Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador

Como pocas veces, el Gobierno logró un amplio consenso respecto de un proyecto de ley, en este caso, el que pretende regular los servicios de Uber y Cabify. El rechazo ha sido unánime.Si bien cada actor tiene sus razones, hay coincidencia de que la propuesta del Ejecutivo no resolverá el tema de fondo –y que realmente debe ser la finalidad de toda normativa–, cual es mejorar la calidad de servicio que se brinda a los usuarios, disponer de una oferta vehicular amplia y contar con tarifas justas y transparentes.

Fuente: Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador

Hardware ético: una discusión pendiente | Comunicación Abierta

Usar software libre nos da la posibilidad de construir los programas con los que nos construimos a nosotros mismos. Ahora es momento de seguir pensando en la ética del hardware sobre el que hacemos…

Fuente: Hardware ético: una discusión pendiente | Comunicación Abierta

Easy Taxi contra Uber y Cabify: la batalla sin cuartel entre los servicios de taxi digitales – El Mostrador

La industria del taxi en Santiago está en pie de guerra, porque los taxistas tradicionales temen perder su negocio con la entrada de las aplicaciones Uber y Cabify. Los dirigentes gremiales del rubro y las autoridades de Transporte están haciendo intentos por idear un plan para dar término al conflicto.

Fuente: Easy Taxi contra Uber y Cabify: la batalla sin cuartel entre los servicios de taxi digitales – El Mostrador

Uber: los hechos que lo transforman en héroe y villano

Para los usuarios es un héroe. Para las autoridades y taxistas: un villano. Mientras Uber ofrece seguridad, pago electrónico, precios prefijados y fiscalización constante, los taxis tradicionales cargan con más exigencias legales, como conductores profesionales, taxímetro, revisión técnica cada seis meses y un costoso permiso (que alcanza incluso el valor del auto) que los autoriza a funcionar como parte del transporte público.

Fuente: Uber: los hechos que lo transforman en héroe y villano

Airbnb, the home-renting website, has been great for me, but I have misgivings | Technology | The Observer

Airbnb, the home-renting website, has been great for me, but I have misgivings | Technology | The Observer.

Airbnb seems to be turning from its original ethos to becoming just another vacation rental website
aleks krotoski
Aleks Krotoski in her flat which she rents out on Airbnb. Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer

I’m buying a boat. Good lord, no: it’s not a super yacht; it’s a 31ft long, 6ft wide canal boat that’s going to double as an office/shed/storage space/weekend getaway for our expanding family. I was sceptical at first. There were more questions raised than answered. But they all disappeared when my husband, Ben, rolled out the clincher: “And when we’re not using it, we can rent it out on Airbnb!” Sold.

For the record, I am not rolling in it. We live in central London in a 500 sq ft ex-council flat. We both work from home, which means we have an irregular rota to decide who gets the (fold-down) table, and who works from the sofa. When one of us takes a phone call, the other has to leave to get work done. As an occupational environment, it’s not ideal.

I originally bought it for me and the cat, so when two dogs and a tall man moved in, it became a much more cosy – but still equally delightful – proposition. We siphoned our stuff to a storage unit around the corner at a cost of £250 a month, and started looking for office space. Three years and another, much smaller mouth to feed later, we’re still searching. And when we did the costing of the boat, we discovered the flat fee, insurance, security and licences would cost less than renting a 20 sq metre unserviced office for two within 40 minutes’ walk of our home. Subtract from that the potential income the boat could generate via the property-sharing site, and we were convinced.

I’m not an Airbnb rookie. My place has been listed since 2012, when Ben and I started doing longer work trips abroad. Our first assignment was to the US, where I was researching a book for six months. Into our teeny house we welcomed four guests for between one- and three-month stays, and they had the run of it, complete with all my precious kitchenware, the larder of spices, the board games, the Sonos music system and the library of books that we couldn’t bring with us. Their bums were on my sofa, their heads were in my bed, their clothes were in my drawers. We hid the silverware and hoped our boat-inspired interior wouldn’t give up our hiding holes.

The experiment was lucrative: it paid for the Airbnb property we rented that winter in Venice Beach, plus all the granny flats, Airstreams (travel trailers) and spare rooms we Airbnb’d at weekends as we toured up and down the California coast.

The internet has changed everything – and nothing | Deborah Orr | Comment is free | The Guardian

The internet has changed everything – and nothing | Deborah Orr | Comment is free | The Guardian.

In the real world people still torture and kill each other, all that’s changed is that they post it online

Teh Internet Is Serious at the Royal Court in London
How did we get here? … Teh Internet Is Serious at the Royal Court in London. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Who saw it coming – a future that reanimated a dystopian past? Who could have believed, in the 1960s, that half a century on from Harold Wilson’s speech about the “white heat of technology”, young men in Britain would be looking at public beheadings on their laptops and, liking what they saw, resolving to join a crusade in the Middle East, a jihad against the infidel? Not me, that’s for sure.

In the 1960s, in our family, a telephone was something possessed by pathetic show-offs with more money than sense. We got along just fine without one. Now, I am indignant when my iPhone says “No service” or “Not delivered”. I am contemptuous of patches of retrograde air, air that is not crammed with all the information in the world, all of it sitting there patiently waiting for the few keystrokes that might summon it.

How did I get from there to here? I have only the vaguest idea. It all happened so fast – so fast that I do not know which of two things to be amazed at. Should I be amazed that information technology has changed the world so much? Or should I be amazed that it has changed the world so little?

I went to the theatre this week. Lots of people do. It has never been more popular. This play, Teh Internet Is Serious Business, was at the Royal CourtIts author, Tim Price, told the story of the defunct hacking group LulzSec and offered a dramatic interpretation of cyberspace in the process. What a strange thing – that this ancient artform should be recruited to animate life behind a screen. What a strange thing anyway, that in a world full of people with phones clamped to their ears, there are flocks of folk turning up at one of the increasingly few places where using a phone is seen as an inexcusable solecism. At the theatre, in the 21st century, one stands astride the old Elizabethans and the new.

Internet: entre Mente y Cuerpo

Si algo no está en Internet, es porque no tiene importancia. Hoy vivimos de acuerdo a ese credo. Uno que permea y reconfigura aspectos centrales de nuestra visión de mundo. Por ejemplo: Considere la hoy masiva alianza de Internet con la sexualidad. Sin erótica, Internet perdería mucho —eso no lo niegan ni los más puritanos. Internet debe incluir sexo. Pero también parece hoy cada vez más posible, limitar la sexualidad al ciber-mundo virtual. A muchos hoy les parece que no necesitamos experienciar nada más real. Ello, a pesar de que aún entendemos que la sexualidad es, sobre todo, una pulsión que destilan nuestros cuerpos; esos mismos cuerpos que no pueden ser subidos a Internet; que en los momentos álgidos de la ciber-erótica, permanecen apartados. ¿Cómo es posible que la sexualidad triunfe en Internet dándole la espalda a aquello que parecía ser su principal motivación? Se privilegia la facilidad e inmediatez que ofrece Internet, para gatillar efímeras emociones mentales. Y con ello, al mismo tiempo, se obvian vivencias más profundas que precisarían recurrir a la solvencia sexual de los cuerpos  ¿Será por eso que hasta las gracias de esa solvencia, la competencia y la fiabilidad corporal, ya no seducen tanto? No sería el único caso en que subir la mente a Internet conlleva traicionar al cuerpo que queda abajo.

In defence of Julian Assange | Books | The Guardian

In defence of Julian Assange | Books | The Guardian.

Julian Assange’s publisher writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder


  • The Guardian,


Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy

‘Trapped’: Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Gian Paul Lozza


A great deal has been written recently about the frustrations of publishing a book with Julian Assange, mainly in a widely discussed, marathon article for the London Review of Books by Andrew O’Hagan. O’Hagan relates his experiences when working as a ghostwriter on an autobiography of the WikiLeaks leader that ended up being published in opposition to its subject’s wishes. I’m the co-publisher of Assange’s most recent book (Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet) and I, too, have found the experience frequently exasperating.

Let me give an illustration. It’s June of last year and I’m at a party in New York when a friendly, youngish man with a beard and a beer engages me in conversation. He tells me he is a journalist on one of the city’s listings magazines and asks what I do for a job. I reply that I’m a publisher and he asks whose books I’m working on. I pick the one writer of whom I’m pretty certain he will have heard. “Well,” I say, shouting to make myself heard above the music, “I’ve just published Julian Assange.” The young man’s demeanour changes abruptly and he fixes me with a sneer. “Assange,” he echoes, “he’s a bit of a cunt isn’t he?”

I’ve become wearily accustomed to this over my time working with Assange: the vituperation heaped on my author, the scorn directed at me for giving him a platform. I know the general script that will follow. And, sure enough, here it so often comes, as if read from the page: “I mean, he’s a weirdo isn’t he? That massive ego. And the sex offences in Sweden.”

Entrevista digital con Andreu Veà en EL PAÍS

Entrevista digital con Andreu Veà en EL PAÍS.

Andreu Veà

Andreu Veà

Autor del libro ‘Cómo creamos Internet’


El catalán Andreu Veà, presidente de la Internet Society en España, ha escrito ‘Cómo creamos Internet’, un libro sobre los pioneros de la Red.
Más entrevistas digitales

Los internautas preguntan a Andreu Veà

Manuel R.

1. 03/12/2013 – 13:04h.

¿En qué consiste la Internet Society?

Para exponerlo en pocas líneas, ISOC (la manera en que llamamos coloquialmente a la organización social que Vint Cerf creó en 1992) y que se organiza por Capítulos Locales, es parecido a National Geographic como una organización non-profit pero monográfica de Internet. su misión principal (además de la formación y de la fijación de stándares: tiene por debajo a la IETF) es la de MANTENER una única red abierta e interoperable a nivel mundial. Resistiendo el embite de grandes corporaciones o de gobiernos totalitarios (o no) que quieren “particularizarla” y cambiar sus reglas que tan bien han funcionado y funcionan. Adherirse a ella y en concreto al capítulo español es GRATUITO (rellenando un formulario www.isoc.org y seleccionando ISOC-ES como capítulo local. respondo aquí como Presidente Ejecutivo de esta organización en España, recién elegido para los próximos 4 años (2013-2017). PD: para ser socio de pleno con derecho a voto existe la modalidad de pago (12€ al año)