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BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill

Guardian series: day 2: Battle of the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill

–Exclusive: Extension of surveillance powers ‘a destruction of human rights’

Ian Katz, Guardian, 17 April 2012

April 18, 2012 Posted by | FaceBook, GCHQ, Internet, native apps, network silos, online privacy, privacy, silo effect, Skype, social media, Tim Burners-Lee | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Selling You on Facebook

Selling You on Facebook

–Many popular Facebook apps are obtaining sensitive information about users—and users’ friends—so don’t be surprised if details about your religious, political and even sexual preferences start popping up in unexpected places.

By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Shayndi Raice and Courtney Schley, WSJ, 8 April 2012

April 9, 2012 Posted by | apps, FaceBook, Helen Nissenbaum [privacy researcher], personal data, personal data economy, Privacy Bill of Rights, social media, social networks | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social media and the Wall Street protests – title : #Occupytheweb

Social media and the Wall Street protests


From Democracy in America Blog, Economist, 11 October 2011

While the so-called “Facebook revolutions” in the Arab world were nothing of the sort*, what’s going on in America right now may be the world’s first genuine social-media uprising.

October 12, 2011 Posted by | #occupytheweb, #ows, social media | , | Leave a comment

Hugo Chávez Gets a Twitter Account [4 books reviews]

Hugo Chávez Gets a Twitter Account

Christian Caryl (19 April 2011) reviews :

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website (New York: Crown, 2011), 304 pp., $23.00.

David Leigh and Luke Harding, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy (New York: PublicAffairs, 2011), 352 pp.

Evgeny Morozov, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (New York: PublicAffairs, 2011), 432 pp.

Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (New York: The Penguin Press, 2010), 256 pp.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | Clay Shirkey, crowd sourcing, cyber-auxiliaries, cyber-utopianism, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Evgeny Morozov, lamestream media, netizen, social media, socket puppets | Leave a comment

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

— Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain, Guardian, 17 March 2011

which links to

America’s absurd stab at systematising sock puppetry
–The US has a chance to move on from a history of clandestine foreign policy – instead it acts like a clumsy spammer

Jeff Jarvis, Guardian, 17 March 2011

which links to

The internet: Everything you ever need to know

–In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown. Here are the nine key steps to understanding the most powerful tool of our age – and where it’s taking us

John Naughton, Guardian, 20 June 2010

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, internet-centrism, Jeff Jarvis, John Naughton, net neutrality, Network security, social media, trust models | Leave a comment

#Internet #Egypt ~ How Egypt Killed the Internet [] []

How Egypt Killed the Internet

* The techie side simplified for the Netwit

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Cory Doctorow, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberpunk, cyberspace, cypherpunk, Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, internet-centrism, social media | Leave a comment

#socialmedia #twitter #malcolmgladwell [] []

Small Change
– Why the revolution will not be tweeted.


Malcolm Gladwell

New Yorker October 4, 2010

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Malcolm Gladwell, social media, social networks, social silos, The Dragonfly Effect, Twitter | 2 Comments

#Tunisia #socialmedia #Twitterrevolution Two articles against the role of social media in Tunisia

Tunisians don’t need advice from the Twittering classes

– The inspiring uprising springs from people’s aspiration for real freedom, not from Western Wikileakers revealing ‘the truth’ to Africans

Brendan O’Neill, Spiked magazine 18 Jan 2011

Not Twitter, Not WikiLeaks: A Human Revolution

Jillian C York,   14 Jan 2011

January 28, 2011 Posted by | social media, Tunisia, Twitter, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

#INTERNET #encryption #PgP #P2P ~ Who owns the Internet and does it matter?

Well, I don’t that’s for certain. Just the PC, some copper cables and a router. I’ve got a computer ID and a URL for any site I maintain. I’ve no idea what happens to those little packets of digital data that stream in and out of the router. They tell me Skype is encrypted, but how would I know?

Plenty of people can learn lots about me. Social media give a lot away to anyone caring to look. Governments will almost certainly have automatic systems to check who is saying what to whom on the Internet. If they don’t they will be buying the software to do so right now.

Internet black holes

The logical direction is a full-encrypted P2P world. The downside of a PgP P2P (as opposed to client-server, where only servers supply) world is no one else can know what’s being said between these two people. (Entrance, stage left, cipherpunk Julian Assange, encryption software in hand) Sometimes even Internet People might be happy for their governments to have ways of finding things out. The trend is more towards individuals giving up their privacy in return for what the Internet and Web provides in exchange. Both governments and non-governmental organisations are taking full advantage of this while it lasts.

The give-up-your-privacy-social-media seem to be in a cross over graph with Govt 1.0 which is in the process of changing to Govt 2.0, most wholeheartedly in local govt. At the moment social media are just underneath the cross-over. WikiLeaks and others are pushing the whole thing up to the cross-over a lot quicker. The biggest thing from WikiLeaks will be a unrelenting exposure of kleptocratic government. Even non-kleptocrats will be worrying about this: so many democratic govts. have cosy relationships with kleptocrasies. France recently had one with Tunisia. Was that because they were selling them french made armaments? Some of the U.S.A’s best friends are keptocrats. Easier to do big arms deals with them, too. Who does Indonesia buy its military harware from? Israel, which is not a kleptocracy except in that the U.S. govt.hands an awful lot of American tax payer’s money over to it without asking. So in a sense it’s an inverse Kleptocracy, in which a state not individuals receives the handout. So the U.S. govt. is doing the stealing from its own people to keep another sate going.

Who owns the Internet is an important question. If governments feel they are getting locked out of individuals lives, they may want to more impose rules on Internet usage that P2P-type people don’t want or like.

Tim Bermers-Lee is the most prominent advocate of a neutral Net. Most people haven’t the faintest idea what this would mean or require in practice. It’s not going to happen if every no-democratic state keeps control of the copper wires, optical fibe and satellites they put into space.

The reason I found Wikileaks interesting and thought it would be a good idea to set up a WikiLeaks dedicated blog, was partly because it was an ideal opportunity to re-examine the wider implications of the Internet and Web. Anyone with half an ear for the digital zietgeist can’t fail to read up on the implications of WikLeaks and other areas of change in the digital arena.

One of these things is the Govt 2.0 The problem arises when a yawning Govt. 2.0 gap builds up, say between authoritarian states and democracies. This is not exactly a firm basis for net neutrality (or open data) if the U.S. becomes compeletely open and China remains closed. In fact, the ways things go, it is inevitable that the U.S. will drag China kicking and screaming intop the open world

Both types of states have an interest in reading the minds of their citizens. Interestinglt social media such as faceBook and twitter are the simplest and easiest way for them to do so. Every new digital technology has a downside.

P2P proper only arrives when there is Pretty Good privacy for all. And yet no govt. wasnt this because they have got used to checking on peopoe with the technology uptodate.

Coinciding with a recent WikiLeaks leak a lot of publicity for Govt 2.0 and visualisation techniques through the work on the WikLeaks data but others.


OPEN DATA Initiatives and visualisation techniques

January 20, 2011 Posted by | anonymity online, Canberra cyber security centre, China, connective knowledge, connectivism, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberspace, cypherpunk, digital forensics, digital journalism, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), encryption, FaceBook, FGI, free government information [FGI], Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, hacker culture, info-war, information silos, Internet, internet activism, Internet filtering, Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg, net neutrality, network anomalies, Network security, network theory, on-line rights, Open data, open source, P2P, P2P Foundation, Peer-to-Peer, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), privacy, Semantic Web, silo effect, social media, social networks, Tim Burners-Lee, trust models, Twitter, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

#wikileaks #USembassycable #social media #Indonesia []

WikiLeaks: the latest developments
Turkish airbase used as refuelling stop for US rendition flights and fears on ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, plus social media strategy in Indonesia and the latest WikiLeaks news and views

* Guardian summary

Indonesia cable:

US embassy cables: Jakarta embassy requests $100k for its social media strategy

* Indonesia’s emerging Internet community:

“….roughly 10% of the population able to access the internet at least monthly, this represents over 25 million people, nearly half of whom are on Facebook. ”

* Mission Indonesia requests $100,000 immediately in order reach a goal of 1 million Facebook fans in just 30 days — just before POTUS visit.

” 6. This money would be used in three areas. First, it would increase direct advertising via Facebook. Currently, Embassy Jakarta spends less than $25 per day on advertising, and nets between 300-400 new fans daily. Increasing this tenfold over 30 days, results in a gain of 100,000 to 120,000 fans. The funds would also be used to promote the visit and our fan page as the place to learn more by extensively advertising on Indonesian online portals, banner ads, YouTube, Twitter, and other promotional efforts, including embedding bloggers, contests and giveaways, and using SMS technology. With over 100 million mobile phone users in Indonesia, texting is a powerful way to include a huge audience. Partnering with a major telecom provider, we can encourage Indonesians to sign up for real-time updates via their cell phone — a great way to reach those not yet online about the visit. Cost: $60,000.

7. Another key promotion strategy to generate interest will be offering a “golden ticket” via Facebook. We propose making a dream come true for one lucky Indonesian, by providing an opportunity to meet POTUS during his visit. If the White House approves, we could invite fans to post why they should meet President Obama, and in doing so, use our social media platform to connect fans to the visit, as well as build excitement beforehand and follow-up coverage afterwards. In addition, we could partner with a local TV station to have a “finalist” show and increase coverage. RSO would ensure any winner(s) are vetted for security issues. If the White House would not agree to this, an alternate “dream prize” might be an educational trip to the U.S. Cost: $15,000.

8. Third, in order to implement these ideas in this limited time-frame, we need short-term expert help on this promotion in the form of a qualified local digital marketing agency, who could assist the Embassy’s new media team (currently one officer and three FSNs working on it part-time). Cost: $25,000.”

January 18, 2011 Posted by | cognitive infilltration, FaceBook, Indonesia, Mission Indonesia, P2P, Peer-to-Peer, POTUS, social media, social networks, Twitter, U.S. diplomatic cables, U.S.Embassy cables, WikiLeaks, YouTube | Leave a comment