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Yahoo didn't mean to censor emails about Wall Street protests. The truth is much more insidious. - By Zeynep Tufekci - Slate Magazine
Unfortunately, thoughtless automation is driving the day. If we don't get off this train, it might have the same results it has had in other sectors of the economy: an unsustainable economy with high unemployment—and a lot of cheap, plastic crap.
automation  algorithm  efficiency  online  censorship  commons 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Rebecca MacKinnon
I am currently a Bernard Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, where I conduct research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. Due to my background and prior experience (see below), I am also considered a leading expert on Chinese Internet censorship. My first book, Consent of the Networked, a treatise on the future of liberty in the Internet age, will be published by Basic Books in January 2012.
people  internet  censorship  freedom 
july 2011 by tsuomela
WikiLeaks Lessons: The Party of We — Already in Control
"What's most important is the tipping point, spawned not by Assange but by a new body politic — a new party of individuals bonded by commonality of interest not defined by national or geographic boundaries. The Party of We.

In response to the attacks on Wikileaks, this virtual We Party, comprised of citizens of the world, unleashed an unprecedented — and united — attack on parts of the infrastructure that transact payments and sustain eCommerce and for a brief moment shut critical parts of it down.

This was unprecedented not because it hasn't been tried before (even with some success), but because its success, however brief the moment may have been, was only reversed by those who started it and who had a change of heart. Furthermore, it was novel in its motivation not to hack a system or engage in fraud or greed, but rather in support of a cause — a belief in the idea and purity of unencumbered speech."
politics  internet  wikileaks  government  revolution  centralization  censorship  control  networks  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Internet is easy prey for governments -
"For all that the revolution in Egypt tells us about the power of networked media to promote bottom-up change, it even more starkly reveals the limits of our internet tools and the ease with which those holding power can take them away.

Yes, services such as Twitter and Facebook give activists the means to organize as never before. But the more dependent on them we become, the more subservient we are to the corporations and governments that control them."
politics  networks  control  revolution  power  centralization  censorship  government 
february 2011 by tsuomela
PressThink: The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World's First Stateless News Organization
In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it. But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the logic of the Internet permits it. This is new.
media  media-studies  wikileaks  journalism  censorship  country(Afghanistan)  counter-insurgency  propaganda  secrecy  national-security  foreign-policy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Are Cameras the New Guns?
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.
law  police  photography  rights  video  legal  technology  privacy  censorship  power  open-source 
june 2010 by tsuomela

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