123 Meme: Libraries, National Security, Freedom of Information Laws and Social Responsibilities

Yet another blog meme, courtesy of folks at Chronicles of Dissent (by way of Threat Level). This time I'm supposed to grab the nearest book, open to page 123, go down to the 5th sentence and type up the 3…

Google Discloses Blogger’s IP Address (No Subpoena Required)

In more chilling news, it has been reported that Google reached a settlement with a group of Israeli council members and will voluntarily turn over the IP address of a blogger accused of slander to a court overseeing the case.…

Privacy and Surveillance in Web 2.0: Unintended Consequences and the Rise of “Netaveillance”

[This thought piece appears on the On The Identity Trail project's blog, blog*on*nymity. Thanks to the amazing folks there for the (second) invitation to contribute to the project. -mz] This post is an attempt to collect and organize some thoughts…

Vaidhyanathan: “No Thanks” to Person of the Year

Siva Vaidhyanathan says "no thanks" to Time magazine naming "you" Person of the Year. From his essay on MSNBC.com: ... Well, thank you, Time, for hyping me, overvaluing me, using me to sell my image back to me, profiling me,…

Boston Globe: Online Plagiarism Strikes Blog World

The Boston Globe has a story today about plagiarism in blogs. I've previously commented on blog plagiarism - blogiarism - in terms of stealing content in order to drive readers to your site to capitalize on advertising revenue. The Globe's…