Saturday 31 December 2011
According to Mike South, Manwin (the company behind Brazzers, Youporn, Playboy and many more) bought Digital Playground. This deal supposedly took place in August or September. I wonder when XBiz or AVN will confirm the story. If true this would make Manwin the largest force in the online adult entertainment sector.
Wednesday 12 October 2011
After the US government, via Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, started seizing domains without any notification or adversarial hearing (things that most of the world would consider to be reasonable due process), some folks quickly put together a browser extension, called MAFIAAfire, that would route around any ICE seizures and take you directly to the sites whose domains had been seized. This is, as the internet saying goes, a form of seeing censorship as "damage" and routing around it.So now, totally as expected, we're already seeing alternative DNS systems showing up, advertising that they should be used to route around US government censorship of such websites. The one getting attention these days is called BlockAid.me.
Of course, that could be done on a much larger scale. As a bunch of the folks who built key pieces of the core internet infrastructure warned, continuing this kind of policy will lead to more workarounds that inevitably will fracture key pieces of the internet.