Welcome to Terrorware

Terrorware is a shared web host dedicated to supporting Do-It-Yourself projects

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About the Name

why "terrorware" dot com. even before 9-11, even before "terror" became the favorite buzzword of right wing political comentators, politicians, and country-western musicians, people were throwing the word around all willy-nilly. the phrase "terrorware" comes from a 2001 wired news article that discusses a motion picture industry attorney likening open source dvd decoding software to "software programs that shut down navigational programs in airplanes or smoke detectors in hotels."

obviously, the stakes are a lot higher these days with more and more acts of free speech being ridiculously categorized as "terror". still, "terrorware" is a good reference to remember that there will always be efforts to make people fearful of each other and divided from each other over really stupid things, be it religion, race, political views, or technology. it also reminds me that at the point that technology can be seen as a threat by some people, it holds a certain potential to change people's perspectives, to share new ideas with others, and to challenge the way that we look at and live in our world. i'd like to think that the digital representations of some real-world things that mean a great deal to me can, in some small way, be that potential.