Bloggers and talkers beware: The Obama administration is working to make Islam “bashing” a crime.

Clare Lopez is a former CIA operations officer and strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, homeland security, national defense and counterterrorism issues. In an article published at Big Peace last week, she warned Americans to pay close attention to what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu did while in Washington last week.

According to blogger Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, “The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is a religious and political organization. Close to the Muslim World League of the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood’s strategic and cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah, based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of Sharia. The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority (considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims.”

Back to Lopez: “From 12 to 14 December 2011, working teams from the Department of State and the OIC are going to discuss implementation mechanisms that could impose limits on freedom of speech and expression. The OIC’s purpose, as stated explicitly in its April 2011 Annual Report on Islamophobia, is to criminalize ‘incitement to hatred and violence on religious grounds.'”

In a follow-up, CNS News reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last Wednesday “told the closing session of the meeting at the State Department that the adoption of [United Nations] Resolution 16/18 had ‘ended 10 years of divisive debate where people were not listening to each other anymore.'”

“Critics have been doubtful about the OIC’s sincerity, however,” CNS News reports, “noting the top priority it has given to the drive to curb speech and actions [that] it views as insulting to Islam – ranging from the Mohammed cartoons and threats to burn the Qur’an to anti-shari’a campaigns and post-9/11 security profiling.”

“U.N. Resolution 16/18, formally entitled ‘Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief,’ is championed by the Obama administration,” the report concludes.

A glimpse into our online future?

New rules are now in place requiring microbloggers to register their real names with the government. Here? In the United States? Not yet. But what’s happening in China is a look into our totalitarian future unless we battle those in Congress who want to “protect” the Internet.

Congressional action on the SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act – has been postponed pending further review by the House Judiciary Committee, but authorities in Beijing are tightening the Chinese government’s grip on the Internet. With more than half a billion Chinese now online, authorities in Beijing are concerned about the power of the Internet to influence public opinion in a country that maintains tight controls on its traditional media outlets.

As of last week, Beijing’s city government now requires users of weibos – the Chinese version of Twitter – to give their real names to website administrators in an effort to establish a system of content censorship.

Internet architects oppose U.S. online piracy bills

Prominent Internet architects oppose legislation in the U.S. Congress intended to crack down on online piracy.

According to a published news report, “In an open letter to Congress, more than 80 engineers, inventors and software developers expressed concerns about the bills introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their letter came a day after the founders of Google, Twitter, Yahoo! and other Internet giants voiced opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act being considered in the House and the Senate version known as the Protect IP Act.”

Among those supporting the legislation are Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Digital rights and free speech groups claim the measure will pave the way for the Feds to shut down any websites accused of online piracy, including foreign sites, without due process.

Homeland Security wants control over the Internet? PrECISEly.

From The Hill: Members of the House Homeland Security Committee have introduced the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness (PrECISE Act, a cybersecurity bill that establishes a quasi-governmental entity to oversee information-sharing with the private sector.

Like other cybersecurity bills offered by the House GOP, this one encourages private firms to share information on cyber threats but stops short of mandating new security standards for sectors deemed critical to national security.

Bill sponsors include Peter King, R-N.Y., [Mac] Thornberry, R-Texas, Dan Lungren, R-Calif., Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Candice Miller, R-Mich., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., Billy Long, R-Mo., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Bob Turner, R-N.Y., of the Homeland Security Committee, as well as Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I..

Facebook’s making some changes. Again.

In an ongoing effort to improve the social network platform, Facebook has introduced Timeline, a new kind of profile that helps you tell your story – from the little things you do each day to your most important moments.

According to a video tutorial, you can add a new “cover” (a photo banner of your choosing), remove or add anything that’s missing, including apps.

For the first seven days of activation, Timeline is visible only to you, giving you a chance to explore and review all your activity and make changes to your privacy filters. Once you have your Facebook arranged the way you want it, you can activate Timeline or wait until it goes visible seven days thereafter.

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And here are some cautionary notes, before you hit the publish button.

Here’s how to master Timeline in five minutes.

Facebook suing Mark Zuckerberg?

An Israeli entrepreneur legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg. And he’s got a bone to pick with the other Mark Zuckerberg, the one who founded Facebook.

Why did Rotem Guez, aka Zuckerberg, take Facebook Zuckerberg’s name?

Something to do with the social network shutting down Guez-Zuckerberg’s “Like Store,” which violated Facebook’s terms of service when he sold fan pages to advertisers.

But taking your opponent’s name seems to be an odd way to take him on, doesn’t it? Here’s the story.

Is Facebook making you miserable?

“Facebook is making us unhappy by making everyone else look really, really happy” – so says author Daniel Gulati, who blogs for Harvard Business Review.

He says all that shared information is creating a subconscious “ranking” among friends “as our curated selves broadcast online are compared in real life.”

Gulati says Facebooking results in a loss of productivity and “can negatively affect close relationships.”

Forget ‘friending’ Malia or Sasha on Facebook

As chummy as the president is with the real Mark Zuckerberg, he won’t let his daughters create their own Facebook pages.

Apparently in keeping with the president’s tradition of steadfastly keeping his personal information away from the public’s eyes, he said, “Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business? That doesn’t make much sense.”

St. Clair code to give Obama the edge in election?

Software engineer Will St. Clair is one of more than a dozen developers hired by Obama’s campaign team to figure out ways using technology to pinpoint specific potential voters. The term newly coined to describe the process is “microlistening.”

In a published report by Bloomberg News, the CEO of TargetPoint Consulting was quoted saying , “Right now, if you want to call this the ‘data arms race,’ clearly Democrats are ahead.”

The Obama campaign is guarding the details of the operation like the political equivalent of nuclear secrets: “I’ll be happy to discuss what we’re doing after we do it,” said David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist.

The analysts’ job application posted on the Obama campaign website read: “We are a multi-disciplinary team of statisticians, mathematicians, software developers, general analysts and organizer – all striving for a single goal: re-electing President Obama. … We are looking for Statistical Modeling Analysts, Analytics Engineers, Battleground States Elections Analysts and Communications Analysts of all levels to join our department through November 2012 at our Chicago headquarters.”

Traveling companions.

The holidays are the busiest travel time of year, and you’ll be lucky to get a seat on a flight in the next week or so. But the next time you book your flight, you might consider using social media to find the right “seatmate”.

And while you’re flying about, you might be interested to know that the FAA has approved iPads for pilots, but not for passengers. However, I have it on good authority from a pilot with a major carrier that the electronic devices you use onboard do not affect the aircraft’s avionics or safety in any way. If pilots can use an iPad or mobile phone in the cockpit, and they do, well … I leave you to figure that out.

So why are the carriers forbidding you to use your cell phones? It’s a matter of etiquette. No one wants to hear a plane load of conversations while being held captive in a cylindrical tube at 30,000 feet. The late comedian George Carlin talks about the safety lecture one gets on a plane ride. Language alert!

Bits & Bytes

Amazon offers free 1-day shipping during holidays. Sells more than a million Kindles a week.

The good, the bad, the bottom line on Kindles.

Could ‘The Donald’ be eyeing online presidential campaign?

Floating Vessel could swim around IT immigration law.

Everyone’s a publisher these days. Scoop it.

The Time Capsule

1905 – Howard Hughes born

1962 – Bay of Pigs prisoners released

1973 – Spain’s PM assassinated in Madrid

1984 – Britain will return Hong Kong to China in ’97

1988 – Pam Am 103 explodes in flight, debris rains down on Lockerbie

1989 – Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate reopens

1989 – Romania’s first couple executed for crimes against state

1991 – Gorbachev steps down, USSR breaks up

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