Cyberculture agenda: French (and probably other) governments are after Encryption software…

French Ministry of Interior wants to ban open wifi, Tor Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow A leaked memo from the Ministry sets out new bills it would like to see introduced into the French Parliament as early as next month, setting out an ambitious plan to block privacy tools, something only technically possible by recreating China’s … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: Big Data might justify racism in wrong hands… Wikipedia’s use of artificial intelligence…

Wikipedia is using artificial intelligence to get more actual humans writing articles The Next Web by Napier Lopez Better artificial intelligence is often associated with the detriment of a human workforce, but judging by some new practices by the team at Wikipedia HQ, it doesn’t have to be that way. Racist algorithms: how Big Data makes bias seem objective  Boing … Read more

Opportunist authorities are quick to blame Encryption after Paris… Cyberculture Agenda…

Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS The Intercept by Glenn Greenwald Whistleblowers are always accused of helping America’s enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths of Americans with his leak); it’s just the tactical playbook that’s automatically used. So … Read more

Journalism agenda: “The Economist’s anti-ad-blocking tool was hacked…

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico  Global Voices Online Screenshot from Narcodata’s introduction video. The Economist’s anti-ad-blocking tool was hacked and infected readers’ computers  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Pagefair is an ad-blocking circumvention tool that publishers can use to track readers who’ve taken technological countermeasures to protect their privacy. … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “HOWTO use Tor Messenger…

How big data and The Sims are helping us to build the cities of the future The Next Web by The Conversation By 2050, the United Nations predicts that around 66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. It is expected that the greatest expansion will take place in developing regions such … Read more

Journalism agenda: A journalist, Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel… Twitter and Reddit moves more into journalistic production…

Nobel Prize in literature goes to journalist from Belarus  EurActiv.com Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and dissident writer, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday (8 October) “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, the Swedish Academy announced.   How the Crowd and Automation Are Shaping Journalism Social Media Today by … Read more

Data battles in Europe: “NSA spying means US servers are not a fit home for Europeans’ data…Cyberculture agenda..

EU top court: NSA spying means US servers are not a fit home for Europeans’ data  Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Historically, US companies have been able to get around the (relatively stringent) European data-protection rules thanks to a “Safe Harbor” agreement between the US and the EU — but Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, … Read more

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