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My FT oped: "The Snowden saga heralds a radical shift in capitalism"

My FT oped: "The Snowden saga heralds a radical shift in capitalism" | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The Snowden saga heralds a radical shift in capitalism
By Evgeny Morozov
The benefits of personal data to consumers are obvious; the costs are not, writes Evgeny Morozov
Following his revelations this...
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The Internet and new modes of political participation: online versus offline participation

The Internet and new modes of political participation: online versus offline participation | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
(2013). The Internet and new modes of political participation: online versus offline participation. Information, Communication & Society. ???aop.label???. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.867356

 

Political participation refers to all forms of involvement in which citizens express their political opinion and/or convey that opinion to political decision-makers. Some of the most innovative forms of political participation developed during the past decade are based on the use of online communication tools. There is still no consensus in the scientific literature, however, about the impact of online communication on citizens’ civic and political engagement. The main goal of this article is therefore to understand whether specific online and/or offline political participation patterns exist especially among young people who are known to be the most fervent Internet users. The analysis utilizes survey data on various forms of offline and online political engagement among undergraduate students from 2011.

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The Info-Activism How-To Guide | Strategies and tools for digital campaigning

The Info-Activism How-To Guide | Strategies and tools for digital campaigning | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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Smari McCarthy, making data speak | Exposing the Invisible

Smari McCarthy, making data speak | Exposing the Invisible | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Smari is Director of the International Modern Media Institute, a member of the Icelandic Pirate Party and sometimes a member of the Peer to Peer Foundation, information activist hacker... among other things.

 

Smari is Director of the International Modern Media Institute, a member of the Icelandic Pirate Party and sometimes a member of the Peer to Peer Foundation, information activist hacker... among other things. In this short sketch he talks to us about the importance of metadata. What is is, what forms it comes in, and how it can be both our best friend and our worst enemy.

When we start using data in activism, what we're doing is providing a set rigour to it. We're applying rigour to the action of activism. That means it's much harder for authorities or higher powers to contradict us on the basis of propaganda. We eliminate a lot of lies and truths and propaganda just by making sure that everything we say is backed up by evidence. That's a growing trend and, even over the last decade, it's noticeable how activists have become more data-centric. They are doing things like data meetups, data dumps, sharing large files among themselves, with the intent of being well informed and having the best data that's available to them. Whereas ten years ago, the rumour mill had a lot more weight in the discussion. And often rumour mills generate the false positives and the false negatives.
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The Simple Rules of Social Contagion

It is commonly believed that information spreads between individuals like a pathogen, with each exposure by an informed friend potentially resulting in a naive individual becoming infected. However, empirical studies of social media suggest that individual response to repeated exposure to information is significantly more complex than the prediction of the pathogen model. As a proxy for intervention experiments, we compare user responses to multiple exposures on two different social media sites, Twitter and Digg. We show that the position of the exposing messages on the user-interface strongly affects social contagion. Accounting for this visibility significantly simplifies the dynamics of social contagion. The likelihood an individual will spread information increases monotonically with exposure, while explicit feedback about how many friends have previously spread it increases the likelihood of a response. We apply our model to real-time forecasting of user behavior.

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Digital campaigning and the growing anti-elitism: the Pirates and Beppe Grillo

Digital campaigning and the growing anti-elitism: the Pirates and Beppe Grillo | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

In the digital age, new ways of interaction provide a new type of public sphere which has dramatically changed party politics. This includes not only the modernisation and professionalisation of mainstream political parties but also paves the way for new challengers and a new dimension of campaigning. The current examples, the Pirate Party, especially in Germany, and the Five Star Movement of Beppe Grillo, show at least short-term potential. The Pirate Party caused a media hype about the young activists. Grillo transcended the borders between comedy and politics without the helping hand of the traditional media, which ignored him. The threat for representative democracies lies in the growing anti-elitism which is combined in the Pirates and Grillo. Mainstream political parties should indicate that the claim for a new participatory politics beyond right and left is a utopian one, while attacking the way that party politics works.

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'Privacy' is Dictionary.com's word of the year

'Privacy' is Dictionary.com's word of the year | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Last month The Oxford University Press dubbed "selfie" the word of 2013, and now Dictionary.com is going in a completely different direction for its choice. The popular online dictionary picked "...
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La onda expansiva desatada por Snowden

La onda expansiva desatada por Snowden | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Las filtraciones del exanalista de la NSA han sacudido las relaciones de EE UU con sus aliados. Un repaso a las consecuencias que ha tenido el escándalo, país por país
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Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, communication and the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt

Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, communication and the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
(2013). Aiding Revolution? Wikileaks, communication and the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt. Third World Quarterly: Vol. 34, No. 10, pp. 1843-1857. doi: 10.1080/01436597.2013.851901

 

This article explores the role of external actors in facilitating the uprisings in Egypt that have become known as the Arab Spring. It analyses several of the diplomatic cables released by the Wikileaks organisation that possess an Egypt focus. The article suggests that while the cables did not make surprising revelations to Egyptians, the release of this information offered a source of external legitimacy for the protesters by detailing a history of oppression and human rights abuses; conversely, the cables delegitimised the Mubarak regime. The data were then spread via different channels of communication to aid the protest movements both internally and externally. The article concludes by suggesting that while this information was incredibly important, as were the channels of communication used to facilitate events and spread the information, one must be careful not to diminish the importance of agency.

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The Year Hacktivists And The Government Went To War

The Year Hacktivists And The Government Went To War | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Does the law have mercy for computer hackers with a cause? That was a recurring question in 2013 as several so-called hacktivists, facing years in prison, pleaded for leniency, claiming they had broken into computer networks for the public good.
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by Gerald.Smith@huffingtonpost.com

 

Gerry Smith is a technology reporter at The Huffington Post, based in New York. Previously, he was a Metro reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Gerry has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He can be reached at gerald.smith@huffingtonpost.com or at 212-402-4677.

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Unfazed by irony, Walmart sells 'Occupy' posters online

Unfazed by irony, Walmart sells 'Occupy' posters online | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
A shot of a protester in Zuccotti Park, where the movement started as stand against corporate greed in 2011, can be yours!
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Liberationtech ‏@Liberationtech 6m

Unfazed by irony, @Walmart sells #Occupy posters online http://www.dailydot.com/lol/walmart-occupy-poster-online-marketplace/ ;…


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One out of Every Four Activists Could Be a Corporate Spy | Nafeez Ahmed

Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Nafeez Ahmed, investigative journalist for the Guardian about a stunning new report from the Center for Corp...
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Europäischen Akademie für Informationsfreiheit und Datenschutz

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Peter Schaar ‏@Peter_Schaar 14h

Neue Heimat für meinen Blog ist die Europäische Akademie für #Datenschutz und #Informationsfreiheit (#EAID): http://www.eaid-berlin.de

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Calendar - 30C3_Public_Wiki

Calendar - 30C3_Public_Wiki | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
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Tactical Tech ‏@Info_Activism 34m

We just arrived at the 30C3 in hamburg - starts tomorrow check- 30C3_Public_Wiki https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/wiki/Static:Calendar ;…

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The Importance of Wikileaks in the Egyptian Revolution

The Importance of Wikileaks in the Egyptian Revolution | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

by Mark A. Peterson.

 

I've been interested in the role of Wikileaks in the Egyptian revolution ever since I was quoted, out of context, on that very subject. Most accounts of the Egyptian uprisings, even those that focu...

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A Guardian guide to metadata

A Guardian guide to metadata | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Metadata is information generated as you use technology, but what exactly is it? Explore some of the data collected through activities you do every day
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Protest Diffusion and Cultural Resonance in the 2011 Protest Wave

Protest Diffusion and Cultural Resonance in the 2011 Protest Wave | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Gerbaudo, P. (2013). Protest Diffusion and Cultural Resonance in the 2011 Protest Wave. The International Spectator: Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 86-101. doi: 10.1080/03932729.2013.847689

 

The 2011 protest wave, encompassing the Arab Spring revolutions, the Indignados movement in Spain and Greece, and the Occupy Wall Street movement has often been described as a new global protest cycle. However, the dynamics of diffusion suggest a more complex picture. Transmission of protest frames and repertoires from one country and cultural region to another was quite slow and tortuous. Moreover, adoption of the new ideas and practices of protest spawned by the protest wave of 2011 involved laborious dynamics of cultural translation and domestication. This situation points to the continuing importance of local protest cultures and cultural contexts, in addition to channels of transmission, even in an era of instantaneous communication technologies.

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#YoSoy132: la experiencia de los nuevos movimientos sociales en México y el papel de las redes sociales desde una perspectiva crítica

#YoSoy132: la experiencia de los nuevos movimientos sociales en México y el papel de las redes sociales desde una perspectiva crítica | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Este artículo aborda la experiencia del movimiento social #YoSoy132, a partir de la ex- ploración de su surgimiento en el contexto político, social y mediático mexicano y del análisis de sus características, demandas y paralelismos con los nuevos movimientos so- ciales globales. Además, el artículo problematiza el papel de los medios digitales –en particular de las redes sociales– dentro del movimiento, rompiendo con cinco narrativas dominantes en la literatura. Finalmente, se realiza un balance de los alcances y de las limitaciones de #YoSoy132.

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Beyond WikiLeaks

Revelations published by the whistleblower platform WikiLeaks, including the releases of U.S. diplomatic cables in what became referred to as 'Cablegate', put WikiLeaks into the international spotlight and sparked intense about the role and impact of leaks in a digital era. Beyond WikiLeaks opens a space to reflect on the broader implications across political and media fields, and on the transformations that result from new forms of leak journalism and transparency activism. A select group of renowned scholars, international experts, and WikiLeaks 'insiders' discuss the consequences of the WikiLeaks saga for traditional media, international journalism, freedom of expression, policymaking, civil society, social change, and international politics. From short insider reports to elaborate and theoretically informed academic texts, the different chapters provide critical assessments of the current historical juncture of our mediatized society and offer outlooks of the future. Authors include, amongst others, Harvard University's Yochai Benkler, Graham Murdoch of Loughborough University, net activism scholar, Gabriella Coleman, the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jillian York, and Guardian editor, Chris Elliott. The book also includes a conversation between philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and its prologue is written by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP and editor of the WikiLeaks video, `Collateral Murder`.

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Wikileaks and the Arab Spring: The Twists and Turns of Media, Culture and Power.

Wikileaks and the Arab Spring: The Twists and Turns of Media, Culture and Power. | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Revelations published by the whistleblower platform WikiLeaks, including the releases of U.S.

 

Saleh, I. (2013). Wikileaks and the Arab Spring: The Twists and Turns of Media, Culture and Power. Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society, 245-253.

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Freedom of the Press Foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation | Digital Protest | Scoop.it

Protecting the digital communications of journalists is now one of the biggest press freedom challenges in the 21st Century. A record number of whistleblowers have recently been prosecuted in large part because the government thinks it can now obtain email and phone records detailing sources talking to journalists, without ever attempting to force the journalist to testify in court.

 

To that end, we're providing you with an easy way to donate to support open-source encryption tools that can better protect the communications of journalists and sources.  Your donation will be tax-deductible. You can also donate by check.

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Rainey Reitman ‏@RaineyReitman 35m

I'm donating to support encryption tools for journalists at @FreedomofPress. You can help sources stay safe too: https://pressfreedomfoundation.org 

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The age of internet empires

The age of internet empires | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
The internet is no longer the free, innovative market people still imagine: private giants like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook have taken over.
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A Quick And Dirty Account of Media in the Egyptian Uprising

A Quick And Dirty Account of Media in the Egyptian Uprising | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
I have a chapter coming out in a book on the social anthropology of the Middle East. I was asked to write a chapter on "New Media and Electronic Networks." While most of the text is about various w...
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#Media in the Egyptian Uprising by Mark A. Peterson http://sco.lt/... #Egypt #socialmedia #anthropology #jan25

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54 Civil Liberties and Public Interest Organizations Oppose the FISA Improvements Act

54 Civil Liberties and Public Interest Organizations Oppose the FISA Improvements Act | Digital Protest | Scoop.it
Fifty-four civil liberties and public interest groups sent a letter to Congressional leadership today opposing S. 1631, the FISA Improvements Act.
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