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2011 In Pictures: The Year of the Protester

2011 In Pictures: The Year of the Protester

A look back at 2011, the year in which unprecedented numbers of ordinary citizens took to the streets throughout the world to protest against old systems of power.

The 20 Most Read Articles of 2011

The 20 Most Read Articles of 2011

In case you missed them first time round, and in no particular order, here are the 20 most read articles on Owni.eu this year. See you in 2012!

by Aidan Mac Guill On December 29, 2011

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The Year In Data

The Year In Data

A selection of the best of the best of OWNI’s weekly round-up of data on the web, from a year that’s seen so many wonderful, innovative, inventive, colorful, moving and funny data projects.

The Most Memorable Creative Projects of 2011

The Most Memorable Creative Projects of 2011

From algorithmic logos to augmented ping pong, via a regenerating book and a tiny personal printer, take a look back at some of the most innovative and inspiring creative projects of 2011.

20 Great Visualizations of 2011

20 Great Visualizations of 2011

As the popularity of visualizations grows, so does their range and quality. Here’s a list of 20 of the best Static Visualizations, Interactive Visualizations and Information Videos from 2011.

Shale Gas Industry Using PsyOps Tactics Tested in Iraq

Shale Gas Industry Using PsyOps Tactics Tested in Iraq

In an attempt to convince wary local populations of the benefits of shale gas exploration, several US energy companies are employing former soldiers with psychological warfare experience learned in Iraq.

Christmas: Brought to You by Chinese Slave Labor

Christmas: Brought to You by Chinese Slave Labor

In China, workers in factories producing popular toys this Christmas face long hours for poor pay in dangerous conditions lacking in basic human rights. Two NGO’s have spoken out against companies such as Mattel and Disney.

by Fabien Soyez On December 21, 2011

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Inside the Secretive World of MegaUpload

Inside the Secretive World of MegaUpload

Offshore accounts, companies in Hong Kong and Auckland, a mystery spokesman, multiple identities and an online goldmine. OWNI lifts the lid on the secretive file sharing platform which makes up 4% of the net.

The Week In Data

The Week In Data

Parachuting presidential candidates, the analysis of rumors, Monopoly, Queen and Mozart. Your latest helping of The Week In Data is here, and expects delays in the arrival of train data.

“I Am Putin’s Propaganda”

“I Am Putin’s Propaganda”

Is it possible to challenge censors without losing your livelihood? Polina Bykhovskaya interviews the Russian men and women who wanted to change the world but ended up in the business of job preservation.

One Year On, the Roots of Success for Tunisia’s Revolution

One Year On, the Roots of Success for Tunisia’s Revolution

December 17, 2010: street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi sets himself on fire on a Tunisian street, setting in motion the events of the Arab Spring. Today, Tunisia swears in a new, democratically elected president.

by Mary Elizabeth King On December 16, 2011

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An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the US Congress

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the US Congress

83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills that are under consideration in the House and Senate respectively.

by Aidan Mac Guill On December 15, 2011

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FinFisher: For All Your Intrusive Surveillance Needs

FinFisher: For All Your Intrusive Surveillance Needs

FinFisher, part of the British company Gamma, are purveyors of some of the most dangerous spying weapons currently used by states. OWNI, in partnership with WIkiLeaks, can reveal the full and troubling details of their operations.

Amazon Put the Heat On Apple’s Digital Book Deals

Amazon Put the Heat On Apple’s Digital Book Deals

The European Commission is investigating a potentially illegal agreement reached between Apple and five major publishers. OWNI has obtained confirmation that, as suspected, Amazon were the driving force behind the creation of the investigation.

Internet Memes: The Mythology of Augmented Society

Internet Memes: The Mythology of Augmented Society

Internet memes are the myths of our time – reinforcing cultural sentiments, painting the political landscape, impacting language, shaping humor and driving cultural connection and distinction.

The Week In Data

The Week In Data

The corruption in our world, the supremacy of ants and a little Chopin to set you at ease. All that and more in this week’s super soaraway The Week In Data, brought to you by OWNI’s dedicated data team.

The Best Maps of 2011

The Best Maps of 2011

A round-up of the maps in 2011 that were popular, engaged users, innovated, and raised the bar for cartographic standards.

by James Cheshire On December 9, 2011

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Russia’s Networked Activists Shift the Momentum Against Putin

Russia’s Networked Activists Shift the Momentum Against Putin

While Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won reelection last Sunday, their Soviet-style strategy of attempting to control online activism is increasingly being outwitted by crowd-sourced ingenuity, such as Golos’ map of election law violations.

Spy Agencies Turn to the Web In Search For Codebreakers

Spy Agencies Turn to the Web In Search For Codebreakers

A codebreaking challenge posted online has proved to be a useful marketing tool for UK spy agency GCHQ. It’s the latest example of security services looking to the Internet to recruit the next generation of cyber analysts and code-crackers.

Under Watch: A Day in the New Surveillance Society

Under Watch: A Day in the New Surveillance Society

Documents revealed by OWNI and Wikileaks last week exposed the surveillance technology currently on the market. OWNI takes you through an average day under surveillance – where your phone, your computer and your networks can all be used to spy on you.

The Week In Data

The Week In Data

In this week’s data round-up brought to you by OWNI’s data journalists: data meets art, surveys, DIY, the Olympic Games and women’s safety.

The Return of Bent Objects

The Return of Bent Objects

Remember Bent Objects? Their creator Terry Border shares some images from his new book with OWNI, as well as his thoughts on the phenomenal success of his creations.

by Terry Border On December 2, 2011

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Interactive Map: The United Nations of Surveillance

Interactive Map: The United Nations of Surveillance

Our interactive map offers an overview of the mass surveillance industry revealed today by OWNI and Wikileaks, an industry that’s now worth $5 billion a year.

SpyFiles: Revelations of a Billion-Dollar Mass Surveillance Industry

SpyFiles: Revelations of a Billion-Dollar Mass Surveillance Industry

Today OWNI and Wikileaks release documents revealing a multi-billion dollar mass surveillance industry, involving companies based in Europe and the US.