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How the Internet Gave Women a Voice in Iran: A brief history

I was very excited to attend the panel "2009 Iran Election: Women's Revolution? Twitter Revolution?"  Before I headed out to SXSW, I'd read a history of modern Iran (All the Shah's Men, by Stephen Kinzer), and I'm half-Iranian. I learned that Twitter was just another way Iranian citizens have worked to incite social change, and that Iranian…

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Expectations of Privacy

danah boyd (no, my shift key isn't broken), a Microsoft researcher and Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center, delivered the opening keynote at SXSW today. To no one's surprise, it was a thought provoking address. boyd posited that privacy, contrary to some opinion, is NOT dead. It's simply more complicated than we realize. boyd suggested that…

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Open Government Awesomeness

It's day one of SXSW 2010, and things are just getting started.  The first panel I attended was a winner. Entitled "In Code We Trust: Open Government Awesomeness," the panel was a glimpse into the dream world that we hope can be realized for the entire nation's online government presence. Noel Hidalgo, of the New York State Senate,  presented…

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The Lifeblood of SXSW

    Austin — The lifeblood of a big modern conference like SXSW is definitely the locational data apps like Gowalla and FourSquare.  Bloggers and tech folks use these apps here to link up with groups quickly and find out what the hot, trending parties are in downtown Austin.  Let me preface this by saying I…

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EU Parliament Delivers Blow Against Secrecy of Trade Agreement

By an overwhelming vote of 663 to 13, the European Parliament passed a resolution that would require the EU Commission to end the secrecy that has enveloped the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).  The vote is a stinging rebuke of the "lack of a transparent process in the conduct of the ACTA negotiations," according to the resolution.  Writing…

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Maine Gives a Beat Down to a Bad Law

We are happy to report that a key committee of the Maine Legislature has voted to repeal the problematic marketing to minors law Chapter 230 that the Legislature passed last fall.  That law would have dramatically censored lawful online speech about minors, and would have curtailed Maine minors’ ability to access popular social networks and…

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A True Test for the Location-Enabled Web

In advance of Facebook’s annual developer conference next month, reports have begun to materialize about a seminal new feature that the social networking service may roll out: location sharing. Although there’s no official word from the company yet, the speculation is that Facebook will be introducing features that allow users to share their current location with their…

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FTC Drops the Hammer on Lifelock’s False Promises

The Federal Trade Commission and 36 state Attorneys General announced yesterday an impressive $12 million settlement with the identity theft protection outfit LifeLock over charges that the company engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices.  LifeLock rose to fame in recent years with a series of striking advertisements “guaranteeing” (their word) that the company could protect subscribers from identity…

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CDT at SXSW Interactive 2010

Here's our blog coverage of SXSW so far: Smackdown: Consumer Privacy vs. Advertiser Revenue SXSW: Of Tech, Nerds, and New Media How the Internet Gave Women a Voice in Iran: A brief history Expectations of Privacy Open Government Awesomeness The Lifeblood of SXSW UPDATE 3/15 2:37 PM: We're listening to the CEO of Twitter, Evan…

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Submit Questions to FCC Chairman Genachowski

Today, YouTube announced a fantastic opportunity for Internet users to get engaged and participate in the discussions surrounding the launch of the FCC's National Broadband Plan next Tuesday. Through CitizenTube, users can submit questions to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and vote for their favorites. A selection of the top-voted questions will be asked to the Chairman during a…

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