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One of the most prominent scholar on youth and social networking sites, Danah Boyd, is interviewed in the Guardian..

Danah Boyd: ‘People looked at me like I was an alien’

Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd talks about social networking, young people and how the web is more private than your home

What the New Facebook Privacy Rules Mean for Activists

from DigiActive.org by Mary Joyce

Yesterday Facebook enacted a new set of privacy rules, the purpose of which is to expand the information which all users share, making it ?easier for you to find and connect with the people you?re looking for.?  However, according to a great analysis by the  Electronic Frontier Foundation:

4G network comes to Scandinavia

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Swedish and Norwegian mobile users could be among the first to use a fourth-generation (4G) mobile network.

Translated.by: crowdsourced volunteer translations to Eastern Euro languages

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Public Domain Image Resources (Wikipedia)

from Digging Digitally by Francis Deblauwe

When you are looking for public-domain images (handy for the underfunded archaeologist), this is a good web page to keep in mind: Wikipedia?s Public Domain Image Resources. Here are the sections:

Taxonomy of Social Networking and Privacy

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Stuart Soffer

Second Arab Bloggers Meeting Starts December 8 in Beirut

from THE BLOGGING JOURNALIST by Munir Umrani

The Second Arab Bloggers Meeting will get underway in Beirut, Lebanon,  from December 8-12, 2009, according to a December 5, 2009, post at Global Voices Advocacy. See ?2nd Arab Bloggers Meeting.?

10 Web Tech Innovations That Have Improved Our Lives

from Mashable! by Josh Catone

Google integrates real-time social network updates into search results

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Betsey Reinsboroughhttp://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dgf3br9b_145f9shwhch&hl=en

google-logo.jpgGoogle announced Monday that it will now be streaming updates from social networking sites in real time as search results. When a term is typed into a Google search, the lead result will now be a section of constantly updating social network, news site, and blog postings pertinent to the topic.

This will allow users to get real-time results for the topic of their choice. Tips, news stories, and leads will now be right at the touch of the Google Search button, updating themselves every few seconds. This could be an invaluable tool for journalists as well as the general public.

Reinterpreting the Digital Divide

from DML Central by jbrazil

digital divide: the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.

The digital divide is understood to be the gap between those who use and are familiar with computers and technology and those who aren’t. I’m 17, African-American, live in a considerably urban neighborhood in Chicago, and would seemingly contradict many of the statistics about race and ethnicity and their relationship to the digital divide. I have broadband internet, I use it frequently, I know my way around the computer, and I like using it. These are just basic things, but some statistics suggests that many people of my demographic aren’t fluent in even these simple tasks. Based on what I?ve seen, I have to wonder whether the digital divide isn?t more complicated than it is sometimes described.<!–break–>

To Twitter or not to Twitter: use of digital tools in public affairs

from Public Affairs 2.0 by fhbrussels

Last week saw Fleishman-Hillard host a panel debate on the use of digital tools in public affairs and politics at the European Public Affairs Action Day. The videos of the contribution of our three speakers (Alexander Alvaro MEP, Pat Cleary of FH DC and Mark Redgrove of Orgalime) are now available on our YouTube channel here.

The Twitterfication Of Facebook Is Almost Complete

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

It has been less than a year since I first suggested that Facebook?s Status API would be the death of Twitter. Almost 11 months later, Twitter is still around and much more popular than before. While Twitter hasn?t disappeared, Facebook has spent the past year doing everything in their power to duplicate the functionality of the popular ?micro-blogging? platform.

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