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Danny O'Brien has been at 1 events

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Electronic Frontier Foundation2,065,692We invite you to join us for a live Google Hangout on Tuesday October 1st at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern to learn more about the TPP's copyright provisions and their impact on users, their effect on U.S. copyright law, and how we can work together to protect our access to knowledge, digital rights, and internet freedom. There will also be time for Q & A.Even though we successfully killed SOPA and ACTA, special interests groups continue to pour millions of lobbying dollars to push policies that would further restrict our rights to knowledge. Unable to pass such measures through our legislative process, they’re using secretive, non-democratic tactics to fold harsher copyright restrictions and enforcement measures into a larger trade agreement. The latest and biggest threat on this front is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multinational trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries.Speakers:* Lori Wallach: Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch* Krista Cox, Staff attorney at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)* Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst at EFF* Parker Higgins, Activist at EFFTPP, Copyright, and Users' Rights: Google Hangout with EFF, KEI, and Public Citizen2013-10-01 23:00:00106G+

Danny O'Brien has been shared in 10 public circles

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Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN's Tech Journalist And  Blogger List. IWe Have hand picked the best tech journalists on Google+. Most of these people are active. If you find anyone here who isn't active, let me know and I'll remove them.This feed will rock and roll for the hard core geeks out there.2013-06-21 01:34:13494123CC G+
Kyle Beck66So, I know a lot of my friends who have joined +Google+ wonder "What's the point? I have a Facebook." Well that comparison was flawed from the beginning, although many people made it while trying to describe G+. There are similarities, but one of my favorite features in G+ has been the ability to share Circles with others. In fact I'm not sure I would see the point if I hadn't been shared this very circle by +Robert Scoble (IIRC) early on in my G+ membership. It has proven an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute Tech News over the past year and really showed me how G+ is very different from FB.See, when you visit FB the information you receive is solely from your family and real-life acquaintances. This can be great for keeping up with people you don't see regularly, etc., but it is very hard to reach out to new people who share your interests through FB. Not so on G+. You can create and share groups of friends and pages (Circles) to organize your social interests. In effect, this creates dynamic communities where you can choose who you interact with.Anyways, I hope you will consider adding this Circle, packed full of Tech Enthusiasts. If you don't really use G+ or wonder what the point is, that goes double for you!2012-06-30 00:28:364881003CC G+
Pete Cashmore1,018,282I created one massive circle of this years #SXSWi speakers, but you can only share a circle of 500 people or less. So, here is part one! Parts 2 and 3 will arrive in your streams momentarily.2012-03-08 19:15:0945618640CC G+
Robert Scoble700,661Yes, it's a ghost town of TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS. Pay no attention to anyone from the Wall Street Journal who snuck onto this circle. Yes, this is 500 people, but they are almost all active.2012-02-28 03:05:115005538103CC G+
Peter G McDermott19,636Circle of BloggersHere is a circle I have compiled of people that like to blog. If you're looking for writers or something to read outside of Google+, this is a great group of introspective folks to follow. If you enjoy this circle, be sure to share it with your friends to help them find reasons to stay entertained on Google+.2011-12-29 04:47:56243371852CC G+
Fulvio Gerardi50Some people have not been included in your shared circle. Only 500 people can shared at one time.sigh had to happen I suppose. This Dr Who circle is now at 521. So some time between now and the next share I guess I'll have to split it. Apologies to the people who got culled this time around. :(2011-12-17 02:33:29500602CC G+
Jason Kennedy7,286This is Circle 1 of my Technology people. Since you can only share 500 at a time, I've broken it into 2. This includes, tech writers, the android community, and various & sundry systems administrators. Technology Circle 2 incoming!Jason Kennedy shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 15:11:13495501CC G+
Jeff Bunch0ROFLcon speaker circleJeff Bunch shared a circle with you.2011-10-01 19:20:1915001CC G+
Shane Dillon241Sharing a Circle: Content maybe king but curation is catching up. I am happy to share what I call my UK Tech Circle, really needs a better name but some great people in this circle including +Steve Dale +Sue Black and +Dave Briggs to name just three. Now that Sharing Circles has been enabled I will make a bigger effort to cultivate my Circles.Shane Dillon shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 05:40:5964502CC G+

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2011-10-21 21:08:50 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

Most reshares: 14

2011-12-16 09:24:37 (0 comments, 14 reshares, 13 +1s)

This footnote to a one page memo on SOPA I was writing grew into an entire page of its own. It seemed a waste to discard it completely.

The widespread discontent over SOPA, particularly when couched in terms of freedom of expression, can be hard to understand by those most directly affected by it. Among the explanations that I have heard is that this reaction is led by and stoked by companies like Google who “profit from piracy”; that it is primarily only felt by those who use piracy websites; and that it is a childish attempt to evade any regulation whatsoever online, and preserve the Internet as a “Wild West” with no rules whatsoever.

I think these characterizations reflect a misunderstanding of the motives of those opposing the bill.

This whole debate is sticky with earthy metaphors to describe complex technical points, but let me try with just one more analogy:this ti... more »

Most plusones: 19

2011-08-30 06:49:07 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 19 +1s)

Woah, I just found out that +Anas Maarawi the Syrian tech blogger, has been released from jail after he +1'd a post I made about him and started following me. He was one of the first to join Google+, and I wondered at the time whether he was the first to be arrested for online freedom of speech.

Sad how this comes just after Eric Schmidt, in answering a question about G+'s real names policy, had apparently implied that Syrians and Iranians who are at risk simply shouldn't use Google+. Of course, Anas is one of the biggest names in the Arab Android community too, as the host of http://ardroid.com/ .

Also, today, I note that an (apparently) Iranian Google Chrome user warned Google that someone had obtained fake Google.com certificates, and was using them to break Google's secure connections in Iran. That's a major security issue for Google users worldwide -- and it... more »

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2014-07-09 05:58:00 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

What the "Right to Be Forgotten" has forgotten: Transparency, fairness, and privacy without censorship.

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2013-11-21 21:29:56 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

The draft UN resolution on digital privacy initiated by Brazil and Germany emerged on November 20 relatively undamaged, despite efforts by the United States and other members of the "Five Eyes" group to weaken its language. https://eff.org/r.qh6b -- we've joined with other human rights groups to explain why its wording is so important.

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2013-10-04 07:24:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2013-09-29 22:57:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

2013-05-03 21:43:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Hackerspaces all over the Americas are meeting online to work on strategy to defeat the Intellectual Property provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). See: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Hack%2BRemix_Party_against_TPP

2013-03-12 08:43:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Alright clever, clever people who are up in the middle of the night. Who would like to join me, and LEE FREAKING FELSENSTEIN for a night of wonder and excitement at the next #5mof Five Minutes of Fame?

8PM, TUESDAY 21ST, email me at danny@spesh.com or here in the comments if you would like to show off a new project, handwave your new idea, explain the unexplicable, or just lose yourself in a 300 second rant.

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2013-03-04 00:42:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

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2013-02-26 08:30:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Here's a link to the "Five Minutes of Fame" preso I did on QuickMuni last week at Noisebridge. Yeah it's actually more like ten to fifteen minutes long, but you get the idea. Thanks, +Danny O'Brien!  Enjoy. :-)

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2013-01-29 14:33:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

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2013-01-26 07:00:31 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Walkthrough of Noisebridge at 10.30pm in the middle of the #aaronsw memorial hackathon. Dozens of people working on open data projects. I gave a lecture on the history of free culture, the semantic Web, and Aaron's politics. Hackathon continues until late Sunday. You should come by.

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2013-01-17 18:44:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

I haven't bothered to mention the whole sad Aaron Swartz saga, because it's been covered elsewhere. 

But having the involved US attorney then basically lie about it all in a very public statement is something that I find particularly offensive. Compare these two statements - one from July 2011, one from yesterday, and tell me Carmen Ortiz isn't lying..

Yesterday (as reported by the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere):

 "At no time did this office ever seek – or ever tell Mr. Swartz’s attorneys that it intended to seek – maximum penalties under the law."

And July 2011 (as posted by justice.gov itself):

 "SWARTZ faces up to 35 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and a fine of up to $1 million"

Maybe that official and very public PR thing wasn't"te... more »

2012-12-20 05:25:28 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Noisebridge's fondant selection of geeks and their projects, plans, rants and recursive recursions are back! Every speaker gets five minutes, every speaker has plans for world domination. This month: a special seasonal look at apocalypses, galactic empires, DIY X-ray photography, and wool. Free! Even freer if you bring a friend!

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2012-09-27 22:30:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Assuming this would happen in my lifetime figured a lot in adolescent calculations of how much time I should devote to dental care.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth

2012-08-21 21:41:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

I don't really use Quora, but it occasionally sends me emails with the subject line of some question or another that it thinks I might be interested in. Usually it's something about Apple, or RIM's survival chances.

Today it was "When living out of your car, where are the best places to park to avoid being noticed...?"

Is Quora trying to tell me something about me, or it?

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2012-08-06 01:12:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

I may have got a little too deep into Mars lander personality trivia when I'm seriously considering writing Jon "Beans" Proton IV Esq / Adam Seltzner slash.

http://pancam.astro.cornell.edu/pancam_instrument/team.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/03/157597270/crazy-smart-when-a-rocker-designs-a-mars-lander

2012-03-06 10:33:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

ORGCon 2012 - http://bit.ly/w2l485 coming soon; lots of fine speakers

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2012-02-01 08:24:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Not sure how readable these are, but this was a set of whiteboard notes from News Foo about reporting on distributed organizations, and the pitfalls of doing so. We talked about everything from Occupy to Wikipedia. I remember +Scott Rosenberg asking for these, no matter how incoherent they were. So here they are!

2012-01-20 18:49:57 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

Wat?

2012-01-19 21:25:49 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)

Just to place the #megaupload arrests in some context.

The copyright industries have been concerned for some time about the idea of "cyberlockers" -- in other words places in the cloud where you can store your own content. There was language stuck in a side-letter to the South Korean Free Trade Agreement see http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/agreements/fta/korus/asset_upload_file939_12739.pdf that targetted such sites, which is a strong indicator that getting such sites shut down has been lobbying aim -- free trade agreements are often full of industry lobbied items.

The term also popped up in a letter by Peter Mandelson during the Digital Economy Bill in the UK ( see http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/20/copyright-digital-economy-cyberlockers-rights ) in 2009.

I know that EFF was trying to warn companies like Dropbox that this was a... more »

2012-01-18 09:35:02 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 16 +1s)

Remembering the first day the Internet went dark -- in 1996, when Jerry Yang's Yahoo! led the protests against the United States' Communications Decency Act. The law was signed into law by President Clinton, and struck down four months later by the courts as unconstitutional. I still love the conclusion of the three judges in Philadelphia:

Cutting through the acronyms and argot that littered the hearing testimony, the Internet may fairly be regarded as a never-ending worldwide conversation. The Government may not, through the CDA, interrupt that conversation. As the most
participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from governmental intrusion.

True it is that many find some of the speech on the Internet to be offensive, and amid the din of cyberspace many hear discordant voices that they regard as indecent. The absence of... more »

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2012-01-17 05:26:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

You think you're special with your chic computer? I'm EVEN MORE SPECIAL.

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2012-01-04 22:07:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

A fascinating story about Henry Nxumalo, a black reporter who covered South African corruption during apartheid, and was murdered for it on New Year's Eve, 1957.

http://www.cpj.org/blog/2012/01/remembering-henry-nxumalo-pioneer-under-apartheid.php

2011-12-24 04:59:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What +Erick Erickson Would Say if He Were a Lefty*
or, Why +Fred von Lohmann Was Always Right

The first decade of digital music could have been so different -- and much better -- for everyone. If the music industry had followed a very simple approach that embraced the Internet, they would have had in pure profit far more than what the global music sales revenue is today.

Note that nothing in this plan would have required regulation, though smart regulation might have helped.

Imagine if, in July 2001, the music industry had made this offer to P2P users:
Pay $10 bucks a month
Share and download the repertoire represented by us, where “us” means the major record labels, major indie labels, publishers, and whoever else is willing and interested to be part of this organization.
At first, it wouldn’t represent everyone (and thus maybe thefee t... more »

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2011-12-23 00:26:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

+Ethan Zuckerman, John Palfrey, Hal Roberts, Rob Faris and I object to the use of our research to defend the odious Stop Online Piracy Act.

2011-12-16 09:24:37 (0 comments, 14 reshares, 13 +1s)

This footnote to a one page memo on SOPA I was writing grew into an entire page of its own. It seemed a waste to discard it completely.

The widespread discontent over SOPA, particularly when couched in terms of freedom of expression, can be hard to understand by those most directly affected by it. Among the explanations that I have heard is that this reaction is led by and stoked by companies like Google who “profit from piracy”; that it is primarily only felt by those who use piracy websites; and that it is a childish attempt to evade any regulation whatsoever online, and preserve the Internet as a “Wild West” with no rules whatsoever.

I think these characterizations reflect a misunderstanding of the motives of those opposing the bill.

This whole debate is sticky with earthy metaphors to describe complex technical points, but let me try with just one more analogy:this ti... more »

2011-12-15 09:34:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I just went to an event which had David Chaum, creator of chaumian ecash, and Admiral Adama. Still discombobulated.

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2011-12-07 01:07:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Stuff an issue tracker might help (or should do) at Noisebridge, a whiteboard blather. #noisebridge

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2011-12-06 21:46:43 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

The awesome Open Show ( http://openshow.org/bayarea/ ) are presenting a benefit screening of Restrepo, in memory of renowned conflict photographer and director Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya in April 2011. Proceeds go to CPJ. Restrepo is an amazing film, I'm really looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.

SF Film Society Cinema
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2011 7:00 PM
1746 Post St

http://prod3.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/TicketSearchCriteria.aspx?epguid=589a614d-2877-433e-b83d-8a6ec07a5672&evtinfo=24843~ca003198-c117-4513-af24-4939c80f8413&

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2011-12-01 23:21:37 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

Syrian Customs ban the iPhone because it has what the document describes as: "banned features" I can't verify the authenticity of this document.

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2011-11-17 07:37:15 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 5 +1s)

Great, now I'm in a Kevin Macleod book....

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2011-11-13 07:00:13 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

Solidarity for Alaa at OccupySF

2011-11-12 06:43:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Please add Prachatai Page to your circle and share it too.

2011-11-08 18:25:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

There, I made Noisebridge G+ compatible. Let the poorly-considered consequences roll!

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2011-10-21 21:08:50 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2011-10-06 03:37:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

This picture makes it look that Dyson has Liz on her lap

2011-10-01 22:56:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Earlier this week I attended a remarkable meeting, convened by the Committee to Protect Journalists, to discuss Internet freedom issues from the perspective of the incredibly brave activist-journalists from repressive regimes. They face more than the copyright cartel when they do their jobs. They face torture and death. They humble the rest of us.

They were in California for a series of meetings with some of Silicon Valley's best technical people as well as lawyers who deal with Internet freedom issues. The half-day gathering I attended in San Francisco was off the record, but I learned about things I'll be discussing separately.

Meanwhile, CPJ's +Danny O'Brien, who put the activists' Silicon Valley tour together, has posted his own take on their visit. Take a look.

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2011-09-29 20:32:55 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)

I'm just finishing off an amazing few days. The Thiel Foundation helped CPJ fly some of the most cutting-edge bloggers, activists and reporters working in dangerous countries or with vulnerable groups to Silicon Valley. I've been escorting them around the companies and organizations here, including large tech firms, EFF, and (naturally) Noisebridge.

Then, somewhat cruelly, I locked them and the most brilliant local techy people I could cajole into a tiny stuffy room with bad Wi-Fi, and had them tell their stories to each other.

I think everyone we spoke with knew, in theory, that we live in a world where state-level actors and organized criminals have an interest in breaking the Internet: but to speak with the dedicated people who deal with this on a day-to-day, life and death, basis, truly transforms the discussion.

There is much I'd do differently the next time... more »

2011-09-29 19:08:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

For my birthday, I want my friends to remember this. Many of you on these social networks got to know me well after I was nineteen, which is when I started to turn my life around, so you may not know about my, honestly, somewhat thuggish past. But some of you were around then. Those of you I still talk to are, in part, responsible for the turn around in my life. You provided a ladder up out of the path that I had set myself upon (and I believed was my only choice).

During the London riots, I've seen lots of you ask for simple solutions to complex societal problems. "Get the army out and kill them all", "They should be locked up and have the key thrown away", "They're irredeemable scum" are the types of sentiment that I'm paraphrasing that I've seen from many of my friends.

Don't get me wrong here. There's plenty of punishment... more »

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2011-09-23 03:35:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Such a great picture of Mike as jedi master: http://blog.noisebridge.net/2011/09/22/let-there-be-light/

2011-09-19 22:44:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Pssst! Hacker Prom at Noisebridge Oct. 1. Bring a robot date!

https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Hacker_EPROM_2011

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2011-09-13 21:13:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

This is just a fantastic collection -- the choice and ordering of the pictures is so well done. I remember when Alan Taylor left the Boston Globe. He was the single person behind the creation and curation of the Globe's Big Picture feature. I understand why the Globe wanted to keep the Big Picture in-house, but I'm delighted Taylor was able to create his own audience at the Atlantic, in the face of having to effectively compete with the brand he built himself.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/09/vladimir-putin-action-man/100147/

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2011-09-11 22:28:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Mike from Noisebridge's tribute to 9/11

2011-09-06 23:11:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Just when I think that the Diginotar trainwreck could not get more trainwrecky, it jumps another few rails. Reading the ComodoHacker's pastebins at http://pastebin.com/u/ComodoHacker with a sceptical eye...

2011-09-06 01:23:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Happiness is having a hard disk crash, finding your remote backup script still works, and then finding all the encryption keys still work too. Phew!

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2011-08-31 04:40:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Diverse reading!

2011-08-30 06:49:07 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 19 +1s)

Woah, I just found out that +Anas Maarawi the Syrian tech blogger, has been released from jail after he +1'd a post I made about him and started following me. He was one of the first to join Google+, and I wondered at the time whether he was the first to be arrested for online freedom of speech.

Sad how this comes just after Eric Schmidt, in answering a question about G+'s real names policy, had apparently implied that Syrians and Iranians who are at risk simply shouldn't use Google+. Of course, Anas is one of the biggest names in the Arab Android community too, as the host of http://ardroid.com/ .

Also, today, I note that an (apparently) Iranian Google Chrome user warned Google that someone had obtained fake Google.com certificates, and was using them to break Google's secure connections in Iran. That's a major security issue for Google users worldwide -- and it... more »

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2011-08-30 04:59:44 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

It's not quite up there with the live home birth being streamed from Tennessee right now: http://www.blogher.com/watch-home-birth-live , but I'm going to do another one of my publicly-streamed Irish Times column writing sessions at http://thepub.endofgreatness.com/ for the next hour or so. Watch a live human typing into terminal windows!

I'll also be hanging out at #endofgreatness on irc.freenode.net, though I really have no idea why.

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2011-08-30 00:28:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"Social media is no longer a Western phenomenon. It is rapidly spreading around the world, being deployed for a wide variety of purposes. Technology companies must come to terms with the power of the tools they have created, the many ways in which they are used, and the diversity of their markets. That means bringing “extreme users” into conversations about security and privacy and providing additional layers of protection for people sharing in difficult environments. It means recognizing that security is no longer just a first-world problem."

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2011-08-26 20:29:47 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)

A (reported) self-portrait of beaten Syrian cartoonist, Ali Ferzat.

2011-08-26 15:47:07 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

http://www.phoboslab.org/ztype/

7472, AND TOO MUCH TIME WASTED

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