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Lots happening in information-technology-and-politics this past week; lots happening with the start of the semester too, so not much time to blog. Here’s a run-down of things I wish I had time to say more about. Go crazy.

1) If you’re not already, you want to follow what’s going on with DOJ and Twitter (and how Twitter is dealing with it) in re the Wikileaks issue. Helpful legal discussion here.

2) Lots of speculation about the role of social media in Tunisia’s revolution and the heartbreaking copy-cat efforts proliferating throughout the region. Micah Sifry provides a useful counterpoint.

3) How concerned should we be over Obama Administration’s proposal for an online ID system? John Whitehead says: plenty. Kaliya Hamlin: we can simmer down over this one. More here.

4) I would like to encourage LGM readers to download this Iphone app and participate in a live-poll of the State of the Union address next week.

5) Did any of you catch the Wikipolitics over Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel?” Humorous to say the least.

6) And, came across this scarily-amusing post by Starbuck from way back in October, comparing Julian Assange to Gaius Baltar. (Disclaimer to those commenters just waiting to pounce on any remotely anti-Assange content posted-by-Charli: ‘scarily-amused’ doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with the analysis or the gendered meta-analysis, only that I’m, well, slightly-creeped-out-also-LMAO. Also by this.)

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  • Malaclypse

    Both Assange and Baltar, of course, leak sensitive military secrets.

    Of course, Assange did not leak anything, but instead publicized things leaked by others. Interesting conflation.

    At any rate, I suppose, in this analogy, Assange might be closer to Caprica Six than Baltar.

    Now Assange is actively spying for “the enemy.” Rather a large leap.

    • But they both have long hair!

      • Malaclypse

        But Caprica’s hair was short. This is central to my point.

        • I bow to your superior knowledge of BSG hair length.

          • Anonymous

            The article had helpful pictures, which really helped with the incredibly insightful analysis. For example, Assange apparently likes tall blond women, and Caprica was both tall and blond! Eerie, or what?

            • Malaclypse

              Above was me.

  • Matt

    I’m OK with a national Internet ID, but only if they can convince the fundies that it’s actually the Mark of the Beast first; maybe put a bunch of prominent sixes in it or something. Just imagine: a teabagger-free internet! :)

  • Flypaper

    Kaya Hanlin’s “simmer down” scared me a lot than John Whitehead’s “OMG the founders~!” panic attack, actually. The summary at the end of Kaya’s article is basically “Well, it’ll make it cheaper for the corporations to maintain and leverage their huge databases full of everyone’s private info – and the government too! Win/win!”

    The inexplicable, mythical, *untrue* “…and protect personal privacy” attached to the end of every sentence is also grating.

    Back on the Serious Discussion By Serious People tack, I notice no-one’s brought up the international implications of a unfied US online identity yet…

  • wengler

    That national internet ID idea seems like it was first proposed by someone without a technical background. You also might as well push for Lieberman’s “cut the international cables” bill in terms of overreaching authority.

    • wengler

      From that article that national ID system looks like much ado about anything. Authentication of users is already provided through many different ways. If people can’t learn to use different passwords for different sites that’s their own fault.

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