Category Archives: Twitter
In late 2010, digital activists on Twitter began experimenting with a new form of protest, the “TweetStorm.” I updated this from my old post because there have been a few changes to Twitter, and both Facebook and Google+ have now adopted hashtags, making this an even more attractive concept. Where you read “tweet” below, take that to […]
When it comes to online security, your first responsibility is to yourself, and that has never been more apparent than now, with the daily diet of revelations about the allegedly massive scale of global government spying and surveillance. Of at least equal importance, is the need to remain alert to the risks your actions might create for others in your online network. Every time you share, tag, mention or otherwise connect someone else to your content, you are highlighting your relationship in the context of that content. A simple typing error, a hastily-copied story, or unbridled haste to share without fact-checking, can alter that context dramatically, and with potentially rather more serious consequences that any of us previously imagined.
We must take the issue of slavery seriously, because it is widespread and damaging and goes against everything decent human beings hold dear. But we don’t need glossy reports or “world leaders” moralising about the subject as much as we need to see real concrete plans about how this scourge is going to be eradicated, and sensible actions which offer practical help for the victims to regain a dignified independence as well as their liberty.
Followers of human rights abuses in Iran, used to reading about the indescribable torture and cruelty dispensed to prisoners in the “special” IRGC detention centres and isolation wards, may be surprised by the smiling, relaxed, countenance of Commander Heydari (deceased) as he explains how his team are using respect to build trust and gain confidence of militia and civilians in Syria.