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Kim Dotcom: The Mind Behind Mega

As more news from the Edward Snowden leaks seep out, Kim Dotcom's dreams of a full, encrypted online locker system known as Mega seem more appropriate every day.

The Finnish Internet entrepreneur is best known for his lavish lifestyle, being one of the top Call of Duty players in the world and as the brains behind Megaupload, a site that, although not designed to share files illegally, became a central spot for online content of dubious origins.

With the weight of the entertainment industry and its legion of copyright lawyers after him for being accused of facilitating pirating, Megaupload was shut down and Kim was arrested; he is currently under house arrest in New Zealand.

In the meantime, he has launched Mega, an encrypted online storage system that will soon be expanding into a protected communication tool that will allow users to send and receive encrypted phone calls, video chats and emails outside the prying eyes of the NSA.

In Vice's new documentary, Kim Dotcom: The Man Behind Mega, he talks about why everyone should worry about the outcome of his trial, how privacy is being eroded and why he is standing up to fight. He proves himself to be far from the "cartoonish villain" the government and press have made him out to be. If you care about online privacy and the changing power dynamics on the web, if you wonder why Kim Dotcom gets prosecuted and web pioneers like Sean Parker or Shawn Fanning -- who designed software to facilitate piracy -- get a relative free ride, this documentary is worth checking out.

What's New on Netflix?

With the province in a deep freeze for the past few weeks, marathon sessions of Netflix viewing have become the norm. Have you burned through most of the service's suggestions? Are you tired of all the movies you see on the site? What's New on Netflix is a great resource to see everything that has been recently added to the streaming video service.


MP3 of the Week: Justin Kace -- T_204 Podcast Volume 2

The second in a series of exclusive podcasts focusing on the Winnipeg techno scene, T_204 is a recently launched collaborative project looking to connect the dots between the province's rich underground history and our current thriving electronic music culture.

Veteran DJ André Bisseck was on the first volume. Volume 2 features Sanctuary resident Justin Kace.

Tune into CKUW 95.9 FM's Phase One Radio at 10 p.m. on Jan. 9 for a special broadcast of Kace's techno-centric mix.


Video of the Week: Maestro -- Desire (feat. Lights)

Canadian hip-hop superstar Maestro (Fresh Wes) teams up with Toronto's Lights for a slick, radio-ready single that should help kick-start the legend's career back into the spotlight. While he may not have the pull he once had, Maestro can still spit lyrics with the best of them.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2014 C15

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