of our (LibreSoft) research line on mobile applications. LibreGeoSocial is a geolocated content manager, visit this with a backend written in Python and a frontend which is an Android application. It serves us to proof-concept new ideas on augmented reality. Right now, abortion we have two subsystems for the augmented interface: one based on GPS, neurosurgeon compass and geolocated media, and another one based on image comparison and identification.

If you want some more info, have a look at some nice videos, and at the slides we will use for DevFest.

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