Of course here sustainability comes into play. If we charge the next generation of journalists with upholding journalistic standards, they must somehow become removed from institutional structures that do not serve balanced reporting. How can we do that?
One way is to equip them with the tools to begin collectives, to build loose digital reporting networks, to become stakeholders in their own media enterprises, to use all available channels to reach audiences far greater than perhaps print or even radio ever could. And, to earn a living from their work. Every journalist has the power to become a media organisation. The tools are there, the audience is there, the need is there.
[This is like one of those “What the Heck is the Internet?” articles from 1994, except it’s for a Chinese internet most of us will never try to use.]
1) 攻击 Gongji Attack
2) 黑名 Heiming Blacklist
3) 冲击波 Chongjibo Blaster (Worm)
3) 攻破 Gongpo Breach
4) 可破密的 Kepomide Breakable
5) 基于CGI攻击 Jiyu CGI Gongji CGI-based attack
6) 闯入 Chuangru Crack
7) 赛博朋克 Caibo Pengke Cyber Punk
数据驱动攻击 Shuju Qudong Gongji Data-Driven Attack
9) 字典式攻击 Zidianshi Gongji Dictionary Attack
10) 拒绝服务 Jujue Fuwu Denial of Service
11) 分布式拒绝服務 Fenbushi Jujue Fuwu Distributed Denial of
12) 域名服务器 Yuming Fuwuqi DNS spoofing
电子欺骗 Dianzi Qipian
13) 窃听 Qieting Eavesdropping
[…and so on]
Sorry to break into the editorial voice here, but I thought I’d connect a few dots in a way that a quote and a handful of links might not.
1) Palantir, is a data mining cybersecurity firm, spun out of PayPal.
Money quote from that first link, by Palantir CEO:
“Palantir Technologies does not build software that is designed to allow private sector entities to obtain non-public information, engage in so-called ‘cyber attacks’ or take other offensive measures.
After which should be tacked, “publicly, anymore, after we got caught doing exactly that.”
4) The NSA will not be saying whether or not there is a relationship between the NSA and Google.
5) All of which is to say, talking about whether or not Facebook can make money at advertising is missing the point. What FB probably won’t mention in a conference call is all the lucrative government contracts that are available for at least the next foreseeable century, selling data to whomever. Data mining could easily be the next military-industrial complex. Hell, even if data mining turns out to be next to useless for tracking people’s pseudonymous twitter handles or whatever, that’s no reason it couldn’t be insanely profitable. I mean, the F-35 is going to cost $323 BILLION to even get a single plane ready to stealthily violate the sovereignty of some country’s borders, and it hasn’t even blown up a single suspected insurgent SUV yet. Asking how Facebook is going to make any money in advertising is like asking how Lockheed is going to make any money selling aircraft to the dwindling middle class.
In the Department of Defense, where more than two-thirds of the intelligence programs reside, only a handful of senior officials - called Super Users - have the ability to even know about all the department’s activities. But as two of the Super Users indicated in interviews, there is simply no way they can keep up with the nation’s most sensitive work.
“I’m not going to live long enough to be briefed on everything” was how one Super User put it. The other recounted that for his initial briefing, he was escorted into a tiny, dark room, seated at a small table and told he couldn’t take notes. Program after program began flashing on a screen, he said, until he yelled ”Stop!” in frustration.
“I wasn’t remembering any of it,” he said.