The fight for policy is often fought along K Street not in the Capitol or in the White House. In Gucci Gulch the future of industries is worked out. Who gets government largess, who does not. Who gets what contract, who does not. Who gets surveilled and…
Last week in Dubai, Russia, China, the Arab countries, and much of Africa voted to end the Internet as an international , free and open space. They have voted instead to allow for the partitioning of the Net, in an effort to keep information – and people well regulated.
“The Internet Society came to this meeting in the hopes that revisions to the treaty would focus on competition, liberalization, free flow of information and independent regulation – things that have clearly worked in the field of telecommunications,” she said. “Instead, these concepts seem to have been largely struck from the treaty text.”
War is in cyberspace as much as it is in real space. Since mid-last week Israeli sites have been probed over 44 million times. Typically Israel is subject to a few hundred attempts per day.
In air conditioned bunkers filled with servers hackers chase each other back and forth through code and over social media.
The attached article reports that the Israeli Army has a presence in all sorts of social media, and Hamas is particularly effective in Twitter. Try using the hashtags #Hamas and #Gaza to see what is happening in real time. It’s pretty amazing. But I wouldn’t go any deeper than that.
I was on social media from the first drops of rain on. Of course I tend to spend a fair amount of time in various social media anyway. But as of last night it seemed as if everyone in the universe was on Facebook and Twitter- which apparently they were according to the attached article.
I did notice a common phenomenon last night. It usually started with a post that read something like “Winds getting strong.” Followed by “Lights are flickering.” And then that person vanished. That’s what happened to me last night.
“Here’s the top 10 shared terms by U.S. Facebook users as of this morning, compared to the 24 hours from Sunday to Monday morning, as shared by Facebook’s journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik. Before Sandy hit, people were discussing weather forecasting and sending well wishes to friends in affected areas. Then as the storm hit over night, people began sharing their personal situation to reassure loved ones.”
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I love to watch a show and open up Twitter. There is nothing better- TV wise – than getting a good Twitter conversation going while watching a show. Well, watching a show that one cares just enough about to watch but is not glued to. Madmen for instance is a post show tweet.
I watch only a handful of shows each week, but the conversation around a show, which is readily available on Twitter adds to the experience for me. TV execs are fretting over the fact that conversations are happening outside of their branded shows. They’d like it much more if people chatted within a specific show platform- easier to advertise to. TechCrunch examines what TV is doing wrong in this respect.
As silly as such a discussion may appear, it has huge implications for an industry increasingly behind the 8-ball, and for how live events (such as elections) are covered.
So here is the undeniable fact: Twitter currently dominates live TV because it enables these “come-in come-out” experiences that are light, delightful and informative. But ultimately, Twitter is also dominating because of the mistakes we are making in the social TV industry.
A skirmish has broken out between Russia and a US envoy to Russia, on Twitter. The world is more transparent these days (in some ways) that’s for sure.
Posted by Senior Director, Juliette Terzieff:
Google has joined Twitter as the latest major Internet player to limit content as needed on a country-by-country basis as a means to answer varied restrictions that could prevent the provision of services. Twitter announced earlier this year it would be censoring tweets by country—meaning that if a tweet could be construed as offensive in a country or violate the country’s laws, the microblogger would remove it from view in that country. Google has now followed suit with a similar statement in regards to its blog content.
Google has previously limited its search engine, blocking content specific searches in places like China, where the demand had to be met or the Internet company wouldn’t be allowed to operate in the country.
Blogger, Google’s free blogging website, can now be censored by country, just like Twitter, although there remains a way to gain access. Google changed the URL of each site automatically by country, converting the site to blogspot.co.uk, blogspot.co.nz, .blogspot.co.au, and so on, depending on which country users are accessing the website from. The way around the country by country system is to use blogspot.com/ncr (i.e. no country redirect). Using the bypass will allow users in any country to see all content posted on Blogger.
Twitter employed a similar bypass when it began censoring tweets. In a post on January 26, 2012, Twitter stated, “As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are similar but, for historical or cultural reasons, restrict certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.”
“One of our core values as a company is to defend and respect each user’s voice,” the Twitter post said. “We try to keep content up wherever and whenever we can, and we will be transparent with users when we can’t. The tweets must continue to flow.”
The bypass Twitter employs is very easy to find in its Help Center so that content can’t be censored or deleted, and all it requires is changing the country in which one resides, much like Google has done. The tweets can’t be censored if they’re being tweeted from a country where the law isn’t being broken.
While Google’s decision to restrict posts on a country by country basis could be construed as a suppression of expression, it actually allows for the information to remain accessible elsewhere and improves on previous availability.
Before Google made the change, it “needed to take down material under the laws of one or another country,” and that meant that no one could see the content because it was removed from the system entirely. “Moving to the new system means that [Google] can make it inaccessible only to those in a country where the statement is indeed potentially illegal, leaving the rest of the world to carry on as before.”
Google responded in a question and answer statement, “Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law.
“By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD,” the Internet giant said. “If you visit a blog that does not correspond to your current location as determined by your IP address, the blogspot servers will redirect you to the domain associated with your country, if it’s a supported ccTLD.”
The actions taken by Google and Twitter to moderate posts where potential legal action could incur allows the companies to continue offering services in restrictive environments where access to information may be needed most. Even if current conditions require some limitations, keeping the information highway open—even partially—can help foment climates where change is possible.
Social media is likely to prove as revolutionary as the printing press if not more so. I know this is a bold statement but stories like the one attached just confirm the feeling for me that we are in the midst of one of the great transformations of society, if not the greatest.
I don’t know about you but open heart surgery is something that is shrouded in mystery. One goes in. The doctor opens one up. Hopefully things go well. Emerge with a stitched up chest.
Actually there is much more to it than that and a surgeon in Houston decided to show the world just how much more there was, via Twitter.
Well, this isn’t good. I rely on Twitter every day, first as a key part of my communications strategy and secondly as an unparalleled source of news. There is just nothing like it for tapping right into the mind of humanity. I wish I knew Chinese, the stuff that goes on in Chinese Twitter must be amazing. Really in any language Twitter is amazing.
But I would not be happy if I woke up one morning and saw that a bunch of my followers had just disappeared. These are people I talk to, and people I learn from. We riff off of one another and expand each others knowledge. If some bug is randomly unfollowing people that is just a shame. Hopefully Twitter will soon be on top of this.
It does raise the concern however that someone in the future could use such a bug to purposefully squash conversations.
Much has been said about how social media has helped OWS happen. Frankly it would never have happened if there was no Facebook, or Twitter, 2 for profit and very self interested companies.
What has always struck me about OWS is it’s general disdain for “capitalism.” I am not going to get into why this is right or wrong here. But I will say that I believe this ongoing flavor to the protest is because many do not understand that markets can do quite a lot of good. Often the freer they are the more good they do. This is counter intuitve for some, and I am not going into the theory behind this, but I will identify an example of such good.
They are called “cash mobs.” Like “flash mobs” they are mostly spontaneous gatherings of people organized, in an open source way and through social media, for the purpose of blessing a worthy business with a nice infusion of hipster dinero. In the attached article the example given is of a struggling organic market.
This is one way of many ways one can use markets for a better planet. Another would be becoming shareholders of a company (even just 1 share which lets you in the door of most shareholder meetings) and changing policy that way.