In the mean time, UN declares that Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights; IMF becomes a major cyber attack…A cyberculture roundup

United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights

by Stan Schroeder

Digital democracy, Plato, and web 2.0, Giorgio Fontana

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Giorgio Fontana
Far from being the natural and easy remedy to the evil of bureaucratic delegation, digital democracy risks becoming its inconvenient appendix – a deceitful form of participation, which can turn out to be the very contrary of productive dialogue.

Anonymous vs. NATO: Get your popcorn ready

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
Anonymous has responded to a recent NATO report which suggested that the “hacktivist” collective would be “infiltrated” and “persecuted” if its illegal actions continued, CNET reports. Among other measures, the NATO document, issued earliler this week, speculated about whether the organization’s Article 5 on mutual defence could be invoked in response to a cyber attack. The groups responded with a warning:

How to Disable Facebook’s Facial Recognition Feature

from Updates by eva

Back in December of 2010, Facebook debuted its tag suggestion feature, which works by using facial recognition technology to examine photos in which you?ve already been tagged, and then creating what Facebook calls your ?photo summary? or ?photo comparison information,? or what we?ll call your ?facial fingerprint.? Using this information, FB suggests your name to your friends when they upload a photo of you, and invites them to tag you in that photo. Over the last few months, Facebook has been slowly rolling this feature out to all of its users, which caught the attention of security firm Sophos, The New York Times, and the European Union, which has launched a probe to investigate the new feature.

IMF hit by ‘very major’ cyber security attack

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
The International Monetary Fund says it has been targeted by a sophisticated cyber attack.

“Wikiwars,” CNN documentary on Wikileaks, debuts

by Xeni Jardin
This weekend, CNN will air “Wikiwars,” the network’s much-promoted documentary on Wikileaks hosted by a former Navy SEAL. The one-hour program premieres Sunday, June 12, 8:00pm ET & PT, and will repeat at other times after that.

WSJ and Al-Jazeera whistleblower sites offer terrible, dangerous terms-of-service

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Hanni Fakhoury has analysis of the legal language in the Wikileaks-like services for whistleblowers launched by The Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera. The technical demerits of the WSJ’s offer have been well documented, but EFF’s analysis of the legal jeopardy that both publishers represent to whistleblowers is sobering too:

eG8 Fails to Protect Net Neutrality, Online Censorship

from MediaShift
The eG8 conference held in Paris on May 24 and 25 sounded promising; it was the first event to gather G8 members (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Russia) to discuss views on “civilizing cyberspace.” It was also the first forum to talk about the digital economy. At least, that’s how it was introduced.

Digital Activism, Epidemiology and Old Spice: Why Faster is Indeed Different

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

The following thoughts were inspired by one of Zeynep Tufekci?s recent posts entitled ?Faster is Different? on her Technosociology blog. Zeynep argues ?against the misconception that acceleration in the information cycle means would simply mean same things will happen as would have before, but merely at a more rapid pace. So, you can?t just say, hey, people communicated before, it was just slower. That is wrong. Faster is different.?


World IPv6 Day begins 24 hours from now. Websites, start your engines.

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler

Back in January, we joined the Internet Society and a handful of leading Internet companies to announce World IPv6 Day. The announcement was a rallying call for adoption of the new Internet Protocol; now, less than six months later, participation has grown to more than 400 organizations. We believe this is an important milestone, as IPv6 is the only long-term solution to IPv4 address exhaustion, and its deployment is crucial to the continued growth of the open Internet.

WSJ and Al-Jazeera Lure Whistleblowers With False Promises of Anonymity

from Updates by hanni
The success of Wikileaks in obtaining and releasing information has inspired mainstream media outlets to develop proprietary copycat sites. Al-Jazeera got into the act first, launching the Al-Jazeera Transparency Unit (AJTU), an initiative meant to “allow Al-Jazeera’s supporters to shine light on notable and noteworthy government and corporate activities which might otherwise go unreported.” AJTU assures users that “files will be uploaded and stored on our secure servers” and that materials “are encrypted while they are transmitted to us, and they remain encrypted on our servers.”

China’s Politburo warns Google not to be “political”

by Cory Doctorow
Phil sez, “After Google revealed that its recent major hacker attack originated in China, the PRC is making not-so-thinly veiled threats to Google about being “political” and how that might ‘hurt their business.'”

56% Of Content Shared Online Occurs Via Facebook

from All Facebook by Jennifer Moire

The Impact Of Apple And Twitter On Facebook

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

Innovation Road for Europe: superhighway or dead-end?

from Blogactiv

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