from CyberLaw Blog
from Mashable! by Adam Ostrow
In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate. The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police. We also worked with the local police to help identify the person responsible for uploading it and she was subsequently sentenced to 10 months community service by a court in Turin, as were several other classmates who were also involved. In these rare but unpleasant cases, that’s where our involvement would normally end.
February 24, 2010
In September 2006, four students at a school in Turin, Italy, beat and humiliated an autistic classmate. A fifth student captured the incident on her cellphone camera, then posted the digital footage to Google Video. It spent two months as one of the site?s most popular clips before Google took it down at the request of Italian police.
Three price comparison websites, Foundem, ejustice.fr and Ciao! have accused Google’s search engine of burying their ads at the bottom of websites because their products were in direct competition with Google.
from Mashable! by Barb Dybwad
Social Networks are Both Personal and Mass Media
A new study by Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford University, suggests social networking sites cannot increase the
Colleges release analyses of major experiments with Kindles — and find students use less paper with the devices, but want better note-taking ability. more
A well-made guide to bypass YouTube ban in Turkey:
It has been 660 days. Turkish block of YouTube, which was instituted at the direction of a court after it found that a Greek video hosted on the site violated a law against ridiculing the country and its leaders. It is illegal to criticise either Ataturk or Turkishness in Turkey and the prosecutor?s office in Istanbul acted despite YouTube?s agreement to take down the offending videos.
In case you needed another proof that one doesn’t have to be a pro-Western, pro-secular, and pro-democracy liberal to take advantage of opportunities offered by new media, here it comes. A recent article in Al-Masry Al-Youm discusses efforts by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to document their own history on the Web. And what are the tools they’ve chosen to do it? Wikis!
Someone has uploaded a PDF to a Google Group that is claimed to be the proposal for Internet copyright enforcement that the USA has put forward for ACTA, the secret copyright treaty whose seventh round of negotiations just concluded in Guadalajara, Mexico. This reads like it probably is genuine treaty language, and if it is the real US proposal, it is the first time that this material has ever been visible to the public. According to my source, the US proposal is the current version of the treaty as of the conclusion of the Mexico round.
EU ? Implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles: (Europa)
On 9 February 2010, Safer Internet Day, the European Commission has presented the findings of an independent assessment of the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU. Download the overall report and see how each signatory has implemented the Principles.
Secretary Clinton?s recent speech on Internet Freedom has signaled a strong interest from the US State Department in promoting the use of the internet to promote political reforms in closed societies. It makes sense that the State Department would look to support existing projects to circumvent internet censorship. The New York Times reports that a group of senators is urging the Secretary to apply existing funding to support the development and expansion of censorship circumvention programs, including Tor, Psiphon and Freegate.
How much would you pay for an opinion article by Paul Krugman? How much would you shell out for an article on a new RNA discovery?
Not so long ago, some Western governments and private donors decided that investing in the media was a good way to support the development of democracy in other countries. Over the years, media development has become a vast enterprise, responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of investment every year.
The paradigm was straightforward enough: provide training, equipment, and management support to foreign publishers and broadcasters to improve their journalism and, in the process, spur political and economic progress.
“What’s happening?” asks Twitter. “What’s on your mind?” asks Facebook. A question that’s fast becoming more important to smartphone users, though, is simple: “Where are you?” And that’s exactly what a new social network, Foursquare, aims to answer.
T. Christian Miller of the independent, non-profit news organization, ProPublica just recently won the prestigious 2010 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. Editor & Publisher reports that it was a collaboration between The Los Angeles Times and the non-profit news outfit that produced Miller’s winning report into abuses of insurance coverage for private contractors in war zones.
from Mashable! by Pete Cashmore
from CyberJournalist.net by Jon