Nov 182012
 

By Dana Guthrie (Beaumont Enterprise) A mom who posted a photo of her 18-month-old daughter breastfeeding on Facebook is planning to flood the social media site with similar photos over the next 72 hours.

Gina Crosley-Corcoran of TheFeministBreeder.com claims on her website that Facebook deleted her photo and suspended her account for three days after she posted the photo.

“The photo broke NONE of the facebook rules for photo-sharing, yet it was deleted and I was punished anyay,” she said in her blog. “This happens all the time.”

Michele Zipp of The Stir highlighted Crosley-Corcoran’s blog, encouraging other women to post their own breastfeeding photos on Facebook starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

This is just wrong,” she said. “Let’s roar loudly so Facebook hears and makes some very needed changes and not just removes a photo because someone reported it…for no good reason, and that doesn’t even violate any rules.”

via You’re about to see a lot of breastfeeding photos on Facebook – Beaumont Enterprise.

 November 18, 2012  Posted by at 8:30 am Comments Off
Nov 182012
 

By Mike Masnick (TechDirt) So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. The MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded.

via That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform | Techdirt.

 November 18, 2012  Posted by at 8:11 am Comments Off
Nov 162012
 

(TorrentFreak) A ruling handed down yesterday by Germany’s highest court represents a blow to rightsholders in their quest to clamp down on illicit file-sharing. The court ruled that the parents of a teenager who had made available more than 1,100 songs on file-sharing networks can not be held responsible for their son’s infringements, nor be required to monitor or hinder his online activities.

via Parents Not Responsible For Their Teenager’s Music Piracy | TorrentFreak.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 8:09 am Comments Off
Nov 152012
 

By Robyn Dixon (La Times) Along Nairobi’s dusty Ngong Road, so many start-up incubators and IT labs have popped up that the busy neighborhood has been nicknamed “Silicon Savannah.”

Techies, geeks and innovators race one another to come up with the next big thing. The result is a surge in innovative Kenyan apps, most designed to work with the not-so-smart phones most Kenyans can afford.

There’s iCow, a virtual veterinary advice service that coaches small farmers on how to tend their dairy herds. And mFarm, which helps small farmers determine the right price for their produce, find buyers and sell it. And Huduma, which allows people to report and map government service failures.

Why is this happening in Kenya? People here have two words: Bitange Ndemo, the 52-year-old head of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology at the heart of Kenya’s startling IT revolution.

via Kenyan information minister leads an IT revolution – chicagotribune.com.

 November 15, 2012  Posted by at 1:00 pm Comments Off
Nov 152012
 

(Nieman Journalism Lab) We just went through a highly fact-checked election, but it’s unclear what the final score was between truth and fiction. One reason why myths persist is that fact-checking is often out-of-reach at the moment it would be most useful — like the moment where you open your inbox. Forwarding an email is a lot easier than hunting for evidence. So Matt Stempeck, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, is tackling the problem closer to its source.

Stempeck and developers Justin Nowell, Evan Moore, and David Kim have written a Gmail plugin called LazyTruth that quietly scans your email for chain letters, urban legends, and phishing scams. When you open a forwarded email, an “Ask LazyTruth” button invites you to investigate. The software checks the email against data pulled from PolitiFact and FactCheck.org, and, if needed, offers a correction and a link to find out more.

via FW: FW: Fw: FW: Fwd: fwd: fw: LazyTruth tackles false claims in email chain letters » Nieman Journalism Lab.

 November 15, 2012  Posted by at 5:39 am Comments Off