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Seized Memory Card Contained al Qaeda Documents Encoded in Porn

Seized Memory Card Contained al Qaeda Documents Encoded in Porn | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
Last year, Maqsood Lodin was being interviewed by police after he'd travelled to Pakistan. When his questioners found a memory card in his underwear, they were suspicious—but it seemed only to contain porn.
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CyberPatriot: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition

CyberPatriot: The National High School Cyber Defense Competition | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

 

Now in its fourth phase, CyberPatriot IV is open to all high schools, Civil Air Patrol Units, JROTC Units, and accredited home school programs around the country.

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Official: US govt already seized hundreds of foreign domains — RT

Official: US govt already seized hundreds of foreign domains — RT | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

US seizure of a Canadian gambling website caused online outcry as it was registered abroad and thought to be outside American jurisdiction. But this is far from isolated; it has emerged that the US has seized hundreds of foreign domain names.

 

US customs official Nicole Navas confirmed that the US government has taken control of 750 domains, “most with foreign-based registrars” over the past few years.

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The Kony 2012 Scam And Why You Should STOP Supporting 'Invisible Children'

The Kony 2012 Scam And Why You Should STOP Supporting 'Invisible Children' | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

If you are on facebook or twitter, you have surely seen by now a lot of your friends becoming so called "activists" after watching a YouTube video about "Kony 2012" and the Invisible Children organization.

 

There is no doubt that Joseph Kony is a horribly cruel man. If you are on facebook or twitter, you have surely seen by now a lot of your friends becoming so called “activists” after watching a YouTube video about “Kony 2012″ and the Invisible Children organization. Even Rihanna has announced that she will be helping to “fight the cause” by supporting the organization and helping them put together a new video.

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Kony video goes viral, rubs Ugandans badly

A well-choreographed piece of viral marketing has landed American charity Invisible Children in the meat grinder.

 

Invisible Children must have thought it was in luck when the brushwork it put on a 29-minute documentary about the erstwhile war that raged on in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions gleaned an eye-popping 26 million and counting hits on various social media in just a few days. It looked like an incredible public relations coup for the San-Diego headquartered charity. Joseph Kony, the elusive head of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), was awkwardly being put under the glare of the spotlight as Invisible Children's Kony2012 documentary implored. The #stopkony hashtag was trending in all ports of call one can care to imagine.

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Dictators Have Good Reason to Fear the Internet

Dictators Have Good Reason to Fear the Internet | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

Shutting down a physical protest is easy, just apply pepper spray liberaly and arrest anyone that can't run away. Shutting down online protests with democratic overtures is an entirely different matter. And that has oppressive regimes around the world very worried.

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U.S. Strategic Command Workshop Report: Deterring Violent Non-State Actors in Cyberspace | Public Intelligence

The chapters before you were born from the examination of two fundamental questions regarding the nature and theory of deterrence in the 21st century. First we had to consider what had changed since our victory in the Cold War (the experience from which most of our current doctrine is derived); and, armed with that understanding, consider how the United States might execute deterrence strategy in this new era.

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Wikileaks to Publish 5 Million Stratfor Emails: Anonymous Involved - Forbes

Wikileaks to Publish 5 Million Stratfor Emails: Anonymous Involved - Forbes | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

The next bomb from Wikileaks is here, and the target is Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor), an Austin, Texas-based global security think tank.

 

In its latest high-profile data dump, the group plans to reveal 5 million internal and external emails from Stratfor on Monday. Wikileaks has yet to confirm, but Anonymous is also claiming involvement: “Yes, #Anonymous gave all 5 MILLION STRATFOR emails to Wikileaks. Can’t wait for the lulzy videos Stratfor CEO Friedman will issue now. :D,” tweeted an anonymous-affiliated account.

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Here We Go Again. Youtube Supports Anti-Serb Propaganda

Here We Go Again. Youtube Supports Anti-Serb Propaganda | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

Yesterday, I wrote about Youtube violating its community guideline, and permitting anti-Serb propaganda by not removing an anti-Serb video flagged more than ten times. Many people wrote to me and flagged this video too. The good news is that YouTube Team has finally reviewed this flagged video. The bad news is that YouTube Team has only age-restricted this anti-Serb video. It means that a warning screen displays now before the video plays. Only users 18 years of age or older can then proceed to view the material. Unfortunately, the warning screen does not display before the video plays! Strange!

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Beyond Conventions: Technology - The Next Frontier

The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Technology in the Pursuit of Human Freedom with Sewell Chan (moderator), deputy editor, The New York Times; Tim Berners-Lee...
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Media, Youth Activism & Participatory Politics: Case Studies in a Digital Age | DMLcentral

Media, Youth Activism & Participatory Politics: Case Studies in a Digital Age | DMLcentral | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

The growing use of digital media for social change is nourishing a dialogue about its impact on young people’s involvement in civic and political affairs. The Media Activism Participatory Politics (MAPP) project, an undertaking of the MacArthur Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP), was created to further that conversation by examining youth-led organizations that encourage productive forms of participation in the public sphere.

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Aliaa Magda Elmahdy: The Egytian Nude Blog Photos That Shocked the Arab World

Egyptian nude blogger, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy published a series of naked pictures of herself on her blog and on her Twitter page to protest against Islamic extremism.

 

Elmhady, 20 sparked the harsh tag #NudePhotoRevolutionary with her photos after a human rights worker named Ahmed Awadalla said: “A feminist #Jan25 revolutionary posted her nude photo on the internet to express her freedom. I'm totally taken back by her bravery.”

 

The students at the American University of Cairo calls herself a “Secular, Liberal, Feminist, Vegetarian, Individualist Egyptian.” In a tweet she explained her actions “I took my nude photo myself in my parent's home months before I met @Kareemamer [her boyfriend] and I'm atheist since I was 16.”

 

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Article: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace.(Review) | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy

A teenager in an arcade battles pterodactyls in a multi-user virtual reality. Two pensioners on different continents exchange e-mails and images of their grandchildren. A heavy-metal enthusiast in the United Kingdom orders a compact disc over the Net from a retailer in the United States. And a class of 11-year-olds research an article from a dozen worldwide web sites and publish the result on their school's intranet.


But stop! Wait! Help! Somebody is enjoying themselves! People are communicating who may never have met! Companies are selling directly to consumers at low prices! And young people are learning to interact with knowledge and to think for themselves rather than to passively accept linear, single media programming! Call the police, the military, the evangelists, and the Luddite defenders of the Good Old Ways! Let's forego the evil of the screen and take up residence in a dark, quiet cave. . . .

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Meet the Pentagon Contractor That Ran a Disinformation Campaign Against Two USA Today Reporters

Meet the Pentagon Contractor That Ran a Disinformation Campaign Against Two USA Today Reporters | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

Last night USA Today reported that two of its staffers, Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker, were the targets of a smear campaign, including fake Twitter accounts and web sites established in their names, launched by a Pentagon contractor specializing in "information operations." For some reason, the paper declined to name the perpetrator: Leonie Industries.

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WIP Talk: Cyberspace: The New Face of War in the XXI Century

or the past few years, there has been an explosion of ways in which countries can engage in destructive behavior. The use of cyberspace as a tool of war has changed the nature of conventional warfare. This not only poses problems in terms of how to respond to those threats but also how to develop agreements among countries to curtail its use.

 

Richard A. Clarke, former counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council defined “cyberwarfare” in his book Cyber War as “actions by a nation state to penetrate another nation’s computers or networks for the purpose of causing damage or disruption.”

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12 Lessons from KONY 2012 from Social Media Power Users - Forbes

12 Lessons from KONY 2012 from Social Media Power Users - Forbes | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
The KONY 2012 video has clocked more than 43 million views in only two days on YouTube (and millions more since appearing on Vimeo two weeks ago), which is fairly amazing considering 1) it's about something most people have never heard of and 2)...
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While Controversial, 'Kony 2012' Has Put Focus On Atrocities

While Controversial, 'Kony 2012' Has Put Focus On Atrocities | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

The arguments continue over the merits of the viral video and Kony 2012 social media blitz that this week have exploded onto the Web.

 

But what can't be debated is that millions of Americans, many of them young people, now know about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and know a little bit more about the years of civil war in Northern Uganda.

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How Social Media Is Changing the Cultural Landscape

How Social Media Is Changing the Cultural Landscape | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
Does technological progress change the human condition? Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci took the time to speak with Martin Eiermann about the rise of Al Jazeera, accelerating change and the conventions of online interaction.
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Anti-Assad Propaganda Assault Heats Up With Claims of WMDs

Anti-Assad Propaganda Assault Heats Up With Claims of WMDs | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Wired blog Danger Room’s senior reporter Spencer Ackerman put out a piece that reads like pure propaganda that lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

 

Ackerman even draws the obvious parallels between Saddam Hussein, although he fails to point out that maybe this is exactly like Iraq and Syria doesn’t have any chemical weapons at all.

 

He claims that the United States is becoming increasingly worried “about his apparent stockpiles of mustard gas and nerve agents.”

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The Global Intelligence Files - Re: [MESA] FW: [Analytical & Intelligence Comments] RE: Missteps in the Syrian Opposition's Propaganda Effort

The Global Intelligence Files - Re: [MESA] FW: [Analytical & Intelligence Comments] RE: Missteps in the Syrian Opposition's Propaganda Effort | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

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Does The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Mark The Beginning Of The War On Cyber-terrorism? - Forbes

Does The Cybersecurity Act Of 2012 Mark The Beginning Of The War On Cyber-terrorism? - Forbes | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
Is Anonymous the next Al Qaeda? The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is the latest effort by Congress to do something about the threat of cyber attacks and cyber crime.
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Turkmenistan’s E-Revolution — Registan.net

Turkmenistan’s E-Revolution — Registan.net | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, Turkmenistan has seen an explosion of new social groups forming online.
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Herhold: Does social media always work for the good? - San Jose Mercury News

Herhold: Does social media always work for the good? - San Jose Mercury News | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it
In the three weeks since Facebook filed for its IPO, Ive pondered Mark Zuckerbergs manifesto -- the one that asserts Facebook will empower people and make governments more accountable by connecting users across the planet.
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The art of anger: how underground comics are inspiring the Occupy movement

The art of anger: how underground comics are inspiring the Occupy movement | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

The Occupy movement that started in New York and spread rapidly around the world has already succeeded. It doesn't matter if it goes on to become a long-term political force or disappears in a few weeks; it has put the old socialist issues of inequality, economic injustice and the deficiencies of capitalism back at the heart of public debate. This is a stunning achievement, when socialism was thought to be dead and buried, and the Occupy posters reproduced here typify a confidence and clarity that has changed the language of politics.

 

They are nostalgic in that they resemble the posters of Paris 1968, or Spain 1936. Expressionist graphics, decisive slogans and modernist wit pervade these images. Yet if the abstract design of a red tower calling on the 99% to Occupy London makes you think of Soviet revolutionary art, the really fascinating thing about the posters is not these echoes of the 20th century but their connection with today's comics or graphic novels.

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Congress Weighs Taking the War-on-Drugs Approach to Fighting Internet Piracy

Congress Weighs Taking the War-on-Drugs Approach to Fighting Internet Piracy | Repression, Control & Propaganda | Scoop.it

Congress is weighing a bill that would fundamentally change how the Internet works. It would affect even the most casual web user, who does no more than browse Facebook or watch YouTube videos or store photos on Flickr. Despite its importance, few people understand the legislation: It sounds complicated to outsiders.

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