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Phony Wikipedia Entry Used By Worldwide Press 391

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-your-sources dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "A quote attributed to French composer Maurice Jarre was posted on wikipedia shortly after his death in March and later appeared in obituaries in mainstream media. 'One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I can hear,' Jarre was quoted as saying. However, these words were not uttered by the Oscar-winning composer but written by Shane Fitzgerald, a final-year undergraduate student, who said he wanted to show how journalists use the internet as a primary source for their stories. Fitzgerald posted the quote on Wikipedia late at night after news of Jarre's death broke. 'I saw it on breaking news and thought if I was going to do something I should do it quickly. I knew journalists wouldn't be looking at it until the morning,' The quote had no referenced sources and was therefore taken down by moderators of Wikipedia within minutes. However, Fitzgerald put it back up a few more times until it was finally left up on the site for more than 24 hours. While he was wary about the ethical implications of using someone's death as a social experiment, he had carefully generated the quote so as not to distort or taint Jarre's life, he said. 'I didn't expect it to go that far. I expected it to be in blogs and sites, but on mainstream quality papers? I was very surprised.'"
Government

IP Enforcement Treaty Still Being Kept Secret 172

Posted by timothy
from the in-the-spirit-of-openness dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "More than a thousand pages of material about Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), are still being withheld, despite the Obama administration's promises to run a more open government. The EFF and Public Knowledge filed suit in September of 2008, demanding that background documents on ACTA be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 'We are very disappointed with the USTR's decision to continue to withhold these documents. The president promised an open and transparent administration,' said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel. Publicly available information about the treaty shows it could establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise of anti-counterfeiting measures. Additionally, multi-national IP industry companies have publicly requested that ISPs be required to engage in filtering of their customers' Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, force mandatory disclosure of personal information about alleged copyright infringers, and adopt 'Three Strikes' policies requiring ISPs to automatically terminate customers' Internet access upon a repeat allegation of copyright infringement. 'What we've seen tends to confirm that the substance of ACTA remains a grave concern,' said Public Knowledge Staff Attorney Sherwin Siy. 'The agreement increasingly looks like an attempt by Hollywood and the content industries to perform an end-run around national legislatures and public international forums to advance an aggressive, radical change in the way that copyright and trademark laws are enforced.'"

Comment: We will always have Paris (Score 1) 115

by megabulk3000 (#27472647) Attached to: Spammers Say the Darndest Things

There was an especially good run about 6 months ago. I wonder who came up with these! I take my hat off. Here are some of the better titles I harvested:
Paris Hilton 'bent over backwards' for me - says Stephen Hawking
Paris Hilton full of Seamen
London sleazebags swarm to club's Paris Hilton night
Paris Hilton Returned By Aliens
Britney Spears and Paris Hilton to Visit Burma
Paris Hilton's Vagina Bites Penguin
Paris Hilton caught sucking a Fisherman's Friend
Paris Hilton screwed by Boy Scouts
Paris Hilton denies screwing Ron Paul
Bisexual Paris Hilton Likes Bush & Dick
Paris Hilton gets a third breast implant. Taunts Lohan & Spears to do the same!
Has Whirling Paris Hilton Embraced Sufism?
Paris Declares - "Marilyn a dead root!"
Paris Hilton Starts Large Hadron Collider Today
Paris Hilton Claims "I'm Still A Summer Virgin"
John McCain To Paris Hilton: "Cosmo, bayatch!"
Paris Hilton Wins Pulitzer Prize
Paris Hilton opens legs
Paris Hilton Lectures on Dickens and Dostoevsky
Paris Hilton tosses dwarf on the street
Paris Hilton Sold Her Soul to the Devil, admits it on Larry King
Paris Hilton to show beaver
Paris Hilton crowned 'Miss Vagina 2008'
Old man dies inside Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton Becomes Nun
Paris Hilton Shoots Down American Spy Satellite With Her Vagina
Dalai Lama denies receiving fellatio from Paris Hilton

and...
Miss Universe assassinated on plane home
Britney's Spears' baby sister strips for Playboy
US Basketball Team suffers crushing defeat
Bush declares war on Iran
Hillary admitted to Bill being on herbal supplements to help enhance performance
Batman decides to show his manhood
Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruz relatives?
Angelina Jolie naked
Kids leave robbery victim dead
Girl kills 3 in industrial accident
Police open fire on elderly in Iowa
Girl loses breasts in surgical disaster
Girl reveals burial sites of victms
Horse wins owner $17m
Man breaks arm in horror fall
Girl smashes dog to death, faces imprisonment
Raw footage of snake swallowing horse
Bush Averts Albanian Uprising By Invading Alabama
Hillary Clinton Sues Barack Obama
James Bond To Have Gay Lover In New Film
Bush And Putin Agree To Restart Cold War During G8 Summit
[video] Mccain And Bush To Dance In Puppet Show
Britney Spears Stashed Guns In Her Vagina - Papparazzi Duck For Cover
Wii console explodes causing death
University professors encourage students to go for enlargement
Photos of your girlfriend cheating you
Killer tsunami claims one million lives in Japan
Madonna Sued For Sexual Harassment And Accent
Lohan Sentenced To Swabbing Morgue Corpses
Obama Converts To Judiasm!
Barack Obama Wins Ku Klux Klan Endorsement
George Bush And His Secret Sex Flap
Gay Rights Terrorist Kills Eight In fabulous Bombing

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