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Aug. 13th, 2007

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Chinese Video Game - Torture and Kill Corrupt Officials

"The Incorruptible Warrior" is a game which lets you mete out justice, Confucian style. Interesting that this is available in China under its strict censorship laws. Not sure what all the girls in bikinis have to do with Imperial China though....


http://gaygamer.net/2007/08/game_lets_you_torture_kill_cor_1.html


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Jul. 30th, 2007


surob

Youtube for justice?

The angry rantings of a priest on the steps of his church can be Youtubed to get an apology. Maybe Youtube has other applications to produce an apology???...but then, maybe not....

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/priest-shamed-by-youtube-video/2007/07/30/1185647790076.html
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surob

Entertainment changing its format

Gaming is now recognised as a more common way of entertaining ourselves than going to the movies. Not that many of us didn't already know this, but now here are some figures to prove it!

http://www.theage.com.au/news/games/games-industry-passes-1b-mark/2007/07/30/1185647789853.html
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Jul. 21st, 2007


surob

Green cyber-crime


"green" crime in cyberspace...we really have moved into the 21st century! I wonder when the first criminal prosecution will come from Second Life?

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/green-crime-a-new-police-beat/2007/07/20/1184560043693.html
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Jul. 20th, 2007


surob

Publicising the "private"

An article about the use of Facebook as a surveillance mechanism by university authorities. Response has been to use the security settings to privatise user info. Can the personal space of Facebook ever be defined as private space without the application of security settings? What is "private" really?

http://www.theage.com.au/news/web/uni-officials-snoop-on-facebook-profiles/2007/07/19/1184559941461.html
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Jul. 19th, 2007


surob

Indispensible Mobility


A new study about how Australians view their mobile phones. Results show that they are seen as indispensible in the convergence of home and work life. What is interesting is that mobiles are seen as helping to form the boundary between these spaces...

http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=168050

surob

Converging, mobility, entertainment spaces...


Mobile TV announcment from Telstra..... Connecting and converging.... What does the choice of Eric Bana say about who Telstra sees as the audience with the most dollars for this?

http://www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media/release.cfm?ObjectID=40098

Jul. 13th, 2007


surob

Second Life for kids....

It seems that virtual societies are not just for adults. I wonder how long it will take for commerce to take over this space too...much more challenging for parents than those cleverly placed lollies in the supermarket!

http://www.theage.com.au/news/web/its-like-myspace-but-with-training-wheels/2007/07/13/1183833731361.html
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toniaw

Net Neutrality

Although this is what is happening in America on the issue of net neutrality, it is a worrying trend and means that some websites may get preferental treatment over others
Federal Trade Commission abandons Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality article at Wikipedia
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toniaw

A friend of a friend told me...

The latest in the misreporting of news story as fact, when it was a doctored story that had just been passed around. (According to Snopes, a site that collects urban legends and other weird folklore, the incident actually occured but in Kansas, three years ago)

Media Watch "Hook Line and Sinker Story"

SNOPES
SNOPES is an internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Although not all of their sources are verified, they are a good starting point to see if a story could be an urban legend that is doing the rounds.

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