Anthony De Rosa

Open source politics: Reddit drafts “The Freedom of Internet Act”

By Anthony De Rosa
February 25, 2012

Reddit users have taken it upon themselves to draft legislation in place of SOPA and PIPA, unsatisfied with Washington politicians, who seem to have shown a willful ignorance of how the Internet actually works. Using a Google Doc open for anyone to help write and edit, they’ve come up with a draft version of “The Freedom of Internet Act”

Sky News longs for Victorian internet, applies dark age social policy

By Anthony De Rosa
February 7, 2012

In an attempt to shoehorn the social media genie back into the bottle, Sky News has told its reporters they cannot retweet non-Sky sources and must not stray from the topic area or beat that they cover when posting tweets on their Twitter accounts. Not only does this make for a staid and boring feed, but it also puts Sky News reporters at a significant competitive disadvantage to places like Reuters, where we have reporters verifying and tweeting out sources of news from all over the web and from many different news outlets.

President Barack Obama’s statement on Syria

By Anthony De Rosa
February 4, 2012

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2012

Statement by the President on Syria

Thirty years after his father massacred tens of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women, and children in Hama, Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated a similar disdain for human life and dignity. Yesterday the Syrian government murdered hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children, in Homs through shelling and other indiscriminate violence, and Syrian forces continue to prevent hundreds of injured civilians from seeking medical help. These brutal killings take place at a time when so many Syrians are also marking a deeply meaningful day for their faith. I strongly condemn the Syrian government’s unspeakable assault against the people of Homs and I offer my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately.

Amid social media fury, Komen backs down, pledges to continue Planned Parenthood funding

By Anthony De Rosa
February 3, 2012

Here’s the press release that just dropped from the Komen Foundation

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

Tumblr’s first executive editor Jessica Bennett

By Anthony De Rosa
February 3, 2012

Tumblr, the microblogging platform that has been experiencing explosive growth which I detailed recently, has hired Chris Mohney to become their editor-in-chief, along with Jessica Bennett, who will act as executive editor.

The most interesting data points in Facebook’s IPO

By Anthony De Rosa
February 1, 2012

Here are some of the most interesting bits of information in Facebook’s IPO filing: