Archive for 2011/02/09
Cyber-attacks on government and corporate websites are now elements of resistance and a threat to elite powers. Throughout history and today we see acts of social protest through non-violent civil disobedience as a means of seeking changePosted: 2011/02/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime, Public Policy
Digital, non-violent civil disobedience has emerged as a term known as “hackitivism” that proves the approach to social movements and political change is ever-developing. The word hackitivism has developed from various actions of website hacking that have been claimed by hackers to be politically motivated.
The reality of virtual power: The problem for all states today is that more is happening outside the control of even the most powerful of themPosted: 2011/02/09 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
As Arab regimes struggle with demonstrations fueled by Twitter and Al Jazeera, and American diplomats try to understand the impact of WikiLeaks, it is clear that this global information age will require a more sophisticated understanding of how power works in world politics
A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia today unsealed motions filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union, and others concerning government attempts to obtain Twitter account records about three individuals in connection with its WikiLeaks investigation. The documents were originally filed under seal late last month.
The ACLU and EFF represent Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic parliamentarian and one of the Twitter users whose records were sought by the government.
EFF, ACLU Challenge Feds’ WikiLeaks Twitter Probe
The EFF as part of its ongoing investigation into how law enforcement obtains and uses personal information, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding social networkingPosted: 2011/02/09 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
It requested that federal and state agencies alike provide a copy of requirements sent to them from the social media giants on How to Obtain Private Information for official Justice Department use.
The E.F.F has received guides from AOL, Facebook, eBay, Ning, Tagged and Craigslist. Nothing was received from Twitter, although Twitter does publish some of this information on its site. So its data has been included.
The collection of this data has allowed the E.F.F and Samuelson Law Technology and Public Policy Center (UC Berkeley) to make a comprehensive comparison chart in .pdf and .xls format of the different methods and criteria the aforementioned companies will release data.