The Berkman Center is pleased to share a new report from the OpenNet Initiative (ONI):
The report analyzes the use of American and Canadian-made tools Websense, McAfee SmartFilter, and Netsweeper for the purpose of government-level filtering in the Middle East and North Africa. The investigation found that nine countries in the region utilize Western-made tools. A full media advisory follows.
(Bonus: Report co-author Jillian York has also written about her own blog being blocked in Yemen.)
Figure 1: Screen shot of Netsweeper Business login page installed in YemenNet server
Ian Bogost has a great post referencing the ongoing conversation about academic blogging that moves us in a productive direction, away from defenses and apologies (and related attacks and critiques of opponents) and toward thinking where academic blogging leads. Ian points to a number of other interesting posts, so if you’re curious you should certainly follow that link and read those as well. One of the interesting things about the speculative realitst/ooo movement is that, while it is clearly undertaken in traditional academic discourses (books, articles, conference presentations, courses), it has also really flourished through the blogosphere. As such it is a great example of how academic blogging, as we have come to know it, might work in parallel with traditional academia. However, blogging, as a technology, clearly has its limits.
by Lauren Indvik
from DML Central by jbrazil
from All Facebook by Meredith Singer
ACLU and EFF Appeal Ruling In Case Challenging Government Attempt To Obtain Private Data in WikiLeaks Investigation
Alexandria, VA – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today appealed a ruling that the government can collect the private records of three Twitter users as part of its investigation related to WikiLeaks. The ruling further held that the users cannot learn which other Internet companies were ordered to turn over information about them to the government. EFF and the ACLU are challenging the ruling on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic parliamentarian who is appealing jointly with fellow Twitter users Jacob Appelbaum and Rop Gonggrijp.
As many ? EFF included ? have been saying for years, filesharing is not the reason that the recording industry has fallen on hard financial times. In fact, the recording industry?s complaints that the sky is falling really only apply to the recording industry, and not musicians and the fans, who have seen increased music purchases, increased artist salaries, and the availability of more music than ever before. And now two new reports further debunk the recording industry’s myth.
from iRevolution by Patrick Meier
When legal issues light up the Internet, people turn to EFF for answers. Whether it?s attacks on coders’ rights, overreaching copyright claims online, or governments’ efforts to censor or spy on people, we are often among the first to hear about troubling events online, and we’re frequently the first place people turn to for legal help.
from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen