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Technolog - Online dating site fraud up 150 percent: report

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As more people turn to online dating sites to meet potential mates, the bad guys are going there, too, but not with love in mind.
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MC Hammer on the impact social media, mobile and crowdsourcing have on government

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O’Reilly Media’s Alex Howard interviewed musician and tech entrepreneur MC Hammer at the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco where, towards the end (6:05), Hammer talks about the impact social media, mobile and crowdsourcing have on government.

 

“Local governments, they’re not good at engaging the public at large. They’re still finding their feet with respect to using these platforms and dropping their guards and stop being afraid of social media, because remember, these tools create a level of transparency that sometimes can be uncomfortable. You no longer dictate the corporate message to the community, but the community speaks back, and they voice their opinions.”, says MC Hammer.


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How Twitter helped rescue Mona El Tahawy

How Twitter helped rescue Mona El Tahawy | Modern Technology and Communication | Scoop.it

After having posted a number of comments to Twitter about the demonstrations in Tahrir Square — El Tahawy (@monaeltahawy) posted a single tweet that said she had been arrested by the country’s security forces.

 

The news sent shockwaves through the network of Egypt-watchers who follow El Tahawy on Twitter, among others influential accounts like Zeynep Tufekci (@techsoc) and Andy Carvin (@acarvin). They started posting about the news and a hashtag quickly emerged: #freemona. Within 20 minutes the hashtag was trending worldwide. Tufekci and Carvin also reached out to another member of their network: Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor and former advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton. She in turn reached out to her contacts at the State Department.

 

El Tahawy was released 12 hours later, with a broken arm and a broken wrist from being assaulted by her captors.

 

So did Twitter cause El Tahawy’s release? As Tufekci says in her post about the incident, proving cause and effect with social networks like Twitter is almost impossible. But what it clearly did in this case was speed up the process.

 

El Tahawy’s says: "A few decades ago, contemplating launching a global campaign like this would require that I own, say, a television station or two. Concise, fast, global, public and connected was what we needed, and, for that, there is nothing better than Twitter".


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Why Are Health Care Costs Rising - Rita M Price Insurance Agency Lake Arrowhead, Ca.

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Internet keeps government honest

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Broader adoption of the internet will keep governments on their toes as wired-up citizens exercise their newfound power to check rights abuses, Google chief Eric Schmidt said.

 

Schmidt cited demonstrations that toppled the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt in which activists used Facebook to schedule protests, Twitter to coordinate them and YouTube to broadcast the events to the world.

 

But while governments should not ignore online protests, Schmidt also warned that they could be exaggerated. "It's easy in the online world to create the impression of a revolution in the form of noise. It's important to understand what is a legitimate protest and whether it's just people trying to create some noise... some excitement."


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Swede of the Year 2011 – Christopher Kullenberg – helped to turn net activism into a democracy movement

In this short clip (1:14) net activist Christopher Kullenberg is sharing some thoughts on internet freedom for an upcoming documentary.

 

At the 1st of december Kullenberg was named "Swede of the Year 2011" by the Swedish news magazine Fokus. The jury gives the following motivation:
"Christopher Kullenberg represents a movement that has taken the fight for freedom and openness to the digital world. With Telecomix [a cluster striving to protect and improve the internet and defend the free flow of data] Kullenberg has helped to turn net activism into a democracy movement, which works through both advocacy and concrete pro-active efforts, especially in the case of the Arab spring."


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