Posts tagged “Twitter”
Source: Ethan Zuckerman
Scholars of social media spend a lot of time studying Twitter. Twitter’s not the largest social network in the world – Facebook has at least twice as many users – but it’s massive and influential, particularly in the world of journalism, where smart practitioners have learned to report on stories using accounts from Twitter.
Source: Francisco Toro
Something is amiss in Venezuela’s Twittersphere: all of a sudden, opposition figures with a long history of criticizing the government of President Hugo Chávez have flipped, posting hearty praise for Chavismo and streams of invectives against their own camp. Has the government made a great leap in winning over new followers?
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
María Elizabeth Macías Castro’s killers made sure their actions were understood. In a macabre, carefully orchestrated mise-en-scene, they placed her body in front of a poster with the ominous note. Nearby they left a computer keyboard, with a pair of headphones on her decapitated head.
Source: Josh Halliday, The Guardian
David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week’s riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.
The prime minister said the government will review whether it is possible to stop suspected rioters spreading online messages, in his opening statement during a Commons debate on Thursday on the widespread civil disorder for which MPs were recalled from their summer recess.
“When Twitter revealed in January that it had received a Department of Justice order to hand over information on three users associated with WikiLeaks, the real surprise wasn’t that an Internet company had been asked to secretly spill user data for a criminal investigation. It was that, for once, the firm hadn’t kept quiet about it.
Chris Soghoian, a privacy researcher at Indiana University and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, has been following that Twitter case closely as a potentially precedent-shaping test for how and when the government can nab users’ online information. And now he’s released a paper that puts the case in context, outlining just how little Americans are told about the extent of government surveillance on the Internet.”
“The satirical Onion News Network recently reported on new government funding for that “massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” known as Facebook — dreamed up by “secret C.I.A. agent Mark Zuckerberg.” The report made light of how much information we willingly make available to third parties online that we would never consider freely handing over to the feds.
While funny, the report speaks to a great concern for privacy and civil liberties advocates, like Christopher Soghoian and Nicholas Merrill, who worry about the ease with which the government can get access to the digital information we store with third-parties like Facebook, Yahoo!, and Google, as well as to the rich databases that our mobile phone providers have.They worry that technology companies are being turned into unofficial intelligence agents with increasing regularity, as law enforcement turns to them for access to our electronic communications and location data.”