Talk about “Intellectual Property” and most people yawn. Talk about “Piracy” and most people have a strong opinion. Yet “Intellectual Property” and “Piracy” are just two terms for the same issue – how open is the Internet and what right do we have to access someone else’s creative work? (Here’s the basic 411 on Intellectual Property).
Computer hackers – which is just a more benign description for pirates – intend to take the Internet beyond the reach of censors by putting their own communication satellites into orbit.
As reported by BBC News Technology, plans were outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. While it’s unclear (and possibly unlikely) that project organizers will pull together enough funds to properly launch their “Hackerspace Global Grid”, it does show the extremes which either side will take in support of their position.