a new threat CISPA; WordPress dominates the blogging scene.. A cyberculture roundup..

Trouble in Trolltown

from EFF.org Updates by parker

Judges Increasingly Catching On to Copyright Trolls’ Unfair Tactics

Life under the bridge is a bit less comfortable for copyright trolls these days, as a series of legal losses continues to undermine their misguided business model. Trolls make their money through variations on a simple scheme: file mass copyright lawsuits against thousands of people at once without regard for whether they’re in the right court, get a judge to give them power to obtain identifying information for the anonymous ?Does,? and then send settlement demand letters threatening to name these Does in a lawsuit if he or she doesn?t pay up. In many cases, troll lawsuits are based on allegations of downloading pornography, creating additional pressure to settle rather than risk the embarrassment of being publicly named as watching dirty movies online.

New CISPA Draft Narrows Cybersecurity Language as Protests Loom

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

How to blog

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

I was invited to give a talk at Washington & Jefferson College about careers in blogging. Clearly, this would entail explaining why everything they’d heard about blogging was completely wrong.


Six Definitions of Successful Social Media Engagement

from social media vb by chrisstreet
Seeing as the best social media marketing is experiential, I?m going to highlight the six definitions from real-life, recent examples to demonstrate how, why, and where successful social media engagement can occur.

Microsoft-Yahoo search pact finally starts bearing fruit in Europe, but will advertisers care?

from The Next Web by Robin Wauters

Facebook supports horrible proposed Internet bill CISPA

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
CISPA, the pending US cybersecurity bill, is a terrible law, with many of the worst features of SOPA — surveillance and domain seizures and censorship and so on. What’s more, it is being supported by one of the largest Web companies in the world: Facebook. DemandProgress is asking its supporters to write to Facebook and ask them to withdraw their support.

Twitter tried to buy Instagram, but Facebook pipped it to the post

from The Next Web by Matt Brian

Facebook may have secured the $1 billion acquisition of Instagram last week but it appears it wasn?t the only social network that was interested in the service, with a recent New York Times report suggesting that Twitter was also in the running.

Living in the sharing economy: Is the Internet making us more honest?

from The Next Web by Courtney Boyd Myers

A pivotal p2p transition moment: Open Source Ecology launches Extreme Manufacturing platform

from Social Network Unionism by OrsanSenalp
Michel Bauwens, 15th April 2012
The birth of the era of mass production, based on economies of scale, which is now ending, was when Ford instituted the Assembly line. The birth of the era of physical peer production, based on economies of scope, occured thanks to the convergence of Marcin Jakubowski?s Open Source Ecology, an integrated set of openly designed machines that can sustain a ?Global Village?; and Wikispeed?s pioneering use of distributed software development techniques, to the production of the Wikispeed open source car.

Facebook partially supports CISPA, but is talking with ?key lawmakers? about changes

from The Next Web by Harrison Weber
While the US government getting involved in Internet affairs is nothing new, it has only been three months since SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) kicked up dust and called attention to some potential threats to our civil liberties.,

CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Authors: ?This Isn?t SOPA?

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

CISPA: The rhetoric vs. the reality

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm


What you need to know about CISPA: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

from The Next Web by Drew Olanoff

DARPA Authentication May Render Passwords Obsolete

from Background Check by admin
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing software that can identify a user based on typing speed and style? a type of user authentication that may allow for more accessibility and security.

What Google Knows (and How You Can Protect Your Browsing Privacy)

from Background Check by admin
Google has consolidated its privacy policy in a way that aligns the data from your interaction on Google products ? Gmail, YouTube, GooglePlus, Picasa ? with advertisements targeted toward your interests. Google also keeps a log of your searches and other activities filed with your IP address. Your approximate location is assessed by Google to advertise local business from this address, or from a GPS signal when using a location-enabled Google service (like Google Maps). If you have a Google device, such as an Android Phone, Google knows your hardware model, the operating system version, and your mobile network and phone number. If you have Google+ or a Google account, you may have given your name, age, your email address, your telephone number, your credit card, and possibly a photo of yourself (if you?ve uploaded one) to Google.

Facebook Password Required?

from Background Check by admin
While pre-employment screenings have long looked into an individual?s criminal history, recently employers have become increasingly interested in how applicants handle their personal finances and even social life. In fact, it has become common practice for employers to check an applicant?s social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, for any red flags. Applicants have come to expect this and have consequently learned to adjust their privacy settings appropriately before beginning a job search.


It?s A WordPress World

from Daily Blog Tips by Daniel Scocco
If some years ago the battle for the leading CMS online was still open (we had WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, TypePad, MovableType, to name the main ones), today we have a clear winner. As you guessed, it?s WordPress.

European Data Retention Directive At Work: Polish Authorities Abuse Access to Users’ Data

from EFF.org Updates by katitza
The Polish digital civil rights group Panoptykon Foundation recently published harrowing findings regarding abuses of Poland?s mandatory data retention law. Using a Freedom of Information Act request, Panoptykonobtained documents that reveal that in 2011, Polish authorities requested users? traffic data retained by telcos and ISPs over 1.85 million times?half a million times more than in 2010. These findings underscore fundamental flaws in the Polish mandatory data retention law that was fast-tracked in legislation without public debate in 2009.


The Revenge of ‘Subcultures’ with Social Media

from social media vb by LaurentFrancois
Subcultures are now fighting traditional key opinion leaders. Nail Art example is a great demonstration of how people who share a passion can get rid of classic media journey and can implement a new business environment. Subcultures are now longer “sub” but hyphenated.

What Instagram?s crazy Facebook buyout tells us about the value of Foursquare

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm
If Instagram is ?worth? $1,000,000,000, what is Foursquare itself worth? It?s not too idle a question; Instagram set in motion a pricing-recap in the market, effectively putting a marker in the sand as to what a high-growth startup might command in terms of ?value? to a scared giant, such as Facebook.

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