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Category: Neuland

Strong weak ties

A long time ago, I wrote a text on the German Blog and on Carta: Wieso wir uns veröffentlichen (Why we publish ourselves). In the middle of a discussion about privacy I was explaining why people publish themselves, why they publicly reveal (sometimes intimate) facts about themselves.

They are doing this, I wrote, to find other like-minded people, to become searchable and to become approachable, to build trust.

Trust is a wonderful thing. It is the powerful assumption that most people most of the time want to help you and that falsely trying out to trust people is a recoverable mistake. Having trust and being in a trustworthy environment keeps transactional costs low and makes cooperation possible. And that’s rewarding and awesome.

How does this work in practice?

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“Breitband für alle” nominated for Bertelsmann Award

Breitband für alle provides FTTH in North Friesland, bluer is better

Because FTTH is a problem in Neuland, especially if you are dependent on German Telekom, a lot of people are taking it into their own hands, bypassing German Telekom.

One Organisation doing this is the Inititative “Breitband für alle” in North Friesland, which has been nominated (german) for the “Mein Gutes Beispiel” (My good example) by Bertelsmann. The awards are being passed out on March, 30. Let’s hope they make it (Bertelsmann Page in German)

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Fake News Fact Checker “Focus Online” – seriously?

In the campaign against “Fake News”, Facebook is looking for fact checking partners. Der Spiegel reports (article in German) that besides Correctiv.org so far no other proposed partners have been willing, so they are now further down the list, talking to… Focus Online.

How far down the list is Focus Online? Well, check yourself: Anti-Euro Article from 6-Feb-2017 by Bernd Lucke.

Next in line are probably the Kopp-Verlag and the independent action group for more media truth about the KKK.

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FOSDEM: The coming Radio Lockdown

The European Radio Equipment Directive requires all devices that are able to send and receive radio signals to be locked down. Without further specification of exceptions, which has not yet been done, this will affect all devices, including pure receivers such as GPS receivers and car radios, but also mobile phones and amateur radio operators and of course almost all Internet of Trash (IoT) devices.

Hardware manufacturers are required to “install technical measurements to protect the devices from being flashed with ‘non-compliant software'”.

The talk by Max Mehl is available on the FOSDEM site.

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Freedom of choice for cable internet customers in Germany

Fall 2015 saw a change of law in Germany: Just as with DSL customers, Cable Internet customers got freedom of choice. Their provider has to tell them usernames, passwords and other required config information so that they are able to purchase a router of their choice and configure that itself, instead of being forced to use the customer premises equipment (CPE) provided by the cable company.

The wording of the law, “bei Vertragsschluß” (at the time of signing), could be read that this rule is only for new customers, not for existing customers. Some cable providers offered the passwords to all their customers, but others didn’t. A customer of Gelsen-Net sued for the information, and won – the judge basically said that the law obviously wants all customers to have this freedom of choice, or it would be useless.

(via Golem)

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