Other recent items of interest…
- “Cuba criticizes Twitter for Fidel death rumor,” Paul Haven, Associated Press, Jan. 4, 2012.
- “French Court Forces Google To Change ‘Crook’ Company’s Autocomplete Suggestion,” Kashmir Hill, Forbes, Jan. 5, 2012.
- “Excessive Force Is Dangerous — To View on YouTube,” Ken @ Popehat, Jan. 5, 2012. Cites the Google Transparency Report, which reports having received requests by police to take down video showing police brutality.
- “Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones,” Sean Captain, Wired, Jan. 6, 2012. Meanwhile, the EFF has filed suit against the FAA to find out what drones have already been authorized to fly within US borders.
- “Here Comes the National Internet,” John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, Jan. 6, 2012.
- “E-Voting Machine Freezes, Misreads Votes, U.S. Agency Says,” Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld, Jan. 6, 2012. Of note in the article is that these machines remain certified for use in elections.
- “Walgreens Lets My Ex-Husband Change My Account Information And View My Prescription History,” Mary Beth Quirk, The Consumerist, Jan. 6, 2012.
From last week:
- “Central Asia: An Exception to the ‘Cute Cats’ Theory of Internet Revolution,” Sarah Kendzior, Registan.net, Jan. 8, 2012.
- “Smart meter hacking can disclose which TV shows and movies you watch,” Chester Wisniewski, Naked Security, Jan. 8, 2012.
- “The Arms Race Over The Internet Rages Onward – part 1,” Malicia Rogue, Global Voices Advocacy, Jan. 9, 2012.
- “Koreans Accuse Google Of ‘Obstructing’ Antitrust Investigation,” Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land, Jan. 9, 2012. See also “FTC Expands Antitrust Probe to Add Google+,” Sara Forden and Brian Womack, Bloomberg, Jan. 13, 2012.
- “BBC Radio among 10 switched off in police mast crackdown,” by Richard Wanambwa & Emmanuel Gyezaho, Daily Monitor (Uganda), Jan. 9, 2012.
- “Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing,” Cory Doctorow, Jan. 10, 2012.
- “Azeri government increases its control over the Internet.” Interview with Sarah Kendzior, an anthropologist who studies politics and the internet in Post soviet authoritarian regimes, Contact.az, Jan. 10, 2012.
- The photographer who tool the iconic Obama “Hope” picture lost his White House press credential due to an arrest for public photography of the police. “After arrest, civil rights questions,” Kerri Macdonald, New York Times, Jan. 10, 2012. In other public photography news, a restauranteur who tried to film a health inspection was cited, possibly over-cited, to the point of closure of his business.
- “Google is ‘a spying tool,’ Iran police chief says,” Elizabeth Flock, Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2012.
- “Privacy rights activists worry about potential abuse of high-tech devices featured at CES event,” Cecilia Kang, Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2012.
- “Gunshot Sensor Sparks Privacy Concerns,” Sacha Pfeiffer and Lynn Jolicoeur, WBUR, Jan. 11, 2012.
- “Online Behavioral Advertising: European and American Approaches,” Peter McLaughlin and Megan O’Sullivan, Privacy & Security Source, Jan. 11, 2012.
- “Putin’s Bad Internet Week,” Brian Whitmore, Radio Free Europe, Jan. 12, 2012.
Also this week EPIC.org raised concerns that Facebook timeline violated its settlement with the FTC (more), and that Google’s new Search Plus Your World service raised similar concerns.