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Christine Schussler

US blocks access to WikiLeaks for federal workers - 0 views

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    The Obama administration is banning hundreds of thousands of federal employees from calling up the WikiLeaks site on government computers because the leaked material is still formally regarded as classified. The Library of Congress tonight joined the education department, the commerce department and other government agencies in confirming that the ban is in place.
Jessica Murphy

Vigilant Schools or Invasion of Privacy? - 0 views

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    A school district in Delaware recently proposed a rule that would require teachers to unfriend students, a district in Maine is banning all social networking, chat sites, forums, and other sites from state-provided laptops, and now the New York City Department of Education will now monitor teachers' interactions with students on professional social networking services. Teachers were warned not to expect any privacy and that administrators and officials should have access to the professional accounts. This makes me wonder if now workplaces and universities will require employees to loosen their privacy settings on their accounts.
Ben Bishop

DIY Cellphone has the footprint of an ice cream sandwich, definitely doesn't run ICS (h... - 0 views

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    Another step forward in the "open source ecology" type world. Parts are still relatively expensive, but it's heading in the right direction
Ben Bishop

Senate black box bill could see 2015 car models ship with data recorders -- Engadget - 0 views

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    Black boxes: not just for airplanes anymore... And these should actually be black.
Ben Bishop

(1) Comcast no longer... - 0 views

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    Netflix CEO gives a brief rant about the Comcast data limit and how it applies (or not) depending on which app you use for your content.
jessi lew

Latest Hijinks | The Yes Men - 0 views

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    This group is briefly mentioned in the chapter on Pranks in this week's reading. The fired game designer for the SIms helicopter game left and joined this group-- pretty much pranksters of an online nature. While it has little to do with video games, it has everything to do with ethos in an Internet age.
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang

Wikipedia and the Republican primary: How the candidates' pages changed during the nomi... - 0 views

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    This is a module that traces the evolution of the Republican candidates' Wikipedia pages during the course of the primaries. Some of the yahoo user comments at the bottom of the page are quite entertaining too
Eric Wardell

Miller v. California - 0 views

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    I wanted to add this link to the famous court case of Miller v California that helped define pornography and its protection (or lack thereof) under the first amendment. There is a lot to discuss here regarding offensiveness and "social value" especially in regard to the fact that the case dates back to the 70's. Perhaps the same case would be tried differently today.
Rachel Henderson

The Military, Wikileaks, And The War On Terror: As Told By Puppets - Bwog - 0 views

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    Wikileaks leads to art.
jessi lew

Who Is Julian Assange? Check First Where You Read The News (and II) « Crisis,... - 0 views

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    After class I was looking to find some background information on Julian Assange, mainly because I know very little about his negative reputation. Here is an interesting blog emphasizing the impact of reputational crisis, which is really interesting, especially considering that this information is even available from this university to the public.
Eric Wardell

Prometheus - Peter Weyland TED 2023 [OFFICIAL CLIP] - HD - - YouTube - 0 views

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    Considering how often we look at TED talks, I thought it might be worth including this fake TED talk used as a clip for the new Ridley Scott movie, Prometheus. I know this probably looks a little like getting off track, but I thought it was interesting that the author claims that humans have become gods through their acts of technological creation (in his case, "cyberkinetic individuals).

    Science fiction often does a great job extrapolating certain ideas or issues, and I think in some ways we can find links to the issue and use of Wikipedia in which we can freely take place in the act of creation or manipulation of a text and even the meaning behind the entries we change. Obviously this is not necessarily created in our own image the way a cyborg would be, but it is still using McLuhan's idea of the extension of man into the cyber world. The question we're left with here though, is whether or not we deserve the moniker of "creator" if we create anonymously.
Eric Wardell

The wealth of networks: how social production transforms markets and freedom - Yochai B... - 0 views

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    This is a google book that discusses some of the same things I mentioned in my post regarding the use of wikipedia and other networks and how that shapes our ideas of freedom.
Sandy Baldwin

I cite: Communicative capitalism and the democratic deficit - 1 views

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    A smart political article about the relation between communication and capitalism. Useful especially on the way technical networks both present themselves as political and foreclose the political.
Benjamin Myers

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a Better Government - 0 views

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    Below you'll see a link to Code for America. Here is a related TED talk.
Benjamin Myers

Code for America | A New Kind of Public Service - 0 views

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    From about page: "We make it easy and attractive for the web generation to give back through our Fellowship, which connects technologists with cities to work together to innovate; our Accelerator, which will support disruptive civic startups; and our Brigade, which helps local, community groups reuse civic software."
Benjamin Myers

What Kind of Blogging Do We Want? - 0 views

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    Another common topic has seemed to be blogs and blogging, especially following the readings for last week. This seemed like a blog post that might add to the discussion.
Benjamin Myers

Secure Your Browser: Add-Ons to Stop Web Tracking - 0 views

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    There have been a lot of posts about web tracking in light of the recent changes in Google. This is an interesting article, but one of the things I like the best is the Collusion display of who's tracking your data.
jessi lew

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    Kind of an odd connection, I know, but it's really important for social media users to recognize what "sock puppets" are and how they can be used outside of arguments between high school kids.
Sandy Baldwin

Rapleaf - 0 views

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    Rapleaf: a way of gathering/pulling and managing user reputation. Targeted to websites that want to gather information about customer demographics, it's one example of how profiling works integrally to web 2.0.
Sandy Baldwin

Book - Geert Lovink - Networks Without a Cause - 0 views

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    Lovink's latest book is all about social media. It addresses a number of the critiques we offered in class - which is not to say it answers or does away with them - but also reinforces that he offers less a theory than a report or journalistic take. (One example is the way he looks at the uneven use of blogging world wide, so that blogging becomes much less monolithic in this account.)
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