Predicting Successful Memes using Network and Community Structure [on Twitter]

Lilian Weng, Filippo Menczer, Yong-Yeol Ahn from Cornell University have created a model that can take a small amount of tweets and tell 2 months in advance whether the tweets will go viral and become a meme or not. This is a network based model, that takes into account: connectivity: number of early adopters, size Read more about Predicting Successful Memes using Network and Community Structure [on Twitter][…]

Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP

The database that will store the entire nation’s health records has a series of "backdoors" that will allow police and government bodies to access people’s medical data. David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, told the Guardian he has established that police will be able to access the health records of patients when investigating Read more about Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP[…]

Patent strike on Google by evil empire

Nortel went bankrupt in 2009. In 2011, it held an auction for its massive patent portfolio. The winners of the auction were Apple, Microsoft, Sony, RIM, and others, who bought the patents for $4.5 billion as a consortium named Rockstar Bidco.  http://m.slashdot.org/story/193739 Great. They want to stop Google from being a search engine. Patents are really good for Read more about Patent strike on Google by evil empire[…]

Call yourself a ‘hacker’, lose your 4th Amendment right against seizures

The court has struggled over the issue of allowing the copying of the hard drive. This is a serious invasion of privacy and is certainly not a standard remedy… The tipping point for the court comes from evidence that the defendants – in their own words – are hackers. By labeling themselves this way, they Read more about Call yourself a ‘hacker’, lose your 4th Amendment right against seizures[…]

U.S. Terrorism Agency Granted Unprecedented Access to Citizens’ Files

Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime. Not everyone was on board. “This is a sea change in the way that the government interacts with the general public,” Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, argued Read more about U.S. Terrorism Agency Granted Unprecedented Access to Citizens’ Files[…]

Piracy and Movie Revenues: Box office sales went down after they closed MegaUpload

Exogenous variation comes from the unexpected shutdown of the popular file hosting platform Megaupload.com on January 19, 2012. The estimation strategy is based on a quasi difference-in-differences approach. We compare box office revenues before and after the shutdown to a matched control group of movies unaffected by the shutdown. We find that the shutdown had Read more about Piracy and Movie Revenues: Box office sales went down after they closed MegaUpload[…]

Megaupload framed by FBI claims Kim Dotcom

Evidence has emerged showing the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Mr Dotcom’s file-sharing company Megaupload in 2010 which he claims forced it to preserve pirated movies found in an unrelated piracy investigation. The 39 files were identified during an investigation into the NinjaVideo website, which had used Megaupload’s cloud storage to Read more about Megaupload framed by FBI claims Kim Dotcom[…]

The Biggest New Spying Program You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The National Counterterrorism Center is now allowed to buy and keep large databases of information on their own nationals, even though they are not suspected of anything. Not only that, but they can share their information with anyone they want. To top it off, they have no practical form of oversight at all. The Biggest Read more about The Biggest New Spying Program You’ve Probably Never Heard Of[…]

UK proposes to allow Google to digitise all copywriten works with no renumeration

Granted, copyright is a fussy subject which stifles innovation and freedom, but copyright holders are entitled to at least /some/ protection, at least for some time! The UK government is considering a proposal to allow anyone to digitise anything and use the data for commercial purposes unless the creator of the content ‘opts out’ from Read more about UK proposes to allow Google to digitise all copywriten works with no renumeration[…]

To get into Israel you may have to give your email password

Apparently they profile tourists and then force them to open their email on their own PC (which means basically you’re giving them your email login through a keylogger) and they look into it. If you disagree you’re hiding something and not allowed into the country. Besides using profiling, which is innefective, it’s a huge invasion Read more about To get into Israel you may have to give your email password[…]

U.S. Appeals court determines it’s OK to take an employers’ source code

Have they gone nuts? They say that as code isn’t something physical, it can’t have been stolen. So it’s OK to take as much sources from a previous employer and do whatever you want with it. “He argues that: [1] the source code was not1a “stolen” “good” within the meaning of the National Stolen2Property Act, Read more about U.S. Appeals court determines it’s OK to take an employers’ source code[…]

International Cryptography Freedom

Since 2000 the US has cracked down hard on cryptography information sharing and it’s hard to find any information on it since around 2001. There are still a few good sources around. Piracy.com: International Cryptography Freedom. Cryptography links outside of North America C4I.org strong crypto links Treachery Unlimited Shmoo Speak Freely encrypted VOIP utopia hacktic Read more about International Cryptography Freedom[…]

Assessing ACTA: Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law

This report concludes that ACTA’s harm greatly exceeds its potential benefits. Given ACTA’s corrosive effect on transparency in international negotiations, the damage to international intellectual property institutions, the exclusion of the majority of the developing world from the ambit of the agreement, the potentially dangerous substantive provisions, and the uncertain benefits in countering counterfeiting, there Read more about Assessing ACTA: Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law[…]

Collusion Add-On Visualizes Who Is Tracking You Online

Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you, for the first time, to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers. New Mozilla Browser Add-On Visualizes Who Is Tracking Read more about Collusion Add-On Visualizes Who Is Tracking You Online[…]

NL courts rule ISP’s are content filters – great firewall of NL coming up?

Ziggo and XS4ALL, two ISP’s in NL, have been forced by the courts to dissallow users to get to the pirate bay. Of course, users will still be able to get there using VPNs so it’s not very effective, but more worrying is that the Dutch courts seem to think that not only do they Read more about NL courts rule ISP’s are content filters – great firewall of NL coming up?[…]