This will be short and sweet. This morning I ran across two headlines that I felt were important to share:
1) YELP critics must be identified, court rules in online landscape altering decision
I'll write a longer article at some point about privacy and the Internet, but this ruling is bad news for individuals as well as content providers. It irks me, because most of these judges and politicians who try to write rules for the Internet are clueless about the underlying technology, and I'll bet half of them can barely handle sending out an email.
I also question how YELP Is actually going to identify their anonymous critics, because an IP address isn't a person. Though, more and more, websites are identifying individuals not just on IP address, but by the unique signature created by their browser plug-ins.
Question to you, Turdites: If Internet users are someday required to identify themselves through a federal centralized database, would you stop using the Internet entirely?
2) Arianna Huffington announces launch of World Post news website
As if the world doesn't have enough propaganda benefiting the people on the top, Arianna Huffington is starting a new online publication to give voice to the 1%. Seriously! And let me remind you: This is the woman who made a mint off of the AOL/Huffington Post merger, off the backs of bloggers who wrote for free, and HuffPo still isn't making a profit!
The new "World Post" won't just be for Americans, but will be designed for an international audience. The publication will be launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this month.
Why not just call it the "New World Order Post" and be done with it?
Aren't you super excited about reading blog posts by Bill Gates? I know I am! (sarcasm off)
So what's the reasoning behind providing a platform for the uber-rich? Billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen says: “You have to start somewhere. A lot of these people are knowledgable."
Oh, and supposedly, the site will have some non-billionaires writing too. Any chance Turd will be invited to contribute?