Cyberculture agenda: “The Intercept begins publishing Snowden doc

How We Prepared the NSA’s Sensitive Internal Reports for Release  The Intercept The 166 articles we’re releasing today from an internal NSA publication,SIDtoday, were subjected to a careful process of research, editorial evaluation, legal review, reporting, redaction, and digital processing. This article explains how that process worked. The Intercept begins publishing Snowden docs Boing Boing by Cory … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Big Data techniques may be killing thousands of innocents…

NSA and GCHQ’s crappy Big Data techniques may be killing thousands of innocents  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Researchers have taken a second look at the NSA SKYNET leaks, as well as theGCHQ data-mining problem book first published on Boing Boing, and concluded that the spy agencies have made elementary errors in their machine-learning techniques, which … Read more

Anthropology roundup: “Meryl Streep’s Two Anthropological Truths And One Lie…

Meryl Streep’s Two Anthropological Truths And One Lie Forbes The internet and news media are taking actress Meryl Streep to task today for anthropological sounding comments she made to reporters at the Berlin International Film Festival. While part of what she said was true and even elegant, another part was a … Meryl Streep says … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products…

A Worldwide Survey of Encryption Products Berkman Center Newsfeed Teaser In this paper, which is modeled on a similar effort in 1999 by researchers from George Washington University, Berkman Fellow Bruce Schneier and collaborator Kathleen Seidel together with Harvard College student Saranya Vijayakuma identify and survey 865 encryption products from 55 different countries, 546 of them … Read more

Journalism agenda: Pew Report on Countries, press freedom and national security…

Countries differ in support for press freedom, especially for reporting on national security 11 A new Pew report finds that beliefs in the freedom of the press vary substantially by country, with support for both free speech and a free press “contingent on the topic.” In general, while “large majorities across the globe” believe that the … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Chelsea Manning’s statement for Aaron Swartz Day 2015

Chelsea Manning’s statement for Aaron Swartz Day 2015 Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Lisa Rein writes, “Chelsea Manning prepared a statement for this year’s “Aaron Swartz Day Celebration of Hackers and Whistleblowers That Make The World A Better Place” that took place at the Internet Archive, in San Francisco, on November 7th. It’s pretty amazing. (more…) … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Tech industry association vs. German privacy watchdogs….

Tech industry association bashes German privacy watchdogs The European tech industry is firing back against German data privacy chiefs, who announced this week that they would suspend data transfers to the United States and suggested businesses operating in Europe store data only in EU member states. Migrants grieve and wait on Greek island BBC News | … Read more

Journalism agenda: Netzpolitik debate in Germany More terrorism-related accusations against journalists…

Germany’s top prosecutor fired for bringing “treason” charge against Netzpolitik Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Harald Range was due to retire this year, but he was fired first when he refused to end his ridiculous treason witch hunt against Netzpolitik, who published revelations from the Snowden docs.   Journalists around the world voice support for Netzpolitik after … Read more

Journalism agenda: New Pew data shows More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter [Probably same in Turkey]

New Pew data: More Americans are getting news on Facebook and Twitter  Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman Facebook and Twitter users across all demographics are increasingly using the social networks as news sources, though they are seeking out different types of news content on each platform, according to a studyout Tuesday from the Pew Research … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Rumors of Facebook’s Demise Among Teens Exaggerated”

The Unbearable Horror of Corporate Instagram Hashtags The prolific, epidemic, and ineffective attempt to reach young, hip, millennial consumers. in Matter, by Alana Hope Levinson STUDY: Rumors of Facebook’s Demise Among Teens Exaggerated All Facebook by David Cohen Despite the continuous flow of reports claiming that teens are done with Facebook, a new report from Pew … Read more

Literati roundup: “10 gadgets for the bookworm…”The 75 best-edited movies of all time…

10 gadgets for the bookworm in your life Mashable! by Elisha Hartwig   Everyone knows one of them. They always have their nose stuck in a book, they don’t go anywhere without one and they are perennially asking you if you’ve read the book version of that movie that just came out. Bookworms. Book lovers. Bibliophiles … Read more

Pope Francis visits Blue Mosque…. İstanbul news roundup…

Pope in Istanbul ‘silent adoration’  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Pope Francis stands in “silent adoration” in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque alongside the city’s top Muslim cleric, on the second day of his Turkey visit. VIDEO: Pope Francis visits Blue Mosque  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Mark Lowen reports from Istanbul in Turkey on … Read more

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

  Last photo of Philip Seymour Hoffman taken. A tintype form this years Sundance film fest. Philip Seymour Hoffman Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment on Sunday. He was 46. In 2006, Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in Capote. Upon his nomination, Meghan O?Rourke interviewed Hoffman about his performance … Read more

“Istanbul up to sixth hot global tourist spot while “Locals stand guard to stop Gezi Parkı demolition in Istanbul?s center

Locals stand guard to stop park demolition in Istanbul?s center A group of 50 people are standing guard in Istanbul?s Gezi Parkı.   Istanbul up to sixth hot global tourist spot: Index Istanbul is expected to welcome 10.4 million tourists this year, a figure that would put. *********************** Russell Crowe enjoys Istanbul in company with … Read more