Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Animation: "Bradley Manning verdict: not guilty and guilty

A military judge on Tuesday found Private First Class Bradley Manning not guilty of the most serious charge aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and nearly every other count for giving secrets to WikiLeaks

It is likely that Manning could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Manning is looking at up to 136 years behind bars if given maximum penalties in his sentencing hearing which begins on Wednesday. The sentencing hearing could take up most of August. The outcome of the sentencing is crucial for Manning and, on a wider scale, other future whistleblowers.

Judge army Col. Denise Lind deliberated over three days before reaching a decision that denied the government a precedent that media advocates had warned could have bigger implications for leak cases and investigative journalism dealing with national security issues. Media organizations and investigative journalists are breathing a sigh of relief at the acquittal as American democracy may have dodged a bullet.

Manning is one of a very short list of people that have ever been charged under the Espionage Act for leaking information to the media. Obama's administration is sending a clear message to media outlets and future leakers, beware because the government will go after you. 

Manning's conviction can't be good for Edward Snowden and somewhere Julian Assange is still trying to make this story about him, but hopefully the air won't be knocked out of future whistleblowers.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

"Cory Doctorow: Aaron Swartz and Hacktivism

At the age of three, he taught himself how to read. At the age of 14 he helped developed RSS, the innovation that allows websites to gather content from other sites. From there, he joined Creative Commons, co-founded Reddit, and founded Sadly, in early 2012, Aaron Swartz took his own life after facing upwards of 35 years in a federal penitentiary for downloading millions of files from JSTOR, an online journal storage archive. He was 26 years old. Cory Doctorow, a friend of Aaron's, sits down with Steve Paikin to talk about the life, work, and hopes of Aaron Swartz, and the bigger battle that his death underscores: those that see the potential of a free and open internet to transform society for the better and those that seek to regulate it.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Gabriel Weinberg, founder of Duck Duck Go, at Gel 2013

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of Duck Duck Go, at Gel 2013 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

Gabriel Weinberg started Duck Duck Go to improve the experience of search - by, among other things, presenting an uncluttered design and not tracking his users. He spoke at Gel 2013 to describe how, and why, he designed the experience with users in mind. Duck Duck Go: Don't Track Us: More Gel videos:

"AT&T Archives: Microworld

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Bert Haanstra - Glas

Short docu with matching music and no talking about Dutch glass production in the 50's. From Bert Haanstra.

"Introducing Amazon GameCircle

Announcing Amazon GameCircle, a new set of services designed to make it easier for developers to create more engaging gaming experiences and to grow their gaming business on Kindle Fire.

GameCircle will make achievements, leaderboards and sync APIs accessible, simple and quick for you to integrate, and will give gamers a more seamless and entertaining in-game experience. To learn more, go to

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