Open thread for 94-848/79-298: Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

I’m taking a break from my vacation in the stunning mountains of Montana to talk to a class at Carnegie Mellon being taught by my awesome major advisor, Jay Aronson. I’ll be updating this post with references to the links I bring up in the conversation, so class participants and refer back to it. Any […]

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Is any utterance without copyright? (What the Yahoo hacking tells us about modern IP)

A basic component of copyright is that it only applies to creations in a fixed medium. After revelations of cell-phone and webcam blanket surveillance, in addition to city-pervasive security camera usage, is any creation truly intangible? Quick definition from the U.S. copyright office: “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted […]

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McSweeny’s Does Sound of Music FanFiction, Quite Well In Fact

If you haven’t hung out on McSweeny’s you are missing a wonderful, occasionally surreal, experience. Recently a superhero of my acquaintance posted this piece of Sound of Music fanfiction from that site, titled “I Regret To Inform You That My Wedding To Captain Von Trapp Has Been Canceled.” If this is your sort of thing, you may also like this […]

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