Category Archives: After School Special

Google’s Lost Social Network

Rob Fishman, writing for BuzzFeed on Google’s Lost Social Network, describes the situation when Google killed the sharing features of Google Reader, its RSS aggregator. Convinced that it needed to compete with Facebook in the social networking realm, Google envisioned these features would exist in Google Plus, the maligned social networking platform it launched in […] Continue reading

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Google is Sticking to its Own Vision of Freedom of Expression

Virtually blocked – With no breakthrough on YouTube registration in Pakistan in sight, the authorities affirm the ban will stay: After a prolonged spell of suppressed activity, social media websites in Pakistan suddenly became alive on Dec 3, with endless … Continue reading

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Why Strong Passwords Matter?

Remember how I was talking about passwords and the importance of having different passwords for every website you use? The length and the randomness of the characters in your password matters a great deal, too. Stephanie Miot, writing for PC … Continue reading

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Algorithms Awry: Pump and Dump…and Fake Google News

It appears that PRWeb, a public relations outfit that allows companies to distribute news releases to media outlets such as newspapers, websites, etc., distributed a report that Google was acquiring ICOA, a small WiFi company, for $400 million. The report was false. The "Night Singer" pumps shares during the South Seas Bubble in the Netherlands. […] Continue reading

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Inhumane Filtering

In his presentation last night, Thomas discussed the psychology of programmers as outlined in the “Hello World” chapter in Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble. Thomas’s basic argument was that programmers are so focused on creating great technology that they have … Continue reading

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Every Medium Needs Copyright…and Piracy

Thanks to our group for addressing some of the major issues of Free Culture, including piracy and the concept of property. In order for new technlogies to take hold in a culture, there must be a number of factors. First, … Continue reading

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Republican Study Committee Offers Real Copyright Reform…But Then Retracts It

From Ars Technica: The memo, titled “Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it,” is a direct assault on the relentlessly pro-copyright worldview dominating Washington for decades. “Most legislative discussions on this topic are not premised … Continue reading

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How to Publish a Post

Julie shares the process she used to post her response: After you register with your q writing account and added the course blog, which is the button that says “add me” on the right hand side. Then you go to … Continue reading

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The Costs of Being Programmed

One of the arguments in Douglas Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed was the ontological argument that computers are inherently binaristic, capable of only understanding on or off while humans are more complex and nuanced, to say the least. Another argument that I found compelling was really the rallying call Rushkoff makes here: that we must […] Continue reading

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From Disruption to Consolidation

In this week’s class, we looked at four new technologies that once posed threats to the existing technologies of the telephone, film, television, and computing. The disruptions came from a variety of different sources. Two of the disruptions came from … Continue reading

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