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Jon Pincus has been shared in 49 public circles

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George Clark5,516Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the #circle ! To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps: 1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle 3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addpeople #add #addcircle #socialmedia #dragonseyecircle #VarietyCircle 2014-08-29 06:34:43494191217CC G+
Ole Olson46,666This is my original circle of progressives on G+. Add it for some hard hitting, unapologetic political information geared toward activating forward progress in America. 2014-06-28 03:56:553635517CC G+
En Ucuz Uçak Bileti1,6242014-04-12 16:25:325006710CC G+
Richard Heby748Hey Poetry People, It's A Circle About Poetry, People!Hi all! This is a circle of poets, poetry readers, poetry lovers, and sharers of poetry! I've included haiku writers, sonnet sharers, assonance aficionados, kings of rhyme, and more! You'll find some interesting posts about poetry if you add this circle! Add this circle if you've loved poetry forever, or if you want to learn more!If you want to be included in this circle or later circles then just follow these 5 simple steps:1. Give this post a plus one!2. Comment on this post, saying something you like about poetry3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. ...and most importantly— reshare this circle to your followers or to the public!2014-02-09 22:22:112038411CC G+
J.J. Truth Warrior308Poets#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:13:12221003CC G+
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309CC G+
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114CC G+
Ole Olson17,448This is my #SocialMedia  circle. The focalizers in here must contribute something to either enhance the G+ experience (technical, apps, guides, or just outstanding regular user advice) or have an expertise about another social media site. I've known many of these folks for years (many of them from my old days on +Digg). #PublicCircles   #SharedCircles   #circleoftheday  2013-07-15 09:31:47146808CC G+
Ole Olson14,742Leaders of Google+ in #progressive   #politics  Add this circle for a well vetted collection of thought leaders that post a high degree of quality political content. The focalizers here are also excellent engagers. I have been sculpting this circle since G+ began. Other public circles I've shared that you might like:The Top 50 Progressives Circle on G+https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/PETHgTMqpcDVisual and/or Fun content https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/DbBUtg3f8q8Top Science Circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/WYqn7FXjsAmProgressive Media on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/1t3HVRfNhuCForward Thinking Journalists on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/111051039748078110427/posts/4h7jniYWcxaMy Top Circler Circle https://plus.google.com/111051039748078110427/posts/cjSWip8ayqH #Liberal   #Green   #SharedPublicCircles   #Occupy   #CircleOfTheDay   #Environment   #PublicCircle   #activism   #CircleSharing   #Unions   #Feminism   #HumanRights   #LGBT   #secular   #science  2013-05-21 17:23:0549516413CC G+
Ole Olson12,447This is my main political circle. It contains people that post a high ratio of left leaning political content. If you are not progressively inclined and would like to be removed from this circle, please let me know.  #SharedCircles   #Liberal   #progressive   #politics  2013-04-12 16:31:0349016213CC G+
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913CC G+
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515CC G+
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310CC G+
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #2 of 11Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:09:36146000CC G+
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)10,480#12daysofchristmas #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #writing   #amwriting   #aperfectwritingcircle    Dear Plustopians,Welcome to my Twelve Days Writing Circles of Christmas! Each shared public circle is full of fascinating, engaging Plussers, writers and other creative folk. I encourage you to add them, share them, and engage with them - I can personally guarantee they will fill your stream with ridiculous amounts of pure Awesome. Further, anyone who reshares one of these circles will be automatically entered in a drawing for a copy of my forthcoming hardboiled detective paranormal novella, Emerald City Blues! Bonus book is bonus!Cheers, and happy holidays to all! 2013-01-04 18:01:2096031CC G+
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)9,608#writing   #sharedcircles   #aperfectwritingcircle   #nanowrimo  ATTENTION PEOPLE OF EARTHIn my tenth shared circle of the #aperfectwritingcircle  project, I give you this gem of a circle: 97 amazing people with a passion for the written word, many of whose writing cred I can personally attest to (and including some whose cred far outstrips my own). But whether you're an old hand or just experimenting with the art of writing, you'll find someone here who shares your journey.Go. Circle. Reshare. Enjoy. And keep on writing.===If you're interested in past Writing circle shares, search on the tag #aperfectwritingcircle   . Want to know more about this project? Here's the summary: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117351898370193721811/posts/PA6GeQHUZWX2012-10-30 16:35:5796424CC G+
Marc Pitman4,748Whoops. I wanted to share my Nonprofit Org circle, but it has 694 organizaitons and, apparently, I can only share 500 at a time! Sorry. But enjoy this many anyway!2012-08-24 00:52:47500501CC G+
Kurt Smith530Quality Circle ShareHere's a quality group of Plussers to circle. There are some active posters in here and many whom will circle you back. #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-08-07 00:19:0778305CC G+
Max Huijgen28,020My #bottom99  circle on relevancy: what made me circle you and why do you score this low on relevancypart of the ongoing research into the relevancy algorithm Google usesI hope to see some interactions from this group to see if Google is right that although I circled you, the interests are not mutual and we don´t encounter each other sufficiently to merit circling.However maybe you all turn out to be highly relevant to me: it´s just the counter movement to the #top99 shares which tended to make the rich richer. My version was *A mystery shrouded in an enigma: My Top 99 circle* https://plus.google.com/u/0/112352920206354603958/posts/WUYsAPtwCDc which triggered a good discussion.I will put this group in a daily reading circle for some time and see what happens. Maybe I had a very good reason to circle you and it´s just a matter of mutual rediscovery. Let´t see what happens. How to do this:Sorted ´in my circles´ on relevancy and selected people from the bottom up until I figured I had about 100.  Put them into a circle of their own and shared it. Be aware that if you do so they immediately rank higher on relevancy as you shared them and mentioned them. So its hard to adjust precisely hence my 94 instead of 100. If you got a notification you were one of the 94 (as I couldn´t get exactly 100) and feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. #bottom99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles +Shared Circles on G+   +Nothing but Circles  +Public Circles   +Full Circle +CircleCount 2012-07-27 07:26:399559319CC G+
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-IdiotsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as 75 Non-Ghosts2012-07-25 01:43:317521327CC G+
Craig Froehle4,629467 Plussers Well Worth FollowingSome curated recommendations to make your Tuesday a bit more interesting. I kept this circle largely free of celebrities, pages, and organizations, so these should (nearly) all be actual people. Enjoy!By the way, topic-wise, it's a bit of a potpourri, but with emphasis on technology, science, progressive politics, skepticism, and other fascinating things.Note that I don't always agree with everyone in this circle, so don't take this as an endorsement of their ideas...merely that they tend to be thoughtful when presenting them.2012-07-03 14:29:094671718CC G+
Meilani MacDonald2,935Small Business circle 1 of 2Hello small business peeps! I'm a small biz person and naturally I want to connect with other small biz owners. I really feel we all have so much to share with each other and to learn from one another as we navigate this world called Google+ that provides us with so many great tools and resources to support our small biz efforts. I also think it's a good thing to support each other, and lift each other up as we work towards our goals. So I've been collecting small biz people and shared small biz & entrepreneurs circles, because those are the people I most want in my own circles, to follow, to connect with, and to support. I have 700+ small bizzes in my circle, so I've split it into two circles to share with you. This is #1 of the 2, and #2 is next. Let's hear it for small business!Btw, speaking of supporting small bizzes, I host a TGIF Biz Networking Hangout every Friday at 4pm pst, now a Hangout on Air. It is a chance to give yourself and your biz a little promo, and I feature special guests who are small biz owners and who have all kinds of good advice and info to share with other small biz owners. Please check my profile for more info or to watch last Friday's episode, where we talked about QR codes and great ideas for how to use them, and also talked about the value of keeping content fresh on your blogs and web sites, and when and why to blog, or not to blog. #smallbusiness #sharedcircles #entrepreneur +CircleCount +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a Circle with you2012-05-28 18:22:494491159CC G+
Richard Law2,621Imaginary Robots should be in everyone's stream. #doshare #sharedcircles #circleshare2012-05-07 20:41:36231000CC G+
Lee Smallwood8,954Want to share the 2nd of 2 circles of Engaging People here on G+ I love their content, the way the engage and I recommend you step and say Hello to them :)Have a great weekend all :)2012-04-13 17:23:5433731622CC G+
Peter Edenist1,012This is my main friends circle (listed by relevance).... Includes a lot of my scifi, browncoats and Hard Scifi circles. Resharing for Friday. Please reshare if you find this circle of value. Will seperately share #Browncoats and #hardscifi circles over the next few days! #engagers #sharedcircles #scifi #awesomesaucepeople2012-04-13 12:43:18500209CC G+
Richard Law2,040My imaginary robots circle; one of my favorites. #sharedcircle2012-04-03 19:24:54199011CC G+
Rebecca Jordan593Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business : 500 People2012-03-27 19:28:325001157CC G+
Meilani MacDonald1,201If the Circle Fits, Share It! - Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Small BusinessWow, where to begin? This is exactly the circle I was looking for: entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business. I'll begin with a thanks to +Rahul Roy, whose always helpful posts of resources for new and wanting to be more active plussers pointed the way to www.CircleCount.com. That site turned out to be a great resource for finding shared circles defined by interest. There, I found +Rob Gordon's awesome entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business circle. I know it's a quality circle, as I noticed many of the folks in it are already in my circles, and I generally circle people who make posts I find to be useful, educational and enlightening. I hope you will find them as useful and enlightening as I have! #smallbusiness #freelance #professional #entrepreneur2012-03-24 00:26:5250111715CC G+
Rob Gordon18,830Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business. This is the latest update to my shared circle for "entrepreneurs" which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own small business or venture. Lots of time has been spent organizing this since it was first published - many new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of interesting business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and these are just the ones I have curated. This still probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed so let me know if you want to be included. I republish this about once per month. This is a really diverse group of people that includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures, some have startups that are just getting going and some are wildly successful. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in entrepreneurial and small business issues. The professionals in this circle post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you at least take a look. As with any circle of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either pick and choose the ones you like or use it as a trial circle - whatever method works for you. I also recently learned that you can save circles to your Google contacts so you can save this information there even if you don't want to use this toward your 5000 limit. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting. I certainly do. RobReshares welcome and appreciated#sharedcircles#smallbusiness #entrepreneurs #startup2012-03-13 20:32:12500663852CC G+
Sir John Hardy17,427There have been a few circles shared about lately. None, however, is as good as this one. Each person in this circle has been crash tested in a laboratory, simmered in a social incubator and boiled in the crucible of interaction. All have come up with a pH reading of 4 or higher.2012-03-11 14:36:3337538720CC G+
Todd Vierling1,010The Lesser Celebrities of Google+My first broad-based shared circle. These people aren't super-prolific posters with thousands of commenters like Scoble or +Mike Elgan (there's nothing wrong with that; his content is nifty, but I simply can't keep up).These folks may not have follower counts in the hundreds of thousands, but they regularly post things that are interesting, geeky, funny, thought-provoking, and generally worth the read. A good addition to anybody's stream.First point, this circle seriously needs more women, and I plan to reduce the gender divide (and increase the diversity in general) before re-sharing this circle. And secondly, after cobbling this list, I'm sure that I left out a dozen or more folks whom I intended to add here. So this circle will probably be a tad bit larger the next time I share it.2012-03-02 19:19:1026102CC G+
Christopher Franko (Sr)6,707This is my #Suggested user circle.Everytime I see someone suggest cool plussers, I usually put them in this circle.#Circle, #share , Include yourself in shared circle. #winningwednesday2012-02-29 19:05:48254915CC G+
Wayne Sutton15,327Sharing the Generation Blacks In Tech +Google+ circle with over 370 Blacks/Brown/African Americans & then some.Why?Cause more than a few times I have been asked about where are the blacks in some of these large google+ shared circles that have been floating around like the who to follow (ex. a ycombinator circle & more). Also today +Margie Hearron and +Rod Moore were having a conversation about the same topic.So here you go. Looking for diversity on google+ or just some brown faces. Add to your circles and share. This should at least get shared by the people who's in the circle all 300+ of you. If you want to be added just leave a comment. #diversityisgood2012-02-19 06:27:31373351627CC G+
marius ibanez26a circle of programmers from all languages who shared interesting post.join us if you want interact with us. and shared the circle :)2011-12-13 23:07:17489001CC G+
Joys Maclaurin60Politically progressiveJoys Maclaurin shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 12:06:56333203CC G+
Lynne Flynn01 of 2 Occupy Circles +Peter A. Saldaña IIILynne Flynn shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 07:03:42500455CC G+
Christopher Long0Stanford AI Class CircleChris Long shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 11:47:31491001CC G+
Leigh Henderson0Here is my NON-PROFIT circle. Included in the circle are people from various industries and backgrounds, who work with (or own) non-profit orgs, eco / environmental orgs and people who do their bit for good causes. If you would like to be added to this circle please post below. If you want to help out please share this circle.I am a designer and will work with registered non-profit orgs on your future graphic/web/multi-media projects. If your non-profit org needs help in that department feel free to contact me.Leigh Henderson shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 00:25:14240235CC G+
Jared Mysko20Got an Occupy Circle in the works. Share and add to it!Jared Mysko shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 03:29:14149345CC G+
Dj Cja0TLDR: Anyone that would like to join the DJ Set Review/Tips/Tricks Circle just let me know..Learning to be a DJ without a solid pier group to bounce ideas off and critic each others styles can be a rough time. I want to open up the opportunity for aspiring DJ's to have Music Lovers and established Dj's review their sets and critic there style while giving feedback on tips and tricks to help a discouraged newcomer. I've never heard of this and I think Google+ would be a GREAT avenue to bring Dj's together.Dj Cja shared a circle with you.2011-10-17 23:08:55352326CC G+
Melanie Shebel0I want to get everyone taking Stanford Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and/or Databases into my Stanford circle, please add these folks to your Stanford circles and then share your Stanford circles so I can add more people to my circle. :)Also, let me know if you are receiving this and you belong in the Stanford circle, but aren't already included.Melanie Shebel shared a circle with you.2011-10-17 18:18:084731123CC G+
John Alchin79Folks sharing information on Occupy movements worldwide, based on original circle by +marc roundJohn Alchin shared a circle with you.2011-10-16 14:03:51115212CC G+
Marko Shiva Pavlovic (4N7IS3C)56This is my programmers circle there are a lot more around actually more than 1000 of different programmers in this circle !That are programmers that are not only web programmers but any Computer Programming related !Basically this is a circle that I read mostly and most of them are programmers with interesting posts !If you are programmer and want to be in this circle just comment !Marko Shiva Pavlovic shared a circle with you.2011-10-16 02:43:1150140824CC G+
Juan Gabriel Calderón-Pérez0This is my updated Stanford AI Class Circle. If you want to get added, leave a comment below. I also have a circle for ML and DB. :-)Resources:Facebook AI Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242894285747091/Facebook ML Class Study and Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146765042081335/Strong Artificial Intelligence Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongartificialintelligence/Stanford Courses Forum: http://www.stanfordclass.comTop 10 Study Groups & Resources for Stanford’s Open Class on AI: http://therohanaurora.com/stanford-ai-open-class-resources/Download GNU Octave for ML: http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.htmlYoutube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/knowitvideos#g/uTwitter: http://twitter.com/aiclassGoogle Group: http://groups.google.com/group/stanford-ai-class Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/aiclass/Class Notes (By the AI Community): UNIT1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tF3TJ98uysJHKasFjBidBolhQBNLhz9H0sx28D6Fku0/preview?hl=en_US&pli=1&sle=trueUNIT2: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eH5ZqtpOpVsURqelWEydTesFKInqXJVXLQElMUGElPA/preview?hl=en_US&sle=trueClass Notes (By LarveCode): Unit Notes in a fun way: http://larvecode.tumblr.com/tagged/ai-classClass Notes (By +Ivan De Marino ): Ivan's Blog: http://blog.ivandemarino.me/2011/10/16/ai-class-com---Notes-of-Lesson-1-and-2UNIT1: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/5a5f0750-5afd-4aa8-89b3-f1415dee4d00/a5ba70b87bcaee6cddb409632a9bba4dUNIT2: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s1/sh/42ff5536-31af-4dd0-a0e8-7d17e38b62f1/d89e4cbd0fd75ba1ace59cab1a3b7182Extras: For those interested in other free Stanford courses visit the Stanford Engineering Everywhere Program here: http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx2011-10-15 23:07:104893324299CC G+
David D. Stanton1,085Friendly Chatty CircleDavid D. Stanton shared a circle with you.2011-10-15 18:02:2254000CC G+
Daniel Allan0My Standford AI circle, right on 500 :)Daniel Allan shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 20:30:23500301CC G+
Drew Nicholson263So, I've been asked to share my poetry circle, specifically with +miriam dunn and +Vinod Madhok, but for ALL poets. It certainly isn't comprehensive. See if you can add more!Drew Nicholson shared a circle with you.2011-09-30 01:30:52641831CC G+
Michelle Marie14,714Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Online Course StudentsMichelle Marie shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 22:40:2999571529CC G+

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2013-07-20 19:39:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

HOW TO STOP SHARING EVERYTHING YOU PLUS ON G+

The acknowledgment "+1" has always helped boost post visibility within Google+ -- it's one of the many parts of the equation that make posts hit the What's Hot section, for instance. But What's Hot can be removed from a user's individual stream. This isn't immediately obvious for a new feature Google+ introduced yesterday (https://plus.google.com/+shimritby/posts/9no4w8LwDyn), which amplifies any posts people are "plussing" by sharing them into your stream, whether you follow the people who originally posted them or not.

This feature is great if you mostly follow a homogeneous group of people -- these people are in your industry and they generally have the same values, so you're going to see a lot of the sort of thing you would like. The problem is that we don't really live in a world... more »

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2013-06-23 03:43:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

Are you part of the generation the Obama betrayed?

A lot of people seem surprised that I don't like the broad reach of NSA given my stance on the benefits of sharing information online. Here's the deal though: my philosophy that the world is a better place the more we share with each other is just that - a philosophy, not a mandate. I think people should have the choice to be as private or public as they want to be and hopefully I can convince them of the benefits of sharing. There's a major difference between believing in something and forcing people to practice what you believe.

Some of you may be surprised to see me criticizing Obama as you likely know that I'm a huge supporter of him and liberal politics in general. That remains true. However, I do feel burned by the president and find myself respecting the people who are working to make the world a more... more »

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2014-07-15 21:37:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcominga... more »

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2014-07-16 05:32:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Skud's take on what google+'s announcement SHOULD have been (also via +Peter da Silva  +Edward Morbius).

So Skud wrote this. And well, it says a lot?___Skud's take on what google+'s announcement SHOULD have been (also via +Peter da Silva  +Edward Morbius).

2014-07-15 21:37:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Three years after killing G+'s momentum and driving many of their early supporters away ...

When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.___Three years after killing G+'s momentum and driving many of their early supporters away ...

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2014-04-24 17:58:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

VP of Engineering David Besbris will replace him. 

VP of Engineering David Besbris will replace him. ___

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2014-04-03 20:20:39 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”

Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”___

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2014-01-10 16:50:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

One interesting thing is that Google's treating people with "thousands of followers" differently by setting their defaults to getting email only from their circles (as opposed to the hoi polloi who by default get mail from everybody).  Wow, it's almost like they know that this will expose people to a bunch of mail they don't want and so made special provisions for the "influentials" don't get bothered!

Got both Gmail and Google+? Soon, anyone who also has both will be able to send you a message through Gmail, or you can send to others. How it all works. Yes, there are some safeguards.___One interesting thing is that Google's treating people with "thousands of followers" differently by setting their defaults to getting email only from their circles (as opposed to the hoi polloi who by default get mail from everybody).  Wow, it's almost like they know that this will expose people to a bunch of mail they don't want and so made special provisions for the "influentials" don't get bothered!

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2014-01-01 05:55:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Happy New Year, all -- wishing everybody a great 2014!

Happy New Year, all -- wishing everybody a great 2014!___

2013-11-14 16:27:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

"Google was so good at being Google! Why did they decide they want to become FacebookTV?"

"Google was so good at being Google! Why did they decide they want to become FacebookTV?"___

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2013-09-27 23:26:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

My brother +Greg Pincus new book The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. is out now (yay!!!), so he's decided to celebrate with a double giveaway: a copy of The 14 Fibs AND, since pie is a big part of the 14 Fibs, a copy of Gesine Bullock-Prado's amazing cookbook Pie it Forward. Both authors will sign/personalize our respective books to whoever wins 'em - you can have them both made out to you, or the cookbook to a child you love and 14 Fibs to you... or vice versa!

To join in (and for the full rules), check oug Greg's blog Gottabook at http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2013/09/double-giveaway-14-fibs-of-gregory-k.html

My brother +Greg Pincus new book The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. is out now (yay!!!), so he's decided to celebrate with a double giveaway: a copy of The 14 Fibs AND, since pie is a big part of the 14 Fibs, a copy of Gesine Bullock-Prado's amazing cookbook Pie it Forward. Both authors will sign/personalize our respective books to whoever wins 'em - you can have them both made out to you, or the cookbook to a child you love and 14 Fibs to you... or vice versa!

To join in (and for the full rules), check oug Greg's blog Gottabook at http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2013/09/double-giveaway-14-fibs-of-gregory-k.html___

2013-08-07 23:35:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

+Shelley Powers I just got your book "Learning Node" :)

+Shelley Powers I just got your book "Learning Node" :)___

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2013-07-20 19:39:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

A useful guide from +A.V. Flox ...

HOW TO STOP SHARING EVERYTHING YOU PLUS ON G+

The acknowledgment "+1" has always helped boost post visibility within Google+ -- it's one of the many parts of the equation that make posts hit the What's Hot section, for instance. But What's Hot can be removed from a user's individual stream. This isn't immediately obvious for a new feature Google+ introduced yesterday (https://plus.google.com/+shimritby/posts/9no4w8LwDyn), which amplifies any posts people are "plussing" by sharing them into your stream, whether you follow the people who originally posted them or not.

This feature is great if you mostly follow a homogeneous group of people -- these people are in your industry and they generally have the same values, so you're going to see a lot of the sort of thing you would like. The problem is that we don't really live in a world where our social circles are composed of mostly people like ourselves. Diversity -- the diversity that makes the web great -- brings us in touch with people who have very different ideas, professions, values, and uses for a social network.  

Imagine you follow me. You find my content interesting. What I post publicly is safe for work and tries really hard to abide by the Google+ Content Policy Guidelines (http://www.google.com/+/policy/content.html). I seem like a decent person. We might not share the exact same values -- you would never write a review about a vibrator, for instance -- but you are confident that I will always make sensible choices about what images I use in the posts I set free into your stream.

Then, one day, you're at work and suddenly -- +A.V. Flox and two others +1'd this: Bam. A picture you don't want, right in your stream.

The way I distribute content, you see, is very different than the way that I consume it. While Google+ has a policy against porn, porn exists on Google+ and I spend a lot of time looking at it -- because I am curious about how Google+ defines pornography, because I am interested in trends in types of pornography over time, and because I like porn.

In engaging this content, I tend to plus things that I feel challenge "I know it when I see it" notions of obscenity, in futile hope that so doing will bring it to Google's attention and help them see how useless their Sexually Explicit Material policy is. But I also plus things that turn me on, so if you saw the cunnilingus shot above on your stream this morning, be glad it wasn't a shot depicting quadruple anal penetration. 

You probably think I'm kidding.

Well, you'll never know. Because I'm going to show you how to make it so you don't broadcast the posts you are plussing on Google+.

This album will show you how to do it. Yes, it's a process. Settings should not be this complex, but at least there is a way to undo this situation. Not that the feature is not a good idea -- I'm enjoying receiving all kinds of content that people are plussing, but not everyone has a child-free existence or job that enables them to look at anything, anytime.

Until Google+ does something about adult content (something more like Twitter where you can opt-in and less like Facebook where even art and science get yanked rather capriciously), we're going to be needing to pay a lot more attention to our controls for content consumption and distribution.

Google! Please make it easier for adults to be adults on your properties! 

This post originally appeared on +Slantist. If you want to share the Hot To without the whole album, you can simply link the post, which contains all the images and steps: http://slantist.com/undo-plus-feature-google-plus/ ___A useful guide from +A.V. Flox ...

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2013-07-09 19:18:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Impressive work from the Phillipines!

My brief analysis of the crowdsourced Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom.___Impressive work from the Phillipines!

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2013-07-07 00:35:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Even though today’s rallies are just a first step, their success a huge shot in the arm for civil liberties. The network of informed and connected people that came together to make today happen can be the basis for pressuring Washington as legislation moves forward in Congress and the calls for a investigating committee pick up momentum, and we start to head into the 2014 primary season. And as BORDC executive director Shahid Buttar discusses in Restoring the Fourth Amendment, local organizing offers opportunities to win back right on a city-by-city basis (as we did with Save the Rave!) while reinforcing national the movement. BORDC and allies have had several big wins already this year, and with drones, fusion centers, and the national ID card hidden in the immigration bill, there will be plenty of opportunities for more …

Even though today’s rallies are just a first step, their success a huge shot in the arm for civil liberties. The network of informed and connected people that came together to make today happen can be the basis for pressuring Washington as legislation moves forward in Congress and the calls for a investigating committee pick up momentum, and we start to head into the 2014 primary season. And as BORDC executive director Shahid Buttar discusses in Restoring the Fourth Amendment, local organizing offers opportunities to win back right on a city-by-city basis (as we did with Save the Rave!) while reinforcing national the movement. BORDC and allies have had several big wins already this year, and with drones, fusion centers, and the national ID card hidden in the immigration bill, there will be plenty of opportunities for more …___

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2013-07-07 00:33:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

+Thomas Nephew's writeup of the DC Rally.  Looking good!  With links off to videos ...

+Thomas Nephew's writeup of the DC Rally.  Looking good!  With links off to videos ...___

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2013-07-07 00:31:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

A big initial success!

Restore the Fourth's update ...___A big initial success!

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2013-07-07 00:31:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Restore the Fourth's update ...

Restore the Fourth's update ...___

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2013-07-03 15:41:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

The planned protest of NSA surveillance is growing!

#NSA   #PRISM   #restorethe4th  

The planned protest of NSA surveillance is growing!

#NSA   #PRISM   #restorethe4th  ___

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2013-07-03 15:36:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What are you doing this Fourth of July?

Lots of attention!  Time, BBC, Washington Post, techPresident, the Hill -- and all over the tech media starting with Mashable

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  ___What are you doing this Fourth of July?

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2013-07-03 15:35:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Lots of attention!  Time, BBC, Washington Post, techPresident, the Hill -- and all over the tech media starting with Mashable

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  

Lots of attention!  Time, BBC, Washington Post, techPresident, the Hill -- and all over the tech media starting with Mashable

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  ___

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2013-06-29 02:26:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Happy Birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday Google+

Two years ago I sat at my computer and received an invite into the not-live-yet Google+ platform from a friend that works over at the "Big G". Now today, I'm getting ready to speak at my nearly 100th talk about Google+ in the past two years (I have two talks this weekend alone).

Over the past two years I have had people - and clients - brush off the platform and my decades of highly relevant expertise and say they were perfectly happy staying 'same old same old'.... until the world evolved around them and left them in the dust. Two years later I have a nicely filled (client) dance card and even more agencies I work with to train and teach them how to better service their own clients in the new-new-new digital age. Even better, I've worked with a class of online citizen called 'influencer' to help them use the new digital publishing platform of Google+ (and the all the rest, to be honest) in finding new ways to create and grow a business, work with brands and agencies, and become the go-to resources in their niche. 

Funny how a few lines of code, a million and a half new friends, and an expanded outlook on the state of digital communications can completely readjust my business and career trajectory.

Above all else, I have made incredible friends and expanded my already full life and world because of Google+ and the Googlers behind it.

Thank you with all my heart..

#blog  ___Happy Birthday!!!!

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2013-06-29 02:25:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

via +Shava Nerad 

44 YEARS AGO TODAY, after years of persecution by police, LGBT patrons at New York's Stonewall Inn decided to fight back.

Here's an in-depth chronology of the events on that historic night. Please read and share widely -- it's important that we remember our history!___via +Shava Nerad 

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2013-06-23 06:48:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

The comments on FB imply that info was leaked to "recommended friends", not just friends. Ow.

Good reporting by +Violet Blue

"Facebook has much more information on us than we know, it may not be accurate, and despite everyone's best efforts to keep Facebook from knowing our phone numbers or work email address, the social network is getting our not-for-sharing numbers and email addresses anyway" - +Violet Blue ___The comments on FB imply that info was leaked to "recommended friends", not just friends. Ow.

Good reporting by +Violet Blue

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2013-06-23 03:43:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

Well said by +Carter Gibson!

In 2008, the Get FISA Right group that organized on my.barackobama.com to protest his vote on the FISA Amendments Act.  In his reply to our open letter, Senator Obama asked us to hold him accountable.  So we are.

In terms of getting change going forward, we're continuing to organize online and in real life.  Get FISA Right has a community here on G+ ... we welcome everybody!  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105143096977144180596

Are you part of the generation the Obama betrayed?

A lot of people seem surprised that I don't like the broad reach of NSA given my stance on the benefits of sharing information online. Here's the deal though: my philosophy that the world is a better place the more we share with each other is just that - a philosophy, not a mandate. I think people should have the choice to be as private or public as they want to be and hopefully I can convince them of the benefits of sharing. There's a major difference between believing in something and forcing people to practice what you believe.

Some of you may be surprised to see me criticizing Obama as you likely know that I'm a huge supporter of him and liberal politics in general. That remains true. However, I do feel burned by the president and find myself respecting the people who are working to make the world a more transparent place more and more. These leaks have far less to do with national security than they do with an invasion of your privacy.

I respect Snowden for the choice he made and believe that it takes a very strong person to be that whistleblower. I was hoping that Obama would respect that as well and find a middle ground, but he instead lied about the transparency of FISA and the NSA on national television. I'm not impressed and hope that we can find a happy place of transparency and security. Though, I must say, the Constitution promises liberty, not safety. 

Here's to hoping we start adapting our laws at the rate we're changing how we handle information.___Well said by +Carter Gibson!

In 2008, the Get FISA Right group that organized on my.barackobama.com to protest his vote on the FISA Amendments Act.  In his reply to our open letter, Senator Obama asked us to hold him accountable.  So we are.

In terms of getting change going forward, we're continuing to organize online and in real life.  Get FISA Right has a community here on G+ ... we welcome everybody!  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105143096977144180596

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2013-06-20 15:45:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Get FISA Right started on June 26 2008 with posts by Mardi S on my.barackobama.com and Mike Stark on OpenLeft … which means that Wednesday is our 5th birthday.  Hooray!

How to celebrate?

Get FISA Right started on June 26 2008 with posts by Mardi S on my.barackobama.com and Mike Stark on OpenLeft … which means that Wednesday is our 5th birthday.  Hooray!

How to celebrate?___

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2013-06-20 03:42:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Warmth -- Happy Hour at the Atrium!

Warmth -- Happy Hour at the Atrium!___

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2013-06-19 16:25:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

What better way to spend the 4th of July?

Just like in 2008, grassroots opposition to NSA surveillance is springing up on social networks ...

Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment.

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  ___What better way to spend the 4th of July?

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2013-06-19 16:24:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Just like in 2008, grassroots opposition to NSA surveillance is springing up on social networks ...

Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment.

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  

Just like in 2008, grassroots opposition to NSA surveillance is springing up on social networks ...

Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment.

#nsa   #prism   #restorethe4th  ___

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2013-06-18 22:27:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

With the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, the issues we talked about during Get FISA Right’s birth in 2008 are back in the spotlight.   There are some big differences, though.  The FISA Amendment Act passed.  We now know a lot more about what the NSA has actually been doing, enough to see that the concerns we voiced about the lack of meaningful oversight and the potential for very broad orders allowing bulk collection of huge amounts of data were on target.   The political situation has changed, so civil liberties are a much more bipartisan issue in Congress.   The successful battle against SOPA and CISPA show the potential for online civil liberties activism.  The list goes on …

So as part of the revived discussions of FISA, the Patriot Act, and government surveillance, Get FISA Right would like to invite our members from 2008 to share their thoughts today. For example:
&... more »

With the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, the issues we talked about during Get FISA Right’s birth in 2008 are back in the spotlight.   There are some big differences, though.  The FISA Amendment Act passed.  We now know a lot more about what the NSA has actually been doing, enough to see that the concerns we voiced about the lack of meaningful oversight and the potential for very broad orders allowing bulk collection of huge amounts of data were on target.   The political situation has changed, so civil liberties are a much more bipartisan issue in Congress.   The successful battle against SOPA and CISPA show the potential for online civil liberties activism.  The list goes on …

So as part of the revived discussions of FISA, the Patriot Act, and government surveillance, Get FISA Right would like to invite our members from 2008 to share their thoughts today. For example:

'''“told you so!”''': how what people said during the 2008 FISA Amendment Act battle and the subsequent Patriot Act and FISA reauthorizations have been borne out by events since
'''“wow, even I didn’t suspect that…”''' : things about recent revelations (including the Verizon court order, PRISM, and BOUNDLESS INFORMANT) that have surprised or shocked even you
'''what we can learn''': even though our efforts to date haven’t yet led to significant changes, there’s a lot to build on.  What’s worked well?  What should we be doing differently?
We welcome contributions in various ways:

- Leave a comment here in the Google+ community, on the blog, in our Facebook group — or if it’s really short, just tweet it to us at @GetFISARight.

- If you’ve got more to say, write a blog post and share the link with us.

- Make a short video, and we’ll add it to our Youtube channel and share it with our community

We’ll be collecting contributions over the next weeks and will do an overall summary for the 4th of July.  So please join in!

#nsa   #prism   #getfisaright  ___

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2013-06-18 22:22:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Excellent video by +Julian Sanchez of Cato.

Excellent video by +Julian Sanchez of Cato.___

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2013-06-18 22:19:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Along with the ACLU's lawsuit and EPIC et. al.'s challenge at the process level, there's a lot going on at the legal level ...

Well done by +David Drummond and team!

Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it’s forced to give the government.

The legal filing, which cites the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about sweeping National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.___Along with the ACLU's lawsuit and EPIC et. al.'s challenge at the process level, there's a lot going on at the legal level ...

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2013-06-18 22:17:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Well done by +David Drummond and team!

Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it’s forced to give the government.

The legal filing, which cites the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about sweeping National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.

Well done by +David Drummond and team!

Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests it makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it’s forced to give the government.

The legal filing, which cites the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, is the latest move by the California-based tech giant to protect its reputation in the aftermath of news reports about sweeping National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic.___

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2013-06-17 18:25:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

EPIC is coordinating; signers include Whit Diffie, Ron Rivest, Barbara Simons, Bruce Schneier, Dave Farber, James Bamford, Allessandro Acqiusti, and others.

A high-profile group of technologists and privacy advocates is attempting to halt domestic surveillance of Americans through a clever twist: using federal bureaucratic rules against federal bureaucrats.

In a request today to National Security Agency director Keith Alexander and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the group argues that the NSA's recently revealed domestic surveillance program is "unlawful" because the agency neglected to request public comments first. A federal appeals court previously ruled that was necessary in a lawsuit involving airport body scanners.___EPIC is coordinating; signers include Whit Diffie, Ron Rivest, Barbara Simons, Bruce Schneier, Dave Farber, James Bamford, Allessandro Acqiusti, and others.

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2013-06-17 18:21:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

A high-profile group of technologists and privacy advocates is attempting to halt domestic surveillance of Americans through a clever twist: using federal bureaucratic rules against federal bureaucrats.

In a request today to National Security Agency director Keith Alexander and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the group argues that the NSA's recently revealed domestic surveillance program is "unlawful" because the agency neglected to request public comments first. A federal appeals court previously ruled that was necessary in a lawsuit involving airport body scanners.

A high-profile group of technologists and privacy advocates is attempting to halt domestic surveillance of Americans through a clever twist: using federal bureaucratic rules against federal bureaucrats.

In a request today to National Security Agency director Keith Alexander and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the group argues that the NSA's recently revealed domestic surveillance program is "unlawful" because the agency neglected to request public comments first. A federal appeals court previously ruled that was necessary in a lawsuit involving airport body scanners.___

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2013-06-17 14:21:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Should be interesting ...

Edward Snowden answering questions at the Guardian today at 11 AM Eastern. Also on Twitter using the #AskSnowden hashtag.

#prism   #nsa  #getfisaright___Should be interesting ...

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2013-06-17 14:08:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)

Edward Snowden answering questions at the Guardian today at 11 AM Eastern. Also on Twitter using the #AskSnowden hashtag.

#prism   #nsa  #getfisaright

Edward Snowden answering questions at the Guardian today at 11 AM Eastern. Also on Twitter using the #AskSnowden hashtag.

#prism   #nsa  #getfisaright___

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2013-06-16 19:08:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

A roundup from the Get FISA Right blog.

Excerpts and discussions from some of the many great articles out there ...___A roundup from the Get FISA Right blog.

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2013-06-16 19:07:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Excerpts and discussions from some of the many great articles out there ...

Excerpts and discussions from some of the many great articles out there ...___

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2013-06-14 05:52:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.

If necessary, a company executive, known as a “committing officer,” is given documents that guarantee immunity from civil actions resulting from the transfer of data. The companies are provided with regular updates, which may include the broad parameters of how that information is used.

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.

If necessary, a company executive, known as a “committing officer,” is given documents that guarantee immunity from civil actions resulting from the transfer of data. The companies are provided with regular updates, which may include the broad parameters of how that information is used.___

2013-06-14 04:36:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The author of the Puzzle Palace and other books about the NSA on the recent revelations ...

The author of the Puzzle Palace and other books about the NSA on the recent revelations ...___

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2013-06-14 04:35:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Today, Get FISA Right joined a transpartisan coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies – including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bill of Rights Defence Committee, reddit, Mozilla, FreedomWorks, and the American Civil Liberties Union – in demanding swift action from Congress in light of the recent revelations about unchecked domestic surveillance.

Today, Get FISA Right joined a transpartisan coalition of 86 civil liberties organizations and Internet companies – including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bill of Rights Defence Committee, reddit, Mozilla, FreedomWorks, and the American Civil Liberties Union – in demanding swift action from Congress in light of the recent revelations about unchecked domestic surveillance.___

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2013-06-14 04:33:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Senator Obama's 2008 response to us.

I learned long ago, when working as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago, that when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable. I'm not exempt from that. I'm certainly not perfect, and expect to be held accountable too. I cannot promise to agree with you on every issue. But I do promise to listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and seek to earn your ongoing support to change the country....

I look forward to continuing the conversation in the months and years to come. Together, we have a lot of work to do.

Indeed.

Senator Obama's 2008 response to us.

I learned long ago, when working as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago, that when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable. I'm not exempt from that. I'm certainly not perfect, and expect to be held accountable too. I cannot promise to agree with you on every issue. But I do promise to listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and seek to earn your ongoing support to change the country....

I look forward to continuing the conversation in the months and years to come. Together, we have a lot of work to do.

Indeed.___

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2013-06-14 04:29:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Our 2008 open letter to Senator Obama ...

Senator Obama, the my.BarackObama.com caption reads, "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington… I'm asking you to believe in yours." We're ready to put these words into practice.

Our 2008 open letter to Senator Obama ...

Senator Obama, the my.BarackObama.com caption reads, "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington… I'm asking you to believe in yours." We're ready to put these words into practice.___

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2013-06-14 04:08:46 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

When Yahoo tried to challenge a FISA court order as overbroad, they lost.  

 the decision has had lasting repercussions for the dozens of companies that store troves of their users’ personal information and receive these national security requests — it puts them on notice that they need not even try to test their legality. And despite the murky details, the case offers a glimpse of the push and pull among tech companies and the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that try to tap into the reams of personal data stored on their servers.

Also covers challenges by Google, Twitter, and Calyx.  

HackerNews discussion at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5878104

When Yahoo tried to challenge a FISA court order as overbroad, they lost.  

 the decision has had lasting repercussions for the dozens of companies that store troves of their users’ personal information and receive these national security requests — it puts them on notice that they need not even try to test their legality. And despite the murky details, the case offers a glimpse of the push and pull among tech companies and the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that try to tap into the reams of personal data stored on their servers.

Also covers challenges by Google, Twitter, and Calyx.  

HackerNews discussion at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5878104___

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2013-06-14 03:50:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

What would the Framers have thought about the NSA's use of metadata?

(via +Kee Hinckley )

"""
[London, 1772.] I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the new-fangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty enjoyed by His Majesty’s subjects. This is in connection with the discussion of the role of “metadata” in certain recent  events and the assurances of various respectable parties that the government was merely “sifting through this so-called metadata” and that the “information acquired does not include the content of any communications”. I will show how we can use this “metadata” to find key persons involved in terrorist groups operating within the Colonies at the present time.
"""___What would the Framers have thought about the NSA's use of metadata?

(via +Kee Hinckley )

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2013-06-13 22:06:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Please help get the word out!

Please help get the word out!___

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2013-06-11 19:02:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

BORDC (where I'm a board member) and Get FISA Right (where I'm one of the organizers) are two of the groups.

Dozens of civil liberties orgs and Internet companies join EFF in demanding an end to NSA spying. Join us: https://eff.org/r.b7T3___BORDC (where I'm a board member) and Get FISA Right (where I'm one of the organizers) are two of the groups.

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2013-06-11 18:58:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Google makes the case for mor transparency ...

Our chief legal officer, +David Drummond, sent a letter to the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI today, asking the government to lift its restrictions on what we can say. As he says, we have nothing to hide -- and I personally welcome as much openness as possible.

Simultaneously, a bipartisan group of eight senators has proposed a bill to declassify FISA court rulings: http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/11/4419006/senate-bill-would-declassify-fisc-orders-for-nsa-surveillance . 

I'm entirely in favor of all of this. The scandal in this case is not that the NSA may have broken the law -- it's that they very likely did not. It's that the law of the land has gradually mutated into something that allows us to be watched 24/7, at the whims of people unknown, subject to safeguards unknown, for reasons unknown -- but keeping a log, so that if anyone ever becomes suspicious of us in the future, they can easily go back and see a full record of everything we've ever done. 

The government has argued that this is necessary in order to protect the country. But we can't have that argument -- the talk about what freedoms we're losing, what security we're gaining, and what's worth it -- if both the things we're losing and the things we're gaining are kept secret. This isn't a small, obscure corner of policy which can be governed safely by small groups of specially-cleared senators. It goes right to the heart of what we are as a country.

I've heard a lot of arguments in the past day or so that this surveillance is perfectly legal, so we shouldn't worry about it. That's backwards: it's legal because Congress hasn't passed laws about it, and Congress can't pass laws about something they themselves don't know about. Much less things the people don't know to demand they pass laws about.

I've also heard the argument that, if this surveillance has saved so much as a single American life, it's worth it. That's even more backwards. How often do people say that the people of Iran should rise up against their government, or that no sacrifice was too great against Communism? Not every bit of security is worth arbitrarily much freedom. We have to make the choice ourselves, and we have to make it knowingly. I'll take the dangers of living in a free country over the safety of living in prison.___Google makes the case for mor transparency ...

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2013-06-10 14:44:32 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Already partnering with Google Drive, iCloud, Skydrive, and more ... Dropbox coming soon!

___Already partnering with Google Drive, iCloud, Skydrive, and more ... Dropbox coming soon!

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2013-06-09 19:43:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Talk about courage ... 

#nsa   #prism   #fisa  

Revealed: Whistleblower Edward Snowden The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in US history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows___Talk about courage ... 

#nsa   #prism   #fisa  

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2013-06-09 15:21:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

"Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect."

Older piece by Bruce Schneier, "The Eternal Value of Privacy" rings extra true this week.
https://www.schneier.com/essay-114.html___"Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect."

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2013-06-08 16:57:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

+Marc Ambinder , the author, is known for having good sources in the security and defense communities. Government officials often work with him to communicate their perspectives anonymously. His article on "NSA sucks in data from 50 companies" [1] is worth reading as well.

At a first reading, this seems consistent with what's been reported, the carefully-worded denials from tech companies, and
+Yonatan Zunger's discussion [2]. A few thoughts:

Under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the NSA and the attorney general apply for an order allowing them to access a slice of the stuff that a company like Facebook keeps on its servers. Maybe this order is for all Facebook accounts opened up in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Maybe there are 50 of them.

As we saw with the Verizon case, the FISA court is willing to approve very broad collection. Could an order extendas f... more »

+Marc Ambinder , the author, is known for having good sources in the security and defense communities. Government officials often work with him to communicate their perspectives anonymously. His article on "NSA sucks in data from 50 companies" [1] is worth reading as well.

At a first reading, this seems consistent with what's been reported, the carefully-worded denials from tech companies, and
+Yonatan Zunger's discussion [2]. A few thoughts:

Under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the NSA and the attorney general apply for an order allowing them to access a slice of the stuff that a company like Facebook keeps on its servers. Maybe this order is for all Facebook accounts opened up in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Maybe there are 50 of them.

As we saw with the Verizon case, the FISA court is willing to approve very broad collection. Could an order extend as far as all Facebook accounts opened up in all of Pakistan?

It is of course hard to view a Facebook account in isolation and not incidentally come into contact with an account that is owned by an American. I assume that a bunch of us have Pakistani Facebook friends. If the NSA is collecting on that account, and I were to initiate a Facebook chat, the NSA would suck up my chat. Supposedly, the PRISM system would flag this as an incidental overcollect and delete it from the analyst's workspace. Because the internet is a really complicated series of tubes, though, this doesn't always happen. And so the analyst must sometimes "physically" segregate the U.S. person's data.

This is the kind of overcollection that those of us fighting the FISA Amendments Act expressed concern about and were assured wouldn't happen. So now the goalposts have been moved, with the government arguing that it's okay to overcollect.

As Marc points out later in the article, they can also do initial analysis, and pass to the FBI. His example is in terms of a terrorist threat ... but suppose they found evidence of other crimes? Less than 1% of the Section 213 "sneak and peak" Patriot Act authorizations have been terrorism-related (most of them are drug-related) [3], so there's certainly plenty of precedence for using this kind of data for ordinary law enforcement.

[1] http://theweek.com/article/index/245360/solving-the-mystery-of-prism

[2] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YonatanZunger/posts/huwQsphBron

[3] http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2012/02/06/under-obama-patriot-act-sneak-and-peek-outpaces-bush-use-and-is-mostly-about-drugs/ has the most recent data I could find, but +Julian Sanchez and others have been talking about this since at least 2005 http://reason.com/archives/2005/04/06/hearing-no-evil

#nsa   #prism   #fisa  ___

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