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EPIC 2014
July 26, 2012, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Big Brother, Decentralization, DNS, freedombox | Tags: ,


EPIC 2014 is a Flash movie released in November 2004 by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson with original music by Aaron McLeran. It was based on a presentation they gave at the Poynter Institute in the spring of that year. The movie is 8 minutes long and is licensed under a Creative Commons non-commercial license.

The movie is presented from the viewpoint of a fictional “Museum of Media History” in the year 2014. It explores the effects that the convergence of popular News aggregators, such as Google News, with other Web 2.0 technologies like bloggingsocial networking and user participation may have on journalism and society at large in a hypothesized future. The film popularized the term Googlezon and touches on major privacy and copyright issues raised in this scenario.

Germany Is Not Allowed To Talk In Hangout Air

Just heard about it:



How low can you go? Who is to blame for that.
The new big thing is going on without Germany…again. “Hangouts on Air” are not available in Germany.

F**k who? Germany or Google?

Not only that you can’t start a HoA from a Germany IP, no can’t even join one. It’s ridiculous. This situation is not acceptable. While some say the “Rundfunkmedienstaatsvertrag” (Interstate Broadcasting Agreement), a law in Germany, is too blame, I doubt it. This law would probably violate the constitution and get ousted by the BVerfG, if it really would reach for having a public hangout.

Even if this law would possibly be interfere, I would have demand Google to do it anyway and possibly giving the responsibility to their users. If the Germans can’t technically make actions against a malicious law, then the Internet is doomed once and for all. It’s a localnet then.
All Google needed to do imho, would have been stating there is no support in other countries, and users need to act according to local laws. So then everyone could go against that in court, if one gets sued by whoever want to sue a private person for having a hangout in public. I’m quite sure such a case would have no substance in court.
But this way, Germans can’t do anything. Is Germany still a free country? I mean Saudi Arabia and the UAE are allowed to have Hangouts on Air, and Germany not? Really?

Google, lawyers, politicians, I don’t know who to blame, but on and and many other audio streaming services, you can stream without limits even from Germany. So I would have thought Google had a bit more courage against non-free countries.  Germany apparently doesn’t have the same level of free speech than other countries in Europe have. Or is it just that Google didn’t launch it there? Like Google Music?


More articles in german:

Staatsvertrag verhindert Start von Google Hangouts On Air in Deutschland

Kein Hangouts on Air in Deutschland

YouTubes Livestreaming vor dem Aus?

PeerPoint = Peer-to-Peer Everything

Freedom, Out of the Box! – A Presentation of the FreedomBox” – Elevate 2011 – Forum Stadtpark, 24.10.2011 14:30 mit James Vasile (FreedomBox Foundation)

Why the internet is broken 

[Note: The current version of this paper, thePeerPoint Open Design Specification is a Google Doc that can be collaboratively edited. If you are interested in the latest version or you want to participate in editing the spec go there.]

[This is a back-of-the-envelope first draft of top-level design specifications.]

PeerPoint is an evolving crowdsourced design specification for a suite of integrated peer-to-peer applications to include (but not limited to) social networking, real-time project collaboration, content management, database management, voting, trust/reputation metrics, complementary currency, crowd funding, etc. This specification overlaps with several existing p2p infrastructure and social networking projects but also goes substantially beyond anything yet existing.