Cyberculture agenda: “Silk Road Trial… “Teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race, class, geography, cultural background


The trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged admin of The Silk Road (a Tor Network marketplace for the sale and trade of illegal goods), is expected to begin in New York today. The public nature of the trial could result in much discussion of the online investigation methods by law enforcement, as well as the nature ofanonymity and privacy online.

pirate bay

Two weeks after The Pirate Bay raid early December, the notorious torrent sitereturned online.


How to honor Aaron Swartz’s life


Mobile phones are held aloft during a pro-democracy protest on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. Photo by Flickr user Pasu Au Yeung. CC BY 2.0Mobile phones are held aloft during a pro-democracy protest on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. Photo by Flickr user Pasu Au Yeung. CC BY 2.0

Below is an edited version “Fact checking the hype around mesh networks and FireChat“ by Jason Li, originally published on the blog 88 Bar and republished here as part of a content-sharing agreement.

danah boyd responds to A Teenager’s View on Social Media (written by an actual teen), pointing out that what white, affluent boys do with social media is not a full account of “how teens use the Internet. Read the rest

Accuracy in weather forecasting is important, but more than that, knowing where to turn for forecasts and other relevant info is also high on the list. This is something AccuWeather is acutely aware of and their social media presence reflects the importance they place on presence and interaction. I spoke to John Dokes, Chief Marketing Officer for AccuWeather, to discuss the company’s approach to social communications.
At copyright holders’ behest, reports TorrentFreak: “strange coming from an organization that was founded to offer more transparency.”
As Obama delivered remarks at the FTC about cybersecurity, the United States Central Command‘s Twitter and YouTube accounts were taken over by hackers going by the moniker of ‘CyberCaliphate’, claiming to be affiliated with ISIS. “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base,” read one of the tweets. A US Official has confirmed the hack, according to NBC News. Meanwhile, the Central Command’s YouTube page was set to
The Centcom Hack Is No Big Deal

The U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hackedMonday by someone peddling ISIS propaganda. The proper response is a shrug.


Responsive logos and abstraction in design

Responsive web design is a technique used by web builders where the design adapts to different screen sizes. Designer Joe Harrison has built a page with responsive logos for several well-known brands, including Coca-Cola, Nike, Disney, and Levi’s. If you resize the page, you can see the logos change. Here’s how the Disney logo looks as your browser window gets smaller (from L to R):

Protest in the Age of Social Media

by Joshua A. Tucker, Megan Metzger, Duncan Penfold-Brown, Richard Bonneau, John Jost, Jonathan Nagler

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