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Turkish Website Blocking Statistics as of 01 November 2008

Since the Turkish Law No. 5651 on the Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Suppression of Crimes Committed by means of Such Publications came into force in November 2007, several websites were blocked by court orders and administrative blocking orders issued by the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB). In terms of statistics, it was revealed by TIB that as of 01 November, 2008, 1187 websites are blocked in Turkey (compared to 1115 on 01 October, 2008) under the provisions of Law No. 5651.

Turks surf the net under a ninja cloak

The name might sound a bit funny, but ninjacloak.com is currently one of the most visited Web sites in Turkey. Those wondering why need only type YouTube into an Internet browser

New paper: “Open Access – A Panacea? Science, Society, Democracy, Digital Divide”

By Jeremy

Greetings from post-election America! A new paper posted to SSRN looks fascinating. Open Access – A Panacea? Science, Society, Democracy, Digital Divide Ulrich Herb Saarland University and State Library Abstract: Claims for Open Access are mostly underpinned with:

Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google sign human rights deal

By Katherine Thompson

A global code of conduct has been signed by Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to protect free speech online and to combat official intrusion on the Internet.

The Google-publishers-authors settlement: What will it mean?

Campaign:Nigerian bloggers fight for free speech

By Talia Whyte on Jonathan Elendu

Description: Online citizen journalism has become the new frontier for activists to get the word out about government corruption, much to the dismay of some politicians. Nigerian-American blogger Jonathan Elendu was taken into custody upon arrival last week in the Nigerian capital of Abuja by the secret service. Elendu, a public relations executive and journalist based in Michigan, is the founder of Elendu Reports, a news blog known for publishing controversial material about Nigerian politicians and information about the economic woes in the Niger Delta. Some Nigerian bloggers believe Elendu was arrested for running a “guerilla news agency,” and are now speaking out on his behalf.

Digital Tools Being Used: Blogs

Guides: Facebook Activism Guide Now Available in Arabic!

By Dan on social media exchange

We are very excited to announce that The Digiactive Introduction to Facebook Activism has been translated to Arabic thanks to the folks over at the Social Media Exchange. This marks the first of at least two translations of the guide; a Spanish version will be coming soon!

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Bono Teaches Lesson on Facebook Privacy

By Nick O’Neill on News

Earlier this week Bono made headlines after photos of him partying with two 19 year old girls in St. Tropez surfaced on Facebook. The photos were taken by Andrea Feick and apparently were published to her profile. Sophos security has concluded that the reason these images surfaced was that Andrea Feick did not update her privacy settings and as a result, other people in her geographic network were able to view her profile and photos.

Financial Times on Search Engine Society

By alex on Search Engines

James Harkin, writing for the The Financial Times, has a wrap-up of three new books on search engines, including mine. He suggests that I am too awed by search technologies. Well, as criticism goes, I think that’s fair. Or, to be more exact, I have the feeling that most people are too complacent about the role of search engines, and it is worth thinking about.

15 Tools To Measure The Popularity of Your Website

By Daniel Scocco on Web Tools

I came across this article a while ago already, but it has some nice tools inside to will share with you guys nonetheless. It is titled 15 Tools for Monitoring a Website’s Popularity, and it basically has a list with tools that you can use to see how third parties see your traffic levels, the number of backlinks, social media bookmarks and so on.

Social network sites in an international context

In Field Reports

Dan Perkel reviews some of the work on social network sites presented at a recent conference at the London School of Economics.

Last week, I spent two days attending the Media at LSE – Fifth Anniversary Conference of the Media Studies program at the London School of Economics. The conference had five tracks packed into two days. One of these was titled “Media and New Media Literacies” and there were a number of talks and papers that are relevant to our research efforts. This post is going to go into some depth about the very first session, which was a fascinating set of talks coming from people outside of the United States researching social network sites. (But scroll down to the bottom to see a few other presentations I really enjoyed.)

Facebook Becomes More Popular Than BBC in UK

By Nick O’Neill on News

Today comScore released a new report that shows Facebook, for the first time ever, surpassing the BBC in terms of popularity in the United Kingdom. While finance and politics were the biggest category gainers for the month, Facebook was one of two sites to move up the leaderboard in the top 10 web properties. This is a big announcement suggesting that yes, news about your friends matters more than news about the world.

Twittering the election… and wondering if this is the right tool

By Ethan

Many of my friends who are following the US election intensely are supporting Twitter Vote Report. It’s a very cool mashup designed to let people report voting irregularities by sending a message to #votereport on Twitter and using a restricted syntax to report on the experience. The website will visualize the reports as they come in and will be able to store reports of slow voting sites and polling places that experience complaints of malfunctioning machines or people preventing voters from accessing the polls.

Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009 (PDF; 385 KB)
Source: Georgia Tech Information Security Center

Data will continue to be the primary motive behind future cyber crime—whether targeting traditional fixed computing or mobile applications. According to security expert George Heron, “It’s all about the data,” whether botnets, malware, blended threats, mobile threats or cyber warfare attacks. And Heron expects data to drive cyber attacks for years to come. The data motive is woven through all five emerging threat categories, beginning with malware.

Digital epidemics and forwarded genres

By John Postill on viruses

A few days ago I received a copy of the excellent new book by Nicholas Gane and David Beer, New Media: The Key Concepts. In this textbook it is suggested that six key concepts ‘are pivotal for understanding the impact of new media on contemporary society and culture’: network, information, interface, archive, interactivity and simulation.

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