The U.S. government is seeking names of Trump critics
The U.S. government is seeking names of Trump critics

The U.S. government is seeking names of Trump critics. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Justice wants to know the IP addresses, contact information, email content and photos of 1.3 million people who visited a website organizing protests against the current U.S president. Let that sink in for a moment. Yes, you read it correctly: the […]

Free Speech and the Internet – or not.
Free Speech and the Internet – or not.

Free speech and the Internet is, so many pundits and observers will tell you, at the heart of arguments set for today – Dec. 1 – before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case to be heard is the appeal of a Pennsylvania man convicted of threatening in a series Facebook posts to kill his estranged […]

World authors condemn government surveillance with petition
World authors condemn government surveillance with petition

No sooner had major tech companies voiced concern over increased online government surveillance than nearly 600 of the world's best known authors trumped them with a condemnation of their own and a petition seeking an international bill of digital rights.  Among the authors are five Nobel Prize winners and some of the world's most respected […]

The U.S. Constitution “Likes” the Like; Google may quit the cookies.
The U.S. Constitution “Likes” the Like; Google may quit the cookies.

Americans, good news! Go right ahead and “like” away on that Facebook thingy because the very action is now protected by no less a document than the U.S. Constitution, right along with guns and voting (although the later is kinda iffy for many these days). Yes, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled […]

Facebook business promotions made simpler – if you must.
Facebook business promotions made simpler – if you must.

Facebook is making the process of running promotions on its network a bit easier for businesses. You know, if you're really into that sort of thing.  The social network announced August 27 in a blog post it will no longer require businesses to use third party apps to run promotions but, instead, allow promotions to […]

The massive amount of data pulsing through the social media channels
The massive amount of data pulsing through the social media channels

Plenty of data has been transmitted along the InterWebz over the last couple of weeks to explain how the U.S. government tracks data transmitted along the InterWebz.  Plenty of copy (and plenty of hysteria) has surfaced about how the government tracks data. But not much has been written, really, about how much data a government […]

Accuracy in reporting and on the social spaces? What…a concept!
Accuracy in reporting and on the social spaces? What…a concept!

Truth be told, most of us probably prefer the InterWebzes and the social spaces there amongst to be a bit on the wild and wooly side; perhaps more than a little unruly with information flowing freely along the ethernetzes as it will.  But, of course, we all have the responsibility also to preserve some integrity […]

And you thought CISPA had gone away?
And you thought CISPA had gone away?

While nearly everyone was focused last week on the horrors and drama in Boston and over the weekend celebrating Earth Day (which is actually today), another threat was making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.  CISPA – or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – was formally adopted by the House late […]

Twitter blocks Neo-Nazi account in Germany
Twitter blocks Neo-Nazi account in Germany

¬†Twitter took the unprecedented step Thursday to block the account of a neo-Nazi group in Germany, rendering them speechless, at least in 140-character expressions of hate.¬† The move, a first by Twitter, prompted a world-wide discussion on free speech in the social spaces. Perhaps you caught the really excellent discussion Friday on the BBC radio […]

Going to jail for social media posts? It's happening in the U.K.
Going to jail for social media posts? It's happening in the U.K.

 A knock at your front door. Outside are two police officers.  "You're under arrest," says one officer. "For posting a grossly offensive, indecent message on Twitter."  What? It's happening – has happened – in the U.K. and elsewhere around the world. And more than once. Or twice. In Britain, however, the nation's top prosecutor is […]