The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense, "demanding expedited information on how the Army monitors soldiers' blogs," according to an announcement from the digital rights group.
Here is a PDF copy of the EFF complaint about the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell: Link (thanks, Marcia Hofmann/EFF).
Noah Shachtman at Defensetech has been diligently covering this story, long before anyone else was aware of it -- he has more on the legal battle here: Link.
Previously on BB: Under fire, soldiers kill blogs: Pentagon milblog crackdown.
NPR: Pentagon crackdown on milblogs (audio report)
IMAGE: The author of milblog "Midnight Casket" is 25-year old Alabama native Jeff Barnett, shown here. He is a mechanical engineer with the US Marines most recently deployed in Fallujah, Iraq. Jeff is also a huge gamer, and particularly into XBOX360 and Halo. Check out this cool gaming forum he hosts: Link.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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