Cyberculture agenda: “Saudi blogger to be publicly flogged for insulting Islam…”Three Reasons the Silk Road Trial Matters…

Is Jetpack Misleading Users to Promote
Are you using Jetpack’s publicize feature on your site?Recently while browsing through Facebook, we found several folks sharing links where WordPress replaced the site domain. Along with that, the status also read like this: Michelle Schulp published an article in WordPress.
Rome, Italy. 9th January 2014 — Protestors with masks of Raif Badaw, protesting against the request of the death penalty and calling for the release of blogger. — Sit-in in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to protest against the flogging and ask for the immediate release of journalist and blogger Saudi Raif Badawi imprisoned on charges of apostasy. Photograph by Stefano Montesi. Copyright: Demotix

A Saudi blogger who was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes will be publicly flogged for the first time after Friday prayers outside a mosque in the Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah, a person close to his case said Thursday.

Saudi Arabia: Free Speech Doesn’t Apply Here
Just two days after issuing a condemnation of the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, the government of Saudi Arabia began carrying out a public flogging against blogger Raif Badawi, who in May was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.
Three Reasons the Silk Road Trial Matters

When Ulbricht’s trial begins Tuesday morning at a federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, it will be the most significant case of its kind—in many ways the only case of its kind—to reach trial.

How Wikipedia Transitioned to HHVM
How did Wikipedia complete its transition to HipHop Virtual Machine, Facebook’s open-source PHP runtime? Brett Simmers from the HHVM team andWikimedia Foundation principal software engineer Ori Livneh detailed the process in respective blog posts.
Why Mobile Advertising Is Much Smaller Than You Think
Contrary to popular belief, mobile is an untested channel for most Fortune 500 brands. According to eMarketer, mobile advertising was set to hit $31.45 billionin 2014 and expected to grow by 34 percent this year.
Screen capture from a video by YouTube vlogger and Roskomnadzor-registered blogger “Katya Clapp,” where she discusses Kim Kardashian’s posterior.


How imageboard culture shaped Gamergate

That tell-tale wedding of relentless hostility and ethical affectation is a peculiar youth subculture spilling out into the open web. Get ready for more of it. Read the rest
The rapidly evolving ecosystems associated with personal data is creating an entirely new field of scientific study, say computer scientists. And this requires a much more powerful ethics-based infrastructure.
2014 in The Cryptosphere
The Cryptosphere
Our top story this year was $670 Billion Served: An Interview with Redhack Hacktivist Collective, followed by Twitter attacks Julien Blanc, racist “Pickup Artiste” who advocates choking strangers, a story which we were the first in North America to .


The Biggest Security Threats We’ll Face in 2015

 Wired Top Stories by Kim Zetter

As the clock strikes midnight on the new year, so begins the countdown to a new round of security threats and breaches that doubtless will unfold in 2015


New NSA leaks: does crypto still work?


Matthew Green’s got an excellent postmortem on the huge dump of NSA docsDer Spiegel last weekend. Read the rest


Twitter isn’t about news, tweets or even you anymore


I originally published this post on Medium. I love Twitter. I always have. It’s a great way to meet people, get news and to talk about things you’re interested in. I’ve spent an unfathomable amount of time on the service, with 59,000 tweets over six years and countless friendships forged exclusively over the network.


Snowden leaks reveal encryption programs that NSA couldn’t break

Mashable! by Rex Santus

A new report on documents leaked to the press by whistleblower Edward Snowden highlights some security tools the National Security Agency has cracked — and those it hasn’t — in its widespread surveillance of digital communication.

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