‘Global media watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders has released its annual list of “Enemies of the Internet,” highlighting countries that restrict online freedom of expression.
‘The list‘s release coincides with World Day Against Cyber Censorship, March 12, a day the organization started in 2008 to rally the world behind an open Internet.
‘The list includes 12 “Internet Enemies” and 14 “countries under surveillance.”
‘The Arab Spring, the social media-fueled protests that swept across the Arab world since December 2010, has led some countries to stiffen their Internet restrictions while others have loosened their controls.
‘“The Internet and social networks have been conclusively established as tools for protest, campaigning and circulating information, and as vehicles for freedom,” the report says. “More than ever before, online freedom of expression is now a major foreign and domestic policy issue.”
‘Following a revolution ousting dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya — in previous years considered an Internet Enemy — has been removed from both lists.
‘Two countries, Bahrain and Belarus, have been moved from the “under surveillance” category into “Internet Enemies.” Over the last year, Bahrain restricted Internet access during protests and Belarus placed limitations on visiting foreign websites…’
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‘KONY 2012′ Most Viral Video in History
This probably proves that people are still interested in human rights
‘With more than 100 million views in six days, Kony 2012, a 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, has become the most viral video in history, according to one researcher.
‘In a blog post, Visible Measures found Kony outpaced other record-setting viral videos. For instance, the video featuring Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, hit 70 million views in six days. Old Spice’s “Responses” campaign didn’t hit 70 million until five months after it launched…’
What Yahoo is Suing Facebook For
10 Patents Yahoo Is Using To Sue Facebook
‘We’ve provided here abstracts of those patents for your reading pleasure.
‘You can also click through to see the whole patent yourself or else check out our attempt at a plain English translation of the patent lawyers’ gobbledy-gook. Based on our reading, Yahoo may now own all of Silicon Valley or else the US patent system is even more dysfunctional than we imagined.
‘And now, without further ado, meet Yahoo’s would-be Facebook killers:…’
Men, Women, and Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]
‘As a fully-licensed and accredited man, I am wholly unqualified to discuss what women want or care about. That’s what social data is for.
‘Social media monitoring company NetBase analyzed a year’s worth of online conversations — 27 billion, to be exact. Using natural language processing, they parsed English grammar and gender voice in search of phrases like “I want X.” The data was then analyzed for sentiment, and condensed into a top 10 list for each sex. The fascinating results have been compiled in the punchy inforgraphic below.
‘We won’t spoil the fun up front — you’ll have to scroll down to see the winners. But it’s worth noting that food absolutely dominates social media conversation among both genders.
‘Here we are, the most interconnected civilization the world has ever known, and humanity’s greatest collective aspiration can be boiled down to, “Me likey pizza.”…’
Tips to Take from NATO’s Top Dog Fake Facebook Account
‘Whether Chinese spies were behind this or not, there are takeaways here to help the rest of us avoid being conned by similar bogus attempts to access our facebook information:…’
Five free tips to avoid falling for Facebook scams
Contribute to Open Source without Being a Techie
‘Most of what makes open source work is actual work, time spent making things happen for the project. Most of these things don’t require the brains or vision of a Larry Wall, creator of Perl, or a David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Rails. Designing a new language or a web framework may take inspiration, but the rest of what makes projects like Perl and Rails successful is perspiration. This work may not get all the glory, but it’s still necessary, and after a while, your contributions will get noticed…’