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Cyberculture agenda: Wikipedia is 13, “Shows the Value of a Vibrant Public Domain

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2014 at 11:08

Wikipedia Shows the Value of a Vibrant Public Domain


In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day, we'll take on a different piece, exploring what’s at stake and and what we need to do to make sure the law promotes creativity and innovation. We've put together a page where you can read and endorse the principles yourself. Let's send a message to DC, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Brussels, and wherever else folks are making new copyright rules: We're from the Internet, and we're here to help.

At Age 13, Wikipedia Has Reshaped the Knowledge Industry

 

If you look at the Wikipedia entry for Wikipedia, you’ll learn the Internet’s encyclopediaturned 13 Wednesday. In that time, the site has become a storehouse of human knowledge, the sixth most-popular site on the Internet and a disruptive force in the knowledge-gathering industry

What makes people contribute to Wikipedia?

Interesting presentation from Jerome Hergueux down the street at the Berkman Center. He studies peer production — “a way of producing goods and services that relies on self-organizing communities of individuals who come together to produce a shared outcome” — through the lens of Wikipedia.

Report: Benefit of NSA Spying Is ‘Overblown’

The National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM and phone metadata programs had a “minimal” contribution in the investigation of 225 terrorism cases, a new study finds.

 

Post-Snowden, is Microsoft the Right Choice for Universities?

In light of the ongoing leaking of information about domestic government surveillance by the National Security Administration (NSA) in the United States and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom, scholars and administrators need to reconsider if our data and confidential communications are truly secure. While the ethics review committees do their best job of ensuring that scholarly practices protect the privacy and safety of research subjects, the recent revelations should cause us to immediately reflect upon whether our use of Microsoft Office and particularly our email service Microsoft Outlook violates the research ethics agreements we’ve signed. Universities need to recognize that hiring private information technology corporations such as Microsoft and ethical compliance with protecting the privacy of our communications may not be compatible. Given our professional obligations to preserve confidentiality, what can be done to maintain compliance?

 

Mining the mobile phone data from 10 million people over 4 years reveals the subtle changes that occur in the flow of information when disaster strikes, say network scientists.

Radionomy confirms acquisition of Winamp and Shoutcast

 

The radio streaming service Radionomy has confirmed that it has purchased Winamp and Shoutcast Radio for an undisclosed sum from AOL, in a bid to expand its music streaming offering.

 

12 Outdated Web Features That Need to Disappear in 2014

We’ve all been there — yelling at a computer screen or particular website because the antiquated design prevents you from getting where you want to go.

Dotcom’s ‘Internet Party’ Aims to Shake Up Politics

Against what seemed like insurmountable odds following a 2012 armed raid on his impressive home, Kim Dotcom not only recovered with a new file-sharing venture the following year but also began to win the hearts of minds of the general public.

The NSA is reportedly able to access offline computers thanks to radio wave technology

 The ongoing series of leaks from the NSA and its cyberspying programs have got many wondering how to stay safe.

Everything You Need to Know About Jelly

Jelly, the much-hyped, question-and-answer-based social network by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, launched last week on iOS and Android

 

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