Why Do People Become Digital Pirates?
Becoming a digital pirate must be the least profitable theft crime ever. Using your technical know-how, not to mention buying and setting up servers to not sell anything. Why do people do it?
What's the Latest Development?
Enabling digital piracy must be one of the least profitable theft crimes ever. By the time 'James', as we'll call him, was just 19 years old, he had begun cooperating with many elite piracy sites, using his formidable technical knowledge specifically to not sell movies and software. He was one of the most active uploaders in the US until the FBI raided Jame's home, after which he narrowly escaped a lengthy prison sentence. "I simply couldn't get enough," James said. For him, sharing the files was more fun than actually using them.
What's the Big Idea?
Is there a societal benefit to the benevolence of sharing copyrighted digital files? Technology writer Benj Edwards says there is. While he recognizes a company's legal right to prevent others from copying its digital products, "once a work becomes consumed and embedded into mass culture, it belongs to the ages," he says. Edwards compares a world without piracy to the Alexandria library 2,000 years ago. Perhaps as the library burned, authorities regretted having restricted access such that almost no copies of the information existed.
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- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
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- Intersectionality and civic discourse
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- The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
- But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
- Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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