SONY’s new hand-held console is riddled with Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). Both hardware and software are built to control what consumers can do, requiring large and frequent payments to SONY in order to experience the features the PS Vita advertises. As the SONY marketing machine focuses its powers on children and young adults in their homes and schools through the usual multi-million dollar advertising onslaught, I thought I’d highlight the ways in which a new generation of gamers will have their freedoms taken from them.… Read the rest
Car: 1, me: 0
So, I got hit by a car on Monday while cycling home.
It was dark and raining, and I was in the cycle lane about to go straight over a junction when a car turned left into my lane and into me.… Read the rest
Document Freedom Day sprint in Berlin
Last week I travelled from Liverpool to Berlin for three days to step up preparations for Document Freedom Day 2012. I arrived on Tuesday afternoon and went straight to the FSFE offices. Over the next two days I had meetings with other Document Freedom Day organisers, added a new web page, two new features, and fixed several other bugs.… Read the rest
Letter supporting Manchester hackerspace funding application
Sent to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)in support of a funding application made by MadLab Manchester Hackerspace.
I am writing in support MadLab in their request for AGMA funding. I have been running Free Software Foundation Europe events at MadLab since January2011, and have made use of their facilities on both a monthly basis for regular community meetings, and also on weekends for special local and national events.… Read the rest
De l’impact politique d’apprendre aux enfants la libre programmation
This French article is reproduced from Framablog, and is a translation of my article “Will teaching children basic programming skills have a political impact?“.
Apprendre les rudiments de la programmation aux enfants aura-t-il un impact politique ?
La BBC m’a envoyé un courrier électronique la semaine dernière pour me demander mon avis sur la rumeur actuelle qui voudrait que le gouvernement britannique ajoute des compétences informatiques de base aux programmes scolaires en mettant l’accent sur un éventuel impact politique que ceci pourrait avoir sur la façon dont la société interagit avec les technologies.… Read the rest