“Piracy Wars and Internet Censorship in 2011” another cyberculture roundup…

2011: Piracy Wars and Internet Censorship

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
At the end of the year when new developments draw to a close, it?s time to take a look back and take stock. Below is our overview of some of the most interesting events we reported during the first half of 2011.
Take a deep breath?


?Anonymous? releases more Stratfor data, vows attacks

from Hurriyet Daily News
Online ?hacktivist? group Anonymous has released a trove of email addresses and credit card numbers stolen from the website of intelligence analysis firm Stratfor and promised further attacks.


2011 in Review: Watershed Moments in the Fight for Free Speech, Privacy, and Fair Use

by rainey

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. From WikiLeaks to the Arab Spring, from fighting the Internet blacklist legislation to exciting wins for reader privacy, 2011 has been a watershed year for digital rights.

5 Twitter Changes and How to Make the Most of Them

from Social Media Examiner by Leon Widrich


2011 in Review: The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark

by rainey

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.

The government has been using its secrecy system in absurd ways for decades, but 2011 was particularly egregious. Here are a few examples:

Two Compelling Social Media Trends for 2012

by johnserpa
“George Orwell once quipped: ?Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.? The transmedia and micro-economy thrust will?in my opinion?accelerate in 2012 and rattle the bucket. In a big way. The playing field is being leveled and Madison Avenue will soon become a ghost town.”

The 6 Step Process for Measuring Social Media

by JasonBaer
” I analyzed my Top 6 blog posts for 2011 by total page views, and am re-running them this week as a ?greatest hits? compilation. This is #6. One of my most useful posts, and I really like using presentations as raw material for blog posts. Enjoy.”

2012 Social Media Predictions: 5 Must-Reads

by firebelly
Below are 5 must-reads related to 2012 social media predictions that we wouldn?t want you to miss.

5 Social Media Favorites from 2011

by sbhsbh
The sun is about to set on 2011. The Social Media Rocket is moving at warp speed. Let?s take a look back at some Social Media Favorites. Well, at least they were some of my favorites.

4 Significant Social Media Trends To Watch For In 2012

by Mac Ocampo SQB
It was a great year for social media. A number of changes have been made in order for social platforms to improve and enhance their services for users. Aside from that they?re monetizing their services through paid social advertising like Twitter?s Promoted Tweets. Monetizing social platform services is crucial due to the fact that social networks are now becoming a marketplace and need funding to sustain their free services.

2012 Social Marketing & New Media Predictions

by BrianSolis
Awareness Networks released insights and prognosis from 34 business and marketing leaders as part of its 2012 Social Marketing and New Media Predictions report. It?s written for marketing strategists, brand marketers and consults and those working in agencies. I think you?ll find it interesting to say the least and perhaps even prescriptive.


2011 in Review: Internet Freedom in the Wake of the Arab Spring

from EFF.org Updates by jillian
As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.
For several years, discussions about global Internet freedom have focused primarily on what are widely considered the world?s two most restrictive countries: China and Iran.  But while China?s ?Great Firewall? is indeed the most sophisticated system of censorship and Iran?s persecution of bloggers unprecedented, the Arab world–the 22 Arabic-speaking states and territories stretching from Morocco to Saudi Arabia–is the most Internet-restrictive region on earth.

When Anonymous met politics

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow


Facebook, Blogger and Twitter Top Social Media Sites in 2011

from Bloggers Blog: Blogging the Blogsphere
Facebook, Blogger and Twitter were the top social network and blogging sites in 2011 according to a new Nielsen report. The data runs from January through October, 2011. Facebook had by far the largest average number of unique visitors per month. Blogger continues to have huge monthly visits. Google+ will no doubt have a much higher rank in 2012.

Google blogging (and beyond) in 2011

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
With just a few hours of 2011 remaining in Mountain View, Calif., we?re taking our traditional look at the past year on the Official Google Blog, as well as Google?s presence on Google+ and Twitter.


5 Best Social Media Books of 2011

by ChrisSyme
It was a very good year–for books on social media. There were books on marketing, metrics, thought leadership, specific platforms, how-to-get-rich-quick with social media, anti-social media, philanthropic social media, and so forth. I read plenty of good ones, but I’ll highlight five that really made an impact on the way I do business. These are game changers.

he Top 7 Reasons You Should Implement Social Media Intelligence

by denisekeller
Social media is a powerful tool for any business, but have you thought of all the ways, beyond more sales, that it can help your operation Here’s a list of 7 reasons to implement social media intel to help you get a look at the bigger picture.

The State of the Blogosphere 2011

by Billives
Brian Solis recently posted on the results from Technorati?s State of the Blogosphere 2011 survey. This survey is something I have followed for a while. Here are some thoughts on the State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006. Brian begins with a thought I completely agree with as he puts blogs at the top of the social media list

Five 2011 Tech Tremors That Will Create Aftershocks for Years

by John C Abell
2011 had some pretty remarkable advances that seem to be the start of inexorable things to come, as well as some surprising and sad examples of demise, whose impact will surely be felt for years to come, in ways that are currently near-impossible to predict.

2011: The Year Data Centers Turned Green

by Eric Smalley
The amount of data the world stores is on an explosive growth curve. According to research outfit IDC, the digital universe will grow 44 times larger over the course of the decade, thanks to the rise of worldwide obsessions such as social media and cloud computing. And that means more data centers. But this data center boom comes at a time of high energy prices and heightened concern about carbon emissions. The days of cramming truck loads of servers into a room and firing up a bunch of industrial air-conditioners to cool them are over. Here, Wired takes a look at nine of the more innovative facilities that came online in 2011.


2011 in Review: Nymwars

by rainey

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.

2011 in Review: Defending Location Privacy in Courts and Congress

by bankston

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.

2010 was very eventful when it came to the issue of location privacy, with EFF bringing home some key court victories.  But 2011 was definitely the year that this issue truly hit the mainstream, with even more action around cell phone and GPS tracking in Congress, in the courts (including the Supreme Court), and in the press.  And the issue is shaping up to be even hotter in 2012.

2011 in Review: Ever-Clearer Vulnerabilities in Certificate Authority System

by rainey

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.

At EFF we are big fans of HTTPS, the secure version of HTTP that allows for private conversations between websites and the users who are browsing those websites. But a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and in the case of the security of HTTPS, the weakest link is the hodgepodge of organizations (hundreds!) that make up our Certificate Authority (CA) system. Each “trusted” organization has the power to authenticate any website whatsoever to the end user; if any of these organizations lies or gets compromised, users are at risk. Though we’ve known that this system has been flawed for a while now, this year there were two attacks that acutely demonstrated just how brittle it has become.

Crowdfunding Platforms: To Each Their Own

from Social Media Week by Daniela Castrataro
In the past 3 years, alongside the development of crowdfunding, hundreds of intermediary services called ?crowdfunding platforms? have emerged to act as an interface between the public and the funding projects, with the aim of facilitating transactions.


2012: 7 New Trends in Social Media

from social media vb by Gloople
“The foundations of social media have been laid; now we?re waiting to see what empires will be built on top. As we hurtle towards 2012, let?s take stock at some of the big trends we can expect to see.


TED?s City? The Year of the Collaborative Idea

from Social Media Week by Nicky Yates
Many weren?t too surprised to see TIME select the anonymous protester as the Person of the Year. It?s been a year of revolution- and protests have shaken many a nation. But when TED awarded their annual- and prestigious- award to the City 2.0, it created buzz.

Eternally Contested Internet: The 1980?s

from The Meta-Activism Project by Mary C Joyce

A Moment of Collaboration

The overarching theme of this series on the history ? and pre-history ? of the Internet is conflict: different actors with different goals and visions shaping the medium.  The 1960?s saw a tension between the Cold War and the counter-culture.  The 1970?s saw the rise of commercial firms since advances in processing power meant that mass-produced ?microcomputers? (desktops) could be sold to businesses, rather than a few hugely expensive machines going to universities and the government.

?Facebook? is the Most-Searched Term of 2011 [STUDY]

from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman

5 Ways to Keep Your Facebook Page Secure

from Social Media Examiner by Jim Belosic


20 big ideas for 2012

from Social Media Week by Nicky Yates

5 Reasons Organizations Don?t Implement Internal Social Networks and 5 Reasons They Should

from social media vb by Jeremie Averous

Why Real-World Socializing Is the Next Big Thing for Social Media

from Mashable! by Rene Pinnell


Top 7 Misconceptions Bloggers Have About Social Media

from Daily Blog Tips by Hal Licino


How Facebook Conquered the Social Web in 2011

from Mashable! by Stephanie Buck


Introduction to Search Engine Reputation Management

If you want to grow your blog, then you need to invest time and effort into monitoring your online reputation. Search engine reputation management is the process of monitoring search…


The Top QR Code Fails of 2011

The Web?s Most Buzzworthy Questions of 2011

by Sarah Kessler

6 Important Startup Trends that Defined 2011

by Sarah Kessler


Media Covered Twitter A Bit More Than Facebook In 2011

by David Cohen

10 Upgrades That Revolutionized Facebook This Year

by Jackie Cohen

2011?s Biggest Winners and Losers in Ecommerce

by Erica Swallow

7 Political Trends To Watch For On Facebook In 2012

by Jennifer Moire


5 Video Game Moments that Defined 2011

by Zachary Sniderman


8 Amazing Emerging Technologies From 2011

by Peter Pachal


2011 in Review: Developments in ACTA

by rainey
As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy.
While Internet blacklist bills exploded into the domestic U.S. Congressional scene this year, foreboding international forces are also posing new threats to the Internet around the world. The most prominent of these is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), signed by the U.S. in 2011, which would strengthen intellectual property enforcement norms between signatory countries, handing overbroad powers to the content industry to preserve their antiquated business model. ACTA was widely criticized for being negotiated in secret, bypassing national parliaments and the checks and balances in existing international organizations. One of the most disheartening features of this plurilateral agreement[1] is that it creates a new global IP enforcement institution to oversee its implementation.

2011 in Review: Hacking Law

by marcia

23+ Essential Facebook Page Applications to Improve Fans Engagement in 2012

from social media vb by ChingYa
A list of cost-effective facebook apps you can use not only to improve your fans engagement but hopefully enhance your brand visibility at the same time.


4 Big Moves Google Should Make in 2012

from Mashable! by Peter Pachal


The 10 Best Android Games of 2011

by Carter Dotson

The 15 Best Mobile Apps of 2011

by Amy-Mae Elliott

Twitter?s 15 Major Milestones in 2011

by Veena Bissram


StumbleUpon?s Most Popular Searches and Links of 2011

by Zoe Fox
StumbleUpon, the site that lets you discover the web through its ?Stumble!? button, released its Best of StumbleUpon 2011 package, including the below infographic and its most popular links of the year.

YouTube?s 10 Most-Viewed Ads of 2011

by Christine Erickson

10 Best Sports Games for iPhone

by Carter Dotson

How will Digital Change Small Business in 2012?

by Erica Swallow

Top 10 Apps Downloaded in 2011

by Samantha Murphy
It was the year of Angry Birds domination. The popular game is the most-downloaded mobile app of 2011, rounding out the list of top 10 apps of the year ahead of Facebook, Twitter and Fruit Ninja.

13 Tech Luminaries the World Lost in 2011

by Christine Erickson
This year, the world mourned the loss of technology icon Steve Jobs. But we didn?t just lose one tech luminary in 2011, we bid goodbye to a wave of the first pioneers in technology. From computer sales to software programming, the digital world that thrives today would not have existed without these innovators.

The 10 Best iOS Games of 2011

by Carter Dotson

6 Crazy Tech Predictions for 2012

by Lance Ulanoff

ACLU fights Kafkaesque secret Occupy Boston Twitter subpoena

by Cory Doctorow

The ACLU of Massachusetts is representing an anonymous Twitter user who has been targetted by an Assistant DA who is trying to build a case related to Occupy Boston; the court and the ADA have sealed the proceedings, so no one — not even some of the ACLU staff working on the case — is allowed to know what is going on:

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