Cyberculture agenda: Obama and hackers… The Typical #Twitter User…”Technology’s Impact on Workers…

In two to five years, Google’s driverless cars could be on the roads, primarily collecting data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Chris Urmson, the Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car initiative, said they are working on sensors to detect road signs and other vehicles, as well as software to better understand all of the data the cars receive and produce.


Undercover Agent Reveals How He Helped the FBI Trap Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht

The DHS’s undercover Silk Road agent who was chatting online with Silk Road’s boss during his arrest has finally told his story. And he’s revealed that just before his fateful conversation with the drug site’s kingpin, he had been watching Ross Ulbricht from less than a block away.

Happy Birthday Chelsea
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Happy 27th Birthday to American whistleblower and hero (or traitor; opinions vary although this one is wrong) Chelsea Manning. It’s a birthday Manning celebrates in custody, as she has every birthday of the last four; she can anticipate many more, as

President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers

President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers

Ha ha. New York Times accidentally posted their employee database to their website: SSN, passwords, and salaries: — Rob Graham (@ErrataRob) January 14, 2015 In next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above (fictional) link illegal. The new […]

Twitter’s Mobile Developer Conference Goes on World Tour

Flight, Twitter’s first annual conference for mobile developers, took place last October, and it must have been a success because Twitter has just announced a worldwide tour.

Microsoft Is Teaching Cybersecurity to Cities Around the World—For Free

Cybersecurity isn’t just an issue for the feds and big companies like Google and Facebook. Cities of all sizes around the world are increasingly reliant on information systems that could be vulnerable to attack. That’s why Microsoft is volunteering its cybersecurity expertise, free of charge, to select city governments through 100 Resilient Cities, a non-profit […]


They say you should never read the comments. But sometimes, out of procrastination or curiosity or the narcissistic personality disorder that’s endemic to newsrooms, you do.


As technology advances, more users take to the internet to avail of services that were traditionally offline. Indeed, over the last year we’ve seen an increase in companies investing in, and developing for, the medical field. However, despite growth, the efficacy and usefulness of medical apps is being called into question.


As thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the fatal police shooting of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown in the summer of 2014, news and commentary on the shooting, the protests, and the militarized response that followed circulated widely through social media networks.

Social media site usageFacebook remains by far the most popular social media site with 71% of online adults using the platform. While the proportion of internet users who connect on the site is unchanged from 2013, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn all saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. In 2014, 52% of online adults used two or more social media sites, up from 42% in 2013.FULL REPORT >
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others’ lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.FULL REPORT >
Despite a generation of threats like spam and phishing and competitors like social media and text, email ranks as the most important digital tool for workers who use the internet. Only 4% of these networked workers cite social media as very important on the job, compared with 61% who say that about email. 35% say they spend more time working because of the internet and cell phones and 46% say the internet has made them more productive.FULL REPORT >
13. Six ways of researching new social worlds

researchTitleThis is the thirteenth instalment in the freedom technologists series.

IN THE 2000s I studied an internet-mediated social world that remained fairly stable throughout the main period of fieldwork, namely the field of residential politics in a middle-class suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Postill 2011). However, digital ethnographers will sometimes find that the social worlds they are researching will experience dramatic changes over a short period of time. In some cases, they may even witness the birth of a new social world whilst still in the field. This is precisely what happened to me during fieldwork among Internet activists in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain).


Security is Not a Crime—Unless You’re an Anarchist

Riseup, a tech collective that provides security-minded communications to activists worldwide, sounded the alarm last month when a judge in Spain stated that the use of their email service is a practice, he believes, associated with terrorism.

The Typical #Twitter User is a Young, Affluent, College-Educated Non-White Male

The Typical #Twitter User is a Young, Affluent, College-Educated Non-White Male

Who is the average Twitter user?


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