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Twitter Founder Supports “Freedom of Expression” as a Human Right #Egypt

Twitter: The Hand on the Cage of Freedom

From Twitter Declares, “The Tweets Must Flow” – Yahoo! News.

 

Twitter is the hand on the cage of freedom

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“Our position on freedom of expression carries with it
a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely
and preserve their ability to contest having their private
information revealed.”

–Biz Stone, Founder, Twitter

Current political protests in Egypt much like those of 2009 in Iran may again catapult Twitter into the media and internet spotlight. This time the short messaging social network and its Founder Biz Stone called for support of “freedom of expression”as a human right in Stone’s blog post, “The Tweets Must Flow.”

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Privacy on Fast Track Back to User Control

Google and Mozilla announce browser privacy tools

Congress should require all advertising and tracking companies
to offer consumers the choice of whether they want to be
followed online to receive tailored ads, and make that option
easily chosen on every browser.

— The New York Times

In response to the FTC December privacy report which endorsed support for a national ‘Do Not Track’ policy, Mozilla and Google recently moved to put privacy controls back in the hands of users.

‘Do Not Track’ is a first step in putting users in control of the way their information is collected and used online.

Both browser makers, Mozilla and Google, recently took independent initiatives in advance of a national policy.

Mozilla, the Open Source web developers and makers of the popular Firefox web browser says it is seeking ways to give users better insight and control into the ways their personal information is collected, used, stored and shared. They recently announced the coming release of a ‘Do Not Track’ feature for the Firefox web browser.

Chrome, the web browser of the eponymous parent company Google, released a browser extension that offers a “one-step, persistent opt-out of personalized advertising and related data tracking.”

Get the Google Chrome web browser.  Or try Mozilla’s Firefox web browser.

Rethinking Education… Together

Collaboration – Participation – Community Building

“…[M]ore of what makes for human welfare depends on
info, knowledge and culture,
and social production and
peer production
is beginning to produce what we need;
software, textbooks, publishing.”

-Yochai Benkler, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Rethinking to Rebuild

Professor Michael Wesch, Head of Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year and producer of the ground breaking viral video “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” starts us on a new conversation with “Rethinking Education.”

Key clips in the video includes the contributions of Ray Kurzweil, Bruce Sterling, John Willinsky and more.

We have escaped a previous box, we don’t know where we are..
-Bruce  Sterling

There really requires the commons to come up with some of this stuff.
-Clay Shirky

Why would people construct knowledge…?
-John Willinsky

MWesch Video: Rethinking Education

Learn More

Prof. Michael Wesch
Wesch’s Youtube Channel
Landmark video”Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us
Professional: http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg
eBook Project: EDUCAUSE, “The Tower and The Cloud

Yochai Benkler
Video: “Open-source economics
Berkman@10: Cooperation (Yochai Benkler, Jimmy Wales)
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/tags/yochaibenkler
Website: www.benkler.org
eBook – PDF: The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
eBook – Online: The Wealth of Networks

Ray Kurzweil
Talks on Bigthink.com: http://bigthink.com/raykurzweil
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
Website: www.kurzweilai.net

Clay Shirky
How cognitive surplus will change the world
Blog www.shirky.com
Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Shirky
Twitter http://twitter.com/cshirky
Professional http://itp.tisch.nyu.edu/object/ShirkyC.html

Bruce Sterling
Video: The Internet of Things:
On Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Sterling
Blog: “Beyond th eBeyond” on Wired.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/bruces

John Willinsky
Book: Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press
Video: Sonoma State Library – Access101 Jonh Willinsky
Website: http://ed.stanford.edu/faculty/willinsk

 

Rupert Murdoch Convinced Newspapers are Dead: Sees iPad as “The Message”

iPad Display Item

Image via Wikipedia

The iPad Is “The Message”

It’s all about media in the media…

The internet and social media disruption to former “traditional media” formats became ever more distinct as Rupert Murdoch announced his iPad Newspaper.

Rupert Murdoch is currently leading the charge to build The Daily, an iPad-centered newspaper. Yep, that’s iPad centric; to include all forms of tablet computers for its future news presentation and distribution.

Today more than 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies
are deploying or piloting the iPad.    -Apple Inc.

Seems Murdoch is advancing what will soon become more commonplace in both enterprise and consumer trends.

iPad: An Enterprise and Social Game Changer

Calling Apple’s iPad “an exception” and “more than just the latest consumer gadget,” Gartner Research recently sent a clarion call world wide to CEOs and business enterprises. Gartner called for CEOs to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions with their CIOs based on the iPad’s disruptive potential for business. Recent news posts cite that change is happening, and fast.

[T]he iPad is not a notebook replacement for most users,
but a valuable companion device. As it is much less
intrusive in face-to-face environments than conventional
notebooks, it is well suited to a sales or information-sharing
environment. It also makes electronic media consumption
effortless and casual, thereby increasing consumption

Media is changing the face of mass media and business, and mediating the rate at which we will mediate all media. And the iPad is the message.

Read more on Murdoch’s iPad newspaper revolution here.

Google speeds up the web – Bit by bit

Google releases WebP, a new image file format to speed up the web.

Google WebP the new image format

Taking their initiative to the streets on the superinformation highway, Google announced the release of WebP, a new image format that will “significantly reduce the byte size of photos on the web, allowing web sites to load faster than before.”

Google WebP new image format

Images via Google
Serious About SEO and Web Optimization

In its announcement, Google layed out its steps to introduce its suite of tools to help site owners speed up their websites and build new apps that offer greater optimization to all elements affecting page load times and thus, to speed up the user’s experience with a quicker, faster internet.

Google’s speed set of tools includes:

  • WebP image format and file conversion tool
  • Speed Tracer a Chrome extension that helps
    identify and fix performance problems
    in web applications.
  • Page Speed, a Firefox extension to evaluate
    web page performance.
Read more on Google’s WebP format.

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Free knowledge tools: the Wiki way

Jimmy Wales - Wiki Family

Source: Wikimedia Foundation.

Imagine a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

The vision statement atop the Wikimedia Foundation home page says it all.
Wikimedia is the 4th largest website in world.
Yes, fourth.
This nonprofit organization is driven by volunteers from around the world helping the more than 250 million people who use Wikimedia monthly to create content, post photos, videos, and biographies, daily. Creating more than 3.3 million articles, and 21 million pages from over 12 million registered users.
The largest collaboratively edited reference project. includes its sister media sites of:
Wikipedia Wikipedia Written in 264 languages, hosts no advertising,
and its 100% free information to people everywhere in the world.
Wiktionary-logoWiktionary.org
An Open Content, human edited dictionary
Wikibooks-logoWikibooks.org
More than 30,000 English Open-content textbooks, and
more than 800,000 publications in 117 languages
Wikiquote-logoWikiquote.org
A multilingual online open-content compendium of quotations.
Wikiversity-logoWikiversity.org
An Open Language community providing a centre for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities.
Wikispecies-logoWikispecies.org
A free directory of species, covering Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life.
…and more Wikis.

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Support quality open source public information
and the Wikimedia Foundation by donating.

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How Can Twitter Help Information Overload?

Twitter

Can the world’s largest broadcaster actually help “information overload”?

Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter gets deep in a discussion  at Girls in Tech fireside chat at Kicklabs in San Francisco.

…recipient-based media can scale better
“in a world of infinite information.”

– Evan Williams, CEO Twitter – On information overload and Twitter scalability.

Get the scoop on Gigaom.


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