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Tumblr users give Congress an earful about SOPA

by Cory Doctorow

Tumblr has rounded up the effects of its participation in American Censorship Day, a global day of protest of the prosed Stop Online Piracy Act, the worst proposed Internet law in American legislative history. Tumblr users did themselves very proud indeed:

Joe Biden: SOPA is Un-American – but not when America does it

by Cory Doctorow
A reader writes, “A video made by TechDirt and Fight for the Future of a speech VP Biden gave on November 1st at the London Conference on Cyberspace. In the video VP Biden explains EXACTLY why the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT-IP Act are both bad ideas and decidedly un-American.”

SOPA: the whole world’s Internet under US jurisdiction

by Cory Doctorow
Michael Geist sez,
The U.S. Congress is currently embroiled in a heated debated over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), proposed legislation that supporters argue is needed combat online infringement, but critics fear would create the “great firewall of the United States.” While these measures have unsurprisingly raised concern among Internet companies and civil society groups, the jurisdictional implications demand far more attention. The U.S. approach is breathtakingly broad, effectively treating millions of websites and IP addresses as “domestic” for U.S. law purposes.

Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT

by Cory Doctorow

Stop Censorship: The Problems With SOPA

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Julie Ahrens
Today Congress held hearings on the latest IP legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). We are taking part in American Censorship Day to help spread the word and stop this bill. We?ve outlined five of the most important problems with SOPA.

Internet freedom initiative mere lip service?

from AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)
The US and EU decry Syria’s actions, but remain silent on the threats faced by bloggers in other Middle Eastern nations.

How SOPA will attack the Internet’s infrastructure and security

by Cory Doctorow
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is continuing its series of in-depth analysis of the Stop Online Piracy Act, the most dangerous piece of Internet legislation ever introduced, which is set to be fast-tracked through Congress by Christmas. Today, EFF’s Corynne McSherry and Peter Eckersley look at the way that SOPA attacks innovation and the integrity of Internet infrastructure.

Stop Online Piracy Act: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Charlie White
Wondering what?s going on with the Stop Online Piracy Act, otherwise known as SOPA? Here?s an infographic that boils it all down to the key points for you.

Tumblr, Firefox and Reddit Censor Websites to Protest SOPA

by Sarah Kessler

Interactive chart: understanding the chokepoints for censorship

by Cory Doctorow
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted an interactive map showing where the chokepoints are for online free speech, and which laws, proposed laws, and tactics can be used to force them to take your material offline:

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How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

from MediaShift

Reading hasn’t always been seen as a solitary act. Our first experiences with books demonstrate that: before we know how to read, we often have people — a parent, a teacher — reading out loud to us. But once we know how to read, there’s a sense that we’re supposed to read silently and oftentimes, alone. Even so, we’re still compelled to share what we’re reading with others — whether we’re reading for school or for pleasure.
It’s no surprise then, considering the ever-present “social” online world, that we’ve seen the

Is the Huffington Post reinventing the art of liveblogging?

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Simon Owens

Zeega makes interactive storytelling simple (but don?t call it a WYSIWYG)

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Andrew Phelps

Overlooked evidence in the Assange trial

Authored by Bella Magnani
Since the 100-page Swedish police protocol file leaked onto the internet in February 2011, it has been widely known that the SKL (Sweden’s national forensic laboratory) failed to find any chromosomal DNA — either male or female — on the torn, used condom that Complainant AA gave to police 12 days after the event as evidence of her allegations. For anyone who doubts this fact, it’s on page 77 of the police protocol (FUP), attached below [pdf].

The New Face of Digital Populism

from Docuticker
Source: Demos (UK) From Executive Summary: Over the last decade, populist parties have been growing in strength across Western Europe. These parties are defined by their opposition to immigration and concern for protecting national and European culture, sometimes using the language of human rights and freedom. On economic policy, they are

The Arab Spring, chronicled Tweet by Tweet

from AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)
Social media powered up the Arab Spring and has created a new space for how history will remember its events.

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites

from Docuticker
Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project From the press release : As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens, a new study finds that 69% of the teenagers who use social networking sites say their peers are mostly kind to one another on such sites. […]

Reimagining Government in the Digital Age

from Docuticker
Source: National Civic League, National Civic Review From the article: Public sector organizations across the country are facing declining revenues, an aging workforce, and citizens who demand better and faster services. A typical response to these challenges would be to reduce government workforces and cut services, but there are reasons to

The Internet is still changing everything. Now, the rendez-vous with ourselves, Beth Noveck

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Beth Noveck
The Club de Madrid convenes its annual conference this week, which this year is themed on Internet and Democracy. Down the road, indignant protesters camp in Zuccotti Park, networked through the Zeitgeist and the ether with many other groups worldwide.

Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire: This is War [PICS]

from Mashable! by Lance Ulanoff

2011-11-09 Wikileaks, Anonymous, Squares and Assemblies: A new culture of resistance and creativity

(Photo) Wikileak’s Julian Assange wearing an Anonymous mask on October 15th at #OccupyLXS camp in London

Mobile Recruiting Is on the Rise [STUDY]

by Erica Swallow

Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More

from TorrentFreak by ErnestoSince January 2011, Google has been filtering ?piracy-related? terms from its ?Autocomplete? and ?Instant? services.

Facebook?s New Analytics Reminds Businesses to Engage Fans

by Stacey Politi

Facebook Insights Gets a Face Lift with More Page Analytics

by marymanzo
Facebook just became an even bigger tool for businesses with the quiet and recent release of their new insights tab for page administrators featuring “Likes,” “Reach,” and “Talking About This.”

RSS is dead… long live RSS! How to replace your Google Reader shared feed

by judamasmas

Some weeks ago Google radically changed its RSS reader, “Google Reader”, in order to support “better” its Google+. The main consequence of the changes they made is that you cannot keep following what the friends whom you follow share. As users, “shared” feed was killed.

SEO Is Not Dead, It?s Reincarnated

by SpeakSocial

Moments after the release of Siri, the predictable ?SEO is dead? articles began appearing everywhere. As someone who started in SEO, I pretty much always relegated these article topics to authors in need of blog reads. The SEO is dead prediction is probably only slightly older then SEO itself.

6 Degrees of Separation? Now It’s Only 3, Thanks to Facebook!

by MarketMeSuite App
The argument is, everyone is linked to each other whether it be via friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, one way or another, you are 6 people away from knowing someone. But new research has said that it may now be nearly half that at only 3.74 degrees (how you get .74 of a human being I’m not quite sure…).

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