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Pew Survey Finds Over 60% of Social Network Users Have Deleted a Friend

from Bloggers Blog: Blogging the Blogsphere
A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project & American Life found that most people choose restricted privacy settings. Over half of social network users (52% to 60% depending on demographic) keep their settings on private, choosing to share information only with friends. The survey found that about 20% keep their settings public and the other 20% keep their profile information partially private.

Facebook rehab

from AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)
Obsessive use of the internet is changing the way people communicate and interact – even the way our brains function.

 

WikiLeaks Partners With Anonymous, Releases Security Firm?s Emails

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

 

WikiLeaks starts publishing ?The Global Intelligence Files?, with 25 media partners on board

from The Next Web by Anna Heim

Wikileaks releases “Global Intelligence Files” — 5MM emails from private spook outfit Stratfor

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Today, Wikileaks releases its “Global Intelligence Files,” a trove of more than 5,000,000 emails from Stratfor, a Texas based “global intelligence” company. The dump includes emails detailing Stratfor’s work with the US government on discrediting Wikileaks itself, as well as a lot of extremely dirty geopolitical laundry.

 

WL press release: The Global Intelligence Files

from WL Central
On the 27th of February 2012, Wikileaks released the following statement:
“LONDON?Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files ? more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal?s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor?s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example:

WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

from Mashable! by Lauren Indvik

 

EFF to European Parliament: Protect Coders? Rights

from EFF.org Updates by maira
As the European Parliament considers passing a directive that would target hacking, EFF has submitted comments urging the legislators not to create legal woes for researchers who expose security flaws.

Barcelona, Then and Now: A visual history guide to the home of Mobile World Congress

from The Next Web by Anna Heim

 

Mobile Technologies, Crisis Mapping & Disaster Response: My Talk at #WMC12

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

Many thanks to GSMA for their kind invitation to speak at the 2012 World Mobile Congress (WMC12) in Barcelona, Spain. GSMA is formally launching its Disaster Response Program at WMC12 with an inaugural working group. ?The Disaster Response programme seeks to understand how mobile operators can most effectively support each other and improve resilience among networks in disaster scenarios, and identify how the mobile industry can best help citizens and humanitarian organisations on the ground following a crisis.? Below is the presentation I plan to give.

When disaster strikes, access to information is equally important as access to food and water. This link between information, disaster response and aid was officially recognized by the Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the 2005 World Disasters Report. Since then, disaster-affected populations have become increasingly digital thanks to the widespread adoption of mobile technologies. Indeed, as a result of these mobile technologies, affected populations are increasingly able to source, share and generate a vast amount of information, which is completely transforming disaster response.

TNW?s Daily Dose ? Mobile World Congress day 1 roundup [Audio]

from The Next Web by Martin Bryant
Today we bring you a round-up of all the biggest stories from Mobile World Congress so far. So, press ?play? below and catch up in 3 minutes. You can read the stories in full on our dedicated MWC channel.

 

Live from Nokia?s Mobile World Congress product launch

from The Next Web by Matt Brian

 

Mozilla?s HTML5-based Open Web Devices will gives users a smartphone experience at feature phone costs

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh

TweetReach reveals Twitter?s Oscar buzz: Over 2 million tweets with a spike of 18,718 in one minute

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh

26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business

from Social Media Examiner by Debbie Hemley

Portugal: Web Users Debate Portuguese Private Copying Bill

from Global Voices Online by Kieran Lonergan
The year 2012 has placed on the tips of everyone’s tongues a number of acronyms that, in short, wish to establish legal means to enforce compliance with intellectual property and anti-piracy legislation, from the U.S. anti-online piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, to the multi-national Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA.

Anonymous replaces FBI partner site with ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ video

from Hurriyet Daily News
Hackers allied to the loose-knit Anonymous movement claimed responsibility for vandalizing websites of an Ohio FBI partner and an international prison contractor.

WikiLeaks returns with ?Global Intelligence Files’

from Hurriyet Daily News
WikiLeaks began publishing emails it ‘acquired’ from U.S.-based private intelligence company Stratfor today

Upcoming Supreme Court Case May Be Key To Holding Spy Tech Companies Responsible For Human Rights Violations

from EFF.org Updates by trevor
The world?s attention has recently turned to the question of how to hold companies accountable for knowingly marketing, selling and adapting the tools of surveillance to repressive regimes. U.S. and E.U. companies? equipment has been linked to torture and other human rights violations in many Middle East and North African countries, along with longstanding cases involving similar allegations in China. Most recently, evidence suggests prominent American journalist Marie Colvin may have been tracked via her satellite phone before being killed by government forces in Syria. Public pressure on companies to ?Know Your Customer? and take other actions to avoid having their tools used as part of human rights violations is intensifying. The European Parliament has begun the first steps in banning sales of this technology to authoritarian governments, and the U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a bill, the Global Online Freedom Act, which is in part aimed at this problem.

The State of the Twitterverse 2012

from social media vb by BrianSolis
With 500 million registered users and 33 billion Tweets flying across the Twitterverse every day, Twitter has become a fabric of our digital culture. Twitter is now ingrained in our digital DNA and is reflected in our lifestyle and how we connect and communicate with one another.

5 Tools That Will Make You a Hashtag Master

from social media vb by Kevin Jorgensen
When I first overhead the term hashtag used at a cocktail party, I have to admit I thought people were talking about some new effort to stigmatize marijuana users?and… these people really need a social media policy… so don?t feel badly if you?re thinking to yourself, didn?t we call that a number sign(#) or pound sign? If you’re confused like I was, try these 5 tools to master hashtagging…

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