Same Shit, Different Life

The latest Bitch magazine has a fem slanted second life article, that examines, among other things the burgeoning SL sex trade: “Same Shit, Different Life—Second Life may be an online utopia, but its social politics look awfully familiar. ” Unfortunately the text is not available online but its worth a quick read in the storeContinue reading “Same Shit, Different Life”

CTV launches MyNews and wireless auction hits $1.8 billion

Another example of an old media player trying to act like a new media company can be found at CTV’s MyNews. It’s an attempt at citizen journalism and based on the calibre of journalism coming out of CTV I’m sure that citizens will fair much better. On their site they say: Have you seen newsContinue reading “CTV launches MyNews and wireless auction hits $1.8 billion”

Charges against Steven Kurtz finally dropped….

Turns out he is an artist and NOT a bioterrorist: A judge threw out charges Monday against a college art professor accused of improperly obtaining biological materials for an exhibit protesting U.S. government food policies.U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara ruled that the 2004 mail and wire fraud indictment against Steven Kurtz, a University at BuffaloContinue reading “Charges against Steven Kurtz finally dropped….”

File “sharing” or File “stealing”: the semantic debate continues

The LA Times: “The first salvo was fired by the original Napster, which defined itself as a file-sharing network. That won the semantic high ground by defining unauthorized downloading as “sharing,” not “copying” or “duplicating.” The implication was that users of these networks were merely being generous with something they possessed, not usurping the rightsContinue reading “File “sharing” or File “stealing”: the semantic debate continues”

British gov’t to punish ISP providers in a bid to curb illegal downloading

The Financial Times: “The government will on Friday tell internet service providers they will be hit with legal sanctions from April next year unless they take concrete steps to curb illegal downloads of music and films.Britain would be one of the first countries in the world to impose such sanctions. Service providers say what theContinue reading “British gov’t to punish ISP providers in a bid to curb illegal downloading”

blogging to stop terrorists: the TSA’s evolution of security blog

the blogherald: “In this post-9/11 world, transportation security remains a major global issue.In light of that fact, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in America has launched a blog in order to inform the public of future initiatives and give frustrated travelers a place to air their grievances. The TSA’s Evolution of Security blog aims toContinue reading “blogging to stop terrorists: the TSA’s evolution of security blog”

open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals

danah boyd blogs about her frustration when publishing work that requires an institutional subscription to access: “On one hand, I’m excited to announce that my article “Facebook’s Privacy Trainwreck: Exposure, Invasion, and Social Convergence” has been published in Convergence 14(1) (special issue edited by Henry Jenkins and Mark Deuze). On the other hand, I’m deeplyContinue reading “open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals”

Moroccan man faces up 5 years in jail for impersonating prince

“Fouad Mourtada, a 26-year old IT engineer has been held under arrest in Casablanca since February 5th for “villainous practices linked to the alleged theft of the identity” of King Mohammed VI’s younger brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, on the popular social networking website Facebook. Fouad appeared in court on Friday February 15th. The trial hasContinue reading “Moroccan man faces up 5 years in jail for impersonating prince”