Cyberculture agenda: Remembering Aaron Swartz…

January 12, 2016 Update: It is important to note that some of the language that was added to the Twitter Rules on December 30, 2015 is not entirely new and was recycled from other Twitter Help pages, such as the Abusive behavior policy page. We consider the direct and explicit inclusion of this language in the Twitter Rules significant for the reasons discussed in the post below.

The Boy Who Could Change the World

Celebrating the Life and Words of Aaron Swartz

“One of the minor puzzles of American life is what question to ask people at parties and suchly to get to know them,” a nineteen-year-old Aaron Swartz wrote in 2006.



Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s death. Lisa Rein writes, “In memory of Aaron, I transcribed Brewster Kahle’s amazing talk from the San Francisco Memorial in 2013.


No Place to Hack  

Excerpted from The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet by Justin Peters. Out now from Scribner.

You might have thought Tinder was a sort of utopic free-for-all where you were just happily swiping left or right like flicking through a dating pack of cards. But of course it’s not. Tinder’s controversial CEO Sean Rad has finally revealed in an interview with Fast Company the existence of an algorithm that works out your “desirability” score and makes date suggestions accordingly.

Marketing is at the interface of the firm and its present and prospective markets. How will the activities, responsibilities and design of the marketing organization evolve in the future? The answers will emerge from the interplay of three driving forces with the unique features of each firm’s strategy, legacy, and the dynamics of their market. These driving forces are the impact of digital technologies, the changing role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) as a member of the C-suite, and emerging organizational designs.

As you probably know Instagram is the most popular image-based social network these days. They have close to 500 million monthly active users. That is around 20% of the whole Internet population!

Mobile devices have become vital tools for parents, according to a new study byFacebook IQ.

The social network’s research arm interviewed parents aged 25 through 65 of infants, toddlers, adolescents and teens in eight markets–Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, U.K. and U.S.—analyzing Facebook and Instagram data with help from Ipsos MediaCT and Sound Research, and the study’s findings included:

Long before MySpace, the late rock star was focused on connecting with his fans online.


A 26-year-old hacker has been given a 135 year sentence from a Turkish court, which on top of 199 years of prison time previously handed to him in 2013, sees him facing 334 years behind bars. Although he was accused of “mass bank fraud” by the Daily Sabah newspaper, Onur Kopçak was convicted yesterday of obtaining and selling just 11 sets of credit card details. Kopçak, who is already in prison, was convicted with 11 other young hackers in 2013 for stealing 43 sets of credit card details, which they obtained by recreating bank websites and capturing customer log-in details. One of

Russian hacker group believed to be behind world’s first cyberattack on power stations

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Security firm iSIGHT Partners said in a blog post that it believes that the world’s first power outage caused by hackers in Ukraine two weeks ago may be the work of Russian group Sandworm Team.
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Top executives from several major Silicon Valley tech firms are scheduled to meet with senior White House officials as well as US intelligence and security agencies to discuss measures to counter militant groups’ use of social media for recruitment and spreading propaganda.

Drones Aren’t Just Toys Anymore

Drones Aren’t Just Toys Anymore

Welcome to the Drone Zone.


A 19-year-old orphan girl was rescued from traffickers in India, after a co-passenger tweeted to the Ministry of Railways. The rescue operations played out real-time on Twitter, with help reaching the girl within a few hours.

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