Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for the Upshot have a look at sports fandom once again using Facebook usage as a proxy. This time they examined shifting fan support during the World Cup.
firstlook.org – Glenn Greenwald – Jul 8, 5:01 PM – The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to
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At least five Muslim-Americans, including prominent lawyers, a civil rights leader and academics, were targeted for years-long surveillance by the FBI and the National Security Agency. This is according to new revelations contained in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
EFF.org Updates by Jeremy Malcolm
Coordinated enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights—copyright, patents and trade marks—has been an elusive goal for Europe. Back in 2005, the European Commission struggled to introduce a directive known as IPRED2 that would criminalize commercial-scale IP infringements, but abandoned the attempt in 2010 due to jurisdictional problems. IP maximalists took another run at it through ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but that misguided treaty was roundly defeated in 2012 when the European Parliament rejected it, 478 votes to 39.
Voting in the ‘world’s social media capital’AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)
Indonesia’s digerati campaigns could be crucial to success in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
Facebook is remarkable in that, unlike other companies, it knows how to form a convincing apology: it is “very, very good at saying sorry,” writes Mike Isaac in the New York Times.
Writerswrite.com’s Writer’s Blog
The Amazon Hachette war escalated this week when Amazon offered 100% royalties to authors. But Hachette and bestelling authors say no deal.
FlowingData » Visualization by Nathan Yau
Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson for ProPublica made a chart of NSA programs revealed in the past year. Programs were plotted subjectively from foreign to domestic surveillance on the horizontal axis and targeted to bulk surveillance on the vertical. So you get more controversial the further you move up towards the top right corner.
For more than a decade copyright holders and the U.S. Government have been trying to find the silver bullet to beat piracy.
This week the American Bar Association joined the discussion with a 113-page white paper. With their “call for action” the lawyers encourage Congress to draft new anti-piracy legislation and promote voluntary agreements between stakeholders.