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SOPA and PIPA. What's all the fuss?

January 19, 2012 3:42 p.m.

Lots of chatter and coverage of the US House bill Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and its sister Senate bill Protect Intellectual Privacy Act (PIPA) as these bills move through the sausagemaking that is our legislative process.

People feel strongly about these bills and are jumping on any bully pulpit to instill fear in the hearts of the non-supporters (or supporters, depending on the pulpit).  As with most impassioned controversy, most of the coverage is limited to the polar extremes.  Each side focusing on the most liberal interpretations of the most fringe aspects and exploding that into an argument against ...

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Updated 01/19/12 @ 03:42PM CST by brian

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Categories: Politics Web News


Harvard's Media Cloud an innovative media analysis tool

May 06, 2011 1:20 p.m.

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University has just released its Media Cloud Dashboard for public use. 

The Media Cloud, located at http://www.mediacloud.org is a media aggregation and analysis tool that provides visual snapshot of what words and topics are being written about on the Internet.  It allows users to select specific datasets, such as "top 25 mainstream media" or "political blogs - right" as well as specific timeframes to see what words were most often mentioned.  Clicking on the word shows each sentence it appeared in within all the individual publications in the dataset.

Even ...

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Updated 05/06/11 @ 01:20PM CDT by brian

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Categories: Cool Web Stuff Politics Research Web News


New government transparency in action

January 23, 2009 11:03 a.m.

The moment Barack Obama took the oath of office (the first time), the new whitehouse.gov was launched, promising a new era of government transparency.

Much as I'd like to take credit for discovering the wonderful intersection between politics, government and hard-core Web geekiness, the kudos go to Jason Kottke for his blog post The country's new robots.txt file.

For the non-geeks, robots.txt is a file that is expected and read by search engines to identify directories that you don't want added to their databases. Every site should have one, and it is located in ...

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Updated 07/14/10 @ 11:03AM CDT by brian

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