In certain teen social circles, it’s considered a subtle act of arrogance, a signifier of the loner, to use a solo photo of yourself for your Facebook profile. Digital natives may have earned their reputation as the “entitlement generation,” but apparently there are some social limits to their unabashed self-regard.
2011-01-21 Former Swedish judge Sundberg-Weitman speaks out on the handling of the Julian Assange case
The following summarizes the unfolding of events surrounding the arrest of Julian Assange, as recounted in an article entitled “The European Arrest Order Against Julian Assange,” originally published here by Brita Sundberg-Weitman, retired Swedish judge and author in the areas of legal and civil rights. Sundberg-Weitman also expresses concerns about media coverage of the event and about the possible extradition of Julian Assange in this article, which I received via email by a source who also reports that Sundberg-Weitman translated the piece herself. Quotations refer directly to this English translation received.
Corporations are being pressured to behave more ethically and transparently as a result of the increasing influence of Julian Assange’s scientific journalistic enterprise, WikLeaks. Public relations professionals in Germany say that trying to sit out the storm is no longer a strategy for success in a post-cablegate world.
from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman
Image: a few of the remixable design elements, via Wikimedia Commons It’s no secret that I love Wikipedia, which I consider one of the grandest and most radical social experiments of our time, and the very best example of what the free culture movement offers for the world’s future. I even love Wikipedia critics.
If there is to be a time in Facebook?s history when it will be remembered at its prime, 2011 may turn out to be that time. Expected to surge past 600 million members, and possibly 700 million before year end; revenue expected to grow beyond $3 billion this year; a valuation of $50 billion and growing; and its once only domestic competitor on the verge of implosion, Facebook appears to be unstoppable.
Last week, the FCC announced the “FCC Open Internet Apps Challenge,” a contest to attract software that helps ordinary users measure whether their Internet services ? both mobile broadband and traditional “fixed” broadband ? are consistent with open Internet principles. The FCC is also asking for submissions of “research papers that analyze relevant Internet openness measurement techniques, approaches, and data.” This is a welcome effort from the FCC, and we hope to see software developers and researchers help the public better discover how our networks and service providers are treating our Internet communications.
The number of Italians who use the Internet to get informed is decreasing, says Italian website LSDI, analysing the Report on “Citizens and new technology” which was released in December 2010 by Istat, the Italian National Institute of Statistics.
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell
from Mashable! by Radhika Marya
Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer intends to hand over offshore bank account details of 2,000 “high net worth individuals” and corporations to WikiLeaks today, the Observer reported yesterday. Elmer plans present the bank details to a representative from WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London during a press conference starting at 11.15am, the club’s site said.
The Swiss news organization Tages-Anzeiger reported today on the potential threat posed by Wikileaks’ forthcoming release and subsequent measures which Bank of America has taken to mitigate that threat (previously covered here on WL Central).
2011-01-17 Dutch EU ambassador nominee Pieter de Gooijer comes under fire after WikiLeaks disclosures
from WL Central by exiledsurfer
from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin