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How to end the digital surveillance state. Originally published in Wired | Innovation Insights, 12.06.13 Another day, another revelation from the NSA. The agency recently disclosed that it collects and stores more than 5 billion cellphone records daily. This may be a fraction of user data. But it’s enough to fill the Library of Congress,…


We here at BitTorrent are sorry to hear about the passing of Douglas C. Engelbart, a man who revolutionized the way we interact with computers. Among his many innovations: the computer mouse. Read more about his life and passing–reported by The New York Times–here. And watch Engelbart demo-ing the computer mouse for the first time…


We’ve watched the myth of Game of Thrones unfold online. We’ve seen the stories: how the season finale set a new “BitTorrent Piracy Record”, allegedly downloaded by 5.2 million people worldwide. And on that note: we’d like to set the record straight. The idea of a “BitTorrent Piracy Record” is a complete fabrication. Because there’s…


For two days each year, government officials, publishing and music execs, and tech companies get together at the World Creators Summit to discuss the future of copyright and creativity. The next five, fifty, and one hundred years of entertainment are on the table, and open for debate. Can copyright and innovation work together? Can the…


One of the really interesting uses for BitTorrent is archiving content. If a few people think a thing is important enough to keep seeding it, it will always be available to anyone who wants it. The people who are seeding can come and go. As long as there’s one person who’s holding a copy, it…


In today’s Friday Download: all things animal, with live shows from Animal Collective, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, and White Rabbits, antiquarian Bird-lore from the Audubon Society, and an audiobook version of Jack London’s White Fang. All courtesy of Internet Archive. Ready to reconnect with your spirit animal? Read on for the download links.


One year ago today, we won a victory for Internet freedom. One week ago, we lost a hero of the open world. Foundational human rights – equality, expression – are more fragile than they should be. And it’s in this light, and with this knowledge, that we remember and honor the work of civil rights…


Space. All those planets and stars, son. This week, we rummaged through the codes and stacks of the Internet Archive with the universe on our mind. We watched Buckminster Fuller explain it all. We went Around the World in 80 days. We got extraterrestrial with the Grateful Dead. We traveled with Dr. Doolittle. And we…


Thanks to everyone who’s tried BitTorrent Surf Alpha for all the early input and great feedback. We’re already hard at work addressing some of your questions. First up: Windows 8. Windows 8 restricts NPA APIs from being installed. However, BitTorrent Surf will work with Windows 8. Here’s what you need to do:


Our first full week back at work. Everything’s CHANGED. In-browser discovery and downloads with our brand-new Surf Alpha. Qualcomm, not Microsoft, keynoted CES and it was a wonder to behold. 4K became the new 3D. Then 8K became the new 4K. 3 Kickstarter films were nominated for Oscars. The human body got hacked. Online courses hit record enrollments. Extraordinary is the new ordinary. Game on.