Yet another reminder about the permanence of your digital comings and goings. Some of the reasons mentioned here are why I choose to blog under a pseudonym
Filed under: Internet, Technology and Computers Tagged: idenity protection, Online Presence, the interwebs
This and that for your weekend reading.
- Helene Leblanc argues that we should make sure the Internet is treated as a commons accessible to all, rather than a privilege denied to many (particularly in rural areas): Many Canadians living outside urban centres do not have access to high speed broadband Internet and a significant number connect at speeds of 1.5 megabits per second — only marginally faster than dial-up.
In the year 2000 Estonia declared Internet access a fundamental human right, something essential for life in the 21st century, and launched a program to expand rural access. Finland (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year old Canadian teen, committed suicide last week after being gang-raped and shamed online. Anonymous says one of the three boys involved in the assault has confessed and is willing to name his alleged accomplices. The hactivist collective issued the following statement on Friday: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [...]
The post Rehtaeh Parsons: Anonymous Says It Has Rape Confession appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The final panel on policy resolutions at the NDP’s Montreal convention will deal with human rights issues. And the Young New Democrats of Quebec have proposed a resolution which covers a number of issues worth including in that discussion: 6-26-13Resolution on Rights in the Digital AgeSubmitted by the Young New Democrats of QuebecWHEREAS protecting digital rights is necessary to develop a sustainable economy in the 21st century;BE IT RESOLVED that a new subsection (6.10) be added to the Policy Book:6.10 Rights in the digital ageNew Democrats believe in:(a) Ensuring all Canadians
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #mtlqc13 Priority Resolution – Human Rights
Activists Seek to Defeat CFAA Expansion Proposal, Pass Reforms to Protect Innovators and Internet Users. By: Demand Progress: WASHINGTON – Today, on the day that Aaron Swartz‘s trial was set to have begun, Demand Progress and Aaron Swartz’s partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman announced that activists will engage in a week of action [...]
The post Aaron Swartz inspires week of action against Computer Fraud and Abuse Act appeared first on The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis.
Google is losing a lot of friends lately. Their recent decisions to discontinue iGoogle and Reader are making many people unhappy. Today, to the great dismay of many Gmail users, Gmail’s new compose interface – a small box in the corner of your screen – became the default. Google says the previous compose style – the more typical large box in the centre of your screen – will be discontinued.
Why not give us options? If some people like to compose an email in a small box in the corner of their screen, that’s grand. They can. And
. . . → Read More: wmtc: google, what have you got against choice?
Since blog comments are not a very useful way of sharing information, I’ll post this again here. A list of alternatives to Google Reader can be found at ReplaceReader.
I’m very interested in this, even though I stopped using Google Reader a long time ago. I tried several times, and each time found that using any feed service hugely exacerbated that feeling of drowning in too much information. Worse, using a feed reader triggered my anxiety about not having enough time, just about the last thing I need. Thus my own internet reading continues to be the only thing in
A while back, I expressed my frustration with the current massive emphasis on mobile apps, and with organizations that use Facebook pages instead of web pages: the walled-off internet, or why facebook and mobile apps are good for them and bad for us.
For a more complete view of this sad fact, you might want to read this 2010 article from Wired: The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet by Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff. It’s old in internet terms, but more relevant than ever: If we’re moving away from the open Web, it’s at least in part
. . . → Read More: wmtc: petition google to save google reader: please sign and share widely
By: Maira Sutton | Published by Electronic Frontier Foundation on Mar 1, 2013: Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting READ MORE
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: #freebrad: Tweeting Bradley Manning trial before US military court, where the whistleblower has reportedly pleaded guilty to providing Wikileaks with confidential military material. But he has denied the charges relating to “aiding the enemy”, which is the most serious of all the charges he faces. Tweets about “#freebrad” The Canadian Progressive READ MORE
It is not the “crimes” Aaron (Swartz) may have committed that made him a target of federal prosecution, but his ideas – elaborated in his “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto” – that the government has found so dangerous. By Jeremy Hammond – #18729-424 | Metropolitan Correctional Center, Feb. 20, 2013: The tragic death of internet freedom fighter READ MORE
by Trevor Timm | Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 18, 2013: One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—a dangerous bill that would have allowed READ MORE
by Guest Blogger | Jan 27, 2013: Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses his new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” with Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! The film examines the key players involved in the whistleblowing website’s release of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The READ MORE
Hacktivist collective threatens massive WikiLeaks-style exposure of potentially-damaging secrets. by Guest Blogger | Jan 27, 2013 In response to the death of Internet activist , Reddit programmer and extraordinary hacker, Aaron Swartz, Anonymous has declared “war” on the U.S. government with an operation code-named “Operation Last Resort”. Late Friday the hacktivist collective hacked the United States Sentencing Commission‘s READ MORE
Robert Fisk has a good piece in The Independent about the incivility (to put it mildly!) that is endemic in the comment sections of online news stories: “Anonymous trolls are as pathetic as the anonymous “sources” that contaminate the gutless journalism of the New York Times, BBC, and CNN”.
Fisk wonders why newspapers that will not publish an anonymous letter to the editor will allow anonymous lies and hateful screed in comments. Surely he knows the simple answer: money. Advertisers are paying for clicks, and the idiots in the comments section are increasing the clickage.
Why should we help
. . . → Read More: wmtc: it’s time we all starved the trolls: stop reading comments on mainstream news stories
Published in 1637, The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of 300 aphorisms about life, behaviour, politics, morality, faith, philosophy and society. One comment, on Amazon.ca called it, somewhat unfairly to Machiavelli, “Machiavelli with a soul.” I have been … Continue reading →
Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld and an Austin Healey in an unothorised screen capture of the Death Machine episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. While writing this post I got seriously distracted by Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (hat tip NY Times) and tracking down “The League” (found it on iTunes) as per a comment on the Wired article:
”Worst idea ever, we already have “The IT Crowd”, “Always Sunny [in Philadelphia]“, “The League”, “30 Rock”, “Modern Family” and dare I say, the [...] US version of “The Office” all dealing with ‘Today’ “
By the way, I can’t . . . → Read More: Altavistagoogle: Modern Seinfeld