WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange touched on the subject of social networking in an interview with Russia Today, calling Facebook ?the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.?
In an interview with Russia Today, Wikileads founder Julian Assange calls Facebook the ?most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented?.
There appears to be a political purge of Facebook taking place. Profiles are being deleted without warning or explanation. In the last 12 hours, Facebook has deleted over 50 sites. It may well be that these groups are technically in violation of Facebook?s terms of agreement, which state that participants in social media must not make use of a “fake name”. But the timing ? on the royal wedding and May day weekend ? is deeply suspicious. We don?t know for certain, but this purge of online organising groups could be linked to the wider crackdown on protest by authorities in Britain.
The Facebook Purge: Corporate power, political influence and the need for independent, powerfully popular social media networks, Aaron Peters
Hell, crackdown by the evil Facebook! Shutting down student protest! In cahoots with the authorities! Even Evgeny Morozov is onto it:
EFF has been monitoring the Council of Europe (CoE) and its Internet policymaking process to ensure that they live up to their human rights commitments. A few weeks ago, we submitted detailed comments to the CoE?s Expert Committee on New Media?s draft recommendations for social networking services. The Council of Europe is one of the most influential inter-governmental organizations shaping Internet policy. The Strasbourg-based organization is comprised of 47 Member States (more member countries than the total number of countries of the European Union) and its actions can have influence well beyond Europe?s borders. The CoE is particularly important in guiding international law?for better or worse. Its treaties have teeth and are legally enforceable. Its soft laws, commitments made by member countries that are not legally binding, create pressure on companies and governments to comply with their Internet recommendations.
Michael Geist sez, “A new Wikileaks cable confirms that the Canadian Conservative government delayed introducing copyright legislation in early 2008 due to public opposition. The delay – which followed the decision in December 2007 to hold off introducing a bill after it was placed on the order paper (and the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group took off) – lasted until June 2008. The U.S. cable notes confirmation came directly from then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice, who told U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins that cabinet colleagues and Conservative MPs were worried about the electoral implications of copyright reform.”
If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they’re getting harder to find.
Stories like the one over the weekend about a bunch of police breaking down an innocent man’s door because he happened to leave his network open, as well as general fears about slow networks and online privacy, are convincing many people to password-lock their WiFi routers.
San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access have launched an international campaign for HTTPS Now, rallying consumers around the world to help us make web surfing safer.
by Hank Nothhaft
by Sarah Kessler