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Media futurist: Time to replace the Internet

‘Contact’ summit to study replacing DNS with peer-to-peer, democratic networks How can the stranglehold on humanity’s digital communications be broken? One media studies professor has a revolutionary idea. “If we have a dream of how social media could restore peer-to-peer commerce, culture, and government, and if the current Internet is…

Activists on Facebook need protection: senator

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook has become an important tool for democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseudonyms, a US senator said Thursday. “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again highlighted the significant costs and benefits of…

Bahrain cyber-activists urge ‘revolt’

DUBAI – A Facebook page urging “revolt” in Bahrain replicating similar calls elsewhere in the Arab world had by Tuesday amassed more than 6,000 “likes” on the social networking site. “This is your chance to open the door for political and standard of living reforms, especially with the changes going…

Goldman deal ‘values Facebook at $50 billion’

Facebook has raised 500 million euros from US investment bank Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor that values the popular social networking site at 50 billion dollars, the New York Times reported on Monday. The investment puts the value of Facebook at higher than fellow Internet companies eBay and Yahoo!,…

Sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens

Sex, drugs, risky behaviors more common in teens who send excessive text messages, study finds Teens who text 120 times a day or more — and there seems to be a lot of them — are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who…

SocialMiner: New software allows employers to spy on Twitter, Facebook, social networks

Now, it seems, you have nowhere to hide. New software released by Cisco Systems Inc. on Wednesday makes it much easier for banks, retailers, and other businesses — including your employer — to monitor the mountain of data on social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The new…

Feds searched Daily Kos, NPR for threats to Obama, memo reveals

In the lead-up to President Obama’s inauguration, federal investigators conducted a major sweep of online social networks in search of threats. In the process, according to a memo unearthed by a privacy advocate group, feds singled out numerous popular web sites and social networks to be scanned for threats and…

Watch out: YouTube exposes your Gmail contacts

‘Indicative of the media’s inclination to monetize every last bit of our information,’ advocate says Before you call your spouse over to see the newest cute kitten video on YouTube, you had better check twice to make sure no indiscretions will be exposed on your YouTube homepage. As part of…

Watch out: YouTube exposes your Gmail contacts

‘Indicative of the media’s inclination to monetize every last bit of our information,’ advocate says Before you call your spouse over to see the newest cute kitten video on YouTube, you had better check twice to make sure no indiscretions will be exposed on your YouTube homepage. As part of…

Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said he suspects suppressing political criticism is a factor behind the move to block YouTube and Facebook in Pakistan in the name of Islam. “I’m always suspicious of these broad bans,” Schmidt told a gathering at non-profit public policy institute New America…

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