Cyberculture roundup: Insult over Twitter as criminal offense, The Court states…Stressful moments in gaming, political tech fails, big data issues… …

Turkish court recognizes insult over Twitter as criminal offense

from Hurriyet Daily News

An Istanbul court has judged a Twitter user?s insult toward a Turkish model to be a criminal offense.


Russia’s #1 Netizen Heads to Trial

from Global Voices Online by Kevin Rothrock

Pussy Riot, eat your heart out. Later this week, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Russia?s most polarizing blogger, Alexey Navalny (often described as the opposition?s greatest hope for electoral breakthrough, should it ever happen), will stand trial for embezzling roughly half a million dollars from a state-owned timber company in the city of Kirov, home to about as many people as dollars Navalny allegedly stole. In a country constantly plagued by politicized legal proceedings, prosecuting the nation?s most prominent netizen promises fireworks.


The 10 Most Stressful Moments in Gaming

from Mashable! by Lauren Hockenson


5 Political Tech Fails We’ll Never Forget

from Mashable! by NowThisNews


Oliver Stone: A Film About Assange Would Be ‘Unfriendly’

from Mashable! by Eric Larson


39 Unforgettable Moments in Tech Startup History

from Mashable! by Lauren Drell



big data: rewards and risks for the social sciences

from Oxford Internet Institute – Blogs

Linnet Taylor on 8 April 2013 at 19:26PM

At the end of March OII held a workshop on the potential of big data for social scientific research. The workshop brought together researchers from various continents and a wide variety of disciplines, with research interests including immigration and xenophobia, the genesis of innovation, labour markets and financial risk. The aim of the event was


Big Data Can Help Prevent Conflicts

from Mashable! by Nextgov



Pirate Party Crowd-Sources File-Sharing Fine Settlements

from TorrentFreak by Andy

As the pastime of file-sharing attracts more and more followers, questions are asked not only about the technical issues involved, but also the legal aspects.


Increasing CFAA Penalties Won’t Deter Foreign “Cybersecurity” Threats

from Updates by Mark M. Jaycox

In the last three months alone, the House has released three different cybersecurity bills and has held over seven hearings on the issue. In addition, the House Judiciary Committee floated changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)?the draconian anti-hacking statute that came to public prominence after the death of activist and Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz. Politicians tout this legislation as necessary to protect against foreign threats every single time they introduce a bill with ?cyber? somewhere in the text. And it comes as no surprise that every hearing has opened up



In Hollywood, U.S. and Chinese hackers are friends

from FP Passport by Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer


Ebooks Now 23% of U.S. Publisher Sales

from Mashable! by Lauren Indvik



Six Reasons Why Chinese People Will Drive the Next Bull Market in Bitcoin

from Mashable! by Quartz


CISPA Amendments Passed Out of Committee?Here?s Why The New Version Still Threatens Online Privacy

from Updates by Mark M. Jaycox and Rainey Reitman



Huffington Post Credits Internet Activists With “Major Victory” In Stopping Bad CFAA Bill, But Good Reforms Still Needed

from Updates by Trevor Timm

We have great news on the last day of our week-of-action aimed at Congress over the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the draconian computer hacking law. Huffington Post is reporting that House Republicans ?put the brakes” on an awful expansion to the CFAA that threatened Internet rights. Even better, Huffington Post is crediting pressure from ?Internet activists? for this ?major victory.?


How did so much power end up in these Anonymous hands?

The Independent

Like all vigilantes, their actions highlight areas where the proper authorities are falling short. Pathetically, the police in the Parsons case said there was nothing they could do; the rape allegation was ?he said, she said?. Anonymous said there was

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