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What should the Internet sound like? Last Friday, De La Soul did hip hop fans everywhere a solid. To mark the group’s 25th anniversary, they made their entire catalog available for free download. Digital access historically has been an issue for the group. They have a place in the Library of Congress, but not in…


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…


So you’ve upgraded to a new computer. Congratulations. Now you have to decide what to do with that old computer. Give it to your parents? Reenact your favorite scene from Office Space? How about you turn that piece of junk into a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device running BitTorrent Sync. It may not play Crysis,…


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…