Turkey goes to war against the Internet

Turkey declared war on the Internet this week when its regime decided that it did not like the portrayal of its leader in social media. Accusing them of bias, the Telecommunication’s Department issued a directive ordering the immediate blocking of Twitter across its territory. The reason for the ban was because the prosecutor office stated [...]

Of tweets, sexism, vigilantes and dongles

The tweet that launched a thousand posts.

There is a saying in Spanish that I’ve always liked: “pueblo chico, infierno grande” (small town, big hell). The Internet is vast, but social media has brought us together in ways that constantly remind me of this phrase. Short social connection pathways lead to clusters of communities [...]

Instagram updates Terms of Service

You might remember that during last December there was a bit of a scandal regarding Instagram’s new terms of service. Given the level of discontent arising from the decision to change the existing agreement in terms that would be seriously detrimental to users, Instragram has announced that it will be updating the terms of service [...]

Instagram’s new Terms of Service

Spot the difference. These are the current Terms of Use:

“Some of the Instagram Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content. The manner, mode and [...]

Twitter Law

Some years ago I accompanied a friend to a radio station, where he was going to get interviewed about a show. Just before the interview, we were asked by one of the producers if we wanted coffee, and I replied “Yes, can I have a black coffee please?” She looked at me with utter [...]

Crowdfunding needs a curator

#bbpBox_212902087481241601 a { text-decoration:none; color:#1F98C7; }#bbpBox_212902087481241601 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }.@neilhimself There desperately needs to be a site dedicated to helping geeks figure out what to support on Kickstarter. We need a CURATOR.June 13, 2012 7:39 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite@joe_hillJoe Hill

I have just read one of the most interesting tweets in a while, and I [...]

Should jailed convicts have access to social media?

If you live in Costa Rica, the answer to the question appears to be ‘No’. La Nacion newspaper reports today that Facebook has decided to close the accounts of 19 convicts, who had maintained a presence in the social network despite being in jail. FB took this decision prompted by [...]

Pinterest and copyright

Source: 9gag.com via Andres on Pinterest

Pinterest, in case you have not heard, is the latest social network. It is sort of like Tumbler without the social angst and hipster look. Some have described it as “Facebook for women” (because everyone knows that no woman uses FB). Time [...]

European Court of Justice rules against filtering (again)

In a re-enactment of last November’s Sabam v Scarlet, the ECJ has ruled against indiscriminate filtering by service providers again, but this time in a case regarding social networks. In Sabam v Netlog (C‑360/10), the Belgian collecting society Sabam sued a social network site named Netlog, based in Ghent, attempting to obtain an injunction ordering [...]

Web activism grows up, but beware its narrow focus

Mafalda joins fight against SOPA

As Wikipedia goes silent today in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), and as other Internet giants unite their voices against the proposed legislations, we could really say that Web activism is starting to become a force to be reckoned with. [...]