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When Will Anonymous Go Too Far?

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-4)

Pushing Bounds And Tempting A Fight Doug Bernard | Washington DC If one could speak about Anonymous as a singular entity, then it’s clear that Anonymous is spoiling for a fight. But of course, Anonymous is anything but a singular thing. It’s been called a hive of numberless drones, an amorphous hidden collective of computer […]

Your Facebook Friends Have More Friends Than You

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 5:17 am (UTC-4)

And Other Surprising Findings From a New Facebook Study Doug Bernard | Washington DC “Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” wrote founder Mark Zuckerberg in a letter this week. “Facebook exists to make the world more open and connected, and not just to build a company. We expect everyone at Facebook to […]

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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. […]

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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Bradley Manning’s Day In Court

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 10:42 pm (UTC-4)

The Alleged Wikileaks Leaker Is Arraigned Doug Bernard | Washington DC For the last year and a half, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has sat alone in a prison cell. A variety of prison cells, to be exact. In Spring 2010, the military identified Manning as the source of several high profile leaks on the […]

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