Julian Assange is the front man for Wikileaks. Wikileaks, if you haven’t been keeping up with current events, is a network that runs a site dedicated to making leaks easy. It’s been very effective at this. Wins include:
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
from Mashable! by Samuel Axon
Those who won?t listen, will feel. With the mainstream media and Pentagon-generated negative publicity of Wikileaks nearing its fourth week, it should be apparent what is rendered absent: any apology from the U.S. military for the civilians it has killed in Afghanistan and Iraq; any discussion of military responsibility for engaging informers whose lives it jeopardized; or any broader discussion of the sheer brutality of U.S. violence against civilians, regularized, institutionalized, and in a just world punishable as war crimes. Given how routine is the dismissal of the majority of citizens of NATO countries who are opposed to the war in Afghanistan, how governments are determined to pursue a war without just cause and without popular support (defending democracy abroad, they say, yet ignoring it at home, as we see), it became absolutely essential that some group, some persons, some network should come forward and do anything possible to shove a stick into the eye of the Pentagon. It was much deserved and long overdue.
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
Yesterday, Facebook introduced Places, a new location feature that competes with popular services like Foursquare, Google Latitude, Loopt, and Gowalla. Places allows Facebook users to ‘check in’ to real world locations and to tag their friends as present (similar to how Facebook allows tagging in photos). Everyone who is checked in to the location can see who else is listed as “Here Now” for a few hours after they check in. Once you are checked in to a location, Places also creates a story in your friends’ News Feeds and places a notice in the location’s page’s Recent Activity section. The product will roll out over the next few days.
Wired uses this graph to illustrate Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff’s claim that the world wide web is “dead.” Their feature, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet, is live at Wired’s own website. Without commenting on the article’s argument, I nonetheless found this graph immediately suspect, because it doesn’t account for the increase in internet traffic over the same period. The use of proportion of the total as the vertical axis instead of the actual total is a interesting editorial choice.
You can read a PDF of the original here, in case you find the text that follows too crazy to believe. Keep in mind that these are the people prosecuting a war in Afghanistan, and look at the sense of realism and logic that they possess. Stanley Kubrick could not have done a better job if he had fabricated such a letter for Dr. Strangelove, Part 2.
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
I came across an article on how to get more Twitter followers. It includes some pretty obvious tips such as follow people back if they follow you, retweet, and use hashtags.
For all the companies operating in the social media marketplace, there are really only five options for companies looking to establish a strong presence: blogs (WordPress), Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
from Mashable! by Matthew Latkiewicz
Cross-posted on our Public Policy Blog.
Over the past few days there?s been a lot of discussion surrounding our announcement of a policy proposal on network neutrality we put together with Verizon. On balance, we believe this proposal represents real progress on what has become a very contentious issue, and we think it could help move the network neutrality debate forward constructively.
EFF will soon be launching the SSL Observatory project, an effort to monitor and secure the cryptographic infrastructure of the World Wide Web. There is much work to be done, and we will need the help of many parties to make the HTTPS-encrypted web genuinely trustworthy. To see why, you can read the following letter, which we are sending to Verizon today: