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First POST: Decoding

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 19 2013

Understanding the bombing

Around the web

  • This Campaigns & Elections article, on the climate of the political software industry, rehashes a lot of territory we have covered in the distant and recent past.

  • Andy Greenberg has an extensive profile of Mega CEO Kim Dotcom already available online and appearing in an upcoming issue of Forbes Magazine.

  • Using data about anything from currency circulation to mobile phone calls, digital cartographers have built maps of the United States based on who is connected to whom rather than based on political borders — and the results say interesting things about how regions cross state lines.

  • Phil Howard offers data to suggest that increased access to the Internet correlates often with indications of improving democracy and not with worsening dictatorship — evidence, he says, that stands against the points Evgeny Morozov made in his book "The Net Delusion."

  • Australian website Crikey writes that American law enforcement officials, in a subpoena to the hosting service Cloudflare, describe cybersecurity investigation site Project PM as "a forum through which defendant [Barrett] Brown and other individuals sought to discuss their joint and separate activities and engage in, encourage, or facilitate the commission of criminal conduct online."

    Crikey author Bernard Keane says this is over the top — evidence that the Justice Department is trying to crack down on access to information about the cybersecurity industry.

  • En Italiano: "Facebook e la comunicazione politica," a new book available online by techPresident Europe Editor Antonella Napolitano.

  • Just now seeing: TPM's Igor Bobic notes, "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) Facebook page shared a photo on Wednesday mocking Harry Reid (D-NV) moments after the defeat of a bipartisan compromise on expanded background checks for gun sales in the Senate."

  • In West Virginia, legislation is now on the move that would allow online voter registration.

  • Does a new website for asset disclosure by French government ministers ask for the right data from officials?

  • The Guardian reports:

    The UK supreme court has ruled that readers who open articles via a website link are not breaking the law, overturning the high court's ruling that browsing was a breach of newspaper owners' copyright ... The ruling comes after a three-year legal between the Newspaper Licensing Agency and a media monitoring company, Meltwater, which charges PR companies thousands of pounds a year for alerts about their clients.

    The ruling has been referred to the European Court of Justice.