What is the point of twitter? | ThermalToy This week we took the plunge and made our official @YorkPsychology twitter stream public by featuring it on the departmental home page. I can imagine some of my colleagues are wondering what the point of twitter is, or indeed whether it has one. If you are similarly puzzled, you might want to start by reading this gentle introduction by Prof Dorothy Bishop or @deevybee as she is known on twitter. Dorothy’s post explains how twitter works and has lots of great tips if you’re interested in giving it a go. However, I know that many people will think the whole thing sounds pointless. How do I make a machine "blank screen" for a period of time (as a penalty) if certain noise levels are reached
Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager Posted by Andreas Tuerk, Product Manager Not many of us like thinking about death — especially our own. But making plans for what happens after you’re gone is really important for the people you leave behind. So today, we’re launching a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account. The feature is called Inactive Account Manager — not a great name, we know — and you’ll find it on your Google Account settings page. For example, you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife — in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone.
Saudi telecom Mobily working on project to intercept mobile data Software engineer Moxie Marlinspike over at Thought Crime says he's no stranger to unsolicited emails from individuals seeking help with surveillance efforts, due to some of the software he has created. While the programmer says he ignores most of them, one he received earlier this month caught his eye, and a short while later he discovered that Saudi Arabia telecom Mobily is working on a project to intercept mobile traffic. The email, says Marlinspike, appeared in his inbox one day with the alluring subject line: Solution for monitoring encrypted data on telecom. Though he wasn't interested in helping, he did respond to the agent's email, initiating a correspondence that the programmer says lasted for a week. The end result was revelation of telecommunication company Mobily's current project for intercepting data from mobile applications, with particular emphasis on Line, Viber, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Reportedly, Mobily's Executive Manager of Network & Information Security Yasser D.
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Christian Salmon et les « armes de distraction massive » | Trousse de secours Dans sa conférence-performance au Théâtre du Rond-Point, « Ces histoires qui nous gouvernent », l’écrivain et journaliste Christian Salmon poursuit son salutaire travail d’analyse du story-telling. Dans cet extrait, il revient sur un récit édifiant mais fictif qui a joué un rôle décisif dans l’intervention américaine en Afghanistan et même au-delà. « Quoi de plus innocent et charmant qu’une histoire bien tournée ? Les histoires nous distraient et nous instruisent en nous faisant rêver. Désormais, avec la technique du storytelling, elles nous gouvernent et sont devenues un instrument de contrôle des opinions, une “ arme de distraction massive ”. L’entrée en guerre préventive contre l’Irak, le reality show au début du mandat de Sarkozy, sa métamorphose en capitaine courage face à la crise financière, l’épopée victorieuse de Barack Obama… Autant de fictions préparées dans le secret de war rooms où s’élabore le storytelling intégré.
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How former Leafs GM Brian Burke aims to unmask online rumour-mongers Brian Burke’s lawsuit against anonymous online commenters might seem far-fetched, but Internet privacy-law experts say it should be only a matter of time and money before those identities are revealed. Mr. Burke, the former general manager and president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, filed a lawsuit Friday with the B.C. Supreme Court alleging defamation against 18 defendants, whose identities are limited to cryptic online handles such as Ncognito, Slobberface and Sir Psycho Sexy. According to the court filing, comments made between Jan. 12 and Jan. 28, 2013 accused Mr. Mr. “We think of defamation as being printed or said over the radio where you can easily identify who is saying it,” Mr. But revealing anonymous commenters through the Canadian legal system has been done, says Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa. American golfer Phil Mickelson went through the process last year. Marc-André Coulombe, a Montreal-based lawyer who represented Mr. Mr. Mr.
Using Social Media in Jobhunting Social media and networking sites can be used for careers research, job seeking and to market yourself to future employers as well as sorting out your social life – something that many students and graduates are surprisingly unaware of. In a recent survey by SHL, less than 40% of graduates said they would consider marketing themselves to recruiters online. This means that the other 60% are missing the opportunity to present themselves in a positive light and use social media to help them get a job There are different sites for professional networking and for social networking – your Facebook profile may not present you to employers in the best possible light! According to a study by CareerBuilder.co.uk 55% of employers who researched job applicants on social media claim they found something that caused them not to hire the applicant. Stories of recruiters checking out potential candidates via Facebook are largely exaggerated (most recruiters don’t have the time or staff to do this!)
Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Detained By British Security; Was Transporting Top Secret Documents Early Sunday morning, Glenn Greenwald learned that his Brazilian partner, David Miranda, was detained and interrogated for nine hours by security officials at London’s Heathrow airport. The officials also seized Miranda’s electronic devices: his phone, laptop and so forth. At first glance, if he was indeed held because of his association with Greenwald, this was a horribly tone-deaf and heavy-handed move by British officials, especially knowing that Miranda was apparently detained under the U.K.’s Terrorism Act of 2000, Schedule 7. My initial reaction was the same as many: Why did the British government target Greenwald’s spouse? He might’ve been profiled, I thought, or he might’ve been flagged as Greenwald’s spouse. When I read The Guardian‘s article about the incident, however, more questions popped up — as with much of The Guardian‘s reporting on this topic, the publication’s tendency for coy, smoke-and-mirrors reporting invariably raises more questions than it answers. Mr.
Dying Digitally Critics See South Korea Internet Curbs as Censorship Photo SEOUL, South Korea — A government critic who called the president a curse word on his Twitter account found it blocked. An activist whose Twitter posting likened officials to pirates for approving a controversial naval base was accused by the navy of criminal defamation. And a judge who wrote that the president (“His Highness”) was out to “screw” Internet users who challenged his authority was fired in what was widely seen as retaliation. Such a crackdown on Internet freedom would be notable, but perhaps not surprising, in China, with its army of vigilant online censors. The seeming disconnect is at least partly rooted in South Korea’s struggle to manage the contradictions in eagerly embracing the Web as one way to catch up with the world’s top economies, while clinging to a patriarchal and somewhat puritanical past. Critics of President ’s government agree that its conservative streak is a driver behind the Internet crackdown. But the Rev. Under Mr. For Mr.