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I t started with a media report in France and in a few days the story had gone around the world. Our private Facebook messages from 2007 and 2008 were being made public on our walls. The story was picked up on U.S. blogs and was rapidly spread through Facebook status updates and on Twitter. Facebook quickly issued a strong denial, tech journalists drilled deep, and the story was quickly debunked . Yet the message -- the cautionary status updates -- still spread, translated across Facebook's global communities. Even when faced with evidence to the contrary, people still insisted the story was true: They didn't care what Facebook said, they knew they didn't write that on their Wall, they never would have written that in public.
« Des millions de blogs, de forums, de messages, d’informations et de commentaires, postés sous toutes les formes possibles et dans des lieux innombrables : le web est devenu une nouvelle dimension de l’espace public. L’espace public numérique, c’est d’abord un territoire, des lieux multiples et très divers où se mêlent documentation et connaissances, information, échanges sociaux ; Nicolas Vanbremeersch nous guide dans cette nébuleuse, analyse et structure l’ensemble. L’immensité de cet univers et les règles qu’il impose font évoluer très rapidement notre société. Le web social, où les individus mettent en réseau contenus et relations, en est le véritable poumon. Il n’est pas qu’un média de plus ; il dispose de ses propres codes, d’une dynamique différente qui bouleversent la manière dont circulent les idées et les informations.
“Community radio is 10% radio and 90% community,” Jeff Shaw says. Speaking at a workshop about bringing together the worlds of low-power FM (LPFM) radio and public access television, Shaw drew this key lesson from his long career as a community media provider. The quote, he added, was inspired by community radio advocate Zane Ibrahim, founder of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. “It’s not necessarily the tools that are used--it’s about engaging with the community,” Shaw said. The importance of community engagement was also a major theme for others at the workshop, which was presented at last week’s Alliance for Community Media Conference in Tucson, Ariz. Titled “Turn Up the Radio: Exploring Collaborative Opportunities for PEG and LPFM,” it featured a variety of lessons for how LPFM advocates and Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access TV providers could benefit from working together more closely.
By Hal Roberts and Bruce Etling Over the course of the weekend, a seemingly coordinated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack flooded a number of the leading Russian independent media, election monitoring and blogging sites. Many users and content publishers, including the Global Voices RuNet project , have been reporting the attacks against sites including LiveJournal, Echo of Moscow, Novaya Gazeta, New Times, Bolshoi Gorod, Golos.org , ikso.org , ridus.ru, zaks.ru, and the online ‘map of violations’ created by the election monitoring group Golos (which has been the target since last week of a government campaign against ‘outside’ influence on the election (they are funded by US and European groups). LiveJournal, which is the biggest blog host in Russia and according to our research is the blogging platform where Russian political discourse is most prevalent, was also attacked.
Apparently social media PD, with all its multiple "offshoots", is seen as the new panacea for all problems and inter-state tensions. Last week Ashton Kutcher, with an entourage of prominent IT reps, arrived in Moscow to encourage Russia's online community to take up social causes, as well as discuss the recent project "Electronic Russia" , which is supposedly an attempt to improve communication and governance in the country. The delegation visited Russia as a part of Clinton's "21st Century Statecraft" initiative. Lead by DoS's Jared Cohen, the group included high-profile tech people such as eBay CEO John Donahoe, Mozilla Foundation Director Mitchell Baker, and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter. Kutcher , as the most popular Tweeter, with more than 4.5 million followers , was going to take care of the visit's "celebrity glitz".
Which VC invested the most frequently in Silicon Valley Social Networks? Surprise! They’re from NY! This is part of my continue industry analysis of the changing digital space (see all posts tagged VC ), but probing which investors are most active –and are bellwethers for finding future growth companies. Ever wonder who’s behind the backing of some of the fastest growing technology companies?
I work on a number of ongoing projects for Trilateral. These currently include: PRISMS - Privacy and Security Mirrors ETTIS - European Security Trends and Threats in Society IRISS - Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies PHAEDRA - Improving Practical and Helpful cooperation bEtween Data pRotection Authorities