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The internet really shined last night during the second Presidential debate.
TechPresident has a really cool timeline showing the intersection of tech and politics over time:
Technology is changing politics, government and civic life. This timeline shows the accelerating pace of change in the United States, in the international arena, and online. Here are the seminal moments, inventions, and first uses that mark the early emergence and then growing importance of the Internet and connection technologies on the political arena.
In playing catch up with President Obama’s social media savvy, Republican nominee Mitt Romney might have cut some corners. A new report by Barracuda Labs shows that more than 15 percent of Romney’s Twitter followers may have come from bogus accounts generated by pay-for-followers services.
A U.N. summit later this year in Dubai could lead to a new international regime of censorship, taxes, and surveillance, warn Democrats, Republicans, the Internet Society, and father of the Internet Vint Cerf.
In New York state, legislators in both chambers have proposed bills that would force Web sites to police the identities of anonymous commenters.
Under the proposed Internet Protection Act (S06779), when anyone complains about an anonymous (or pseudonymous) comment, the Web site must make the commenter attach their “real name” to the comment or the anonymous comment would by law have to be removed.
That’s right: if someone doesn’t like your comment the Web site will be legally bound to make you reveal your identity. The accused commenter will also be required to verify that his or her “IP address, legal name and home address are accurate.”
Add anti-cyberbullying advocates to the growing list of critics who don’t like proposed legislation in New York’s state assembly that would strip some people of their online anonymity.
[United Kingdom Primeminister David Cameron] would sign [texts] off ‘DC’ in the main. Occasionally, he would sign them off ‘LOL’, lots of love, until I told him it meant ‘laugh out loud’ and then he didn’t sign them like that any more.