#Cyberculture agenda: R.I.P for MP3?

The MP3 format is officially dead The Next Web by Abhimanyu Ghoshal If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, you probably still remember downloading MP3 files to build your music collection, and burning up to 10 times as many of these onto audio discs than you could with traditional CD tracks. I didn’t … Read more

#Europe agenda: Hungary’s populist politics trying to destroy a great university: Central European University

Central European University Under Threat in Populist Hungary Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Andria Timmer As guest blogger for the month, I’m going to be talking about Hungary, where I’ve been doing field research in since 2004. In doing so, I also have to talk about Trump. I don’t … Read more

#Europe agenda: “EU at 60: celebrations in turbulent times…

Debate: EU at 60: celebrations in turbulent times euro|topics On March 25, 1957, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the Treaties of Rome – effectively the birth certificate of the European Union. Sixty years on the leaders of 27 EU states will once again convene in Rome and address the question of where … 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

#Eurosphere agenda: Facebook fake news tools ready for Germany elections… Davos Summit during Trump’s presidency…

Facebook to roll out fake news tools in Germany BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Facebook is rolling out new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories. Defeat of Davos BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of populism have left the world’s … Read more

#Cyberculture Telegram might not be good for some Iranian users… Selfies may be used by hackers…

Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers Mashable! by Brett Williams   If flashing a peace sign is your go-to selfie move, you might want to think about coming up with a new signature look. Turns out, your light-hearted display of goodwill to the world could be putting your personal data at risk — … Read more

#Journalism agenda: A French newspaper decides not to commission opinion polls anymore…

With its subscribers Facebook group, The Boston Globe is mining the stickiest corners of the platform Nieman Journalism Lab by Shan Wang The Boston Globe’s Facebook page is approaching half a million likes. But for a regional outlet that’s staked its future on paying subscribers, glancing interest from Facebook users doesn’t then turn into a pipeline … Read more

#Cyberculture -Wikileaks more into dubious waters as it considers exposing verified Twitter users’ data…

Wikileaks considers exposing verified Twitter users’ data The Social Software Weblog   WikiLeaks once claimed to stand for the people against the shadowy, truth-occluding governments of the world (primarily, the United States). But the last couple years saw the organization swerve into questionable territory as an Associated Press repo… Using real names online doesn’t improve behavior Boing … Read more

#Cyberculture – Strange times: “Donald Trump backs Julian Assange over Russia hacking claim

Donald Trump backs Julian Assange over Russia hacking claim  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   President-elect Donald Trump backs Wikileaks founder over alleged Russian meddling in the US election. The Future Of Encryption Digital Tonto by Greg Satell   The new era of quantum encryption is coming sooner than you think. If you want to … Read more

#Cyberculture – “US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attacks…

US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attacks AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)   Obama defends expulsions, calling action “a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm US interests”. Russia-US row: Putin rules out tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Russia’s President Putin rules out a tit-for-tat expulsion of US diplomats … Read more

#Eurosphere – Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM, Romanian left proposes new PM candidate…

Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Romania’s president rejects a candidate who would have been the country’s first female, Muslim PM. [Ticker] Romanian left proposes new PM candidate EUobserver.com – Headline News   Romania’s social democrats have nominated former telecommunications minister Sorin Grindeanu for prime minister, a … 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

Journalism agenda: 5 of the biggest fake news stories from 2016 according to Mashable….

5 of the biggest fake news stories from 2016 Mashable! by Gianluca Mezzofiore   We live in a ‘post-truth’ era, or at least according to Oxford Dictionaries which named it ‘word of the year’ in its annual poll. Tip: Bookmark this list of affordable 360-degree cameras  Journalism.co.uk   If you want to get started with 360-degree photos … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Research libraries in Germany announce boycott of Elsevier journals over open access….

  Germany-wide consortium of research libraries announce boycott of Elsevier journals over open access Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow   Germany’s DEAL project, which includes over 60 major research institutions, has announced that all of its members are canceling their subscriptions to all of Elsevier’s academic and scientific journals, effective January 1, 2017. Washington Post launches Chrome … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: KickassTorrents might be back at https://katcr.co/

KickassTorrents ex-staffers brought the torrent site back from the dead The Next Web by Mix   Back in July, millions of pirates got their hearts broken when their go-to torrent site KickassTorrents suddenly shut down following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin – but it seems not all is lost. A group of devoted ex-staffers has kicked off a … Read more