SOPA – this is what happened

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Web 2.0 |

A new bill that was proposed for legislation in the US caused a worldwide debate over copyright issues and access to information. The Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee and was expected to be passed when Congress returns to the capital in this year, but after a massive campaign by internet services, Congress decided to indefinitely postpone the bill on 21 January. SOPA was proposed by a Texan politician Lamar Smith and it has been designed to allow for greater control over online traffic, intellectual property and counterfeit goods by the US government and law enforcement agencies. While many internet providers agree that the bill has some laudable merits, the overwhelming response has been negative. The bill places the onus of censorship onto websites, which has prompted outcries that the legislation poses a threat to the continued existence of many sites and general internet innovation. The increased power of US law enforcement to block access to domains that it considers are in violation of the act has also proven to be a point of contention. The big blackout On Wednesday, 18 January, thousands of websites went dark to protest the act – Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla and Google are some of the few major websites who protested SOPA online. The two most popular social media networks, Facebook and Twitter, have weighed in on the debate, arguing that the bill would have wide sweeping implications for websites because if there was a copyright infringement on one page, entire sites could be brought down. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, weighed in on the side of the opposition, saying that they categorically do not support the bill because they ultimately cannot be held accountable for any copyright or plagiarised content uploaded by users of the site. Zuckerberg also released a statement saying we can’t let “poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development”. He also made a status update that received half a million Likes within a week. SOPA has since been put on hold by the US Congress following dramatic global protests against it. Congressman Smith, who initially proposed the bill, has said that it will remain on hold until such time as consensus can be reached. Please follow and like...

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Facebook vs Google+ at the Web 2.0 conference

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Web 2.0 |

Web 3.0 is fast approaching and some people are still being left behind on the Web 2.0 topic. This conference has been set up to give virtually anyone – from pro digital marketer to new people in the industry – an idea of how to start using the internet to work for you (and to tell everyone what they should be planning for in the nearby future). The conference is organised and hosted by Alpha Omega Events and will be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The list of speakers is impressive: Rafe Dyer (Innovation Manager of Deloitte & Touche), Wesley Lynch (CEO of Realmdigital), Jonathan Hall (CEO of Virtual Works), Leon Lategan (MD of Purple Cow) and more. The eighteen speakers who will be presenting over the course of the event are all industry experts in their niches, so it will be exciting to hear some of the presentations. A few of the presentations I’m looking forward to attending include: Web 2.0 and social media in the finance industry – Anette Muller, Digital Consultant – DotNext Innovations Online Community Engagement – Jonathan Hall, CEO – Virtual Works The Local-Mobile-Social Search Tripartite – Gillian Meier, Digital Media Strategist – Blue Magnet Digital Solutions Web 2.0 – the good, the bad and the ugly – Greg Schneider, New Business Manager, BrandsEye My talk is going to be focused around “Facebook vs Google+”. While both sites offer innovative features that let people share content with friends and connections, they do so in different ways. I will be talking about the different marketing strategies for both of these platforms. We’re going to be live blogging and Tweeting the event! WSIOMS is setting up the official Web 2.0 Blog and we’re going to be live blogging the presentations throughout the conference. The blog is going to be up and running soon (you’ll be able to see a list of speaker profiles and a bit more information about the event), so keep an eye out for that coming soon. We’ve also set up the Twitter account for the event @Web20Conference, so make sure to follow the developments on Twitter (the official hashtag for the event is #SAweb2.0). Please follow and like...

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