Google: Taking responsibility, or choosing their battles?

Google’s carefully considered decision to bar Egyptian and Libyan YouTube viewers from accessing Innocence of Muslims changed its line on resisting responsibility for content, and changed the terms and conditions under which the world uses its service, perhaps forever. If ever asked, I strongly advise service providers such as ISPs, website hosts, search engines, email … More Google: Taking responsibility, or choosing their battles?

The values that make the Social Web revolutionary

Anil Dash enumerates A desire to improve and simplify the experience for writing and creating content online. This is probably the area that’s stagnated most until the recent crop of tools like Medium or Svbtle popped up, though there had been a few small improvements in more limited contexts where people carefully reduced the scale … More The values that make the Social Web revolutionary

Engagement of minds & independence of thought

The free expression rights mission remains unchanged by technological opportunity; that of the authoritative moral voice speaking truth to power. Mainstream rights NGOs once did that on behalf of others, just as mainstream media once did. But unlike mainstream media we have been slower to understand that this is no longer our exclusive responsibility, let alone our exclusive right. … More Engagement of minds & independence of thought

Evgeny Morozov: Linking to new academic papers

evgenymorozov: Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I frequently post links to academic articles, new books, working papers. While I still plan to keep doing that from my main account, from now on most of such links will appear on my new “links” account – @morozov_links. Evgeny Morozov: Linking to new … More Evgeny Morozov: Linking to new academic papers

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, delivers a fascinating lecture to professor David Gergen’s course “On Becoming a Leader” that looks at how leadership is exerted both on and through the internet. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

A place for speculation, even in the midst of mindless horror

Bombarded by media questions in the hours after Friday’s nightmare events in Norway, Oslo’s police simply put their hands up: “We have no main theory, we don’t even have a working theory,” a police official told AFP. “We already have enough to do to get an understanding of the situation.” But the media couldn’t wait … More A place for speculation, even in the midst of mindless horror