#Cyberculture agenda: An Israeli judge decides emoji are proof of intent… “Chelsea Manning walks free from prison…

Judge rules emoji are proof of intent

A landlord in Israel has successfully sued a couple who mislead him with emoji, with the judge ruling that the tiny pictures constituted a statement of intent. The landlord, Yaniv Dahan, posted an ad on a classified site for his home, and received a response from a couple. After giving him the impression they wanted to rent the house, he took down the ad — and then the couple stopped responding to his texts.
Chelsea Manning took her first steps as a free woman moments ago. Charged with espionage and the capital offense of aiding the enemy, she faced a 35 year sentence for 20 charges, stemming from classified information the then-Bradley Manning submitted…

Updated: 12:37 p.m.

As my colleague Glenn Greenwald reports, Sweden’s top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said on Friday that she has “discontinued” an investigation into allegations that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, raped a woman in Stockholm in 2010, and withdrawn an international warrant for his arrest.

Blogging at the time of dictatorship

The Tunisian Internet Agency is responsible for harming national memory. Questions need to be answered and those responsible need to be held accountable.

Peter Zschunke/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.For decades before the revolution, the ruling regime in Tunisia dominated public space, monopolized the media, confiscated the voices of dissenters, and spent a lot of effort and money to produce a media narrative in its favor.

The malware is thought to have been created with tools stolen from the US National Security Agency.

Meet the 20-somethings who stopped a worldwide cyberattack

Two 20-something cyber experts helped bring down the widespread ransomware attack that infiltrated networks at hospitals, banks, and government agencies in multiple countries.

How Palestine Digitized It’s Public Diplomacy

NOTE: This blog post originally appeared on the USC CPD Blog and was co-written with Professor Marcus Holmes

In 2011, the U.S. State Department launched Virtual Embassy Iran, a web-based platform that aimed to promote American “values and culture” to Iranians. This embassy served as an example of how diplomats can use digital technologies to overcome the limitations of traditional diplomacy. Although the U.S. and Iran had no official diplomatic ties, the State Department was able to use the virtual embassy to narrate American foreign policy, promote a positive image of America amongst Iranians, and converse with Iranian citizens through dialogic communication.

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