Google Releases Transparency Report Showing US Surveillance Requests Up 33% in the Last Year

from EFF.org Updates by Trevor Timm

Two Out of Every Three US Demands to Google Come Without A Warrant

This morning, Google released their semi-annual transparency report, and once again, it revealed a troubling trend: Internet surveillance around the world continues to rise, with the United States leading the way in demands for user data.

Effects of the Internet on Legacy Institutions

from The Meta-Activism Project by Mary
The Internet is shaking the foundations of many of the institutions on which contemporary society is built.  Here?s a little chart I made that summarizes some of these effects (click image to view full-size).

France Considering an ?Internet Tax? on Personal Data

by Alex Fitzpatrick

Should Google and Facebook be taxed for collecting your personal data? France thinks so

by Harrison Weber

Facebook Graph Search: Why This Could Be So important for the Future of Big Data

from social media vb by RichardStacy
This is a very important step, not just for Facebook, because it could come to be understood as one of the critical opening skirmishes in the Battle of Big Data. How it plays-out could have enormous implications for the commercial future of many social media properties, including Google.

Google?s Page not worried about Facebook?s Graph Search, says he?s ?confident of our core business?

from The Next Web by Ken Yeung

Swipp launches to take on Google and Facebook Graph Search with a new social intelligence search

from The Next Web by Ken Yeung

Transparency Report: What it takes for governments to access personal information

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
Today we?re releasing new data for the Transparency Report, showing that the steady increase in government requests for our users? data continued in the second half of 2012, as usage of our services continued to grow. We?ve shared figures like this since 2010 because it?s important for people to understand how government actions affect them.

US government requests for Google users? private data jumped 33% between 2011 and 2012

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski

Facebook and Google spent record amounts on lobbying in 2012, up 196% and 70% over 2011

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski

Google Says It Always Requires Warrants for User Email and Cloud Data

from Mashable! by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Free and Open Source Software

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr
We received an email from Richard M. Stallman (RMS), after publishing the article about the Egyptian demonstration calling for the government to adopt Free Software. I can’t deny that one of the motives behind writing this article is to show off that someone as important to the history of computers as RMS is reading what we write here. Nevertheless, the main reason for writing this article is the following:

Hadopi Plans Large File-Sharing Warning Increase For 2013

from TorrentFreak by enigmax

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