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Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Obama

Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Obama | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May
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Ecuador Cuts Internet of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ Founder

Ecuador Cuts Internet of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ Founder | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The country made it clear it feared it was being sucked into an effort to “interfere in electoral processes” in the United States.
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Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
By Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for
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When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But

When the Internet’s ‘Moderators’ Are Anything But | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The title suggests a steward of civility and decency. But online, unpaid moderators can become a force for mayhem.
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I hope that the problems at Reddit do not spill over into the political arena. Reddit really has always been a unique ecosystem. I didn't visit often but I did benefit greatly from some of the links and threads that were shared with me which originated on the site.

 

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USA TODAY: Latest World and US News - USATODAY.com

USA TODAY: Latest World and US News  - USATODAY.com | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The Nation's Newspaper provides you with up-to-date coverage of US and international news, weather, entertainment, finance, and more.
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I am glad that President Obama did the right thing yesterday and made a stand in favor of Net Neutrality. Ted Cruise sounds silly when he talks about this topic.

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The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling

The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
"Citizenfour," the closest look we'll ever have at how the largest leak in U.S. government history went down, is about to premier at the New York Film Festival. While most of us have to wait until ...
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This is going to be interesting.

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Why New Zealand matters in our quest for freedom of web privacy

See if this sounds familiar: a bombshell Snowden leak shows the head of a major country is surveilling his own citizens. The leader denies it, but Snowden keeps pushing, with more documents and...
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New Zealand's geographic and political positions put it in a critical place in the fight for digital privacy.  "While it's not a large country, a significant quantity of the Pacific’s data traffic passes through New Zealand, thanks to two data cables that come ashore on the northern island, including the trans-Pacific Southern Cross cable"  Snowden and some internet freedom players are hoping to make net privacy a major campaign issue.

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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In WikiLeaks Case : NPR

The 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. In 2010, he gave WikiLeaks more than 700,000 documents. A judge handed down his sentence Wednesday.
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A great documentary:

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/wikileaks/bradley-manning/

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Keep the Internet Open

Keep the Internet Open | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

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The number of governments that censor Internet content has grown to 40 today from about four in 2002.

 

A strong call to action by internet Founding Father Vint Cert

 

More and more governments are trying to take away the Internet as we know it.

 

I also STRONGLY suggest watching this 4-minute video from the same organization that helped us understand SOPA last Fall:
https://www.whatistheitu.org/?ref=fftf
 

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Iranians fear censorship in intranet launch

Ken's Key Takeaway

I am concerned that this will cause more polarization and group think.  I am also concerned that other countries may follow.  I am concerned about Electronic Colonialism (media created in US/European/Japan shaping cultures around the world), but cutting off all incoming ideas is not good.

Ken

 

Citing cybersecurity concerns, the Iranian government is due to launch a national computer network. Critics of the new government policy, however, say it is ...

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THE GOVERNMENT WANTS YOUR TWITTER INFORMATION

THE GOVERNMENT WANTS YOUR TWITTER INFORMATION | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

On The Media is my favorite new podcast of 2012.  This episode is full of interesting news, but I think the most important is the segment about a New York Judge who is not letting a NYC man defend himself in court for a comment he posted on Twitter.  The judge says that once it is 'said' in public, it is property of Twitter and the man is not guaranteed a right to appear in court to defend it.  

 

Also, the 'pitch perfect' segment is a nice salute to the death of Barry Becher.  And wait, there's more....

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You've Been Owned

You've Been Owned | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Some USA 'leaders' are trying to make it illegal to sell your used books, music, movies, and handphones.

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ACT NOW: DON'T LET COPYRIGHT HOLDERS STEAL OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!

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'It’s Hard to Show the World I Exist': Chelsea Manning's Final Plea to Be Seen | Broadly

On the heels of a last appeal to President Obama for clemency, WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning tells Broadly about her struggle for visibility and justice.
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Here is a follow-up to my previous posts about Chelsea Manning.
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The Senate is one vote away from giving the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history.

Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet's transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.
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These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government

These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A lexicon's worth of creative ways is used to avoid the censors' filters.
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An interesting article about how some Chinese citizens are changing their language in ways to talk publicly about social and government concerns.

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▶ ACLU Releases "Police Tape" Android App - YouTube

"The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ) has just released "Police Tape," an Android phone app that allows people to securely ...
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Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the..
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I forget how young he was

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Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality

Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It would take a close reader to understand the difference between what Comcast is advocating to the public and what it's advocating to the FCC.
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Glenn Greenwald: 'A Lot' More NSA Documents to Come

Glenn Greenwald: 'A Lot' More NSA Documents to Come | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden's first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA's digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.
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An article from Wired.  After six months, Snowden's hard drive continues to be the talk of the net.  He says of the NSA, "They want to make sure there is no communication that evades their net.”

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Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.

Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next. | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It depends on what they do next.
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I feel that this article and "A Government Afriad of Itself"  (A government afraid of itself) are worth reading for the sake of conversation and deeper thought. This is a tough subject.  

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Charlie Dare's comment, August 28, 2013 11:56 AM
Neither done it "spill the beans" for personal gain.They blew the whistle on what they felt was wrong to media and people should know about in my opinion .The guy that broke the Watergate scandal (Ellisworth ?? Sp ) was a whistle blower too but he vetted what material he released, he is now sticking up for them..These guys just released a massive amount..with out knowing all the content as I understand.
Ken Morrison's comment, August 28, 2013 6:26 PM
Hi Charlie. I like that you bring up the potential argument that it does not have to be a binary argument. There are many stages between 'keep your mouth shut' and use a megaphone/Tumblr account. I agree that some vetting and restraint may have given a bit more credibility to the concept of wanting to inform the people while loving the country.
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Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations

Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A United Nations human rights body resolution passed this week called Internet access and freedom of online expression a basic human right.
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Man booted from airplane for wearing anti-TSA shirt — RT

Man booted from airplane for wearing anti-TSA shirt — RT | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key takeaway:

Disturbing.  Simply Disturbing.  The quote about 'looking foreign" is pathetic if it is true.

Ken

 

While trying to board a flight out of Buffalo, New York recently, a PhD student at Arizona State found out the hard way that being on a no-fly list isn’t the only way to attract the attention of the TSA — wearing a funny shirt will do the trick, too.

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Holy Conflict of Interest

Holy Conflict of Interest | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I am thankful that "Demand Progress Now" shared this with me a few days ago.  I highly support that group for sharing the news on the ground regarding our internet freedom.

 

Hollywood is waging an ongoing war against the Internet by pushing bills like SOPA and encouraging the Department of Justice to shut down websites -- and even imprison people -- just for aggregating links to sites that the movie industry doesn't...

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WikiLeaks - The Forgotten Man - Four Corners

WikiLeaks - The Forgotten Man - Four Corners | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

An Australian documentardocumentary about Private Bradley Manning and Wikileaks.

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