Tag Archives: Facebook

September #3

Book sharing site Scribd rejects claims of copyright infringement Guardian

Creative Commons
CC publishes study on interpreting “non-commercial” under CCBY & CC0 Creative Commons

Digital Britain
Attitudes to supporting non-BBC regional news from the licence fee. Preliminary findings. DCMS study.

How exactly is Facebook making money? Guardian
How Facebook tried to put a shine on $9.5m privacy suit Guardian

Government 2.0
Usability, council websites and the obligation to promote democracy Local Democracy

Nieman Reports Fall 2009: Journalism & Social Media <- essential reading
Shane Richmond article for Nieman Reports about the development of My Telegraph
Murdoch hails electronic reading devices “no paper, no printing plants, no unions,” said Mr Murdoch, behind the FT paywall.

Open Access
5 US universities commit to open access publishing Digital & Scholarly

OUT-LAW: Hidden Flash cookies track even opt-out users on web’s biggest sites.

Science writing
New York Times on the Simon Singh case: the high costs of English libel law for science writing
Sense about science Keep Libel Laws Out of Science campaign

Paul Graham: The list of n things is the cheeseburger of essay forms


August #4

Digital Britain
Watch interview Martha Lane Fox with Robert Peston http://bit.ly/10XE5L
Appetite fades for ‘top-slicing’ BBC funding http://bit.ly/19GwGd
Peter Mandelson: ‘nothing has been predetermined’ http://bit.ly/LQCU4
John Naughton on Lord Mandelson’s intervention: http://bit.ly/RfXHu

Edinburgh Television Festival
Full version of James Murdoch’s James MacTaggart speech is here on Guardian: http://bit.ly/QfSkI
Robert Peston lecture What future for media & journalism? full text http://bit.ly/RfmNK

Interested AstroTurf lobbying analysis? See this article on US health care http://tr.im/xhSn
Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists http://bit.ly/ehiAv

Documentary on Hans Rosling http://bit.ly/9Pt41 Be inspired.
Deschooling society by Ivan Illich (digress.it version and eBook) http://bit.ly/lvBhn
Google Apps for Education: ePortfolio and Formative Assessment Workflow:http://bit.ly/15SR0m

Higher Education: sponsorship opportunity
Buy a college-themed casket for your death! http://tinyurl.com/mk4e3c

EU funded P2P network develops next generation internet TV http://bit.ly/14QdJM & http://www.p2p-next.org/
Innovation boost for UK business as companies invited to bid for £6m investment http://bit.ly/zAW4o

Google Book Settlement
Open Book Alliance on the Google book settlement http://www.openbookalliance…
Pamela Samuelson: The Audacity Of The Google Book Search Settlement http://bit.ly/9Ti3q

Jeffrey Sachs: The financial crisis one year after http://tinyurl.com/mbbxxv

The Social History of the MP3 http://bit.ly/1qEX52

Wired: “Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text”http://is.gd/2J5Er

OUT-LAW: Facebook promises to clarify privacy policy and allow more user control http://bit.ly/4jOVFm

August #2


Annual University of Hertfordshire survey on music consumption. Two views:

Trade body UK Music, who fund the survey “Music consumption in 14-24 year olds is complex, latest survey reveals” UK Music

Torrentfreak “14-24 year olds pirate 8,000 music tracks each” Torrentfreak


Digital Britain

Programme for the delivery of actions in the DB White Paper published tiny.cc

BIS Consultation on the proposed changes to Ofcom’s duties tinyurl.com


Higher Education

Joss Winn: Comparing ‘The Edgeless University’ and ‘HE in a Web 2.0 World’ reports  bit.ly

Peer to peer university launches. Deadline to sign up is the 26th – www.p2pu.org


Creative Commons

Publications now available from Google Books. Coming to a reading list near you.

Lessig, Doctorow, Boyle and Zittrain ping.fm



Superb mapping service for OS maps in the UK – wtp2.appspot.com



Unlocking Audio 2009 conference programme, videos and papers now online: is.gd metadata, archive & social  media



Lost Remote: Neighborhood blogs drive participation in city planning bit.ly 



Discover the top 100 open innovation organisations across the globe, compiled by NESTA blogs.nesta.org.uk


Facebook takeover of Friendfeed

Scoble, your blog still loves you – www.scripting.com Dave Winer on FriendFeed et al.

Scoble is excited scobleizer.com

Friendfeed users in the research community less so. Cameron Neylon: The trouble with business models (Facebook buys Friendfeed) friendfeed.com


URL shortening

The shortening service tr.im, from Nambu network, was suspended and reinstated:  blog.tr.im

It’s a problem. For example, shortened urls on this blog will stop working if the service is withdrawn. What to do? John Gruber wrote his own url shortner. There are couple of WordPress plugins which offer shortening. But as Dave Winer points out, Twitter could easily extend the character limit to 140 characters excluding the url, or make shortened urls portable scripting.com



Concerned about privacy? Considering opting out? The Onion reports  bit.ly


Facebook, cancer, Daily Mail

How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer

The Daily Mail

This is so bad I thought it was a parody, but I guess the Daily Mail’s science and medicine coverage is beyond parody. For example:

“* Yes, loneliness is bad for your health – but only YOU can cure yourself
* Drinking just one glass of wine a day can INCREASE risk of cancer by 168%, finds shock new study
* Menopause drug once thought safer than HRT ‘could raise risk of breast cancer relapse’”

Plotting social interaction against electronic media use over time (1987-2007) tells you nothing about causality. A correlation is not a causal explanation. If parents spend less time interacting with their children it has more to do with the long working hours culture in the UK than social networking, television, video games or any other technology scapegoat.

More people do indeed live alone. That might give a reason for keeping in contact with their significant others electronically. Also the success of online dating sites: that’s a lot of people trying to establish relationships. Poor health is linked with poverty. As is stress. And so on.
To make a convincing case that time online is displacing social contact you would have to demonstrate that people choose online interaction in preference to real-word interaction. All the evidence is that most people supplement or substitute online interaction for real world interaction.

Dr. Aric Sigman is the author of the paper, Well Connected?: The Biological Implications of ‘Social Networking’ published in the Spring edition of Biologist, Vol 56(1), the journal of the Institute of Biology.
From Dr. Aric Sigman’s website:
“NOTE: This paper has been misrepresented by many news reports as claiming that social networking causes cancer or disease. This is not true. The paper addresses the extent to which time online may be displacing face-to-face contact, and that lack of social connection is associated with physiological changes, increased incidence of illness and higher premature mortality.”
download a press release

Eventually the Daily Mail’s readership will expire, if not through loneliness, alcohol and cancer, through demographic inevitability. The paper has an ageing readership.
In the meantime re-cycled press releases and moral panics about technology, health, relationships and family continue to substitute for journalism.
When old media veterans tell us that a lot of blogging is just ill informed ranting we should, of course, agree. If we compare a lot of blogs with writing in the NYT, Guardian and FT, much of it is nonsense.
And yet, if the decline of newspapers eliminates the Daily Mail’s coverage of health issues, we will be so much better informed.

Business insider social-networks-increase-risk-of-cancer-and-dementia

BBC Online networking ‘harms health’

For how we raise our children and technology considered in a social context, see
Times Britain’s children are unhappiest in the Western world
Guardian British children: poorer, at greater risk and more insecure
Children’s Society report on Outdoor play

Facebook: 75% off

Out-law reports:

“Facebook considers itself worth around a quarter of the $15 billion valuation on which a Microsoft investment in the company was based. The company considered itself to be worth $3.7bn in the middle of last year, according to court documents.”

The valuation emerges from court documents in the case brought by former university friends of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who claim the idea for Facebook was partly theirs.

Mark Zuckerberg still has lots of friends on Facebook.


Understanding social networks: a good place to start would be this Wikipedia page