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Citizen Media: Enemy Of The State Or Power To The People? - Forbes

Citizen Media: Enemy Of The State Or Power To The People? - Forbes | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Here we go again. Global citizen and social media are being attacked on all sides. Just a week ago, the Chinese government threw more cold water on Internet access to the citizenry.
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VIOLATION AND VIRTUALITY

Instructions and Caution: This paper consists of a series of
narratives, disconnected and interwoven. I don't want to simplify the
task of keeping them separate, because that goes against the grain of
my intent in mashing them together. However, because some readers may
find the style too jarring to follow, in this version I have provided
some landmarks in the form of horizontal dashed lines (--------).
These indicate that a shift in the narrative is just ahead. You'll
find that the shifts obey a simple rule set. Ready?

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MediaShift . Cameras Everywhere: The Promise and Peril for Human Rights | PBS

MediaShift . Cameras Everywhere: The Promise and Peril for Human Rights | PBS | Nymwars | Scoop.it

When you hear the phrase "cameras everywhere" your first thought may be of ubiquitous surveillance cameras, watching your every move on behalf of the state, private businesses and corporations.

 

On second thought it may conjure up the hundreds of millions of cameras, mobile and Internet connections in the hands of ordinary citizens who are filming, sharing and remixing footage -- cameras that can act as powerful tools to push for positive human rights change.

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“If you don’t like it, don’t use it. It’s that simple.” ORLY?

"We’ve had a controversial week here at SMC, with both danah and Bernie jumping into the fray over Real Names (TM) and social network sites.

I’m not engaging with that mess, but I am interested in the response to it. Over, and over, and over again, when anyone– academic, pundit, journalist, blogger, regular person without a fancy appellation– criticizes social media, you’ll see a plethora of comments like the following (real comments from various things we’ve written with names removed):"

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Anonymity vs. real names on social networks | Computerworld New Zealand

Let's cut to the chase: This one is really about whether Facebook and the new kid on the block, Google+, should get to throw their considerable weight around by requiring that users post to their social-networking sites using real names.
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Snarkyxanf - Privacy is not Trust

I had a long discussion about “real names”, pseudonymity, and anonymity online with a friend today (though the conversation was in ‘real life’). Fortunately I persuaded him that pseudonymity has a place, and should be the default for system builders. But I would like to reflect on why I think pseudonyms are important . . .

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Snarkyxanf - Privacy is not Trust

I had a long discussion about “real names”, pseudonymity, and anonymity online with a friend today (though the conversation was in ‘real life’). Fortunately I persuaded him that pseudonymity has a place, and should be the default for system builders.

 

But I would like to reflect on why I think pseudonyms are important . . .

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Why I just deleted my Google+ account. | Slacy’s Blog

I just logged into Google+ and deleted my account. I’ve also uninstalled the application from my phone. Here’s why:

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How Google Reader's Overhaul Betrayed and Irked Its Most Passionate Users

How Google Reader's Overhaul Betrayed and Irked Its Most Passionate Users | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Yesterday, I got an email from a good friend with a subject line that needed no further explanation: "Google Reader." It was sent to a group of mutual friends, bemoaning the recent changes to Reader's interface, thereby kicking off a lengthy discussion thread. Should we move to Google Plus? Would Instapaper make a good substitute? Had anybody heard of Hivemined? What about other RSS readers?

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Google Can Now Index Your Comments Made Through Facebook - Techland - TIME.com

Google Can Now Index Your Comments Made Through Facebook   - Techland - TIME.com | Nymwars | Scoop.it

I know that you, fair Techland readers, are always civil in the comments section. Those who aren't might want to think twice about saying something nasty, as Googlebots (a.k.a. Google's infamous web spiders) can now index website comments from engines like Facebook, Livefyre and Disqus.

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Blogger Integration with Google+ Coming Soon

Blogger Integration with Google+ Coming Soon | Nymwars | Scoop.it

The message “Connect Blogger to Google+: Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger” is now displaying on Blogger profiles.

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Google Settles With FTC – Agrees To Have Privacy Practices Monitored For Next 20 Years

Google Settles With FTC – Agrees To Have Privacy Practices Monitored For Next 20 Years | Nymwars | Scoop.it
After being investigated for various privacy concerns related directly to the now defunct Google Buzz, today, Google has finally reached a agreement with...
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Gary Walker - Google+ - Trick or Treat? It's been a busy couple of weeks in the…

It's been a busy couple of weeks in the #nymwars. Not too long ago, (Oct. 19th) a great hue and cry went up because +Vic Gundotra publicly stated that Google+ would support pseudonyms. That's all well and good and the response ranged from my own cautious optimism to gushing optimism and declaration of victory by the EFF (visualize +Jillian C. York on the deck of an aircraft carrier with a "Mission Accomplished" banner if you wish).

 

Here's the problem: +Vic Gundotra's statement is, essentially, a restatement of this phrase with which we're all quite familiar by now:

 

We understand that your identity on Google+ is important to you, and our Name Policy may not be for everyone at this time.

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Google vs Facebook: The Anti-Privacy War

Google vs Facebook: The Anti-Privacy War | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Are the major players in the social networking world at war over user privacy? Who do you trust more with you data? Google Plus or Facebook?
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Why Your Personal Data Is The New Oil

It may or may not surprise you to learn that a small group of people, and the interests they represent, collectively know more about you and your personal digital vapor trail than you do. They're top executives from global banking and telecom companies, professors from top-tier universities, as well as members of the Federal Communications Commission. They are human factors experts who are working in personal data manipulation and storage, geo-location services and cloud systems design. They are working together, right now, to chart the trajectory of your digital future.

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The ongoing debate and discussion surrounding Google's decision to mandate that only "common or real names" are welcome in their service network.
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Google+ 'is not a social network' - Telegraph

Google+ 'is not a social network' - Telegraph | Nymwars | Scoop.it

"Arora also said that the the underpinning of the modern web was going to be social rather than information-based. And that because of this shift, users were going to have to provide more personal information about themselves and their preferences to internet companies if they were to take full advantage of socially-drive services."

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NetPolitik: The Implacable Iron Fist of Google

NetPolitik: The Implacable Iron Fist of Google | Nymwars | Scoop.it

Yesterday, after a nice walk in the autumn woods, I came home and found several emails and Twitter notices from friends that my blogs were gone. I checked the addresses and this is what I received:

"This blog is no longer accessible. The name is unavailable for new accounts." WTF?!?!

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AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook

AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook | Nymwars | Scoop.it
(AP) -- In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets - up to 5 million a day.
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Who Owns Your Online Identity? [LIVE BLOG]

Who Owns Your Online Identity? [LIVE BLOG] | Nymwars | Scoop.it
Identity management, and more pointedly, identity ownership, is a topic of great concern. How can identity providers offer maximum utility without violating user trust?
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Pseudonymity » Freedom of Communication on the Internet Workshop (FOCI): Fine-Grained Censorship Mapping — Information Sources, Legality and Ethics

This year saw the first workshop on Freedom of Communications on the Internet, co-located with USENIX Security in San Francisco. My own paper on the subject, co-authored with Ian Brown and Tulio de Souza, focused both on the means for mapping censorship in greater detail as well its legal and ethical implications.

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Why Twitter could win the online identity race

Why Twitter could win the online identity race | Nymwars | Scoop.it
The race to become the default identity platform for the social web continues to intensify, but while both Facebook and Google are determined to win and have substantial resources to throw at the problem, there are some compelling reasons to...
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Anonymity vs. real names on social networks

Let's cut to the chase: This one is really about whether Facebook and the new kid on the block, Google+, should get to throw their considerable weight around by requiring that users post to their social-networking sites using real names.
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Google Moves Reader Sharing to Plus, Despite Complaints

With its upgrade of Google Reader on Monday, Google has shut down the native social content-sharing features of the popular RSS feed manager and shifted the functionality in modified form to Google+.

 

Google Reader users who want to continue sharing RSS feed content with others thus need to set up a membership in Google+, the company's new social networking site.

 

If they have been sharing on Reader using a pseudonym, they'll now have to switch to using their real name, which is required for a Google+ account. 

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Kee Hinckley - Google Apps, Google+, and "real" names From the Google…

Kee Hinckley - Google Apps, Google+, and "real" names From the Google… | Nymwars | Scoop.it

From the Google Apps guide to Google+:


❝ Users must use their common names in Google+ If users create any content that’s publicly accessible, they'll need to sign up for Google+ using the name they're most commonly known by. ❞

 

My take-away:

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