“Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2012” and a cyberculture roundup: SOPA, Kopimism, internet access,

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2012

by Ernesto
Which torrent sites get the most visitors at the start of 2012? At first glance little seems to have changed, as many of the sites in the top 10 have been among the top torrent sites for more than half a decade. But moving down the list we see quite a few movers and shakers as well as three newcomers.

The Pirate Bay Shows Futility of Domain and DNS Blocks

from TorrentFreak by enigmax


Lamar Smith Can’t Hear You

by Cory Doctorow

Here’s ChadRocco’s Lamar Smith anti-election poster, in honor of the congressman’s advocacy for the net-killing Stop Online Piracy Act and his blithe dismissal of the bill’s critics.

Facebook Joins Internet Giants Endorsing Piracy Bill

by Jennifer Moire
Facebook and seven major online companies have endorsed an alternative online piracybill that they believe would keep the Internet open and foster innovation. 

File-sharing becomes a recognized religion in Sweden

by Cory Doctorow
Sweden has given official religious status to Church of Kopimism, a faith and philosophy based on file-sharing. The faith’s foundational document, ““POwr, broccoli and Kopimi,” is available as a .torrent file indexed on The Pirate Bay (natch). It exhorts followers to undertake 100 tasks to attain #g_d (a hashtagged, all-lower-case version of the observant Jewish tradition of writing God as “G_d”).

Kopimism: Swedish File Sharing Religion

by noemi

Symbols of Kopimism
It?s for real, folks. I am not pulling your leg here. The country of Sweden has officially recognized a new religion that has its basis on file sharing! Now I have always thought of the Swedish people as being tolerant, but I never knew that they are this open minded. Imagine, a religion that is all about what many institutions consider illegal!

File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
All around the world file-sharers are being chased by anti-piracy outfits and the authorities, and the situation in Sweden is no different. While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates, there is a large group of people who actually consider copying to be a sacred act.


5 Best Practices for Digital Marketers in 2012

from Mashable! by Jonathan Gardner


Vinton Cerf on Internet Access as a Human Right (Not)

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Stuart Soffer
The January 4, 2012 edition of the New York Times has an editorial by Vinton Cerf entitled “Internet Access Is Not a Human Right.” He presents a very lucid discussion in the context of the Internet role in events of the past year. His point is “technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself”, sort of obvious, but he articulates a good discussion of human rights and civil rights.


Facebook to Blame for 33% of British Divorces

from Daily Bits by noemi

The Mysterious Growth of Google+

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans
Ever since Google+ launched last June, one of the most fascinating elements has been trying to get a sense of its growth, potential for adoption, and how people are actually using it within a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter.

Hacking consensus: How we can build better arguments online

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Walter Frick
In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman argued that we should impose a tax on financial transactions, citing the need to reduce budget deficits, the dubious value of much financial trading, and the literature on economic growth. So should we? Assuming for a moment that you?re not deeply versed in financial economics, on what basis can you evaluate this argument? You can ask yourself whether you trust Krugman. Perhaps you can call to mind other articles you?ve seen that mentioned the need to cut the deficit or questioned the value of Wall Street trading. But without independent knowledge ? and with no external links ? evaluating the strength of Krugman?s argument is quite difficult.


5 Best Social Media Crisis Blogs

by ChrisSyme
If you are interested in the converging fields of crisis communications and social media, or if you are a social media manager thrust into the crisis manager role, here are five good blogs I would recommend you add to your routine in 2012


Social Media Guilt Trip: 10 Ways Networks Try to Make You Stay

by Matt Petronzio
Deleting your social media account may be the most difficult breakup you?ll ever have. Networks try various techniques to get you to stay, and they often leave you wondering if it?s you and not them. Let?s take a look at some of these clever little tricks that make it hard to delete your social profiles.


5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012

by Brian Wassom

Sweden Recognizes File-Sharing as a Religion

by Alex Fitzpatrick


OMG! Over 40 Twitter Abbreviations You Should Know

from social media vb by MarketMeSuite
Learn the best ways to get the most out of 140 characters! It wasn?t until finishing my Christmas dinner, I realized over 90% of my family had no idea what a hashtag was.


7 Social Media Predictions for 2012

by Adam Ostrow

10 Ways to Refresh Your Digital Life for the New Year

by Amy-Mae Elliott

Google VP: Internet Access Not a Human Right

by Sam Laird

5 Predictions for Online Data in 2012

by Josh Jones-Dilworth


What?s Next for Tumblr?

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans


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