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First POST: Parched

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 13 2013

The state of our Union is thirsty

When we say "fail fast," is this what we mean?

"Cyber" security

  • President Barack Obama signed his long-promised order on cybersecurity.

  • It's time to stop using the term "cyberspace", which we agree is a term invented to describe something that didn't exist when William Gibson wrote "Neuromancer," and is now used to describe a ubiquitous and well-understood global communications network. So perhaps it's no longer constructive to fantasize about "cyberspace" and "cybersecurity," and instead discuss a more pressing — and sobering — issue: The militarization, and Balkanization, of the global Internet.

  • Here's another view on why it might be time to give up "cyberspace".

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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