the program disregarded P2P downloads, even though one might presume that this would be a potential method to use for illicit communication over the open-source Internet.
GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects.June 22, 2013
IF you’ve ever viewed Twitter as a gauge of public opinion, a weathervane marking the mood of the masses, you are very much mistaken.
That is the rather surprising finding of a new US study, which suggests the microblog zeitgeist differs markedly from mainstream public opinion.
“Twitter users are not representative of the public,” Washington DC think tank, Pew Research Center, concluded.
Experts in Australia, where Twitter comment is regularly used in media reaction to major new stories or a method of interaction for television programs like the ABC’s Q&A, agreed with the US findings.
“While Twitter can give you a good idea of the extremes of how people feel about certain topics, when it comes to measuring opinion of the general public about major issues, it’s pretty useless,” Laura Demasi, of marketing firm IPSOS Australia, told AAP.
Pew Research’s study examined eight major US news events, including November’s presidential election, and compared views expressed on Twitter with national polling.
The two didn’t match.
“At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than the survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative,” the study said.
The study highlighted a decision made in California’s Federal Court which ruled that laws barring same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.
Almost half of the Twitter conversations about the verdict were positive, eight per cent were negative and 46 per cent were neutral.
But wider public opinion on the decision was more mixed – with 33 per cent saying it was a positive ruling, 44 per cent negative and 15 per cent neutral.
The reason, Pew Research Center says, is that only a “narrow sliver” of the population use Twitter.
A recent study by French social media analysts Semiocast showed there were 140 million Twitter accounts in the US – more than one third of the population.
But users tend to be younger and lean more toward the political left than right, the study said.
Ms Demasi added: “Twitter penetration in Australia is not that big so while at times it seems like the whole country is talking about something, it’s really just 50 people and a few hundred or thousand who are listening in.”
Dr John Lenarcic, from Melbourne’s RMIT University, suggested Facebook may offer a more accurate view of public sentiment.
(Swartz suicide won’t change computer crime policy, says prosecutor • The Register) The aggressive prosecution of computer crimes won’t be changed in light of the suicide of internet activist Aaron Swartz, a spokeswoman for Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz has said.
“Absolutely not,” Ortiz told the Boston Herald. “We thought the case was reasonably handled and we would not have done things differently. We’re going to continue doing the work of the office and of following our mission.”
Swartz is the second suicide linked to Boston computer crime investigations. Jonathan James, who gained notoriety in January 2000 as a teenager who cracked Department of Defense and NASA systems, shot himself in the head in 2008 after being named as a suspect in Ortiz’s biggest computer crime case, the TJX hacking scam. Over 94 million accounts at retailer TJX were compromised in an attack that was at that time the most extensive yet seen, and James was named as a conspirator. While he denied involvement in the crime, James said he had no confidence in the legal system and shot himself before the case came to court
it never occured to Bloomberg News that the overprotective nature of our lives was what led to this guys death?
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(gawker.com)Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and analyst Keith Ablow got together on the network today to chat about some of the factors in today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut. “You mentioned earlier how people lose themselves in online activities, gaming and what have you,” Kelly remarks. “Reality TV is no friend of preventing such things,” Ablow responds. “Facebook is no friend of preventing such things.” What fantastic, nuanced analysis.(I didn’t shoot anyone)
#JIDF can expect to see filters on #hashtags (Saudi’s Prince #Alwaleed buys $300 million #Twitter stake)December 22, 2011
(REPLAY) When Chevron took part in World AIDS day I noticed that someone was filtering hashtags. you can expect to see more of this on twitter. Don’t say I didn’t warn everyone when everyone was thumbing their nose at facebook exclusively.
Last week a New York trial judge denied a defense discovery request for a personal injury plaintiff’s current and historical Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter account information.
New York Justice George J. Silver of State Supreme Court in Manhattan reasoned that simply making conclusory allegations that a party’s “Facebook account is material and necessary to their [client’s] defense” is insufficient to justify disclosure of a litigant’s private Facebook records. (MORE)
That is good to know. Let’s hope this type of finding is not overruled in states that are more liberal. Prosecution could move to a state where a person’s internet rights don’t exist in the same way.