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Trolling comes in a variety of flavors, and, as Phillips discovered, some trolling was surprisingly altruistic. One troll friend told her how he’d taken offense to Facebook’s anti-troll stance and infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan group that was on Facebook. Phillips’ troll friend set out to troll the Klan, but according to his account, “All they did was play Farmville and send each other hugs,” Phillips says.
Other trolls set out to bother commenters who make sexist or racist remarks in public sites. But it’s not a straightforward attack by any means. “It’s a weird troll-by-parrot thing,” Phillips explains, “You trick misogynists into saying really ridiculous obnoxious things about women and you pretend to be agreeing with them, and you turn suddenly. And the person you’re trolling has no idea what just happened, but he knows he’s really mad about it.”

Whitney Phillips got her PhD from the University of Oregon in English with a Folklore structured emphasis. But the subject of her dissertation was Internet trolls. Here’s some of what she learned about the species. Read more->

Trolling comes in a variety of flavors, and, as Phillips discovered, some trolling was surprisingly altruistic. One troll friend told her how he’d taken offense to Facebook’s anti-troll stance and infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan group that was on Facebook. Phillips’ troll friend set out to troll the Klan, but according to his account, “All they did was play Farmville and send each other hugs,” Phillips says.

Other trolls set out to bother commenters who make sexist or racist remarks in public sites. But it’s not a straightforward attack by any means. “It’s a weird troll-by-parrot thing,” Phillips explains, “You trick misogynists into saying really ridiculous obnoxious things about women and you pretend to be agreeing with them, and you turn suddenly. And the person you’re trolling has no idea what just happened, but he knows he’s really mad about it.”

Whitney Phillips got her PhD from the University of Oregon in English with a Folklore structured emphasis. But the subject of her dissertation was Internet trolls. Here’s some of what she learned about the species. Read more->

The folks at the London-based “ideas agency” Syzygy just sent us this illustration by their creative director, Peter Jaworowski, of the “20 greatest, funniest and most insane internet events from 2011.” Here’s the thing: You have to guess what they are by decoding the visual clues.
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The folks at the London-based “ideas agency” Syzygy just sent us this illustration by their creative director, Peter Jaworowski, of the “20 greatest, funniest and most insane internet events from 2011.” Here’s the thing: You have to guess what they are by decoding the visual clues.

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Is technological connectivity mankind’s next evolutionary step?

"We created computers as an extension of our brains, and now we’re connecting through those computers and the Internet cloud as a way of expanding them," - Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Webby Awards founder

In her new documentary, Connected, which premiered at Sundance this year, Shlain sees digital connection as the next step in harnessing our collective brainpower—as long as we don’t lose our ability to relate to each other.

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The Egyptian government shut down Al Jazeera’s Cairo offices, withdrew the accreditation of their reporters and forced the network off an Egyptian-owned satellite that supplies television to much of the Middle East.
The Committee to Protect Journalists also reports that Egyptian authorities are blocking reception of Al Jazeera’s Arabic station from other satellite networks. Al Jazeera appears to be jammed for subscribers to the Hotbird satellite and other services within Egypt. Al Jazeera English, however, remains available via satellite within Egypt.
— Egypt Blocking Al Jazeera Broadcasts to Much of Middle East

The Egyptian government shut down Al Jazeera’s Cairo offices, withdrew the accreditation of their reporters and forced the network off an Egyptian-owned satellite that supplies television to much of the Middle East.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also reports that Egyptian authorities are blocking reception of Al Jazeera’s Arabic station from other satellite networks. Al Jazeera appears to be jammed for subscribers to the Hotbird satellite and other services within Egypt. Al Jazeera English, however, remains available via satellite within Egypt.

Egypt Blocking Al Jazeera Broadcasts to Much of Middle East

The Egyptian government cut the cord on the internet to silence them form the outside world, keep protesters from organizing, and generally, to shut them up:

Now Internet access across the whole nation has been shut off, as the  Net traffic volume chart from Arbor Networks embedded here shows. As an  investigation by Renesys demonstrates,  at around 12:34 in the morning local time “virtually simultaneous  withdrawal” of all Egypt’s networks connected to the world’s IP routing  system—meaning data access routes into or out of Egypt were shut down.  It’s a complete order of magnitude more severe censorship that happened  in Iran, when the government tinkered with blocking social media sites,  and is far worse than the “modest Internet manipulation” that the  Tunisian authorities tried as similar protests happened there.  Essentially the Egyptian government has realized it cannot stay one  digital step ahead of its population, and has simply thrown the  off-switch.
— Egypt Shuts Off Tech, Tries to Shut Up Protesters

It’s unconfirmed, but they may have also blocked Al Jazeera within the country and even journalists are being attacked in the streets. But this hasn’t stopped Egyptians; according to The Guardian, they’ve started distributing literature on the street, old-school-revolution style.

The Egyptian government cut the cord on the internet to silence them form the outside world, keep protesters from organizing, and generally, to shut them up:

Now Internet access across the whole nation has been shut off, as the Net traffic volume chart from Arbor Networks embedded here shows. As an investigation by Renesys demonstrates, at around 12:34 in the morning local time “virtually simultaneous withdrawal” of all Egypt’s networks connected to the world’s IP routing system—meaning data access routes into or out of Egypt were shut down. It’s a complete order of magnitude more severe censorship that happened in Iran, when the government tinkered with blocking social media sites, and is far worse than the “modest Internet manipulation” that the Tunisian authorities tried as similar protests happened there. Essentially the Egyptian government has realized it cannot stay one digital step ahead of its population, and has simply thrown the off-switch.

Egypt Shuts Off Tech, Tries to Shut Up Protesters

It’s unconfirmed, but they may have also blocked Al Jazeera within the country and even journalists are being attacked in the streets. But this hasn’t stopped Egyptians; according to The Guardian, they’ve started distributing literature on the street, old-school-revolution style.