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The cost of Knowledge

loungeagainstthemachine:

More than 6000 scientist stands against one of the world biggest scientific
publisher Elsevier, to don’t pay such high price for research results what are actualy sponsored by public funds. Thanks to Research Work Act
the knowledge can be the privilege of the private sector & blocked from publicity. Besides this the publisher support the three new notorious media act.

(Source : thecostofknowledge.com)

Classé dans ACTA PIPA SOPA science Research Works Act Elsevier news

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nationalpost:

Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about MuhammadHamza Kashgari, 23, is Saudi Arabia’s most reviled man and could even face execution for blasphemy.It’s all because of three tweets of an imagined conversation with the Prophet Muhammad.Writing on the Prophet’s birthday, he said he “loved the rebel in you” and he “loved some aspects of you, hated others.”The reaction on the Internet was swift and vitriolic.First, there was a flurry of angry comments on Twitter — estimated at more than 30,000 in 24 hours. A Facebook page, “Saudi people want punishment for Hamza Kashgari,” has quickly grown to more than 20,000 members.“The only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists,” commented Abu Abdulrahman, an online reader of al-Madina newspaper.

nationalpost:

Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about Muhammad
Hamza Kashgari, 23, is Saudi Arabia’s most reviled man and could even face execution for blasphemy.

It’s all because of three tweets of an imagined conversation with the Prophet Muhammad.

Writing on the Prophet’s birthday, he said he “loved the rebel in you” and he “loved some aspects of you, hated others.”

The reaction on the Internet was swift and vitriolic.

First, there was a flurry of angry comments on Twitter — estimated at more than 30,000 in 24 hours. A Facebook page, “Saudi people want punishment for Hamza Kashgari,” has quickly grown to more than 20,000 members.

“The only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists,” commented Abu Abdulrahman, an online reader of al-Madina newspaper.

Classé dans news Hamza Kashgari Saudi Arabia religion

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Twitter Develops Fine-Toothed Censorship Tool

futurejournalismproject:

Twitter has refined its ability to block posts from appearing (read: censor) in user streams on a country by country basis.

As explained on the Twitter blog:

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.

Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.

We haven’t yet used this ability, but if and when we are required to withhold a Tweet in a specific country, we will attempt to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content has been withheld. As part of that transparency, we’ve expanded our partnership with Chilling Effects to share this new page, http://chillingeffects.org/twitter, which makes it easier to find notices related to Twitter.

“In the face of a valid and applicable legal order,” a Twitter spokeswoman tells TechPresident’s Nick Judd, “the choice facing services is between global removal of content with no notice to the user, or a transparent, targeted approach where the content is removed only in the country in question.”

(Source : futurejournalismproject)

Classé dans twitter censorship tech news

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staff:

Two days ago, you guys stepped up once again to show the world just how much we care about protecting the Internet.  Together, we generated more than 140,000 calls to Senators, spent more than 4,200 hours on the phone with their staffers, and blacked out 650,000 of our blogs to make our point and inspire others to get involved.  And what’s more, this was on top of the 90,000 calls we sent to members of the House of Representatives a month ago.  Incredible.

It’s now becoming clear just how much impact our action is having.  On January 18th, only 31 members of Congress opposed these bills.  Just one day later, 101 members of Congress publicly stood with us in opposition.  We are being heard.

And as of today, it looks like both the Senate PIPA and House SOPA bills have been shelved, for the moment.  It seems pretty likely that the bills won’t pass as written—a big first win.  We now hope that Internet companies, the creative community and the content industry join together to innovate and devise new partnerships to combat online piracy.  We’re confident there are effective ways to do this without damaging the Internet or diminishing our freedoms.

You’ve made a big difference in keeping the Internet a safe and open place for creators.  Thank you again.

staff:

Two days ago, you guys stepped up once again to show the world just how much we care about protecting the Internet. Together, we generated more than 140,000 calls to Senators, spent more than 4,200 hours on the phone with their staffers, and blacked out 650,000 of our blogs to make our point and inspire others to get involved. And what’s more, this was on top of the 90,000 calls we sent to members of the House of Representatives a month ago. Incredible.

It’s now becoming clear just how much impact our action is having. On January 18th, only 31 members of Congress opposed these bills. Just one day later, 101 members of Congress publicly stood with us in opposition. We are being heard.

And as of today, it looks like both the Senate PIPA and House SOPA bills have been shelved, for the moment. It seems pretty likely that the bills won’t pass as written—a big first win. We now hope that Internet companies, the creative community and the content industry join together to innovate and devise new partnerships to combat online piracy. We’re confident there are effective ways to do this without damaging the Internet or diminishing our freedoms.

You’ve made a big difference in keeping the Internet a safe and open place for creators. Thank you again.

Classé dans News Politics

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nationalpost:

Did Wikipedia’s anti-SOPA blackout accomplish its goal?As of 12 a.m. ET Thursday — after 24 hours of darkness — Wikipedia is back online.
According to the site, 162 million web users saw its protest against  the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
“You said no,” the company said on its thank you page.  “You shut down Congress’s switchboards. You melted their servers. Your  voice was loud and strong. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a  free and open Internet.

nationalpost:

Did Wikipedia’s anti-SOPA blackout accomplish its goal?
As of 12 a.m. ET Thursday — after 24 hours of darkness — Wikipedia is back online.

According to the site, 162 million web users saw its protest against the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

“You said no,” the company said on its thank you page. “You shut down Congress’s switchboards. You melted their servers. Your voice was loud and strong. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet.

Classé dans wikipedia SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act Protect IP Act PIPA news Gary Clement editorial cartoon

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Homeless Long Island Teenager Is Intel Competition Semifinalist

reuters:

(CBSNewYork / AP)  - Samantha Garvey has good reason to be the recipient of high fives and congratulations from the faculty and students in the hallways at Brentwood High School.

The 17-year-old senior says she cannot believe that she is one of the semifinalists in the highly prestigious Intel Science Competition, in part because she lives in a Bay Shore homeless shelter with her parents, brother, and twin sisters.

(via soupsoup)

Classé dans Tech News Intel Homeless Science

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centerforinvestigativereporting:

More than 14,000 people attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago this October. This 19,000-pound tactical protector vehicle, the Pit-Bull by Virginia-based Alpine Armoring, is nearly 8 feet tall, more than 7 feet wide, and comes standard with nine gun ports and a V-10 engine. Learn more about the militarization of local police departments in our new investigation.

centerforinvestigativereporting:

More than 14,000 people attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago this October. This 19,000-pound tactical protector vehicle, the Pit-Bull by Virginia-based Alpine Armoring, is nearly 8 feet tall, more than 7 feet wide, and comes standard with nine gun ports and a V-10 engine. Learn more about the militarization of local police departments in our new investigation.

Classé dans military police news government

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nationalpost:

Burnt and damaged books at the Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011 after the world-famous centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. The heavily damaged historic centre for the advancement of scientific research, housing priceless national archives, was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images READ MORE

nationalpost:

Burnt and damaged books at the Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011 after the world-famous centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. The heavily damaged historic centre for the advancement of scientific research, housing priceless national archives, was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images READ MORE

Classé dans News Egypt Cairo Institute of Egypt Arab Spring

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Chinese Censors Target Social Media

futurejournalismproject:

“China is faced with an Internet-management crisis,” Liu Yunshan, the country’s propaganda chief, said back in September

Liu is talking about the country’s inability to control and censor communication across social networks. Of particular concern is Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, which currently has about 400 million users.

The country is famous for its Great Firewall and thirty-plus thousand censors that investigate Web sites and join message boards to either delete comments or spin government messages their own way. But trying to do the same to the Chinese equivalent of Twitter posts has escaped the censors.

As the Sydney Morning Herald notes, “As quickly as [censors] delete individual messages, they find they have already been spread by hundreds, or thousands, of others.”

Proposed solution: Throw more censors at the “problem”. Sina just hired a thousand people to monitor messages across its network.

Via the Sydney Morning Herald:

China’s Communist Party has set out to curtail social networking following years of unfettered growth after its top committee issued an edict launching a new drive to control open messaging.

Websites such as Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, have been allowed to grow explosively, with 400 million Chinese posting opinions and sharing information.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party, a 300-strong body of party, state and army leaders, has signalled its alarm that there is no equivalent to the Great Firewall that marshals the internet. It has promised to “strengthen the guidance and administration of social internet services and instant communications tools” to ensure “orderly dissemination of information”.

Anyone spreading “false rumours” was threatened with stern punishment.

According to the Vancouver Sun, punishment includes arrest:

Already a number of people have been put under what China calls “administrative detention,” usually 15 days under arrest. One was accused of writing a fake report about changes to the income tax system. A student was jailed for claiming that cancer had killed eight village officials in Yunnan. A third was detained for writing that a Chinese jet had crashed.

(Source : futurejournalismproject)

Classé dans News china great firewall social media censorship internet freedom Sina Weibo