This morning, I gave a speech to a gathering of public media executives from around the world, Public Broadcasters International. This evening, I will open a hackathon at the MIT Media Lab in memory of Aaron Swartz. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to talk about the same ideas to the two groups. Here?s the talk I gave this morning, which opened and closed with a remembrance of Aaron as an exemplar of multifaceted, effective citizenship. (It got both enthusiastic and angry reactions, including legendary documentarian Ric Burns taking the stage to proclaim himself the anti-Zuckerman. Which is great, as I?ve always wanted a nemesis.)
UStream said four million people watched Turkey?s Gezi protests as clashes between police and protesters on the mainstream news channels were not broadcasted properly
Twitter is bleeding money, its user growth is slowing — and its IPO jumped through the roof. Here’s how Twitter and fate conspired to turn lemons into the most spectacular stock spike of the year.
At the time the Internet looked entirely different from how it does today and as a result many lawmakers believe that significant reforms are needed to bring legislation into line with present reality.
Twitter Inc shares jumped 73 percent in a frenzied trading debut that drove the seven-year-old company?s market value to around $25 billion
Anonymous yesterday organised a simultaneous protest around the world against the revelations of mass surveillance by our own governments. Ignored by the media, this was an important event: “the beginning is near”.
What is a Panopticon? A prison with a central tower that can peer into every cell. An all-seeing eye that cannot itself be seen. The epitome of Enlightenment and a metaphor for modernity. A conversation piece at certain kinds of parties.
On Tuesday, yet another one of the nine companies originally implicated in the PRISM program released its first transparency report. Apple joins the ranks of Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, among others that have issued reports that detail the number of requests the companies receive from governments for user data.
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Self-proclaimed Anonymous members had purportedly threatened attacks against state-owned information infrastructure if the government failed to withdraw by Tuesday new tightened Internet regulations for certain news websites ? seen by rights advocates …
Google ended nearly two weeks of speculation about an enormous floating barge in San Francisco Bay, saying it would be “an interactive space” for learning about technology