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Censoring Twitter?

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)

Twitter’s New Policy And Debate About Online Speech Doug Bernard | Washington DC The announcement caught many Internet analysts off guard. Late last week, on January 26th, the micro-blogging site Twitter said it was implementing changes that would allow it to withhold content from specific nations upon request. In other words, if a government asked, […]

Google, Privacy and You

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-4)

What The Search Engine Giant Knows About You Doug Bernard | Washington DC Perhaps they should have expected this. Years ago, the founders of Google adopted as their semi-official motto the phrase “Don’t Be Evil.” And that, for Google’s critics, has been the gift that keeps on giving. Every time Google announces something different -unveiling […]

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#McMistake: How Social Media Can Fail

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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A Cautionary Tale Of Hashtags Doug Bernard | Washington DC It’s become commonplace to hear people praise the virtues of social media. Facebook and YouTube are replacing radio and TV as the first stop for new movie previews and political advertising. Anyone who’s anyone has their own Twitter page and RMS feed. News outlets all […]

Does Social Media Help or Hurt Terrorism?

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 2:03 am (UTC-4)

Conflicting Claims About Terrorists’ Use of the Internet Doug Bernard | Washington DC The recent headlines were enough to concern even the most cynical reader. “Terrorist groups recruiting through social media,” blared the headline at the CBC’s website.  “Social Media Gave Terrorist Groups Second Wind,” read the report at “Terrorists making ‘friends’ on Facebook,” […]

UPDATE: Wiki Blackout, One Day Later

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 3:07 pm (UTC-4)

Just What, If Anything, Did Wednesday’s Protest Achieve? Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE: Friday, January 20, 2012: Not content to leave the battle un-joined, the hacker group Anonymous stepped into the SOPA fray Thursday evening by launching a massive denial of service attack on several SOPA supporters, including Universal Music, the RIAA and MPAA. […]

Gizmo Party Time in Vegas!

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 4:17 pm (UTC-4)

What’s Hot, and What’s Not, at the Consumer Electronic Show Doug Bernard and Rick Pantaleo | Washington DC If you have anything more than just a passing interest in what new electronic devices will soon be hitting store shelves, chances are good you’re either in Las Vegas this week, or wish you were. That’s because […]

Hacking the Persian Gulf

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-4)

Conflicts in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Heat Up The Web Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE Jan. 13, 2012: While 0xOmar seems to have submerged, at least for the moment, he’s inspired a little like-minded payback from Israel. Tel Aviv’s Ma’Ariv newspaper is reporting that an hacker named “0xOmer“, believed to be Israeli citizen […]

The Note Card Confessional

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Why Are So Many Teens Spilling Their Secrets on YouTube? Doug Bernard | Washington DC They go by titles like “Secrets and Confessions.” “If You Really Knew Me.” “Notecard Confessions.” Their form, by now, is fairly standard. A young person sits silently in front of their computer webcam, cards in hand. Music plays in the […]

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