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Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?

Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?

by Zachary Wolff in LogRhythm blog Dialog

Includes Wikileaks suggestion in Twitter:

Given that police are increasingly issuing subpoenas to Twitter, join us in requesting twitter change their data retention policy. #NOLOGS

and a reiteration of what data Twitter says it logs:

Our servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, and search terms. Other actions, such as interactions with our website, applications and advertisements, may also be included in Log Data. If we haven’t already deleted the Log Data earlier, we will either delete it or remove any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address, after 18 months.

and its policy on law and harm:

We may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect Twitter’s rights or property.

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Twitter, Twitter data logs, Twitter No Logs campaign, WikiLeaks | | Leave a comment

Twitter data retention policy targeted by WikiLeaks in #NOLOGS campaign

Twitter data retention policy targeted by WikiLeaks in #NOLOGS campaign

Death and Taxes, January 2012

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Twitter, Twitter No Logs campaign, WikiLeaks | | Leave a comment

Twitter Ordered To Hand Over WikiLeaks Supporters’ Account Information

Twitter Ordered To Hand Over WikiLeaks Supporters’ Account Information

The information the Department of Justice requested is extensive as Salon reported: “It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the ‘means and source of payment,’ including banking records and credit cards.” The DOJ wants all the above information beginning with Nov. 1, 2009 to the present date, according to the report.

Mashable, 7 January 2012

January 11, 2012 Posted by | Department of Justice [U.S.], privacy, Twitter | | Leave a comment

Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Pro-Revolution, Professor Says

Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Pro-Revolution, Professor Says

Jakob Schiller, Wired, 2 December 2011

Democracy, Capitalism and Technology

David Correira, Counterpunch, 4-6 February 2011 edition

December 16, 2011 Posted by | David Correira, FaceBook, NSA, surveillance technology, Twitter | , | Leave a comment

Could Twitter become a threat to the justice system?

Could Twitter become a threat to the justice system?

Chris Summers, BBC News, 25 May 2011

May 27, 2011 Posted by | Julian Assange, Twitter, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

Start a Revolution With Your Personal Tech

Start a Revolution With Your Personal Tech

–If you happen to be planning the overthrow of a corrupt regime–whether it’s the national ruling party or the board of your Homeowners Association–your personal tech and Twitter account can be your best co-conspirators.

Patrick Miller and David Daw, PC World, 22 March 2011

March 22, 2011 Posted by | FaceBook, Shoe-Thrower's Index, Twitter, Uprising Index, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

DOJ wins access to WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts

Source: Declan McCullagh, cnet News 11 March 2011

DOJ wins access to WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts

Two key issues:

[1] 2703 (d) order

[2] Jónsdóttir said in a Twitter message after the ruling that it’s now “time to apply pressure on social media to move their servers out of the U.S.” Appelbaum, who gave a speech at a hacker conference in New York last year on behalf of WikiLeaks, sent out a note saying: “Bad news is exhausting.”

Press release from Jónsdóttir lawyers posted on her blog.

March 12, 2011 Posted by | 2703(d) order, ACLU, Anders Johnsson, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Bradley Manning, DOJ, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Inter-Parliamentary Union, Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, Twitter, US Department of Justice, WikiLeaks | 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

#Internet #socialmedia ~ Inside the State Department’s Arab Twitter diplomacy [] []

Inside the State Department’s Arab Twitter diplomacy

Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy, 28 Jan 2011

This is a core article.

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Egypt, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, Twitter | Leave a comment

#Internet #Socialmedia #Evegenymorozov – Setting up a straw dog? [] []

First Thoughts on Tunisia and the role of the Internet

Evgeny Morozov, Foreign Policy, 14 Jan 2011

“What strikes me about events in Tunisia is that social media seems to have failed in what many of us thought would be its greatest contribution (outside of social mobilization) — that is, in helping to generate and shape the coverage of events in the mainstream media. On the contrary, despite all the buzz on Twitter it took four weeks to get the events in Tunisia on the front pages of major newspapers, at least here in the U.S. (the situation in Europe was somewhat better — and it was way better in the Middle East — for all the obvious reasons). “

Reading that is a reminder governments have always used the latest technology against their people as effectively as peoples used it against their governments. It’s just different technology. The Ancient Regime smashed printing presses. The political groups set up other ones to pump out the revolutionary pamphlets. In pre-revolutionary Russia, the government would have tapped plenty of phones abuzz with the news that the sealed train containing Lenin had set off from Zurich.

The irony is that self-appointed social media gurus have set up straw dogs which they themselves find they are having to drag down. And that includes Morozov, who apparently was some sort of blog specialist.

To try to make an argument in a large book, that the downsides of social media out-way the ups, is hard to pull off.

Social media proved very effective in U.S. elections.

To argue that they are of little use or their effectiveness in social mobilisation is minimal because authoritarian regimes are quick to use the same media to catch internet activists, is little different from saying regimes rounded up activists before social media existed. It’s probably true, in the case of Tunisia, many more Tunisians outside Tunisia were Tweeting and using FaceBook than inside it. But these messages will have been in Arabic and French which some inside Tunisia got to read and pass on in some way or another. They still used the telephone, email and read the papers, listened for radio from all round the world and watched satellite TV. No one is suggesting that social media were the only avenue for protest and social mobilisation. Words of encouragement will have spread by less high tech means. Comms didn’t begin and end with social media. This is the internet-centrist position, which is only to be expected from people who live by the internet, web and clever software.

Anti-government activism in Iran started with blogs, long before FaceBook and Twitter. They arrested bloggers. Just because the Iranian election protests were organised with the help of mobile phones, text messaging, and social media, and this helped the government to track the activists, doesn’t mean to say it wasn’t effective.

A more honest and true answer, and one that didn’t need a whole book to argue is that it helped both in different ways. That governments have learnt to hack social media, can surely only mean that pretty good encryption will be taken up by greater numbers.

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, Tunisia, Tunisian cyberactivists, Twitter | Leave a comment