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March 24 2012

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Two weeks ago the New York District Attorney’s sent a subpoena to Twitter, seeking information about the account belonging to Jeffrey Rae.

Rae himself received an email, which included a copy of a subpoena from the DA requesting data from his account.

“You are commanded to appear before the criminal court of the County of New York as a witness in a criminal action prosecuted by the People of the State of New York against Jeffery Rae,” the subpoena reads.

It also says the activist must “produce” in court all tweets that came from his account, @jeffrae, from September 15 to October 31 of last year, "as a witness in a criminal action.”

Legal gray area emerges in social media privacy

Now the OWS protesters are sure authorities want to use social media data as evidence against them to stop the movement against “corporate greed”.

Twitter sticks together with OWS protesters — RT

March 01 2012

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Every time you use social networks you become mere product – it’s an idea we will all have to get used to.  So, should we give up worldly goods and hide in a Tibetan monastery till the end of our days, or start putting up a fight to protect our privacy? In the latest in a long series of scandals over social networks that profit from our private data, the UK-based DataSift firm has announced that is has bought every tweet posted since January 2010. The business intelligence and data-mining platform will be the first company to offer the archive for sale.
Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive — RT
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February 20 2012

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Le 15 février, le compte officiel et certifié sur Twitter de Nicolas Sarkozy était créé quelques heures avant sa déclaration de candidature. Le 16 février, Twitter censurait le compte @_nicolassarkozy. Ce compte parodique existait depuis  septembre 2010. Son caractère parodique était inéquivoque. Il ne violait donc pas les conditions générales d'utilisation de Twitter, qui précisent qu'en cas de compte parodique, la mention précisant le caractère caricatural ou parodique du compte doivent figurer dans l'intitulé de celui-ci. Les archives récupérées de ce compte montrent qu'il respectait absolument cette exigence du contrat Twitter.
Twitter Censure 5 Comptes Non Favorables à Nicolas Sarkozy

February 17 2012

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The case of Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi journalist who has just been deported from Malaysia to face trial on charges of blasphemy, is one that should frighten and disgust anyone who cares about freedom of speech or religion.

His supposed offence was to have tweeted part of an imaginary conversation with the prophet Muhammad. "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you," he wrote; and: "I will not pray for you."

(...)

But the really chilling fact about this story is that his persecutors are the online commenters in Saudi. Some 30,000 tweets, mostly condemning him, came within 24 hours. A Facebook group has been set up to demand Kashgari's punishment (and Facebook has not taken it down). There are 20,000 members already. Some bloggers, it's true, have defended him; but they too have been threatened by the more orthodox contingent.

The bloodlust faced by the 'blaspheming' Saudi journalist | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
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Twitter has clarified that it does not store names from address books, only email addreses and phone numbers.  The company initially told the Times that names were among the types of data it gathered from users'mobile contacts lists.

When users activate the service's "Find friends" feature, "the email addresses and phone numbers in your address book will be shared with Twitter," wrote Carolyn Penner, Twitter's spokesperson.  "Later, if one of your contacts signs up for Twitter with one of those email addresses and chooses to be discoverable by the address, we can connect you two."

Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan - latimes.com

January 31 2012

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Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to 'destroy America' and 'dig up Marilyn Monroe'.

Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.

The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: 'Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?'

British tourists arrested in America on terror charges over Twitter jokes | Mail Online
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January 30 2012

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Unfortunately, there is virtually no evidence to contradict, and vast evidence to support, the notion that the more "localized" and "frictionless" a censorship system, the more governments will expand their use of such systems over time.

In the Internet context, the problems triggered by providing localized censorship capabilities are easily visible on both sides of the fence.

Lauren Weinstein's Blog: Twitter's Censorship Muddle

January 29 2012

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There is a world of difference between a democracy banning speech on “security” grounds when the citizens know what the decision is, who made it, and how to change it, and a dictatorship banning its own “security”-infringing speech by autocratic fiat.
Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom | TechCrunch

January 27 2012

January 26 2012

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A new Twitter policy which goes into effect today allows the social network "to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country," so that Twitter can further expand globally and "enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression."

The Twitter blog post announcing this news was titled "Tweets still must flow." And yes they must, but apparently in some countries, only if they're censored?

Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required - Boing Boing

January 06 2012

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THE STREISAND EFFECT

If Twitter is not required by law to ban the accounts, then shutting down these groups' accounts--no matter how odious their speech--would be a level of censorship the social networking site has heretofore avoided, and with good reason: As Wired points out, "The loss of an official Twitter account would by no means silence terrorist groups. Instead, it would make them go through the inconvenience of relying on less centrally-accessible sock puppet accounts or fanboys to repost messages and links from other outlets."

U.S. Government Calls to Censor Twitter Threaten Free Speech | Electronic Frontier Foundation

January 02 2012

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I use non-free Web services, as much as many of you do. Yes, I tend to use them less, rather than more (as the tendency goes).

But the main reason I don't use Twitter is the same reason I don't use Identi.ca, its free counterpart — And the reason I'm not interested in Facebook is the same reason I will not join Diaspora* — Because I lack time for yet another stream of activity, of information, of things to do and think about.

Yes, even if I care about you and I want to follow what's going on in your life: The best way to do it is to sit over a cup of coffee, or have some dinner, or to meet once a year in the most amazing conference ever. Or we can be part of distributed projects together, and we will really interact lots. Or you can write a blog!

Gunnar Wolf | Nice grey life

December 22 2011

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It's still a valid concern, though; you can't build a truly secure application on an insecure platform. When the user controls the platform that works in his favor because it's possible to work around anti-user stuff like DRM, but when somebody else controls the platform it means you can't trust it with your privacy.
Twitter releases TextSecure [LWN.net]
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December 19 2011

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November 17 2011

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"Petitioners knew or should have known that their IP information was subject to examination by Twitter, so they had a lessened expectation of privacy in that information, particularly in light of their apparent consent to the Twitter terms of service and privacy policy," wrote the judge in his decision.

Basically, what this decision says is that US authorities can require account information on any users of US-based online social networks, irrespective of their location and citizenship. This brings forth very serious concerns related to online privacy.

US court allows access to world-wide Twitter accounts data | EDRI
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September 15 2011

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Twitter has become deadly serious in Mexico, where two people were allegedly murdered for denouncing a drug cartel on the social network.

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge by their hands and feet. An examination of the bodies showed signs of torture, and the pair is thought to have been beaten and killed by a powerful local drug gang, then displayed to send a message to citizens who might want to publicly renounce the group.

Attached to the bodies were two signs, one of which read “This happens for… denouncing,” according to CNN. One of the notes also had the names of two blogs, Al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco.

References also in:  http://neglectedwar.com/blog/archives/6843

Killed for Tweeting: Mexico’s Drug War Has Two More Casualties
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September 05 2011

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Speaking through her lawyer, Pagola said: "How can they possibly do this to me, for re-tweeting a message? I mean, it's 140 characters. It's not logical."

Amnesty International accused officials of violating freedom of expression and instead blamed the panic on the city drug wars, in which 35,000 people are believed to have been killed in five years and which has seen people turning to social networks for information – both true and false.

'Twitter terrorists' face 30 years after being charged in Mexico | World news | guardian.co.uk
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