Cyberculture roundup: Alleged WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning on trial, Syria Goes Dark, E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy…

Alleged WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning Takes the Stand

from Mashable! by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing: live-blogging, live-tweeting, and live-sketching

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Judge considers unusual plea deal for accused WikiLeaks source Manning

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

The Associated Press has details on the unusual plea deal being considered in the case of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of passing classified documents to Wikileaks.

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and new Julian Assange book

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Democracy Now has an interview with Julian Assange, speaking from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for about six months. Assange speaks about his new book, “Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet,” about the EU ruling that credit card companies did not commit a crime in blocking payment to Wikileaks. And, Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing.

Syria Goes Dark

from Updates by Eva Galperin and Jillian C. York

Over the course of the past year, there have been numerous reports of localized telecommunications outages throughout Syria, however, today marks the first confirmed widespread shutdown. The shutdown, which has already been reported on by the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Slate (among others) appears to affect the vast majority of consumers in Syria. Renesys?a company that provides network analysis and was instrumental in reporting on Egypt’s 2011 Internet shutdown?reports that a few Syrian networks remain connected to the Internet, but that those networks are potentially offshore. Among those networks are the webservers implicated in the delivery of an ongoing campaign of malware targeting Syrian activists beginning in November 2011, adding to the circumstantial evidence pointing to the Syrian government as the ultimate actor behind this campaign.

Syria Completely Cut Off From the Internet

by Alex Fitzpatrick

Syria Plunges Into Total Info Darkness

from Global Voices Online by Hisham Almiraat
This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/12.
On Thursday, the US-based internet connectivity monitoring firm, Renesys, reported that internet was cut off in Syria. Starting at 10.26am GMT on Thursday, the company reported that all of Syria’s 84 IP address blocks were inaccessible, ?effectively removing the country from the Internet.?


@UN misfires tweet on one-state solution

Storified by The Stream

The 12 Most Memorable Marketing Campaigns of 2012

from Mashable! by Lauren Indvik


Keep the net beyond the autocrats? reach

Old power structures are working hard to take control of what it often the biggest threat to their existence, writes John Kampfner


Zynga Breaks Away From Facebook

from All Facebook by Justin Lafferty

Will the World End Next Month? NASA Says No Way

by Alex Fitzpatrick

Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition

from Updates by Cindy Cohn and Parker Higgins
See the chart here.
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again e-book readers promise to be a very popular gift. Last year’s holiday season saw ownership of a dedicated e-reader device spike to nearly 1 in 5 Americans, and that number is poised to go even higher. But if you’re in the market for an e-reader this year, or for e-books to read on one that you already own, you might want to know who’s keeping an eye on your searching, shopping, and reading habits.

America’s “Six Strike” copyright punishment system on hold until 2013

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

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