Cyberculture roundup: CISPA threat continues, Stop Cyber Spying Week, Google Drive,

CISPA Authors Confident Bill Will Pass Despite Rising Opposition

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick


Google’s Sergey Brin: China, SOPA, Facebook Threaten the ‘Open Web’

from Wired Top Stories by Tim Carmody
Google’s search engine was created when most of the web’s information was open and available to anyone willing to capture it. In today’s more restrictive environment, Sergey Brin and Google CEO Larry Page may not have even tried.

What Facebook Wants in Cybersecurity Doesn?t Require Trampling On Our Privacy Rights

from Updates by rainey

Numerous commentators have noted the sore thumb in the group of supporters for The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA): Facebook. Why would a social network be endorsing a bill that would allow companies to pass personal information about Internet users to the government without any form of judicial oversight? A number of recent articles have discussed the issue, and already one digital rights group haslaunched a campaign to convince Facebook to drop support of the bill. In response to the criticisms, Facebook?s Vice President of US Public Policy Joel Kaplan published a statement on Friday admitting that there were privacy concerns with the bill. He also noted that Facebook?s major cybersecurity goal is to receive more data about cybersecurity threats from the government?something that doesn?t necessitate the sweeping data sharing provisions currently outlined in CISPA.

Stop Cyber Spying Week Launches to Protest CISPA

by rebecca
Internet Advocacy Coalition Announces Twitter Campaign to Fight Privacy-Invasive Bill
San Francisco – Civil liberties organizations are launching a week of Internet-wide protests today against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), the controversial cybersecurity legislation that would negate existing privacy laws and allow companies to share user data with the government without a court order.

Stop Cyber Spying Week ? Join EFF in a Week of Action Opposing CISPA

by rainey
You may have already heard about CISPA, the cybersecurity bill moving quickly through the House that would let companies like Google, Facebook, and AT&T snoop on our communications and hand sensitive user data to the government without a court order. Promoted under the guise of protecting America from cybersecurity attacks, the truth is that this legislation would carve out shockingly large exceptions to the bedrock privacy rights of Internet users.

Internet to Congress: CISPA is TMI

by rainey
Yesterday, EFF and other civil liberties organizations launched a campaign to change the public discussion around the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a cybersecurity bill introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) (H.R. 3523). The bill would carve out huge exemptions to bedrock privacy law and allow companies to share private user data with the government without any judicial oversight. The result? Untold and unfettered personal data flowing from online service providers like AT&T and Google to government agencies like the NSA.

EFF Joins Two Coalition Letters Opposing CISPA

by parker
Continuing our campaign against the cyberspying bill better known as CISPA, EFF has signed on to two coalition letters urging legislators to drop their support for the Rogers cybersecurity bill (HR 3523). One coalition is focused on the disastrous privacy implications of the bill, while the other identifies major government accountability issues it would introduce.

Yes, CISPA Could Allow Companies to Filter or Block Internet Traffic

by jaycox
Rep. Rogers is adamant that CISPA, the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is cybersecurity legislation intended to help protect critical infrastructure intrusions and private and government information. But as we’ve written in the past, CISPA is a bill that allows for companies to spy on users, pass along the information to government agencies like the NSA, and potentially filter or block Internet traffic, which could serve as justification for action against sites like Wikileaks. That’s why we’re calling on users to contact Congress to speak out against this bill.
One of the scariest parts of CI

Initial Media Coverage of CISPA Protests

by jaycox
by Patrick Steele, EFF Activism intern

Global Online Freedom Act 2012 Is An Important Step Forward

by jillian
Over the past decade, and particularly in the past year, media and civil society have had success through naming and shaming companies acting as ?repression?s little helper?: U.S. and E.U. companies who have helped authoritarian countries censor the Internet and surveil their citizens with sophisticated technology. Today, EFF published a whitepaper outlining our suggestions for how companies selling surveillance and filtering technologies can avoid assisting repressive regimes.

Time for Technology Companies to Stand Up for Human Rights

by rebecca
EFF White Paper Outlines How Businesses Can Avoid Assisting Repressive Regimes
San Francisco – It’s time for technology companies that sell surveillance and filtering equipment to step up and ensure they aren’t helping governments in committing human rights violations. In a white paper released today entitled “Human Rights and Technology Sales,” EFF outlines how corporations can avoid assisting repressive regimes.


Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and How To Stop It

by trevor
This week, EFF?along with a host of other civil liberties groups?are protesting the dangerous new cybersecurity bill known as CISPA that will be voted on in the House on April 23. EFF has compiled an FAQ detailing the how the bill’s major provisions work and how they endanger all Internet users’ privacy.


Survey: What is the IT security professional?s biggest fear? An Anonymous attack.

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh

Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

from TorrentFreak by enigmax
Instead of the entertainment industry beating up the little guys on the issue of piracy, in 2011 and early 2012 they went for the nuclear legislative option. The ensuing battle for the free flow of information online polarized the Internet.

10 Uses of Google Earth That Have Made Positive Impacts on the World

from Mashable! by Zoe Fox


How the press is distorting the Breivik trial to make video games central to the narrative

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow


Voices of Opposition Against CISPA

from Updates by jaycox
By Patrick Steele, EFF Activist Intern
CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (HR 3523), is the new bill threatening civil liberties moving quickly through the House. In the past, we’ve documented the numerous problems with the bill and with other cybersecurity legislation.


How The Expansive Immunity Clauses in CISPA Will Facilitate Abuse of User Privacy

from Updates by jaycox
Rep. Rogers is adamant that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is an information?sharing? bill. But despite the bill?s title and Rep. Rogers’ assurances, the bill is also a surveillance bill. Its broaddefinitions allow private companies to monitor network traffic and stored data?including private email?andtransfer such private data to the government or others with virtually no oversight or legal accountability. This lackof oversight and accountability stems from the sweeping immunities provided to companies, which bypass long-standing privacy law.


CongressTMI campaign: give Congress Too Much Information and tell them how crazynuts CISPA is

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain (a few thoughts on CISPA)

from The Next Web by Andy Meek

Blogging: The Whipping Boy of Social Media

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans


Twitter announces it will sponsor the Apache Software Foundation to promote open source

from The Next Web by Harrison Weber

Mobile Advertising: 5 DIY Tips for Small Businesses

from Mashable! by Zephrin Lasker

EFF opposes CISPA on Hackers and Founders Panel

from Updates by dan
Yesterday, EFF participated in a panel discussion about CISPA moderated by CNET’s Declan McCullagh and put on by Hackers and Founders. We were happy to have the opportunity to do so, and although we disagreed quite a bit with a key proponent of the bill, House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee staffer Jamil Jaffer, one area where we agreed is that more people should read the text of the bill. Let’s not let this legislation rush through right when people are starting to question it?if Jamil and other staffers stand behind the bill, why not give it another week or two to let the public debate mature?

A Closer Look at Nokia?s Global Social Strategy

from Social Media Week by Nicky Yates
We love a good story and case study on a company who has social at it?s core. When we came encountered this post by our media partner Econsultancy, we loved it- and it?s focused on a brand that?s very familiar to Social Media Week. Nokia has a great social strategy. Here?s the post from Econsultancy:


The Impending Cybersecurity Power Grab ? It?s not just for the United States

by katitza
EFF,, CIPPIC and a number of civil society organizations have declared this to be ?Stop Cyber Spying Week? in protest of several controversial U.S. cybersecurity legislative proposals, including the bill currently before Congress and the Senate called CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act of 2011. While ?Stop Cyber Spying Week? is focused on U.S. initiatives, Canadians should be concerned as well as the adoption of a privacy-invasive U.S. cybersecurity strategy is likely to have serious implications for Canadian civil liberties. For this reason, Canadian civil society groups have joined the protest. In general, Canadians would do well to remain vigilant.


Already Europe?s largest Internet market and still growing astoundingly fast: Russia by the numbers

from The Next Web by Robin Wauters

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Including Your Location

from Updates by hanni
At first blush, it seems obvious that a picture could reveal your location. A picture of you standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge sensibly leads to the conclusion you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area when the photo was taken. But now that smartphones are quickly supplanting traditional digital cameras, and even traditionalcameras now have wifi built in, many more pictures are finding their way onto the web, in places like Twitter, Flickr, Google+ and Tumblr. In a span of 10 days, popular photo social network Instagram added 10 million new users as a result of the release of its Android app and its acquisition by Facebook. And the location data hidden in these quick and candid pictures — even when your location isn’t as obvious as “standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge” — is becoming another easy way for anyone, including law enforcement, to figure out where you are.

What Are the Hottest Trends in Digital Advertising? [CONVO]

from social media vb by neilglassman
Stephanie Grayson and I discuss some of our key takeaways from the Ad Age Digital conference in New York in April, 2012. We take a deep dive into storytelling; the ubiquitousness of branded content; the implications of ready access for advertising data; and how at least one big brand may have lost its way.


Why Do We Tweet on Facebook? Crossing the Streams of Social Media

from social media vb by LeavingStone
Evidently, there is a deep evolutionary force driving our tweets into the Facebook realm, molding rogue pieces of our web identities into a singular vessel of representation. If there is something strange on your Facebook timeline, who ya gonna tweet to?


RapidShare Publishes Anti-Piracy Manifesto for Cyberlockers

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, people have been keeping a close eye on other file-hosting services, RapidShare included.ISPs Have to Identify Alleged Pirates, EU Court Rules
from TorrentFreak by enigmax
Not long after Sweden?s controversial IPRED legislation became law in 2009, five book publishers handed a request for information to a local court.

VC?s, incubators and startups come out in support of Twitter?s ground breaking Innovator?s Patent Agreement

from The Next Web by Drew Olanoff

Anonymous launches attack on Formula One, releases data dump of ticket sales

from The Next Web by Nancy Messieh


Why Red Bull Uses Social Media to Get New Customers (Instead of Only Advertising)

from social media vb by FixCourse
…now that everyone has the ability to be a publisher, some brands are beginning to realize that it’s more cost effective to go direct to consumers and build your own media asset, instead of spending all your marketing dollars on advertising.

Twitter introduces the Innovator’s Patent Agreement

by Jason Kottke
Twitter has developed something called the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, which is an agreement between the company and its employees that their patents won’t be used in offensive lawsuits (as opposed to defensive lawsuits).

The lost years of Steve Jobs

by Jason Kottke
Brent Schlender interviewed Steve Jobs many times over the past 25 years and recently rediscovered the audio tapes of those interviews. What he found was in those years between his departure from Apple in 1985 to his return in 1996, Jobs learned how to become a better businessman and arguably a better person.


Anti-Piracy Group Asks Court to Gag The Pirate Party

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
The legal battle over Internet censorship is reaching new heights in the Netherlands, as the local anti-piracy group BREIN is now asking the court to gag the Pirate Party.


What Your Klout Score Really Means

from Wired Top Stories by Seth Stevenson
Your Klout score is gaining in importance: a high one might bring perks, but a low one could dash your career dreams.


How Does Google Drive Compare to the Competition?

from Mashable! by Christina Warren

Google Drive vs Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and more ? How does it stack up?

from The Next Web by Brad McCarty

Google Drive Goes for a Spin [HANDS-ON]

from Mashable! by Sarah Kessler

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