F.A.T was invited last week to the ALT CPH in Fabrikken during the Copenhagen Art Week. Given that tele-text is the number one public information service in Scandinavia it only made sense to present the information about F.A.T and the works we exhibited in this way. Lucky me, my friend Raquel Meyers is a text-mode extraordinaire and i ask her for this amazing tele-text piece specially for F.A.T.
Release early, often and in text-mode!
Thanks everyone for comming to the debate on the current state of technology and power organized by Kunsten, and joining the Data Klubb party, were we hosted with Science Friction the release of the new Piratbyrån’s book “Anarchival: The end to end principle”. So stay tuned for books, data and free beer.
mycket <3 Raquel!
It’s not 1988 so why live like it is?
Cafes, airports, hotels and Hell usually all have ‘free’ wifi for 30 minutes and then make you pay- this is a bug, not a feature.
Limited time = fffffat unlimited time.
wifi spots are easy to hack your way into fatty goodness:
You can maintain the constant 30 minute wifi sessions by doing a few tricks. When you try to load a page, the router will automatically redirect you to the login page: look at the URL, because from there you can see which system the airport is using and all of them are easy to hack:
- Change your IP
- Change your MAC address
- Delete your cookies
You can also spoof your MAC address, MacMakeup (Win) is a good place to start.
Edit: A good tutorial for Mac users can be found here
ProTip: Find a MAC addresses already using the paid wifi. Once you have located a few, you can copy the mac address as your own and enjoy.
Many routers have the ability to hide a wifi network by making their names invisible to other computers (airports use these often for gates). A nice GUI option is to use NetStumbler which locates and shows all hidden networks or you can do it via the terminal:
sudo ln -s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport /usr/sbin/airport
The above command must appear on a single line to work. Enter the admin password to create the symbolic link. Now you can use the airport command without th long ass path:
The ping will show all available wifi networks and their router name (SSID), the router address (BSSID), signal:
Happy Sniffing!! <3
On May 6, 2013 a small pro-weapons organization called Defense Distributed shared a useless plastic gun called “The Liberator”, available for anyone to download and potentially harm themselves with. Assuming they have access to both ammunition and a very expensive 3d printer.
A few days and 100k+ downloads later, the US Department of State got scared enough to order Defense Distributed to take down the file. Enthusiasts promptly moved the file to a torrent, tracked by The Pirate Bay, making it harder to regulate and creating significantly more publicity. Pirate Bay users could only maintain interest for approximately 4 pages of comments.
Perhaps the file on The Pirate Bay wasn’t the original? Perhaps someone made minor modifications to make it even more unusable than it already was? I had to wonder, and invited others to wonder with me.
The government’s reaction, and most peoples’ reaction to the Liberator, seemed primarily driven by fear. The fear of an undetectably lethal society, where forbidden objects can no longer be regulated. Where “society” itself breaks down, because access to 3d printers somehow tear up the social contract that keeps us at a distance from the objects that we can use to harm each other.
I believe that networked media, in its current form, can not be regulated to such a fine degree as to deny access to specific files; and certainly not specific kinds of files. None of the regulations on physical goods can practically be applied to digital goods. The historical foundations of file sharing (music, movies, applications) have demonstrated this, but forbidden physical items exacerbate the discrepancy. Soon, machines that print arbitrary chemical compounds or organisms with arbitrary genetic information will similarly challenge drug and biochemical warfare regulations.
When something is impossible to regulate, it makes more sense to focus on education and discussion than censorship.
In response to the Liberator, I borrowed an idea from “One coffee cup a day” by producing several absurd variations on the original file. Ideally, they should make people feel like there’s nothing sacred or singular about “that 3d printed gun file” but that it’s something that can be remixed, appropriated, redirected, repurposed. That it’s not just “floating around out there”, or in the hands of a few people, that’s it’s not something to be feared, but treated critically, carefully, humorously, seriously.
What is there to be afraid of when we’re all in this together? When we all feel empowered, in control, able to participate in and guide culture? There is only fear when we feel disempowered, when we lack understanding,when we are censored, when we lack input or control and are instead being controlled.
Within F.A.T. there is significant disagreement about the right way we can engage with unregulated 3d printed weapons. Personally, I want to live in a society where no one owns or has an incentive to own a weapon, but there is also no stigma or fear about discussing them.
This project was executed on May 27th, 2013. PRISM was leaked a week later, and everyone forgot about Defense Distributed.
Here is a great way to stay up on your math skills and entertain yourself on a hot summer day!
Wait 30 seconds for lost tourists and…..
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