Cyberculture agenda: WikiLeaks releases FinFisher ‘malware’… PEW Report- Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’


Whistleblower website claims German group has sold surveillance software to some of the world’s most abusive regimes


WikiLeaks published a batch of documents and files pertaining to the controversial surveillance technology company FinFisher on Monday, including a list of its customers and actual copies of its spywar

PEW Report

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Despite hopes that social media like Facebook and Twitter might provide new places for the discussion of political issues and the sharing of different opinions, a new survey has found that people were less willing to discuss one such issue—revelations by Edward Snowden about the U.S. government’s surveillance programs—in social media than they were in person. And social media users were less likely to share their views in many face-to-face settings, especially if they felt their social audiences disagreed with them.




Yesterday, we revealed details at The Intercept about the New Zealand government’s secret plan to access data from the country’s main internet cable. The government has sincedenied that the project was ever completed — but its statements in the past 24 hours have raised more questions that they have answered and deserve some closer scrutiny.

Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers’ Permission


jfruh writes The top European court has ruled that libraries have the right to digitize the contents of the books in their collections, even if the copyright holders on those books don’t want them to. There’s a catch, though: those digitized versions can only be accessed on dedicated terminals in the library itself. If library patrons want to print the book out or download it to a thumb drive, they will need to pay the publisher.


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