April 22, 2011

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Copyright trolling, sock puppets and invisible ink

Turning Away

Fighting in Libya is ongoing and worsening. Countless civilians have been killed. Four journalists have died, two this week. In Japan questions abound in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Yet, media interest in these international stories has waned. Brooke talks with PEJ’s Mark Jurkowitz ...

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Newspapers vs. The Internet

Newspapers have been teaming up with a lawfirm called Righthaven, to file lawsuits against people posting copyrighted content on the web. Righthaven's detractors call them "copyright trolls," but they say they're much needed protectors of a newspaper's intellectual property. Bob talks to Joe Mullin of Paidcontent.org who has ...

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The Problem of Sock Puppets

This month, a user on the website Metafilter started a thread critiquing Dilbert creator Scott Adams. Other site regulars piled on, but one newly registered user mounted a strident defense of Adams. The new user reminded everyone that Scott Adams was a “multi-millionaire,” that Scott Adams possessed a “certified ...

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Tweets From Tahrir

The new book Tweets From Tahrir is a collection of tweets sent from the epicenter of Egypt's revolution. It tells a unique story of the popular uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's reign. Nadia Idle is one of the book’s editors. She says the book aims to capture a ...

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Hitting Print on The Iraq War

In other printing out the internet news, publisher James Bridle has printed every single edit ever made to The Iraq War entry on Wikipedia over a five year period. In the process, he's learned a lot about the war. He's also ended up with several giant books. Why ...

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The CIA Declassifies Invisible Ink

On Tuesday, the CIA declassified the government's six oldest classified documents, dating from 1917 and 1918. According to the agency’s press release, "These documents, which describe secret writing techniques and are housed at the National Archives, are believed to be the only remaining classified documents from the World War I ...

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