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Cyberculture agenda: Follow #Sundance Film Festival online… Tim Wu on FCC’s net neutrality disaster

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2014 at 19:02

Internet Freedom Day: This Year We Go to War for Net Neutrality

 

This time of year is always the worst of times and best of times for internet freedom. And on this second annual Internet Freedom Day — the anniversary of the successful SOPA/PIPA Blackout protest — we need to keep fighting for network neutrality, especially since it turns out that the real problem isn’t the court’s decision … but the FCC‘s response to it. Here’s the insider story.

 

Watch 15 Sundance Short Films Online Now

How to Follow the Sundance Film Festival Online

Why Sundance Is Going Ga-Ga for Internet Addiction

 

Suddenly the internet is a hot topic at the Sundance Film Festival. Could it be because our online narratives just as important as our offline ones?

Crowdfunding phraseology: which descriptive words correlate with success?

In “The Language that Gets People to Give: Phrases that Predict Success on Kickstarter”(PDF), a paper for the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Georgia Tech researchers from the School of Interactive Technology present the results of their statistical analysis of every single Kickstarter since June 2, 2012. The study attempted to determine which words and phrases correlated with success or failure in a Kickstarter campaign, after controlling for funding goals, video, social media connections, categories and pledge levels.

Highlights of Daniel Ellsberg’s Reddit AMA on Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance

Daniel Ellsberg. Photo: Xeni Jardin.

Pentagon Papers whistleblower (and our co-founder) Daniel Ellsberg held an expansive, seven-hour long Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session yesterday to explain why NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will join our board of directors. He also discussed many other subjects—including NSA surveillance, President Obama’s flip-flop on whistleblowers, Nixon’s dirty tricks, and the dangers of excessive government secrecy.

The Rise of Android: From Obscurity to the Top

 

Eight years ago, hardly any one was aware of the operating system called Android. Today, more than half public on the globe is using Android in their smartphones or tablets. Android, the smartphone operating system has traveled a beautiful journey from no where to the top, in less than eight years.

Tim Wu on FCC’s net neutrality disaster

 

Tim Wu is the law professor and activist who coined the term “net neutrality” — the principle that ISPs should get you the data you request, as efficiently as they know how, without deliberately slowing down some sites unless they’ve paid bribes for “preferred carriage.” The FCC had made a halfhearted and legally doomed rule to protect American net neutrality, refusing to use its full regulatory power for fear of offending the powerful telcoms corporations it is meant to regulate.

 

The Mac Turns 30: Inside the Incredible Evolution of Apple’s PC

The almighty Apple Macintosh turns 30 years old on Jan. 24

 

Google and Amazon Hired These Architects to Invent the Future of Work

Google, Amazon, and Samsung have all picked Seattle-based NBBJ as the architecture firm of choice for tech companies who want data on how people work best to drive the design decisions behind their most important buildings

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