Of Bitcoin and doxxing: Is revealing Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity okay because it was Newsweek and not Reddit?

Unmasked! Who cares? And yet I’m really curious.

Gigaom

If you don’t spend a lot of time on the internet, or in forums on websites like Reddit and 4chan, you might not have heard of the term “doxxing,” but it is becoming more and more relevant, especially as the media and journalism become something that anyone can engage in, not just accredited professionals. In the latest incident to highlight the practice, Newsweektracked down a man it believes to be the creator of Bitcoin — a 64-year-old named Satoshi Nakamoto — and published details about his personal life, along with a photo of his house and car.

To many, this probably sounds a lot like a fairly normal story: A man who may (or may not) have created one of the first real “crypto currencies,” an invention that could destabilize the entire global banking and payments industry — and a man who may be worth half a…

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Hybrid Social/Journalism – “SoJo”Platforms – Redux

Will they succeed this time?  There’s a new wave of players in the space I tried to carve out for FastCompany.com in 2007, with much resistance from traditional journalists.  What’s old is new again.  See my comment at the end of this piece for more details on my thoughts. http://recode.net/2014/02/07/rise-of-the-platishers/?hubRefSrc=permalink#lf_comment=136566982

New Open Local Goverment Platform

My company, Buzzr, now a partner in Civic Dynamics, a new company and platform providing breakthrough tools for publishing and analyzing the reams of open government data most municipalities produce, plus a content management system (Buzzr) to publish and display the data and ant associated websites. A critical piece of the platform will enable users to mix, match and manipulate the data sets in greater depth than has ever been possible before. Under the hood is very advanced semantic technology called the Open Semantic Framework.