Friday, July 6, 2012

if all these things that you say are true

The Declaration of Internet Freedom:

We stand for a free and open internet.

We support transparent and participatory processes for making internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:

  • Expression: Don't censor the internet.
  • Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
  • Openness: Keep the internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create, and innovate.
  • Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.
  • Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.

Considering the folks behind wireless tech want the internet to go global, I think this is a very reasonable declaration, all things considered.

Couple fun new Kickstarter projects to consider--first, the OpenROV underwater exploration project will be funded--it's currently a bit over $30,000 over its goal. The OpenROV, once built, will be a powered robot a bit larger than a square shoebox, and can potentially explore any underwater environment that its motors, tether and structure can endure. (Currently they've only tested it to depths of twenty meters, but they're hoping it will go deeper.)

The beauty of this design? Since several designers worked on the robotic structure before Kickstarter got involved, they've made it as clean and uncluttered as possible. Fans break? Buy new ones off the shelf. Housing breaks? It can fit into existing housings with only slight modification. Motors burn out? They're purchased off the shelf.

Now, the other project may have a sad ending, and it's one I really want to see succeed. Final Frontier Designs is currently in the process of redesigning their 3G spacesuit, which will both be lighter and less expensive to purchase on a per-suit basis. Currently, the only options for space suits are to go through NASA, even as a commercial space concern. Final Frontier wants to help with that, because each suit through NASA still costs millions to produce, test, and sell to the companies currently working on space-bound flights.

They're currently at $8,045 towards their goal of $20,000, with nine days to go. Help if you can; they have tons of inventive gifts for donors, and the bigger thrill will be knowing you're helping us as a species get into space faster.

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