Smart happenings the week of February 4, 2012:
Twitter Gets Censor Savvy: Last year Twitter played the “Tweets Must Flow” card, this year they are playing the “We Can Censor Tweets at the Granular Level” card. Is this as bad as people let on? Are they condensing the right to “free” speech? Perhaps they are just being smart, and getting ahead of the game, by being proactive rather than fall victim like Google and Facebook did.
The Twitter reps say, “Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country — while keeping it available in the rest of the world. We have also built in a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.”
Basically, they will withhold content only when asked to, but reserve the right to do so while still allowing others to view it if they are not subject to governmental restrictions. Providing that transparency is smart all by itself.
Smart Phones Are Ready for Their Close-up: Xperia Studios shot a short alien-invasion film, The Swarm, set in London entirely on one of their smart phones (Xperia arc S). It was directed by BAFTA-nominated director Tom Harper and written by Geoff Bussetil. It is pretty amazing! Viewer beware though — if you suffer from motion sickness watch at your own risk! Think Blair Witch Project meets British television show Skins.
Which of these factoids do you think is the smartest thing that happened this week? Tell us why you think so!
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