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First POST: Hashing it Out

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, May 27 2014

Hashing it Out

  • In the New Yorker, Sasha Weiss explains the rise and power of the #YesAllWomen hashtag in the wake of Friday's mass killings in Santa Barbara by Elliot Rodger, a misogynist madman.

  • More than a million tweets with the #YesAllWomen hashtag have appeared thru Monday--here's a visualization of geotagged tweets using the hashtag on Twitter spreading across the world on May 25.

  • Feminist dynamo (and friend of PDM) Deanna Zandt collected several must-reads on the killings. She's also collecting stories of violence inflicted on women who refuse sexual advances on this Tumblr.

  • Every now and then we come across something that connects the dots in a broader way that the daily drumbeat of news and commentary. Today here's the text and accompanying slides to an absolutely brilliant and entertaining talk given last week by Maciej Ceglowski at the "Beyond Tellerrand" conference in Germany. It's a discussion of big data, privacy, and the Internet's broken business model.

  • Glenn Greenwald is planning to publish the names of Americans who have been specifically targeted by the NSA, reports Toby Harnden in RealClearPolitics.

  • Xeni Jardin points out that when Dean Baquet, the new executive editor of the New York Times, was at the Los Angeles Times, he was the editor who killed a story based on AT&T technician Mark Klein's whistleblowing on the NSA's warrantless wiretapping. Klein then took the story to the New York Times, which broke the news.

  • Tech companies want Congress to strengthen the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which they fear now puts them at a competitive disadvantage worldwide, since it allows American authorities to access stored email older than 180 days without a warrant or notification.

  • Matthew Yglesias explains in Vox why the status quo keeps winning on Capitol Hill, and thus why the rising tech industry lobby generally isn't winning much of its agenda.

  • David Carr pens a love letter to Ev Williams and his latest startup, the web publishing platform Medium.

  • Tom Mattzie, former AFL-CIO online organizer and campaign director, gets profiled in The New York Times along with his Ethical Electric startup.

  • Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says the European high court's ruling on the so-called "right to be forgotten" is a "technologically incompetent violation of human rights," adding, "The danger is that search engines now are faced with an uncertain legal future which may require them to censor all kinds of things when someone thinks it is 'irrelevant,'" Wales told the Associated Press's Martha Mendoza and Toby Sterling.

  • While Pirate Party candidates for the European Union elections generally lost ground, Duncan Geere writes in Wired UK that the upstart movement has already succeeded in getting many of its main ideas adopted (net neutrality, defeat of ACTA, strengthening of privacy rules) or co-opted by larger parties.

  • Martin Tisne of the Omidyar Network offers an overview of the Open Government Partnership's work, arguing from "a funder's perspective" that it has produced "one of the best returns on investment we've had."

  • The second Hack for Democracy hackathon is taking place this coming weekend at ThoughtWorks' office in downtown San Francisco.