Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks.

Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge.

The research may be good or bad depending if you like to be experimented on without your knowledge?

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Today I attended the annual Cooperative Congress in Birmingham UK, in which there was debates on how to promote the ideas of Co-operation in the UK. One idea was to enable and support bringing Co-ops into the 21st century by using all the tools of the internet such as YouTube, Facebook. Good idea and will hopefully be something Co-ops UK take up in supporting it.

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Net Neutrality Supporters Occupy Google

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24, supporters of net neutrality established a protest occupation on the grounds of Google Headquarters, in Mountain View, CA.

The group of demonstrators released the following statement on their website - http://www.occupygoogle.org

"We are assembled to pressure Google to take action and protect net neutrality in order to maintain an open internet. We believe the internet must remain as a space:

  1. Without discrimination against users
  2. Without censorship of content
  3. Without access fees

We are among many who are wary that a proposal by the FCC to regulate the Internet could lead to censorship of content by Internet Service Providers. An open letter directed at the FCC was signed by dozens of major technology corporations including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Their letter claims that the proposed changes to regulation “represent a grave threat to the internet.”

Unrestricted access to information is a cornerstone of democracy. Our actions today will define the information available in our society tomorrow. The occupation of Google Headquarters aims to generate momentum nationwide to defend net neutrality and the open Internet.

We call on anyone in solidarity with the open internet to join us in this occupation.

The demonstrators have invited, “all those concerned with maintaining the Internet as a free and horizontal communication platform to join us here at 6pm every day for a general assembly to discuss how to move forward in defending Internet freedom.”

A page from their website states, “The truth is that the internet is quickly becoming the greatest catalyst for transforming the world we live in. It is through these tools that we have recently seen governments & corporations challenged, entire political systems revamped, and new innovations birthed.

We are taking action to defend the Internet as our public commons.”

On July 10th we are calling for an online day of action to demand Net Neutrality.

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The official discussion forum of Evernote has been breached by unknown hackers; as a result the cyber criminals were able to access user’s information along with passwords in some cases. The annoncement below of the data breach was by Evernote’s community manager Geoff Barry, yesterday.

You may not be worried but if you used the same access details for evernote itself you will need to change both set of details (and make the password different!)

evernote'The vendor that operates https://discussion.evernote.com has notified us that they had been hacked. The hacker was able to retrieve our forum members’ profile information. We don’t believe that the hacker accessed any private forum messages.

Our forum is a completely separate service from the Evernote Service. The Evernote Service was not affected and your notes are still secure. We do not store your Evernote password on our discussion forum servers and you do not need to change it.

If you created an account on our old forum in 2011 or earlier, then the hash of the password you used at that time was taken as part of this incident. If you use that same password on other services today, please update it. For all other forum members, only your email address and birthday, if you provided one, were taken.

We are sending email notifications to all affected forum users detailing what was exposed'

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Facebook has released a new app called Slingshot. They describe it has ' an app that lets you quickly share moments—little and big—with lots of people at once.'  they describe it further -

slingshot'Photos and videos that don’t stick around forever allow for sharing that’s more expressive, raw and spontaneous. We can connect the same way we like to live: in the moment. We’ve enjoyed using Snapchat to send each other ephemeral messages and expect there to be a variety of apps that explore this new way of sharing. With Slingshot, we saw an opportunity to create something new and different: a space where you can share everyday moments with lots of people at once.'

Available on  iPhone (iOS7) and Android (Jelly Bean and KitKat) in the US at the moment its another app we will see I guess in the UK sometime. I dont't want to compare it to Snapchat and similar as I have not used these other apps so I leave it up to you if you think it worthwhile.

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