Saturday, January 28, 2012

Actions Against ACTA in Poland


AP Photo by Alik Keplicz


Poland's plans to sign ACTA - Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, called by some critics SOPA and PIPA on steroids, sparked attacks on Polish government websites and street protests in several Polish cities . On a picture above lawmakers from the leftist Palikot's Movement protesting during a parliament session, by covering their faces with copies of the masks used in the  “V For Vendetta”  after the Polish government signed the agreement (Warsaw, Poland, Jan 26, 2012).

Those masks have been used by the internationa hacking group Anonymous, which attacked Polish government Web sites to protest its plans to sign the treaty.

twitter screen capture

Friday, January 27, 2012

The visual essence of 2012 State of the Union address


On January 24 President Obama delivered annual state of the Union address to the United States Congress, followed by Republican response delivered by Indiana governor Mitch Daniels
Here is a visual analysis of both speeches narrowed down to 4 words. Can you guess which one belongs to Obama and which to GOP?
Word cloud made with wordle.net by maggda based of full speech transcripts 



Here is another hint this time in 10 words:

Word cloud made with wordle.net by maggda based of full speech transcripts

One picture can be worth the whole speech :-)

Full speech transcripts:
Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address
Mitch Daniels' GOP response


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Actions against PIPA and SOPA Acts

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge... Do you follow the actions taken in response to PIPA and SOPA Acts? 
Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are the two controversial bills in Congress that propose to impose some strict regulations and consequences related to the online piracy. While the concern is legitimate it is also believed that the act will stifle the creativity, freedom of speech and impose impossible to maintain restrictions on some file sharing and open source services.  

In response many major services taken actions in protest: 



Wikipedia blacked out in protest Jan 18, 2012

Google call to take action and sign the petition 

Flick allow users to darken photos for 24 hours 
Wired.com blocked with rollover effect 
Google homepage

Polish Wikipedia posted an article in solidarity with the American version

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2.0 poetry

This is great. "A 3-minute fairy tale of mixed emoticons" told by Rives, so called First 2.0 poet. Try to interpret it on your own before you hear the whole story xD



I would be interesting to challenge kids to write a story with emoticons.  I bet that their creativity would make mr. Rives jealous!