Which torrent sites get the most visitors at the start of 2012? At first glance little seems to have changed, as many of the sites in the top 10 have been among the top torrent sites for more than half a decade. But moving down the list we see quite a few movers and shakers as well as three newcomers.
from TorrentFreak by enigmax
Here’s ChadRocco’s Lamar Smith anti-election poster, in honor of the congressman’s advocacy for the net-killing Stop Online Piracy Act and his blithe dismissal of the bill’s critics.
by Cory Doctorow
Sweden has given official religious status to Church of Kopimism, a faith and philosophy based on file-sharing. The faith’s foundational document, ““POwr, broccoli and Kopimi,” is available as a .torrent file indexed on The Pirate Bay (natch). It exhorts followers to undertake 100 tasks to attain #g_d (a hashtagged, all-lower-case version of the observant Jewish tradition of writing God as “G_d”).
Symbols of KopimismIt’s for real, folks. I am not pulling your leg here. The country of Sweden has officially recognized a new religion that has its basis on file sharing! Now I have always thought of the Swedish people as being tolerant, but I never knew that they are this open minded. Imagine, a religion that is all about what many institutions consider illegal!
from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
All around the world file-sharers are being chased by anti-piracy outfits and the authorities, and the situation in Sweden is no different. While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates, there is a large group of people who actually consider copying to be a sacred act.
from Mashable! by Jonathan Gardner
from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Stuart Soffer
The January 4, 2012 edition of the New York Times has an editorial by Vinton Cerf entitled “Internet Access Is Not a Human Right.” He presents a very lucid discussion in the context of the Internet role in events of the past year. His point is “technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself”, sort of obvious, but he articulates a good discussion of human rights and civil rights.
from Daily Bits by noemi
from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans
Ever since Google+ launched last June, one of the most fascinating elements has been trying to get a sense of its growth, potential for adoption, and how people are actually using it within a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter.
from Nieman Journalism Lab by Walter Frick
In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman argued that we should impose a tax on financial transactions, citing the need to reduce budget deficits, the dubious value of much financial trading, and the literature on economic growth. So should we? Assuming for a moment that you’re not deeply versed in financial economics, on what basis can you evaluate this argument? You can ask yourself whether you trust Krugman. Perhaps you can call to mind other articles you’ve seen that mentioned the need to cut the deficit or questioned the value of Wall Street trading. But without independent knowledge — and with no external links — evaluating the strength of Krugman’s argument is quite difficult.
If you are interested in the converging fields of crisis communications and social media, or if you are a social media manager thrust into the crisis manager role, here are five good blogs I would recommend you add to your routine in 2012
by Matt Petronzio
Deleting your social media account may be the most difficult breakup you’ll ever have. Networks try various techniques to get you to stay, and they often leave you wondering if it’s you and not them. Let’s take a look at some of these clever little tricks that make it hard to delete your social profiles.
by Brian Wassom
by Alex Fitzpatrick
from social media vb by MarketMeSuite
Learn the best ways to get the most out of 140 characters! It wasn’t until finishing my Christmas dinner, I realized over 90% of my family had no idea what a hashtag was.
by Adam Ostrow
by Amy-Mae Elliott
by Sam Laird
by Josh Jones-Dilworth
from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans