Internet Journalism, Political Activism, Spy Network, and April Fools Day Worm

March 31, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Interweb, Politics | Leave a comment

Webcast shows B.C. eagle eggs about to hatch:

why we capitalize ‘I’ in Internet:

uh-oh, are Wikipedia writers running out of topics?:


Rejoice, because the wonders of texting can now be brought to bear down on the miscreants of the sports arena. All you have to do is know one number and text the nature of the problem you’re having with another fan to that number.

Twenty-nine of the 32 NFL stadiums employ the service–described by ESPN’s Rick Reilly as “tattletexting.” So do many Major League Baseball, NBA and, yes, even NCAA March Madness games. (Hockey has it too. But surely, one would only want to text to get the slobbering, scuffling players off the ice.)

Announcing the Launch of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund:

As the newspaper industry continues to contract, one of the most commonly voiced fears is that serious investigative journalism will be among the victims of the scaleback. And, indeed, many newspapers are drastically reducing their investigative teams. Yet, given the multiple crises we are living through, investigative journalism is all the more important. As a result, all who recognize the indispensable role good journalism plays in our democracy are looking for ways to preserve it during this transitional period for the media. For too long, whether it’s coverage of the war in Iraq or the economic meltdown, we’ve had too many autopsies and not enough biopsies. The HuffFund is our attempt to change this. It will also provide new opportunities for seasoned journalists who have been laid off or forced into early retirement.

If you’re not familiar with it, The Huffington Post is pretty much THE political blog in the U.S. I’m happy to see HuffPo take this initiative. It’s the Dot Com with the street cred to bring serious investigative journalism to the web, in the States. Of course here in BC we already have, the “independent daily online magazine reaching every corner of B.C. and beyond”.

Famed Anonymous Anti-Palin Blogger ‘Outed’ by Lawmaker:

“Alaska Muckraker” (AKM) rose to blogger fame almost instantaneously when Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin was tapped to be John McCain’s running mate, and the then anonymous blogger wrote “What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective” under the penname AKM. Little was known about Palin in the lower 48, and AKM provided a much-needed window throughout the campaign season into Palin’s performance as governor of Alaska from a progressive viewpoint.

Faux News parachutes in to hassle anti-Palin bloggers in Alaska:

Linda Kellen Biegal of Celtic Diva is one of several bloggers up in Alaska who warned everyone long ago about Sarah Palin and her corrupt government. Linda recently lodged an ethics complaint against the failed veep candidate and debate winkster. In the spirit of Bill O’Reilly and his attack dog producers, Faux News sent reporters to Alaska to “investigate” the charges.

Canadian Court Orders Website To Reveal Identity Data Of Anonymous Posters:

“An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered a pair of website owners to turn over identifying information about eight people being accused of defamation after posting anonymous comments.”

If you used a newspaper to insult someone, you could face a defamation lawsuit. In fact, that’s exactly what happened to Stockwell Day in 2001. Things are different on the Internet though, right. Well maybe not forever. This case could set legal precedent to use against trolls and other anonymous douchebags.

Thanks for the tip-off Buckdog

Canadian researchers uncover vast computer spying operation:

“TORONTO – A cyber spy network based mainly in China has tapped into classified documents from government and private organizations in 103 countries, including the computers of Tibetan exiles, Canadian researchers said Saturday.”

‘Super-worm’ expected to infect computers Wednesday:

No one knows exactly what is planned for the super-worm, which is expected to activate itself April Fool’s Day, but security researchers expect the bottom line is all about money.

Purita calls the worm “dark Google” and theorizes it may provide the bad guys with an internal search engine to ferret out confidential documents stored on infected computers.

The perpetrator or perpetrators could conceivably collect every credit card number on infected computers, some of which are bound to be owned by businesses and used to store credit card data.

Previous Series of Tubes Stuff:


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