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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, 2011. Toby Melville/Reuters
Facebook will buy the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars in cash and stock. That’s 19 billion. I first used the app in Central America, where friends turned me on to it. It is a security and privacy nightmare, but that hasn’t scared off its more than 450 million users around the world
The Intercept recently published an article and supporting documents indicating that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ surveilled and even sought to have other countries prosecute the investigative journalism website WikiLeaks. GCHQ also surveilled the millions of people who merely read the Wikileaks website. The article clarifies the lengths that these two spy organizations go to track their targets and confirms, once again, that they do not confine themselves to spying on to those accused of terrorism
Lori Dorn of Laughing Squid says: “According to a new study conducted by the University of Manitoba Psychology Department, Internet trolls generally manifest signs of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism, a group of personality disorders known as the Dark Tetrad.”
What are the big developments to watch in online advocacy? That question is very much on my mind. Here are three key trends that I?m following closely in 2014: data-driven targeting, the arrival of the mobile era, and getting value from your Facebook following.