Cyberculture agenda: “Changing World Cup fans [in Facebook], “The brief history of Facebook apologizing…”The Amazon Hachette War


Changing World Cup fans

World Cup fans

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.

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On – The Intercept – 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

Latest Snowden Leaks: FBI Targeted Muslim-American Lawyers

Wired Top Stories

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.


Is Europe Serious About Reforming Copyright, or Just Greasing the Squeaky Wheel? 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.

The brief history of Facebook apologizing

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.

The Amazon Hachette War: For Authors, It’s Personal Now’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.

NSA programs with goofy names

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.

Suing File-Sharers Doesn’t Work, Lawyers Warn


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. – Alan Travis – Jul 13, 11:29 AM – Prime minister insists fast-track legislation will do no more than confirm existing powers, but privacy groups say otherwise Official impact assessments on the emergency surveillance bill due to be rushed through parliament this week appear to – Ewen MacAskill – Jul 13, 9:33 AM – The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK’s parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he

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