Intelligences Connectées Electronic Privacy Information Center The Durable Internet: Preserving Network Neutrality without Regulation | Timothy B. Lee | Cato Institute: Policy Analysis An important reason for the Internet’s remarkable growth over the last quarter century is the “end-to-end” principle that networks should confine themselves to transmitting generic packets without worrying about their contents. Not only has this made deployment of internet infrastructure cheap and efficient, but it has created fertile ground for entrepreneurship. On a network that respects the end-to-end principle, prior approval from network owners is not needed to launch new applications, services, or content. In recent years, self-styled “network neutrality” activists have pushed for legislation to prevent network owners from undermining the end-to end principle. New regulations inevitably come with unintended consequences.
Center for Democracy & Technology | Keeping the Internet Open, Innovative and Free Password Cracking with Rainbowcrack and Rainbow Tables » What is RainbowCrack & Rainbow Tables? RainbowCrack is a general propose implementation of Philippe Oechslin’s faster time-memory trade-off technique. In 1980 Martin Hellman described a cryptanalytic time-memory trade-off which reduces the time of cryptanalysis by using precalculated data stored in memory. This technique was improved by Rivest before 1982 with the introduction of distinguished points which drastically reduces the number of memory lookups during cryptanalysis. This improved technique has been studied extensively but no new optimisations have been published ever since. You can find the official Rainbowcrack project here , where you can download the latest version of Rainbowcrack. In short, the RainbowCrack tool is a hash cracker. Basically these types of password crackers are working with pre-calculated hashes of ALL passwords available within a certain character space, be that a-z or a-zA-z or a-zA-Z0-9 etc. These files are called Rainbow Tables . Then there is: Ophcrack
BUG BROTHER | Qui surveillera les surveillants ? Homeland Security Wants Mozilla to Pull “Domain Seizure” Add-On Homeland Security's ICE unit is not happy with a Firefox add-on that allows the public to circumvent the domains seizures carried out during the past several months. In an attempt to correct this 'vulnerability' in their anti-piracy strategy, ICE have asked Mozilla to pull the add-on from their site. Unfortunately for them Mozilla denied the request, arguing that this type of censorship may threaten the open Internet. Last month we were the first to draw attention to a nifty Firefox add-on called “MAFIAA Fire.” The add-on maintains a list of all the domains that ICE (hence the antidote, ‘fire’) has seized and redirects their users to an alternative domain if the sites in question have set one up. Homeland Security’s ICE unit got wind of the add-on and almost immediately took action to have it taken offline. However, where ICE might have expected a swift take down from Mozilla, the legal and business affairs department of the tech company was not planning to honor the request so easily.
Net Neutrality Posted by Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, and Lowell McAdam, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless (Cross-posted on the Verizon PolicyBlog.) Verizon and Google might seem unlikely bedfellows in the current debate around network neutrality, or an open Internet. There are two key factors driving innovation on the web today. Second, private investment is dramatically increasing broadband capacity and the intelligence of networks, creating the infrastructure to support ever more sophisticated applications. As a result, however or wherever you access the Internet the people you want to connect with can receive your message. Transformative is an over-used word, especially in the tech sector. This kind of "innovation without permission" has changed the way we do business forever, fueling unprecedented collaboration, creativity and opportunity. Second, advanced and open networks are essential to the future development of the Web. Finally, transparency is a must.
Royal Pingdom » 17 brilliant 404 pages and why they are cool Posted in Tech blog on March 28th, 2008 by Pingdom When you end up following a dead or incorrect link or mistype a URL, you are likely to end up on a 404 error page. It doesn’t have to be a bad experience, though. We have prowled the web for funny and original takes on this classic error page. (Note that some of the images below are partial screenshots. Chart mania Why it’s cool: Aside from putting most of the blame on the user (big no-no), it’s a very funny cause-and-effect chart for how to deal with a 404 page.Where you find it: Newspaper headline Why it’s cool: A lot of attention to detail. Distract the user with OTHER missing items Why it’s cool: A lot of things do go missing, so why not point it out? Where you find it: The plain weird Why it’s cool: It’s just plain WEIRD. Blame the LAW Why it’s cool: The sarcasm. The very, very thorough Why it’s cool: Now that would be looking everywhere, wouldn’t it? Chart mania 2
MEDIADEM What the web COULD look like without Net Neutrality by Jess Sloss on October 28, 2009 Welcome bundled services, with money going into your local internet service providers pocket, instead of the developer, creator or service owner’s. Sure, it might not look like this. But I think we can all agree that the world is better off with a Neutral Internet More :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It