#Cyberculture agenda: A massive ransomware attack – dubbed Petya- expanding… “Inside Facebook’s war against terrorism…

Large-scale cyberattack is spreading through Russia and Ukraine (updated) The Social Software Weblog A large-scale cyberattack is working its way through a number of Ukrainian and Russian targets today. So far, in Russia, oil producer Rosneft and metal company Evraz have been affected by the attack. In Ukraine, Boryspil airport, the banking system,… Massive ransomware attack is … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election  The Intercept by Matthew Cole Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “The Cyborg Bill of Rights v1.0”

The Cyborg Bill of Rights v1.0  Boing Boing by Richard MacKinnon   In anticipation of the battle for the body, we can envision a conflict among competing interests in property located within a person’s body and likely connected to externally controlled resources for storage, logging, and monitoring–for instance, a medical device–and we can imagine that someone’s … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “#DeleteUber: Users angry at Trump Muslim ban scrap app…

#DeleteUber: Users angry at Trump Muslim ban scrap app  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)   Uber provided rides at JFK airport while other taxi drivers held strike over Trump’s ban on Muslim travellers. 2 big names in video games take on Trump’s immigration ban Mashable! by Adam Rosenberg   The Trump administration’s immigration ban has prompted a … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: New PEW report on Americans and Cybersecurity…

Americans and Cybersecurity Pew Internet Rss Feed: Reports by Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech   (jmiks/iStock.com)Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of … Read more

#Anthropology agenda: “A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp

A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp  SAPIENS by Janine R. Wedel   The president-elect has populated “the swamp” with power brokers who are marred by potential conflicts of interest. Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Artificially Intelligent, Genuinely a Person Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Coltan Scrivner   It’s difficult to overstate our … Read more

#Eurosphere – “Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income

Finland Starts Handing Out a Basic Income MIT Technology Review   A few unemployed Finns are receiving a monthly check with no strings attached—but it’s unlikely to tell us whether universal basic income is a good idea. Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1%, … Read more

#Cyberculture – “Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at augmented reality…

Report: Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at augmented reality The Social Software Weblog   The creators of Snapchat are running toward an IPO at full speed, but it seems to have nabbed itself a neat holiday gift along the way. According to a report from The Calcalist (as interpreted by The Times of Israel), … Read more

Document: UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression to his visit to Turkey, 14-18 November 2016…

Preliminary conclusions and observations by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression to his visit to Turkey, 14-18 November 2016 ohchr.org   ANKARA (18 November 2016) – At the invitation of the Government, I spent this week in Turkey to examine the protection and promotion of the freedom of … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: It took 40 minutes to be hacked for Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets…

Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow The Atlantic’s Andrew McGill set up a virtual server on Amazon’s cloud that presented to the internet as a crappy, insecure Internet of Things toaster; 41 minutes later, a hacked IoT device connected to it … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Digital Defenders” for kids about privacy and crypto… Israel and Survellance Industry…

Digital Defenders: a free open-licensed booklet for kids about privacy and crypto Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow European Digital Rights has created a free, CC-licensed kids’ booklet about privacy called Digital Defenders. How Israel Became a Hub for Surveillance Technology  The Intercept by Sharon Weinberger In 1948, the year Israel was founded, the Mer Group was established … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Will be hard to find a cooler President: “Joi Ito interviews Barack Obama for Wired: machine learning, neurodiversity, basic research and Star Trek

Joi Ito interviews Barack Obama for Wired: machine learning, neurodiversity, basic research and Star Trek Boing Boing Joi Ito (previously) — director of MIT Media Lab, former Creative Commons chief, investor, entrepreneur, and happy mutant — interviewed Barack Obama for a special, Obama-edited issue of Wired   Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations…

Using Sound and Artificial Intelligence to Detect Human Rights Violations  iRevolution by Patrick Meier Video continues to be a powerful way to capture human rights abuses around the world. Videos posted to social media can be used to hold perpetrators of gross violations accountable. But video footage poses a “Big Data” challenge to human rights organizations. Two … Read more

I guess it is life… “Adblock Plus now selling ads”

Adblock Plus now selling ads  Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza Adblock Plus is to begin reselling the ads it blocks, replacing websites’ original ads with ones under its control—and which it takes a fat cut of the revenue from. Adblock Plus Wants to Make Money by Serving You More Ads MIT Technology Review A service meant to … Read more

Journalism agenda: Facebook, Twitter, and 30 other orgs forces to stop spread of fake news…

Facebook, Twitter, and 30 other orgs join First Draft’s partner network to help stop the spread of fake news Nieman Journalism Lab by Ricardo Bilton Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to get people to read and spread fake news. Readers love to share surprising, shocking or worldview-affirming stories, and publishers, eager for more … Read more