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Japan Tsunami/Earthquake: Internet, damn resilient

So, every other means of communication went down. Internet is what still works. Why? Well, it was designed to be resilient, to survive nuclear war.

I hope that this can stop the downplaying and destruction of the open, free, distributed internet.

What makes the Internet great, is this distributed design. Politicians want to remove that, in order to stop child porn on the web. That must not happen, because first of all, it won’t really help, and secondly, the Internet’s free role and non-centralized design helps freedom, combats cencorship, and in this case, allows for resilient systems that can easily be extended.

Maybe, instead of wanting to censor the internet, we want to make it even easier to make backbones to the internet. Ghettonet.

If interested in this, you may want to read about Freedom box;

http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox

Actually, seeing this crisis made me donate money to the FreedomBox foundation.

Chrome drops H.264 (yay!)

So this means “my” way of doing web streaming of conferences with Theora (and in future, maybe VP8, but right now VP8 support == Theora support) is a good fit. I hope so much that VP8 wins the war. It´s obviously very important for the free software community as, well, developers can´t be expected to pay royalities for their users.

I know readers of this blog already know the counless evils of software patents, so I won´t go in to that. Suffice to say, Google is doing a great thing for the openess of the web here. You take that, evil Apple!

I learned about it in this great article, Google Hands Open Video a Huge Win