In a move straight out of a Bruce Sterling novel, the Swedish bittorrent tracker group The Pirate Bay have announced they're attempting to raise enough money to buy an "island" data haven! From Boing Boing:
The Pirate Bay is raising money to buy the tiny, bankrupt "island" of Sealand. Sealand is the abandoned
drilling platformgun battery near the UK that was occupied, declared sovereign, and turned into a offshore data-center for sensitive information. Sealand's owners have put the "country" on the block, and the Pirate Bay, Sweden's gutsy, notorious BitTorrent tracker, is soliciting donations to buy it. They're even promising citizenship to donors. If they don't get enough to buy Sealand, they're promising to buy another island somewhere!
Data made flesh ... almost!
[Tags: piratebay | sealand | bittorrent | ethics | legal | data]