I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab. There’s this great Andy Warhol quote you’ve probably seen before: “I think everybody should like everybody.” You can buy posters and plates with pictures of Warhol, looking like the cover of a Belle & Sebastian album, with that phrase plastered across his face in Helvetica. But the full quote, taken from a 1963 interview in Art News, is a great description of how we interact on social media today. Warhol: Someone said that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under government.
It’s happening here all by itself without being under a strict government; so if it’s working without trying, why can’t it work without being Communist? The like and the favorite are the new metrics of success—very literally. I like everything. See, Facebook uses algorithms to decide what shows up in your feed. There is a very specific form of Facebook messaging, designed to get you to interact. Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees - News Nation Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting a warrant. The court’s five-justice majority said DNA testing was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting.
‘‘Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,’’ Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority. But the four dissenting justices said that the court was allowing a major change in police powers. ‘‘Make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason,’’ conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said in a sharp dissent which he read aloud in the courtroom. At least 28 states and the federal government now take DNA swabs after arrests. Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs 'Gigabit Communities' Guest post written by Julius Genachowski Julius Genachowski is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Walking the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show last week, I kept thinking of that line from Jaws, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
All the Internet-connected, data-hungry gadgets that are coming to market sent a strikingly clear message: we’re going to need faster broadband networks. Making sure the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks delivering speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits isn’t just a matter of consumer convenience, as important as that is. It’s essential to economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness. In our 21st century economy, innovation leadership is necessary for economic leadership. In a global economy, talent and capital can flow anywhere, and they’ll flow to countries with the strongest innovation infrastructure.
The good news is that there’s lots of good news. Internet remains unregulated after UN treaty blocked | Technology. A proposed global telecoms treaty that would give national governments control of the internet has been blocked by the US and key western and African nations. They said they are "not able to sign the agreement in its current form" at the end of a International Telecoms Union (ITU) conference in Dubai.
The proposals, coming after two weeks of complex negotiation, would have given individual governments greater powers to control international phone calls and data traffic, but were opposed as the conference had seemed to be drawing to a close late on Thursday. The move seems to safeguard the role of the internet as an unregulated, international service that runs on top of telecoms systems free of direct interference by national governments. The US was first to declare its opposition to the draft treaty. "The internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years. All without UN regulation. Info/Law » U.S. Gets In on Censorship Action.
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has seized 82 domain names that it contends are responsible for facilitating IP infringement (and perhaps infringing themselves). The seizures have prompted some outrage, and some head-scratching. The head-scratching has been by lawyers (and normal people) trying to figure out the legal basis for the seizure. If I’m reading the U.S. Code right, seizures are authorized under 18 U.S.C. 2323(a), and 18 U.S.C. 981(a)(1)(A) and (C), which authorizes civil seizures of property that is used in a violation, or attempted violation, of 18 U.S.C. 1956(c)(7).
OK. Every country in the world believes that some material on the Net qualifies inherently for censorship. Filed under: civil procedure, Computer crime, Copyright, Court Decisions, Digital Media, Filtering, First Amendment, Intermediaries, international, Internet & Society, Music, RIAA. Swiss Govt: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal. One in three people in Switzerland download unauthorized music, movies and games from the Internet and since last year the government has been wondering what to do about it.
This week their response was published and it was crystal clear. Not only will downloading for personal use stay completely legal, but the copyright holders won't suffer because of it, since people eventually spend the money saved on entertainment products. In Switzerland, just as in dozens of other countries, the entertainment industries have been complaining about dramatic losses in revenue due to online piracy. In a response, the Swiss government has been conducting a study into the impact downloading has on society, and this week their findings were presented. The overall conclusion of the study is that the current copyright law, under which downloading copyrighted material for personal use is permitted, doesn’t have to change.
Italy Proposes Law That Will Ban People From The Internet Based On Single Accusation Of Infringement From Anyone. Glyn Moody points us to a frightening analysis of a proposed copyright law in Italy that seems positively ridiculous, in that you could lose access to the internet based on a single accusation (which doesn't even have to come from the copyright holder): The post notes that this law would be compliant with an early version of ACTA, and suggests that this was done on purpose. However, the report also notes that this proposed law would clearly not be compatible with current EU law. Either way, that's quite a wish list from the entertainment industry. Cable Reveals Extent Of Lapdoggery From Swedish Govt On Copyright Monopoly. Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media. In short: every law proposal, every ordinance, and every governmental report hostile to the net, youth, and civil liberties here in Sweden in recent years have been commissioned by the US government and industry interests.
I can understand that the significance has been missed, because it takes a whole lot of knowledge in this domain to recognize the topics discussed. When you do, however, you realize that the cable lists orders for the Swedish Government to implement a series of measures that significantly weakens Sweden’s competitive advantage in the IT field against the US.
We had concluded this was the case, but had believed things had come from a large number of different sources. But all of a sudden, there it was, in black on white. This sounds like fiction, right? Now, these steps are written in copyright industry legalese. All this seems eerily familiar. New Zealands Three Strikes Law was Pushed, Bought and Paid for by the US - Wikileaks. The slow trickle of leaked diplomatic cables from Wikileaks may not be in the headlines as much as it was when it started, but revelations keep pouring out of the website. Recently, new diplomatic cables published on the site revealed just how, not only influential the US was, but just how much control the US had over the passage of the three strikes law in New Zealand. If there wasn’t any anti-American sentiment before in New Zealand, there certainly will be for some after new diplomatic cables were published revealing the role the US had in pushing for a three strikes law in New Zealand.
The New Zealand’s new three strikes law was the most controversial copyright laws in the country and one of the most controverisal in the world. While the law was being proposed, debate was fierce. The law sparked repeated blackout protests where websites would black out their website logo’s in protest of the law since it is widely seen as a censorship law more than a copyright enforcement law. “Trolling the Stream” (Be Jailed for Streaming?) by UltraDavid. David “UltraDavid” Graham (for Shoryuken.com) explains why, if bill S.978 passes, you could be jailed for streaming video games, or even uploading them to youtube; The United States Senate is in the process of considering bill S.978, a bill “To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright,” or as you might know it, the Anti-Streaming Bill.
There’s been some discussion about what it really means and how it would affect stuff we care about, so I’d like to clear everything up. To be blunt, if passed it would pretty significantly reconfigure American copyright law in ways that could honestly really hurt internet culture in general and our video game communities specifically. So what does it do?
Its stated purpose is to attack the online streaming of copyrighted works, specifically films and live television. Background: the law is split into criminal law and civil law. Amusingly slash horrifyingly enough, it gets worse. What about the monetary limits? Did the FCC just bless a capped, two-tier Internet? You like the idea of Internet data caps and overage charges, right? And the prospect of paying your ISP separate fees for "the Internet" and for "managed" IP services like voice, video, VPN, telehealth, and smart grid applications, even when these directly compete with similar Internet-delivered services? Okay, you probably don't—if you're a business or home Internet user. But if you're a major Internet provider, you love both of these ideas a lot... and you found support for both of them in Wednesday's "net neutrality preview" from the Federal Communications Commission.
"Broadband rationing" When FCC Chair Julius Genachowski previewed his net neutrality proposal this week, he mentioned "usage-based pricing" and failed to mention "managed services. " Craig Moffett, an influential Wall Street tech analyst, said after the speech that "broadband rationing is now the order of the day" once Genachowski gave his support to the idea. We're excellent "managers"
The U.N. Declares Internet Access a Human Right. The United Nations counts internet access as a basic human right in a report that bears implications both to on-going events in the Arab Spring and to the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers. Acting as special rapporteur, a human rights watchdog role appointed by the UN Secretary General, Frank La Rue takes a hard line on the importance of the internet as "an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress. " Presented to the General Assembly on Friday, La Rue's report comes as the capstone of a year's worth of meetings held between La Rue and local human rights organizations around the world, from Cairo to Bangkok. The report's introduction points to the impact of online collaboration in the Arab Spring and says that "facilitating access to the Internet for all individuals, with as little restriction to online content as possible, should be a priority for all States.
" Senator Al Franken: No joke, Comcast trying to whack Netflix. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has had it with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who has just created "essentially two Internets" with weak net neutrality rules and who this week signed off on the mega-merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. A common thread unites the two decisions: both highlight the "growing threat of corporate control" over information. Franken's remarks came yesterday during a speech to a Netroots Nation gathering in Minnesota.
The former comedian and NBC employee (during his Saturday Night Live days) has made media consolidation and network neutrality two of his signature issues, and he hammered on both of them during his talk. Calling net neutrality the "free speech issue of our time," Franken expressed his displeasure with the FCC's recent net neutrality rules. The rules mark the "first time the FCC has ever allowed discrimination on the Internet" and they "will create essentially two Internets. " When it comes to the Comcast merger, Franken was even more vocal. United Nations report: Internet access is a human right - Los Angeles Times. U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba. In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation. " "These were Joint Chiefs of Staff documents. Gunning for War "That's what we're supposed to be freeing them from," Bamford says. UPDATE 2-U.S. House rejects FCC's 'open' Internet rules. New GRAMA bill much more than restricting electronic access to information - ksl.com.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that cripples the state's open record laws is expected to hit the governor's desk for his signature. We've reported on how the measure will remove all voicemails and text messages from public oversight --- the first state in the country to do so. But what we haven't told you is what's in the rest of the bill. Last year, KSL spent days auditing expense reports at the Kearns Improvement District. We discovered hundreds of dollars spent on greens fees -- registration fees for spouses to attend conferences.
We also found that employees were staying at fancy hotels like the Ritz Carlton when traveling out of state. We showed the state auditor what we found -- he called it "poor money management. " Under HB477, the fees that can now be tacked on to just looking at government records can run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. "It would be a giant rollback on access in Utah," said Jeff Hunt with the Utah Media Coalition. Another so-called rollback? FCC: 68% Of U.S. Connections Slower than 3 Mbps Down, 768kbps Up - As critics say FCC reports still gloss over competitive shortcomings. BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures. Comcast Starts ‘Toll Booth’ for Web, Level 3 Says.