Egypt: Using Twitter to Help a Cairo Community

This post is part of our special coverage Egypt Revolution 2011.

After seeing the huge impact of social media on the Egyptian revolution, Egyptian blogger and Twitter user, Mahmoud Salem (@SandMonkey) decided to collaborate with a local non-profit organisation to help them raise funds using the power of Twitter to offer basic services in an impoverished neighborhood of Cairo.

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Future of Music Policy Summit

When: Mon Oct 3, 2011 to Tue Oct 4, 2011 

Who: New Media Rights Events & Competitions
Where: Washington, DC
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: The Future of Music Policy Summit 2011 will bring together an incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Attendees will examine current trends while looking ahead to a sustainable, 21st century music ecosystem that rewards creators and fans.

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Mozilla Drumbeat Festival 2011 - Media, Freedom, and the Web

When: Fri Nov 4, 2011 to Sun Nov 6, 2011 

Where: London, England
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: A gathering of passionate, creative people using the web to bend, hack and reinvent media. We're solving real problems and building prototypes with talented designers, world-class journalists, resourceful media-makers, and cutting-edge developers.

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Art, Revolution, and Ownership: Who Owns the Public Domain

When: Thu Sep 8, 2011 to Sun Sep 11, 2011 

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: Are you an artist, a revolutionary, an owner? Questions of ownership permeate our culture – sample a sound, claim the East Van sign, remix a logo… Whether you’re an artist playing with images or sound, a coder or an activist, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself whether what you are doing is legal.

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BitTorrent users don't "act in concert," so judge slashes mass P2P case

Spero thus severed 187 defendants from the case; he noted that this approach has become common among California federal judges, making the Golden State an unpromising place to pursue P2P litigation en masse. Suing people remains an option, but one that has to be exercised on a case-by-case basis with all the filing fees and massive increase in paperwork that this entails. - Nate Anderson, ars technica

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Mexico Mourns Casino Royale Victims on Twitter

On the afternoon of August 25, an armed squad attacked and set fire to a casino by the name of Royale, while the location remained quite populated. This incident, part of the violence related to the organized crime that batters Monterrey and Mexico in general, resulted in a tragic number of 52 deaths.

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Join Us for "Patent Trolls and You: EFF Virtual Boot Camp for App Developers"

As you probably know, we’ve been closely following the Lodsys mess and watching as the patent troll asserts its patents against companies large and small, and — famously and most egregiously — against small app developers. Large companies such as Best Buy, CVS, and the New York Times Company are fighting Lodsys in court (and challenging the validity of its patents).

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D.R. of Congo: End Congo Rape Campaign Launched Online

End Cong Rape online campaign has been launched: “The aim of this site is to inform people on the plight of women in the east of the Congo, as well as to encourage people to get involved and donate.”

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