Hacktivist group Anonymous may have Facebook in its cross hairs for an attack at midnight January 28, no time zone specified.
This potentially makes the social network the latest victim in Anonymous? path of destruction since file-sharing service Megaupload was raided by the federal government.
A facebook spokesperson told us via email:
by Zoe Fox
from EFF.org Updates by katitza
This January 28 marks International Privacy Day, the day that the first legally binding international privacy treaty was opened for signature to Member States in January 28, 1981. Different countries around the world are celebrating this day with their own events. This year, we are honoring the day by calling attention to recent privacy threats around the world and describing a few of the available tools that allow individuals to protect their privacy and anonymity.
by Sarah Kessler
by Cory Doctorow
Carl Franzen’s history of the SOPA/PIPA fight on Talking Points Memo is a fascinating account of the behind-the-scenes stuff that created the series of ever-larger protests that resulted in the bills’ demise. Of particular note is his credit to Tiffiniy Cheng, who, along with Nicholas Reville, and Holmes Wilson, forms a trio of Boston-bred activists who are three of the most creative, passionate, skilled and engaged shit-disturbers I know. You may remember them as Downhill Battle, but they’re also the folks behind Universal Subtitles, Miro, FreeBieber, and many other interesting and noteworthy campaigns and projects.
Strictly speaking, the top five pirated films of the year were Fast Five, The Hangover II, Thor, Source Code, and I am Number Four. It?s not a ?best of? list, exactly, but that?s a different story.
Even most opponents of SOPA/PIPA maintain a common front on this issue: the foreign thief must be stopped. Chris Dodd is right about this: the only public debate is about how.
from social media vb by jkim
I am sure everyone has heard the news that SOPA has been shelved indefinitely by Congress. This is a huge victory for all internet users who voiced their concerns through different channels. Although the related bill PROTECT IP was passed by Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and SOPA looked strong with backings from heavy-weight lobbyists, internet users were able to rally and change the course.
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Julian Sanchez is on fire in this Ars Technica article on the funny accountancy and outright lies that underlie the harms-from-piracy stats cited in policy debates about Internet censorship and surveillance proposals like SOPA and PIPA:
The usual contents of the website were replaced by a video of a man who looked like Donald Tusk, wearing an army uniform and dark glasses.
Yesterday a massive operation took down MegaUpload, one of the world?s leading file-storage services and one of the world?s biggest sites, period.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, a German national formerly known as Kim Schmitz, is seen at court in Auckland, New Zealand in this still image taken from video shot on January 23, 2012. The file-sharing website founder was ordered to be held in custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, as he denied charges of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the most negative picture of him.(REUTERS/TV3 via Reuters Tv)
from Mashable! by Kate Freeman
from Mashable! by Mashable Video
from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans
from social media vb by Luke_4ps
2011 brought many memorable moments for Social Media, including the launch of Google +, the Facebook timeline, the sad death of Steve Jobs and of course, Charlie Sheen taking 25 hours and 17 minutes to break the Guinness world record of ?Fastest Time to Reach One Million Followers? on Twitter. But what does 2012 hold in store for Social Marketers..?
from Social Media Examiner by Michael Stelzner
from Mashable! by Amy Porterfield
from Mashable! by Brian Anthony Hernandez
from All Facebook by David Cohen
from EFF.org Updates by rebecca
Appeal Aims to Unseal Secret Orders to Other Internet Companies
Richmond, VA – Fighting to make public government efforts to obtain Internet users’ private information without a warrant, today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) plan to file an appeal in the legal battle over the records of several Twitter users in connection with the government’s WikiLeaks investigation.
from Mashable! by Ernie Cormier
from Wired Top Stories by Christina Bonnington
More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon and adopting iPads for daily use in the classroom. Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt performed a pilot study to see how effective iPad learning is. Using an iPad textbook for Algebra 1 courses, it found that 20 percent more students scored ‘Proficient’ or ‘Advanced’ in standardized tests than their paper textbook using counterparts.
from All Facebook by Jennifer Moire
from Digging Digitally by Eric Kansa
If you haven?t noticed yet, the Wikipedia is blacked out, Google has blacked out its logo, and thousands of other sites are taking similar action to protest SOPA and PIPA. These bills in the House and Senate respectively threaten the open foundation of the Web, and the open dissemination of knowledge not just by the Wikipedia, but also by libraries and archives. The Research Works Act, subject of a previous blog post, would further damage the cause of open science and scholarship by making it much more difficult to promote open access to peer-review literature based on publicly financed research.
In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens? attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens? stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced.
by Joann Pan
from EFF.org Updates by katitza
Does using cloud computing services based in the United States create a risk of US law enforcement access to people’s data? The US Department of Justice (DOJ) seems to be trying to placate international concern by saying one thing in international fora; but it says something quite different quite in the US courts.
from Bloggers Blog: Blogging the Blogsphere
from EFF.org Updates by eva
Nearly four months after first announcing it would support pseudonyms, Google rolled out changes to the account creation process for Google+ yesterday. The changes will allow users the option of choosing a nickname/alternate name to display in his or her Google+ profile, or choosing a pseudonym which is not linked a real name.
from Mashable! by Amy-Mae Elliott
from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen
from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman
from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans
from TorrentFreak by enigmax