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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Death to the Dinosaur – The Rise of MEGA

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As many of you have undoubtedly heard, Mega – the long awaited successor to Mega Upload – has finally launched. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the original site, Kim Docom, and the whole fiasco involving the FBI and a raid on his mansion, well… you can read up on that here. After that, I’ve got a sort of… music video, for you to watch.

Created by one Jayme Gutierrez, and starring Mr. Kim Dotcom himself, this outrageously catchy song is sure to get stuck in your head, but keep in mind… there’s a message in here too. As you’re about to hear for yourself, it’s not a very subtle one, but it’s one worth considering none the less. As Jayme says, the advent of the internet has changed the world in a way that no one predicted. Certain industries have gotten a little too comfortable, and are reluctant to change, to their detriment.

Pull up the lyrics on this website, and sing along! The musical adventure of dinosaurs, robots, and mega fighting is about to begin.

If you haven’t pieced this all together yet, Mega is a file storage service similar to say, Dropbox, but with one major twist; every file you upload is encrypted locally in your browser, meaning that you’re the only person with the encryption key. As I’m sure you can imagine, this type of website makes certain industries a little nervous. Many believe that there’s a lot of room for abuse, and while that may be true, I think that that what really worries these industries is that they’re losing their death grip on data… every kind of data.

I’ll spare you an equally lengthy rant, but have you noticed just how far our personally privacy has been eroded here in North America over the last few years? There’s a good reason for that, and I assure you… it has nothing to do with keeping you safe. I want you to think on the implications of this for a moment, and try and block out the chorus of “If you’ve got nothing to hide…”, and perhaps you’ll come to some of the same conclusions that I have. Perhaps you’ll understand why services like Mega are so valuable, and not just an avenue for kids to download the latest version of, ah…. Linux.

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