Webrazzi analysesthe ComScore report’s Turkey section (in Turkish). I quote the statistics from the report…
A massive system of human rights abuse is occurring in the United States. Activists, intent on putting a human face on the mass tragedy, appropriate photographs of victims and disseminate them through their social networks. Soon the mainstream media catches on, furthering the outcry. The year is 1863 and the human right abuse is slavery.
Technorati released its annual blogger survey results recently. The 2009 State of the Blogosphere report is available on Technorati’s site (follow the preceding link to view it).
EU ? European ‘internet freedom’ law agreed: ?(ZDNet UK)
Europe is set to get a major overhaul of its telecoms regulation, after the European Parliament and Council of Telecoms Ministers reached a compromise on the rights of internet users across the continent. The Telecoms Reform Package is a raft of new laws that tackle issues ranging from data-breach notification to faster number porting.
Some time ago, I have already given an answer on why I blog, but I think there might be some interest in knowing how to actually become a Euroblogger – in 10 steps, because anything can be done in 10 steps.
We?ve said over and over that we?re against the three-strikes law, proposed in countries such as France and the UK, under which illegal file sharers would be disconnected from the Internet after three offenses. The European Union has long held the same position, and now the EU lawmakers have put together a proposal that brings some degree of protection for people accused of illegal file sharing.
David Sasaki, of the Global Voices fame, recently challenged me to write at least one positive post or essay for evern ten that are negative. I can’t yet live up to that challenge but I am eager to try bit by bit.
There is an interesting (and somewhat too upbeat for my taste) story in the Jakarta Globe today on how the Indonesian civil society has been mobilized to get two senior members of the country’s anti-corruption body out of detention:
Dancho Danchev, who is one of my most favorite bloggers on all things “cyber-security”, has a great post about the rapidly changing market for DDOS attacks (btw, I think that the next supermegaduper-sequel to Freakonomics should definitely include a chapter about the markets for DDOS attacks)
America could easily mistake its head for its ass. The fact that some subjects are even debatable shows not only the gullibility of humanity, but the insidious influence that power-hungry corporations have over the officials that we elect into office. The two main debates of the moment are that of healthcare reform and that of Net Neutrality. As a rational, compassionate, middle-to-lower-class, independent consumer, these two initiatives get a giant thumbs up from me; they address exactly what I am concerned about as an individual and as a society. Healthcare reform has been in the news for months now and you’ve probably already made up your mind about it, so I am going to focus this article on Net Neutrality.
from Social Media Examiner by Amy Porterfield
The relationship between digital media and democracy is complicated, because it is difficult for researchers to draw causal connections between adopting new social computing technologies and promoting what Joseph Kahne, Mills College professor and head of the Civic Engagement Research Group, has characterized as behaviors and values consistent with an ?effective, just, and humane democratic society.? Kahne asserts that there is ?no doubt? that multimedia literacies can promote civic participation, because ?looking up information,? ?having access to networked communities,? and ?communicating and sharing perspectives? depends on having developed those literacies, but having basic literacies with computational media and content on distributed networks does not necessarily translate into more meaningful and robust democratic participation.<!–break–> He observes that the Internet serves as a ?real site for activism in all its glories and frustrations,? and having access to information and opportunities to share one?s perspective that is ?not mediated by elites? can be ?both good and bad.” ?It provides access to both information and misinformation, for example.?
Update: Thanks to feedback from Dirk Slater I?ve changed the title to ?A Broader Network for Digital Activism?, which recognizes the great work that organizations like Tactical Tech have done to create global networks of activists.
The Promise of Global Citizen Empowerment
The promise of digital activism is to crowdsource global political transformation by giving ordinary citizens around the world the ability to more effectively campaign for social and political causes. The collective result of these campaigns would be a global closing of the gap between the powerful and powerless and a fundamental shift in political life around the world.
The Washington Post reports that a University of Alberta study found that texting probably does not mean students will become bad spellers. They also found that text lingo or “chatspeak” has its own set of emerging rules and that young people already seem to know the correct way to spell words in text language.