Cyberculture roundup: “The Life and Times of a TV Show Piracy Release Group”, CISPA behind closed doors…

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 23:35

CISPA Debate Will Happen Behind Closed Doors

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick



The Life and Times of a TV Show Piracy Release Group

from TorrentFreak by Andy

In recent decades TV shows have become woven into the lives of hundreds of millions of people but it’s only been during the last few years that they’ve done so from the online space.

Anonymous takes control of North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr accounts, defaces websites

from The Next Web by Jon Russell


Egypt’s Key Bloggers Face Absurd Legal Charges, Harassment

from Updates by Jillian C. York

Alaa Abd El Fattah is under threat again. The Egyptian blogger, who spent more than a month in prison in 2011, missing the birth of his first child, has found himself the target of a new case. Last week, Abd El Fattah went voluntarily to the office of the prosecutor after hearing from the media that there was a warrant for his arrest for inciting “aggression” against members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The New Lingo You Need to Know for Facebook Home

from Wired Top Stories by Christina Bonnington

Facebook Home is a new way to experience Facebook on your Android handset. And when Zuck introduced this latest push into mobile, he threw out a whole bunch of terms we’d never heard before. Here’s what they mean.

Facebook introduces Home, a launcher for Android devices that puts people ahead of apps

from The Next Web by Ken Yeung

A Tour Of Facebook’s Home On Android

from All Facebook by Justin Lafferty

A Brief History of ‘Facebook Phone’ Rumors

from Mashable! by Amy-Mae Elliott



Using Crowdsourcing to Counter the Spread of False Rumors on Social Media During Crises

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

My new colleague Professor Yasuaki Sakamoto at the Stevens Institute of Tech-nology (SIT) has been carrying out intriguing research on the spread of rumors via social media, particularly on Twitter and during crises. In his latest research, “Toward a Social-Technological System that Inactivates False Rumors through the Critical Thinking of Crowds,” Yasu uses behavioral psychology to under-stand why exposure to public criticism changes rumor-spreading behavior on Twitter during disasters. This fascinating research builds very nicely on the excellent work carried out by my QCRI colleague ChaTo who used this “criticism dynamic” to show that the credibility of tweets can be predicted (by topic) with-out analyzing their content. Yasu’s study also seeks to find the psychological basis for the Twitter’s self-correcting behavior identified by ChaTo and also John Herman who described Twitter as a  ”Truth Machine” during Hurricane Sandy.


Round Up: All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ 2013, from Google Maps treasure hunting to YouTube closing


South Korea and United States Are Planning Cyberwar Scenarios

from Mashable! by Alex Fitzpatrick

Reselling Digital Goods Is Copyright Infringement, Judge Rules

from Wired Top Stories by David Kravets

A federal judge is declaring as unlawful a one-of-a-kind website enabling the online sale of pre-owned digital music files.

China’s lamest Facebook clone yet

from FP Passport by Isaac Stone Fish


You’ll never browse alone: Liverpool FC rolls out free WiFi for fans at Anfield stadium, a UK first

from The Next Web by Paul Sawers


Google’s Blink Q&A: New rendering engine will replace WebKit on all platforms in 10 weeks with Chrome 28

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski

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