“And when they came for the bloggers, I said nothing” – Legacy Media
Add another conservative blogger to the list of those being targeted by the left to shut up. This time its Arizonan Rachel Alexander, a Townhall.com columnist, RightWingNews.com contributor, attorney, and veteran blogger. Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin detailed the most recent attempt to shut down Internet free speech.
Many conservative bloggers “went dark” last Friday, posting only a graphic symbol of a targeted keyboard on their page to protest attempts to stifle their First Amendment right to free speech.
As we reported in last week’s Surfin’ Safari column on blogger bullying, the abuse of the judicial system by convicted felon Brett Kimberlin was used on attorney and blogger Aaron Walker. Kimberlin claimed that Google alerts triggered from Walker’s posts violated a “peace order” brought by Kimberlin. The result: Walker was arrested by “a judge with a misunderstanding of how the Internet – particularly Google Alerts – works.”
Blogger Lee Stranahan wrote, “The judge clearly doesn’t understand either Twitter or the First Amendment or even the basic facts of the case.”
Last week, bloggers got some help when Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, spoke on behalf of our First Amendment rights.
WND covered the developing story, asking, “Will Justice probe attacks on conservative bloggers?”
Malkin reports that 83 members of Congress have so far “signed a letter demanding ‘thorough examination at every level’ of these terroristic crimes and threats – that will be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder. … And I can tell you there’s much more in the works. At every level,” she reported.
The story continues to grow, as the American Center for Law and Justice now joins others in the fight against those who seek to squelch free speech through intimidation, lies and thuggish tactics. Even some members of the legacy media dipped their toe in. Stay tuned. There’ll be much more to this story in the weeks ahead.
Data mining you and your mama
A recent report in Politico reveals that the Obama campaign is building an unprecedented database to pinpoint target potential voters, allowing the campaign to tailor messages directly to them.
The opening paragraphs describe a breath taking operation now underway: “On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.
“The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation – from data mining to online organizing – reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election,” Politico reports. “It makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut – which raised half billion dollars and revolutionized politics – look like cavemen with stone tablets.”
What is presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney doing? The entire piece can be read here.
Proposed U.N. Internet tax “extremely worrisome”
Though we’ve reported this to you before, it bears repeating.
The United Nations desperately wants to impose an Internet tax that would target giant web content providers like Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix and others. The result, say some, would cripple these providers’ ability to reach users in developing nations.
According to CNet, “The (leaked) European proposal, offered for debate at a December meeting of a U.N. agency called the International Telecommunication Union, would amend an existing telecommunications treaty by imposing heavy costs on popular websites and their network providers for the privilege of serving non-U.S. users, according to newly leaked documents.”
There’s a lot more to this story about which you need to know.
Expect some juicy bites from the Apple this week!
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco kicks off June 11, and anticipation has been running high among tech watchers that Apple will make significant announcements to its product line.
What to expect? Rumor has it that Mac will announce renovations and major product updates to its line of computers, a new operating system (Mountain Lion, anyone?), iPhone iOS6 integration with Facebook, a new 3-D map app, and much more, including Siri’s move to iPad, and the vaunted HD Apple TV!
Related: Men (and women) in black.
View Apple’s recently tweaked architectural plans for its spaceship-shaped campus in Cupertino, Calif., which will house 12,000 employees and features – what else? – apple trees inside the atrium.
Not every bite of the Apple is sweet
Several suicides in 2011 at Foxconn, the mammoth Chinese factory that manufactures much of Apple’s liquid crystal displays for its iPhones, shined a spotlight on the company’s inhumane working conditions. It appears living conditions haven’t gotten much better, as dozens of Foxconn workers were arrested last week after rioting at their off-work dormitories. More details here.
Were you among the six million LinkedIn users whose password was stolen by Russian hackers? Have you noticed your account password is no longer valid?
LinkedIn’s blog assures its users the situation has been addressed and outlines a couple of simple steps to restore your account access. Here are the top 30 passwords leaked from this week’s LinkedIn hacking.
Facebook gets into app biz
The Facebook App Center rolled out last week, giving FB users one-stop shopping portal for some 600 apps, some paid, many free. Find it on the Web, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. Here’s more info on finding and downloading the applications. Screencast too.
Related: Turning to your smart phone for divorce advice with apps that help you divorce your spouse. Really.
Do not track!
Microsoft has announced it will be the first browser maker to make “Do No Track” as the default setting in its upcoming version of Internet Explorer, called IE10.
But a working group at the standards-setting World Wide Web Consortium says Do Not Track should be turned on only if the user wants to do so. The battle rages on.
Do Not Track gives you the capability of preventing advertisers from following your digital online footprints across the Internet.
Silver-haired and socially networked!
For the first time ever, more than half of senior citizens age 65-plus are going online every day.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 53 percent of Americans age 65 or older communicate via the Internet, with 70 percent accessing the Internet on an average day. Nearly half use e-mail. Social networking sites? Not so much. But that number is growing.