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                                                                                                                                                                           Vol. 26 | Issue 9

        Briefs                 A Political Revolution Goes Viral … Not So Fast
                               by MICHAEL BAUMANN     |                   networking in particular) would
                                                                          bring democracy to autocratic states

                                     t’s the enduring image of the        the world over.
        Leads Initiative             summer in international poli-           But the protests eventually died
        to Archive                   tics, the mob of Iranian students    down, and with them the emerging
        Discontinued           taking to the streets in support of        groupthink about the world’s first
        Articles               candidate Mir-Houssein Mousavi,            internet revolution. So after having
                           3   crying out against the alleged elec-       had a few months to reflect on it,
                               tion fraud committed by incumbent          what difference did social network-
                               Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.                       ing actually make in promoting
                                   The video of a young woman’s           democracy in Iran?
        Springer               death, circulated widely on Twitter           None at all, says Evgeny Moro-
        Expands                and YouTube, swept through the             zov, a Belarusian journalist and Fel-
        Chinese Library        Western imagination. Indeed, it            low at the Open Society Institute.
        of Science             seemed as though Neda Agha-Soltan          According to Morozov, the impact of
                           3   would be the silent martyr of the          Twitter as an organizational tool or
                               Iranian election protests, much the        rallying cry for Iranian revolution-
                               way “Tank Man” was to Tianan-              aries has been grossly overstated.       Will the Real Tehran                   ulist revolutionaries; the internet
                               men Square in 1989.                           “Most people are accessing the                                               came to the forefront in the Orange
                                   Seemingly overnight, the West-         internet in Iran to download pornog-
                                                                                                                   Twitterers Please Stand Up?            Revolution in Ukraine in 2004, and
        CAS Registry
        Reaches                ern media were consumed with talk          raphy,” Morozov says. “They’re not          Iran is not the first place where   again earlier this year in Moldova.
        a Milestone            of a “Twitter Revolution,” spreading       going to download some complaint         the internet has supposedly churned
                           3   hope that the internet (and social         from Amnesty International.”             up a previously dormant sea of pop-                (continued on page 52)

        Information            Barnes v. Yahoo!: Much Ado

        Today, Inc.
        Acquires Search
        Engine Meeting         About Third-Party Content                                                              With Stefan Weitz

                               by DAVID MIRCHIN   |                       significant others, but more impor-
                                                                          tantly, it also concerns those in the
                                                                                                                   Putting the
                                   Almost everyone has experienced        business of providing internet serv-

                               a bad breakup, and perhaps a few are
                               even guilty (or have been a victim)
                                                                          ices that allow for contributions from
                                                                          third parties or any kind of user-
                                                                                                                   Bling Into Bing
        Isogen Signs           of less-than-decent ways of getting        generated content.
        Ebook Contract
                                                                                                                   by BARBARA QUINT   |
                               back at a former significant other.           The importance of the Barnes
                           4       However, it is less likely that you    case is that websites may no longer         In setting up my interview with
                               have been subjected to any guerilla        be able to dismiss claims easily with    Stefan Weitz, a director on the
                               tactics due to the 9th Circuit Court’s     respect to defamatory content on         Microsoft Search team developing
                               recent opinion in Barnes v. Yahoo!,        their site. The bottom line is that      Bing, I forwarded him a copy of the
        NewsMakers             Inc. It’s a case that should concern                                                UpFront With Barbara Quint col-
                        29     those dealing with disgruntled ex-                      (continued on page 24)      umn (“You Say You Want A Deci-
                                                                                                                   sion Support Engine?”) in the Sep-       Check out the
                                                                                                                   tember 2009 IT that found Bing
                                                                                                                   somewhat wanting.
                                                                                                                                                            highlights from the
                                                                                                                      Of the two searches covered in        latest conferences
                                                                                                                   the column, one involved a food poi-
                                                                                                                   soning scare with Nestlé’s refriger-     beginning on
                                                                                                                   ated Toll House cookie dough; the
                                                                                                                   second involved finding a restaurant
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                                                  news stories. In the second case, Bing         bottom—I don’t like that treatment and
                                                  found the “Tour d’Argent,” but Google not      I know we are going to change).
                                                  only found it, it al
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