Morning Toolbox – October 16, 2012 – Morons, trolls & copyright violations

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

In case you were under a rock last week and missed all the Reddit/Gawker/troll/anonymity drama, TechDirt summarizes the story pretty well with links to the main articles.

That story climaxed on Friday. On Sunday during the Red Bull Stratos skydive jump, another less obvious record set was the most simultaneous live video streams for any Internet event – over 8 million. I don’t think we’ll beat that number on Virtual Skeptics any time soon, but who knows?

Read on for more news of interest to skeptics working online…

Another horrible DMCA takedown story – in this one over 1.5 million blogs were taken down over one 300 word copyright violation. Just a few weeks back Google announced they will start demoting sites in search results based on successful DMCA complaints.  Scary stuff – be careful about what you claim is Fair Use!

An interesting new crowdsourced science project is documented over at Skepchick.

And Lifehacker has some good tips on dealing with the biggest morons of the Internet.

new iPhone app called Circa displays breaking news stories in a whole new way.  This blog points out that it is a natural evolution of the phenomenon of liveblogging.

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About Tim Farley
Focused on online misinformation, Tim Farley is a software engineer, computer security expert and scientific skeptic who created the site What's The Harm. He is a Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

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