Towards Jan 28: Anonymous targets Facebook; International Privacy Day and more. A cyberculture roundup…

Anonymous Targets Facebook For A January 28 Attack [UPDATED]

from All Facebook by David Cohen

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:

Anonymous Threatens Facebook Shutdown Jan. 28

by Zoe Fox

International Privacy Day: Fighting Data Retention Mandates Around the World

from 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.


Apple, Zynga and Facebook Among Top ?Trademark Bullies?

by Sarah Kessler

Secret history of the SOPA/PIPA fight

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.


Meganomics: The Future of ?Follow-the-Money? Copyright Enforcement

from TorrentFreak by Joe Karaganis

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.

The Beginning of a New Era of Online Activism?

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.


Lies, damned lies, and piracy statistics

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:


Hackers take down Polish PM’s website as anti-piracy act looms

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.


MegaUpload: What Made It a Rogue Site Worthy of Destruction?

from TorrentFreak by enigmax

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 appears in New Zealand court

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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)

Is Megaupload Back? [UPDATED]

from Mashable! by Kate Freeman

It Only Takes a Click to Be Part of an Anonymous Attack [VIDEO]

from Mashable! by Mashable Video

Anonymous?s distributed denial of service attacks on the U.S. Department of Justice website and others Thursday were a new type of blitz, according to security firm Sophos.

Death of SOPA and the Rise of PIPA

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans


An Outlook for Social Media in 2012

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..?


Social Media Trends for Small Businesses

from Social Media Examiner by Michael Stelzner


3 Metrics that Will Change the Way You Market on Facebook

from Mashable! by Amy Porterfield


Social Media Marriage Proposals: 10 Clever Ways to Pop the Question

from Mashable! by Brian Anthony Hernandez

Israeli Hacker Posts Facebook Logins Of ?Helpless Arabs?

from All Facebook by David Cohen

ACLU & EFF to Appeal Secrecy Ruling in Twitter/WikiLeaks Case

from 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.


Why 2012 Is the Year of Mobile Advertising

from Mashable! by Ernie Cormier

iPad a Solid Education Tool, Study Reports

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.

The White House Joins Google+

from Bloggers Blog: Blogging the Blogsphere
The White House is now on Google’s relatively new social network, Google+. The White House’s Google+ page, available here, includes news, photographs and videos. It is similar to what you will find on The White House Facebook page. The White House is also on Twitter and MySpace. 

Facebook Spent A Record $1.35 Million Lobbying During 2011

from All Facebook by Jennifer Moire


A day without the Wikipedia: Protesting threats to the Open Web

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.

How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing

by zephoria

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.

Facebook Spent More than $1 Million on Lobbying in 2011 [REPORT]

by Joann Pan

Department of Justice Misdirection on Cloud Computing and Privacy

from 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.

Highlight Social Network Locates People in the Real World

from Bloggers Blog: Blogging the Blogsphere

Google+ and Pseudonyms: A Step in the Right Direction, Not the End of the Road

from 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.

Get More from Wikipedia: 10 Tips and Tricks

from Mashable! by Amy-Mae Elliott

Facebook Added $17.6 Billion To European Economy

from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen


Ready for WikiLeaks, the TV Show?

from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman

Death of SOPA and the Rise of PIPA

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans

The Pirate Bay Wants You To Really Download A Car

from TorrentFreak by enigmax

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