Decentralized P2P Radio

October 10th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Decentralized P2P Radio)

From the article on O’Reillys OpenP2P:

First there was AM. Then FM. Now, the next evolution in radio broadcast technology could very well be P2P.

What could be even more controversial than Internet radio/audio broadcasting–which has made headlines this year over the issue of royalty payments–and P2P file sharing? Probably the merging together of these banes of the music industry. Two P2P clients, PeerCast and Streamer, are exactly that. Without the need to have your own dedicated server, these programs let you stream audio files to other users on a P2P network. Essentially, you can run your own Internet radio station whenever you start up your computer and get online.

There’s only one man to blame for Streamer: Iain McLeod of Warrington, U.K., who describes himself as a “self-employed computer game creator.” Lately, however, the 39-year-old has been finding himself working more on Streamer, a program which he unabashedly describes as “pirate radio for the digital age” and admits that he created it in response to the music industry’s recent efforts to shut down Internet radio stations over royalty payments.”


Smart Mobs

October 8th, 2002 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Smart Mobs)

Howard Rheingold, the father of virtual communities, is already on to the next revolution – Smart Mobs. He’s written a new book and created an updated nice website about it. The revolutionary potential of Wi-Fi is that it enables the emergence of an ad-hoc, on-the-fly, real-time, constantly in-flux wireless and decentralized internet. A company Mesh Networks, has already risen to capitalize on this trend. Everyone becomes a node in the emergent network. The beauty of this scheme is that it would completely by-pass all means of centralized control, and empower old-style internet (i.e. anonymous and uncensored) communications from the bottom-up using the unregulated spectrum of garage door openers. Obviously, the emergence of such a network levels the playing field all over again, and therefore scares the crap out of the big boys. Why? Because such a network could easily bypass all of their expensive networks and revenue streams. Will they attempt to crush this technology using legal or technological strangleholds? They are likely to try, but the tricky part is getting this spectrum regulated when nearly every remote control device in existence operates in it.