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Jon Pincus

Jon Pincus 

strategist/writer/entrepeneur

Occupation: strategist, entrepreneur, software engineer, writer, activist (achangeiscoming.net)

Location: cyberspace

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2016-08-31 04:04:12 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, (http://goo.gl/Yn6mjA) we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station (http://goo.gl/JZQ7wH) to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (http://goo.gl/wEh0C8), people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (http://goo.gl/IMLvy7).

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links andpho... more »

Most reshares: 3

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2013-06-23 03:43:13 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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 »

Most plusones: 8

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

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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2016-08-31 04:04:12 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Not sure who's still on G+ these days but here's the announcement of the latest release of the "new G+". 

Before looking at it, what would you expect the gender ratio in the comments to be, not counting +Danielle Buckley (who is valiantly doing her best to keep up with the questions and feedback)?

cc +Yonatan Zunger 

Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, (http://goo.gl/Yn6mjA) we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station (http://goo.gl/JZQ7wH) to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (http://goo.gl/wEh0C8), people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (http://goo.gl/IMLvy7).

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. We’re also offering Community owners and moderators more control over who posts what with approved posting. Finally, we're launching a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+. These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Second, if you haven’t yet previewed the new Google+, over the next few days we’ll upgrade you to the experience when you sign in on the web. You’ll still be able to toggle back to classic Google+ for the time being.

Finally, businesses have told us that they’ve found Google+ to be a valuable way to help employees share ideas and expertise via Collections and Communities, and we’re looking forward to making it available to more organizations. Today, Google Apps users already using Google+ (http://goo.gl/GxGRXo) will also see the new experience (goo.gl/IJtbah) when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service.

From the interesting (http://goo.gl/yP2QJp), to the surprising (http://goo.gl/3dk0Xs), and the delightful (goo.gl/gix7s6), we hope Google+ continues to help you discover amazing things from passionate people.___Not sure who's still on G+ these days but here's the announcement of the latest release of the "new G+". 

Before looking at it, what would you expect the gender ratio in the comments to be, not counting +Danielle Buckley (who is valiantly doing her best to keep up with the questions and feedback)?

cc +Yonatan Zunger 

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2015-10-16 20:01:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

+Yonatan Zunger takes "let me Google that for you!" to the next level ...

Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.___+Yonatan Zunger takes "let me Google that for you!" to the next level ...

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2015-02-05 20:55:10 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Interesting research on several counts.  Wikipedia fares well in terms of the proportion of articles that are about women.  But ...

- articles about women are much more likely to link to articles about men than vice versa.  Guys still don't link!  (cc +Shelley Powers )

- articles about women tend to emphasize the fact that they are about women by overusing words like “woman,” “female,” or “lady” while articles about men tend not to contain words like “man,” “masculine,” or “gentleman.” Words like “married,” “divorced,” “children,” or “family” are also much more frequently used in articles about women, they say.

Interesting research on several counts.  Wikipedia fares well in terms of the proportion of articles that are about women.  But ...

- articles about women are much more likely to link to articles about men than vice versa.  Guys still don't link!  (cc +Shelley Powers )

- articles about women tend to emphasize the fact that they are about women by overusing words like “woman,” “female,” or “lady” while articles about men tend not to contain words like “man,” “masculine,” or “gentleman.” Words like “married,” “divorced,” “children,” or “family” are also much more frequently used in articles about women, they say.___

2014-10-09 17:28:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Kathy Sierra leaves Twitter.

❝ This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first online threat. I thought it was a one-off, then. Just one angry guy. And it wasn’t really THAT bad. But looking back, it was the canary in the coal mine… the first hint that if I kept on this path, it would not end well. And what was that path? We’ll get to that in a minute.

Later I learned that the first threat had nothing to do with what I actually made or said in my books, blog posts, articles, and conference presentations. The real problem — as my first harasser described — was that others were beginning to pay attention to me. He wrote as if mere exposure to my work was harming his world.

...

I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”,retweeting. In other wo... more »

Kathy Sierra leaves Twitter.

❝ This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first online threat. I thought it was a one-off, then. Just one angry guy. And it wasn’t really THAT bad. But looking back, it was the canary in the coal mine… the first hint that if I kept on this path, it would not end well. And what was that path? We’ll get to that in a minute.

Later I learned that the first threat had nothing to do with what I actually made or said in my books, blog posts, articles, and conference presentations. The real problem — as my first harasser described — was that others were beginning to pay attention to me. He wrote as if mere exposure to my work was harming his world.

...

I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed. ❞___

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2014-10-02 02:01:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Facebook apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community", clarified that their policy is "authentic names" (and that Sister Roma and Lil Miss Hot Mess are indeed "authentic")  and said that they're working on improving the process.   (via +Wizzy Gynoid )

EFF points out that dropping any policy would be better -- but, if Facebook's determined to keep it, has some suggestions.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/dear-facebook-sorry-start-now-lets-see-solutions

#nymwars

Don't fuck with drag queens. #nymwars #mynameis___Facebook apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community", clarified that their policy is "authentic names" (and that Sister Roma and Lil Miss Hot Mess are indeed "authentic")  and said that they're working on improving the process.   (via +Wizzy Gynoid )

EFF points out that dropping any policy would be better -- but, if Facebook's determined to keep it, has some suggestions.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/dear-facebook-sorry-start-now-lets-see-solutions

#nymwars

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2014-09-12 19:16:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

La plus ca change ...

New article: Facebook is re-enacting the Google Plus #Nymwars  and appears to be going after LGBT performers first. I think it shows just how clueless about user safety Facebook really is. Some people are looking at Plus as a safer option....___La plus ca change ...

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

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

"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; )Open 

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; )Open 

+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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

+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; )Open 

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; )Open 

Restore the Fourth's update ...

Restore the Fourth's update ...___

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2013-07-03 15:41:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; 5 +1s; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; 0 +1s; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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; )Open 

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