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Women, technology and exploring the line between empowerment and manipulation

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What can and should be done to increase women's access to technology in the world, and, once they have access to it, where does empowerment stop and manipulation begin? A gathering of powerful women in politics, policy and technology convened at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., for an event...
Women, technology and exploring the line between empowerment and manipulation

Alec Ross on the web, democracy and the US

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This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski, Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur discusses Microsoft's release of Windows 8 and the storm-delayed Google launch of Android updates and the next generation of Nexus devices.Aleks talks to Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Alec...
Alec Ross on the web, democracy and the US

Smothering over censorship: How China’s Sina Weibo is getting clever with sensitive topics

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It’s no surprise to find a story about censorship coming out of China. In attempts to control information and sentiment, China is one of the strictest countries to monitor and block websites, keywords and networks. Blocking a particular site or network is a heavy-handed way of stopping citizens from accessing...
Smothering over censorship: How China’s Sina Weibo is getting clever with sensitive topics

Assange to Google's Schmidt: 'I don't use email'

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Wikileaks' latest release is billed as a transcript of a "secret meeting," but it may more accurately be termed a promotion.The site on Friday released a five-hour transcript of a June 2011 meeting between Julian Assange, one of the whistle-blowing site's founders, and Eric E. Schmidt, Google's executive chairman.The...
Assange to Google's Schmidt: 'I don't use email'

Child Murder Leads to Violent Games Being Banned in Turkey

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Metin 2, a fantasy-MMORPG, and “similar” games have been banned in Turkey after a 14 year old was murdered. The boy was a Metin 2 player and had claimed he was a hacker who stole Metin 2 passwords and sold the characters for profit. After his death, there was huge...
Child Murder Leads to Violent Games Being Banned in Turkey

How a 14-Minute Video Can Trigger Violence Abroad

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A perceived cozy relationship between the U.S. government and Internet companies doesn't help. One of the more perplexing questions that still remains on the protests gripping the Arab world this week is how, exactly, some shoddy, contrived, melodramatic footage disdainful of Muhammad came to stand as proxy for U.S. opinion...
How a 14-Minute Video Can Trigger Violence Abroad

UK "Digital Economy Bill" May Allow for Website Shutdowns

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The House of Commons passed a controversial piece of legislation called the "Digital Economy Bill." The loudly-criticized law nontheless passed 187-47, according to the Guardian newspaper. The bill purports to provide comprehensive regulation of digital services, in order to clear the way to promoting Britian as a digital econmic power....
UK "Digital Economy Bill" May Allow for Website Shutdowns

Now US Wants Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement With European Union To Include Turkey: Who's Next?

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Last week we wrote about the important news that Mexico is asking to join what began as a bilateral trade agreement between the US and Europe, with the suggestion that Canada might follow suit. Now, via @FFII, we learn that even before Mexico's announcement, the US has been encouraging...
Now US Wants Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement With European Union To Include Turkey: Who's Next?

Smutty Twitter scam snares U.K. cabinet minister

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Ed Miliband, the country's secretary of state for energy, was one of many Twitter users to embarrassingly have his account hijacked and his contacts informed that he's been having great sex recently....
Smutty Twitter scam snares U.K. cabinet minister

US State Department makes the switch to Google Chrome. RIP Internet Explorer?

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During a Town Hall meeting for the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked a pretty geeky question about what the offices could do about the slow update process everyone has to endure with Internet Explorer, which is currently the Internet browser of choice in its global offices....
US State Department makes the switch to Google Chrome. RIP Internet Explorer?
Guess Which Government Sent Google the Most Removal Requests? USA! USA! USA!

No Surprise Here: Congress Passes Unanimous Resolution Telling The ITU: Hands Off The Internet

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One thing that's been somewhat universal in the US is pretty much everyone's opposition to the whole ITU WCIT charade going on in Dubai right now. It doesn't matter what political party they belong to or what general views on technology or the internet they hold, pretty much everyone recognizes,...
No Surprise Here: Congress Passes Unanimous Resolution Telling The ITU: Hands Off The Internet

John Kerry: Cyberdefense a major part of Asian security

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called defending against cyberattacks a major part of maintaining security in Asia, and said Washington is forming working groups with China and Japan to address the issue....
John Kerry: Cyberdefense a major part of Asian security

Whoops! The New Republic Mistakes Susan Rice for Condi Rice

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Susan Rice, Condi Rice—who can tell the difference? Certainly not The New Republic, who tweeted “With today’s news, our Facebook page is starting to resemble a Condie (sic) Rice photo shoot” earlier this afternoon. At the time, The New Republic‘s Facebook page featured a large photo and portrait of Susan Rice, President...
Whoops! The New Republic Mistakes Susan Rice for Condi Rice
California launches online voter registration

You’ve started a business, but is your brand protected?

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So you’ve started a business, or “launched a startup”, congrats! But is your brand protected? Nothing represents your business more and sets the stage for all that follows than your company name. Most business owners and entrepreneurs know full well the importance of the company name. But what about protecting...
You’ve started a business, but is your brand protected?

US State Department embraces Google Chrome

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In a fairly recent question and answer period during a Town Hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the government offices will move to Google Chrome. Rather out of place, the question was addressed after a snicker from Clinton and more widespread laughter from the crowd, revealing Chrome was...
US State Department embraces Google Chrome
WikiLeaks' 'Kissinger Cables' is largest release ever with over 1.7 million diplomatic records

Vatican's secretary of state links paedophilia to homosexuality -

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Vatican's secretary of state links paedophilia to homosexuality -
California launches online voting registration, sees surge in applicants

Cause For Concern: 'Experimental' Patches Applied To Ohio Voting Machines Without Certification

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While we've covered e-voting issues for years, it really did seem like the issues with e-voting machines were less this year than in the past. Except... maybe not. ES&S, the largest vendor of e-voting machines, who has a long and scary history of problems with their machines, is embroiled in...
Cause For Concern: 'Experimental' Patches Applied To Ohio Voting Machines Without Certification

Tumblr Tuesday on a Wednesday: Because this guy was busy texting Hillary Clinton

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Welcome to our twenty-ninth Tumblr Tuesday, where every Tuesday we celebrate our love of Tumblr by interviewing the mastermind behind a new blog. Tumblr, a New York City based startup, is like the FFFFound for the rest of the world. It’s as shareable and fast-paced as Twitter but populated with more inspiring text...
Tumblr Tuesday on a Wednesday: Because this guy was busy texting Hillary Clinton

Sheryl Sandberg Asked Gloria Steinem If We're In A 'Stalled Revolution' For Women

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At this weekend's Women In The World conference in New York City, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg moderated a panel, "Where Are The Women At The Top?"  When she asked the group, "Women have held 15 to 18 percent of top jobs for the past few years. Is this a...
Sheryl Sandberg Asked Gloria Steinem If We're In A 'Stalled Revolution' For Women

Senator Hatch Says Global Fund Advocating For Generic Drugs To Solve Healthcare Crises Is Abusing Funds

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We've written a few times about governments around the globe seeking to make use of lower-priced (and often more widely available) generic medicines for responding to serious diseases, rather than sticking with the more expensive name brand. Current international agreements, like TRIPs, allow countries to effectively "opt-out" of promises to...
Senator Hatch Says Global Fund Advocating For Generic Drugs To Solve Healthcare Crises Is Abusing Funds
Wikileaks releases a fascinating secret chat between Eric Schmidt and Julian Assange

British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK is reportedly accessing information obtained by PRISM, the covert initiative created by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor communications in the United States. The Guardian claims to have obtained documents which show that GCHQ has been able to leverage the...
British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data
US and China form working groups to collaborate on cybersecurity, climate change

House of Lords gives thumbs up to 3 strikes, site takedown

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The UK's House of Lords has passed a version of the Digital Economy Bill that eliminated one controversial anti-piracy measure, but added a new one in its place. The Bill, which includes a three-strikes provision that will suspend the service of repeat copyright infringers, will now be considered by...
House of Lords gives thumbs up to 3 strikes, site takedown
For 'Texts from Hillary' creator, Tumblr fame helped turn meme-making into a job

Was the Alaska Purchase a Good Deal?

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In 1867, the United States bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. At the time, the acquisition was popularly dismissed as “Seward’s Folly” (Seward was Secretary of State at the time), as the frozen land was considered worthless. Since that time, the conventional wisdom has been that, given Alaska’s natural...
Was the Alaska Purchase a Good Deal?
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