In last week’s Surfin’ Safari, I reported that the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks could be transformed from a handful of volunteers to a global movement. One week later, there are more than 1,800 websites now hosting WikiLeaks in different languages and locales.
And while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in a British jail, some of his former staffers led by Daniel Domscheit-Berg have launched a competing site for whistleblowers called OpenLeaks. Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s former right-hand man, left last September, according to DN.se, after bristling under Assange’s autocratic ways. Watch WikiRebels, the self-explaining documentary.
The new site, structured a bit differently than WikiLeaks, has “been underway for some time.”
But Openleaks will not publish information it receives on its own. Instead, other organizations will be given access to documents Openleaks obtains and will be responsible for publishing that information.
The intent is for Openleaks to become a neutral liaison “without a political agenda except from the dissemination of information to the media, the public, non-profit organizations, trade and union organizations and other participating groups,” according to DN.se.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
As of Dec. 12, WikiLeaks currently is mirrored on 1,885 sites. Meanwhile, our U.S. military has banned saving data to CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and every other form of removable media – or offenders risk a court martial.
And pro-WikiLeaks “hacktivists” have been using Twitter to coordinate attacks on anti-WikiLeak sites, which include Paypal, MasterCard,VISA, and others.
But according to Valleywag, Twitter shut down the account which was being used to synchronize successful denial of service attacks on companies for freezing WikiLeaks’ assets.
FCC gets into the parenting business
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the secretary of commerce to appoint an interdepartmental committee to study electronic communications. The committee concluded that an agency should be formed to regulate all interstate and foreign communication by wire and radio, telegraphy, telephone and broadcast.
So on Feb. 26, 1934, President Roosevelt sent a special message to Congress urging the creation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Within four months, Congress created The Communications Act, and the FCC was born.
Since then, the FCC has broadly extended its powers beyond its original intent and has now insinuated itself in social issues.
To wit: the FCC announced it will hold a forum Dec. 14th at a high school in Washington to address risks associated with the spread of mobile devices and Internet access, such as interfering with homework or leading to cyberbullying. The forum will include panels and conversations with experts about how parents can help young people.
“It’s the beginning of a process to help inform parents and spark a discussion about a range of issues that parents are concerned about,” Julius Genachowski, the commission’s chairman, said in an interview.
After all, they’re just doing it “for the children.”
Meanwhile, here’s what hapless, helpless parents are doing to protect their kids. (Warning: Adult language alert.)
First-ever Pew Research into Twitter use
Eight percent of American adults who use the Internet are Twitter users. Women and the college-educated are also slightly more likely than average to use the service, according to a recent survey by Pew Research.
Twitter, launched on July 15, 2006, is an online activity popular with young adults, minorities, and urbanites. Tens of millions of worldwide Internet surfers use the Twitter microblog social network, making it one of the most popular online activities among tech enthusiasts. It also is used as an analytic tool to study conversations and interests, buzz about news, products or services, and announcements by commercial, non-profit, and government organizations.
Can’t get enough
Some say they’re hooked on it. You say YOU can’t get enough of it? You might want to watch this.
And speaking of addictions, here’s the fledgling bluebird of happiness.
Turns out social media is nothing new. “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future” in three parts.
In the age of Facebook, a world map of social networks shows the site is now the dominant market leader in 115 out of 132 countries.
Santa’s got a hunch he knows what you’d like for Christmas. How does he know? A little birdie told him.
Amazon and Walgreens
Poor man’s lo-jack: Twitter
Seattle’s police department has come up with a novel way to use Twitter, helping you get back your stolen vehicle with @GetYourCarBack.
According to cartech blog, it is considered a Why did Groupon CEO Andrew Mason spurn the billion dollar acquisition offer?
YouTube eases time restrictions
YouTube users rejoice! The time limits on your video that went from ten and then to 15 minutes, is now being lifted entirely – for some users.
In the past, YouTube used the time limit to prevent users from uploading television shows and movies they didn’t have the rights to.
YouTube says it will “begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes.”
YouTube’s Content ID system can take any new video uploaded to the site and match it against YouTube’s massive archive of copyrighted video that’s been submitted by cable networks, movie studios, and other partners at astonishing speed and scale.
YouTube gets 35 hours of footage uploaded per minute.
And a final thought before you post to the web: THINK.
The Time Machine
Now playing at the Princess Theater in Urbana, Illinois.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Tim Kerlin, Watervliet, Mi., and John Harper of Ocala, Fla., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Soh Yamamura who portrayed Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in the 1970 Oscar-winning movie Tora! Tora! Tora!
The film is set in 1941. The Japanese are at odds with the United States on a number of issues which they are attempting to resolve via their Washington embassy. In case this diplomacy fails, the military are hatching plans for a surprise early Sunday morning air attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor. American intelligence is breaking the Japanese diplomatic messages but few high-ups are prepared to believe that an attack is likely, let alone where or how it might come.
The quote: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
View the movie trailer.
This week’s quote: “I was hard on you when you was growin’ up. I did things that made you hate me. Now, you can see why I did. I don’t want no more tears shed for me, ya hear? I’m not gonna be there for you now, you gotta look out for each other…”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!