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First POST: Data Flow

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 17 2013

Thursday must-reads

Around the web

  • New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is encouraging supporters to make 20 calls in 20 days to federal lawmakers in memory of the Sandy Hook victims.

  • Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is proposing a ban on 3D-printed high-capacity magazines.

  • Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan noted that Facebook's new Graph Search can show what people like who like both the NRA and Barack Obama.

  • The Daily Beast created the Twitter account @RepsGunTweets to track how representatives reacted to the gun law proposals.

  • A New York state senator's online petition against New York's new gun law has already gathered 35,000 signatures.

  • A Guardian interactive shows gun laws state-by-state, and lets users look at laws in their friends' states through Facebook. A Washington Post interactive traces the NRA's influence on members of Congress.

  • The Citizen Lab Internet research group says it has found evidence that U.S.-made Internet surveillance and censorship technology has been used by more than a dozen countries, including ones with questionable human rights records such as Syria, China and Saudi Arabia.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he wanted to remain on the Senate Judiciary Committee to help pass legislation requiring a warrant before authorities can access e-mails and other online messages.

  • Businessweek reported on the possibility that the SEC could force more disclosure of publicly traded companies' political contributions.

  • ICYMI: There's a Campaign Finance Disclosure Tumblr.

  • Pandodaily traced how two L.A. entrepreneurs helped bring about the lobbying effort leading to the passage of the JOBS Act.

  • The FBI only released severely redacted memos in response to an ACLU query about its interpretation of a unanimous Supreme Court decision which established that law enforcement does not have the authority to put a warrantless GPS tracker on a suspect’s car, ars technica reported.

  • A recent symposium hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society marked the launch of a global network of interdisciplinary centers focused on Internet and society.

  • A documentary premiering at the Slamdance Film Festive called "Terms and Conditions May Apply" focuses on websites' privacy polices.

  • Ars Technica looked into which routers would actually support new WiFi spectrum that the FCC plans to release.

  • Time Warner Cable says it is in negotiations with Netflix on using the service's content delivery network to offer 3D and other special content to subscribers, but also accused Netflix of unfairly holding back content in order to get preferential treatment, according to Multichannel News.

  • AT&T has partially lifted a restriction on how its customers can use the FaceTime function without any additional cost, following criticism from groups like Public Knowledge.

  • Developers of transit apps in Washington D.C. say the transit agency is limiting the data it provides, and that the data that is accessible is often inaccurate.

  • New York City's MTA is now offering an application for all smartphone operating systems showing subway times for selected subway lines.

  • Daniel X. O'Neil writes about turning civic hacking into civic innovation based on the example of Chicago.

  • Researchers used Google Earth to produce a more accurate study of urban agriculture sites in Chicago.


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A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited. GO

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tuesday >

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friday >

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