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WikiLeaks: the Novel?

The Panama LaughAuthor Thomas S. Roche has written a new zombie novel which incorporates WikiLeaks, conspiracy forums, and viral YouTube videos, studying the new wasteland where military violence intersects corporate disinformation.

“I think WikiLeaks represents a very important impulse and the start of a strong movement toward anti-corporate sentiment and the demand for government transparency,” he explains in this new interview, “As ineffectual as that movement may end up being – because it started so late in the process of corporate control being consolidated…”

He moves from discussing fictional zombie-fighting to the brutal real-world military violence in neo-colonial nations around the world. And he ultimately wonders if our wireless technology-enhanced future will also include the potential for massive global disinformation.

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Iceland Uses Social Media to Write New Constitution

Coat Of Arms Of IcelandAaron Saenz writes on Singularity Hub:

The newest government in the world was designed with help from comments on the internet. God help us all.

After Iceland’s economic collapse in 2008, the island nation decided it was time to write a new constitution, this one not based on its parent country of Denmark but rather made from the original ideas of its citizens. Iceland’s small population of 320,000 elected 25 assembly members from 522 ordinary candidates (including lawyers, political science professors, journalists, and many other professions), who in turn opened their process up to the public in an unprecedented fashion.

The Constitutional Council was highly active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, where they solicited comments and suggestions for the new government. On Friday July 29th, 2011, the Iceland parliament officially received the new constitution, comprised of 114 articles divided into 9 chapters. Set to be reviewed, and then put before vote for ratification by October 1st, the internet-assisted document marks a possible paradigm shift in governing.

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TSA Considering Banning Photography Of Checkpoints

TSA logoCarlos Miller writes on Pixiq:

The Transportation Security Administration is considering changing its policy on photographing security checkpoints after several videos depicting questionable incidents between passengers and TSA screeners were posted on Youtube.

News of the possible changes in policy was posted Friday on the TSA Blog, the same blog that posted that it is permissible to photograph checkpoints, even though most screeners act as if it has always been illegal.

The reason it is considering changing its policy stems from a Youtube video that was recorded in Phoenix when a woman opted-out of the metal detectors and chose to get patted down by a TSA screener.

The woman began yelling hysterically that she had been molested by the screener.

Meanwhile, the woman’s son was recording the incident and continued to do so, even though several TSA screeners told him he was breaking the law.

It is impossible to tell whether the woman was molested in the video, but it’s clear that the TSA screeners were creating their own laws in dealing with the videographer — as they’ve done so many times before.

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YouTube Launches ‘Town Hall’


Time to trade in your soap box for a viral video. The Raw Story reports:

YouTube on Wednesday launched a “Town Hall” website at which US congressional leaders address issues in brief videos and viewers get to show which positions they support.

Republicans monopolized top slots in a “leaderboard” at the online forum for debating topics from energy and debt to health care and Afghanistan.

However, rankings were shifting quickly at the freshly launched website designed to let top US politicians indirectly debate important issues and then have viewers vote for preferred positions.

While the people in the videos are identified, their party affiliations are not revealed until after a viewer has chosen a side.

“How would you vote if you focused purely on the ideas needed to make our country and our world a better place, rather than on the parties putting them forward?” Will Houghteling of YouTube News and Politics asked in a blog post.

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YouTube Punishes Copyright Offenders With Animated Pirate Cat

Thursday YouTube announced a new program which requires copyright offenders to watch an animated cartoon starring a pirate cat. "In an adjustment to it’s three-strikes-and-your-banned-for life policy, the site is now requiring alleged offenders to watch a four minute 're-education' movie featuring an animated cat, then complete a four-question multiple choice exam," YouTube explained on their site. "Only then can the user upload clips again..."


The cartoon -- entitled "Happy Tree Friends" -- features singing animals who demonstrate the difference between uploading an infringing video and creating original content. ("YouTube has decided the solution is to patronize those users," jokes one technology blog.) "Because copyright law can be complicated, education is critical to ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them," YouTube said in Thursday's announcement. And some users who complete the YouTube "Copyright School" can also have copyright strikes removed from their account.
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‘First Orbit’ Celebrates Today’s 50th Anniversary Of Man In Space

Move over PBS: YouTube/Google funded this very cool and very free movie about the beginning of spaceflight, with today being exactly 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. You can download the movie or watch it on YouTube. From the official First Orbit site:
April 12th 1961 – Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of humanity – the Earth from space...
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Why Evan Emory Could Spend 20 Years In Jail For Edited ‘Prank’ YouTube Video

Evan EmoryUnfortunately the original video is removed, however I cannot reasonably see how this man could face up to 20 years for a fake, edited skit. If anybody has the original, please share in comments. The Chicago Tribune reports:
The Muskegon County prosecutor who charged a 21-year-old West Michigan college student with manufacturing child abusive material says a recall effort targeting him likely is based on misinformation. Tony Tague tells the Muskegon Chronicle he "will not be deterred in my efforts to protect the children of Muskegon County" after a Facebook group dedicated to his recall was set up. Tague charged Evan Emory of Fruitport in connection with a sexually-themed YouTube video he [edited] that featured local first-grade students and vulgar lyrics.
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Fox News: YouTube May Encourage Self-Injury

That darn Youtube! Fox News reports:

One of the most popular sites on the Internet, YouTube, started as a place for web users to share comedy skits, music, movie trailers, and other miscellaneous content. Now a study warns that a new kind of video is the latest trend on the site—cutting and other self-injury methods.

The data from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found more than 5,000 YouTube videos on self-injury, including live enactments and graphic images of cutting arms and legs with razors—complete with haunting music, attracting millions of hits from viewers.

The videos have officials and parents alike worried that the videos may trigger the self-injuring behavior in others.

Canadian psychologist Stephen Lewis, a study co-author, said the study focused on 100 videos the authors found in December 2009. Their analysis was published online Monday in Pediatrics. The 100 videos were viewed more than 2 million times and generated many online comments.

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Activists Hijack North Korean Tweets

It seems North Korea’s internet borders are the only ones capable of being breached. Via BBC News:

Hackers have taken over social media sites associated with the North Korean regime, to make derogatory posts.

On 8 January, a Twitter account affiliated to the North’s regime began posting messages calling for an uprising.

Meanwhile a video appeared on the regime’s YouTube channel, depicting heir-apparent Kim Jong-un driving his sports car into women and children.

Users of a popular South Korean website have claimed responsibility.

The attacks coincided with Jong-un’s birthday.

[Continues at BBC News]

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