CIA Unleashes Twitter Offensive: Usurps @CIA Account, Tweets to the Masses

By: Friday June 6, 2014 11:18 am

The Central Intelligence Agency ups their social media presence with a cheeky first tweet on the usurped* account, @CIA.

 

Tweeters pwn the President’s Memorial Day visit to Bagram

By: Monday May 26, 2014 7:15 pm

Afghanistan Air Force Prepared (after twelve short years).

Whoops: NYPD Twitter Campaign Brings Forth Images of Police Brutality

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:17 pm

Social media engagement!

Everybody’s doing it, but some are definitely doing it better than others.

Adventures in Twitter: Crisis & Recovery; Watching as UK Runs to Parliamentary Elections

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00 pm

Yesterday it felt like I’d stumbled onto a political battlefield and I’m still trying to make sense of it all. Not an actual or even virtual battle. Yet, in what I saw was still a struggle in how difficult it often is, to simply make sure good information gets to the people who can make a change.

In Age of Austerity US Gov Trolls Cuba on Twitter

By: Friday April 4, 2014 6:45 am

Remember, we’re broke. While the US government can not find money for greater public investment and is cutting food stamps it does have the resources to troll Cuba on twitter. Because that is the government’s job for some reason.

Saudi Arabia Codifies Atheism as Terrorism

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 12:51 pm

Our partners in peace in Saudi Arabia (where most of the 9/11 hijackers came from) has now made it a crime to not believe in God. In fact, not just a crime, an act of terrorism.

The kingdom has issued a public order that labels all atheists as terrorists.

U.S. Government Hilariously Creates Secret Cuba Twitter, Then Just Quits

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 11:46 am

In 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), best known for overseeing billions of dollars in reconstruction money in the successful campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, decided to create a bare-bones “Cuban Twitter,” using cellphone text messaging to evade Cuba’s Internet restrictions. It was called ZunZuneo, apparently slang for a Cuban hummingbird’s tweet. Like Twitter, get it?

To hide the U.S. government’s involvement in all this, fake companies were established in the Cayman Islands, while DNS spoofing and other naughty tricks were employed to disguise the origin of messages, all with the goal of making sure neither the Cuban government nor the Cuban people knew this was a U.S. propaganda ploy.

Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But #OccupyGezi’s Social Spirit Keeps Turks Tweeting

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.

Seth Rogen Testifies on Alzheimer’s to Senate, Calls Out Senators Who Skipped His Testimony

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 3:00 pm

Comedian and actor Seth Rogen presented a heartfelt and personal plea for Alzheimer’s research before a Senate hearing Wednesday.  The actor’s mother-in-law suffers from the disease and in his brief remarks he tackled the stigma associated with the disease, as well as the lack of funding and support for families who are trying to cope.  [...]

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 3: Intersectionality & Technology

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm

One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.

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