Archive for the ‘Networking/Social Media’ Category


Sunday, September 16th, 2018

For months, it seemed nearly every media figure was in hysterics over the impending repeal of net neutrality. Then, net neutrality was repealed… and nothing much changed. So what exactly is net neutrality, and why do so many people have such strong opinions about something they don’t understand? Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of cuts through the hysteria to bring you the facts.



Tuesday, March 13th, 2018



Virginia social worker claims she was fired from job for simply having a concealed carry permit — but not a gun

A young Virginia woman’s story is going viral over the weekend after she claims she was fired from her job as a social worker for simply possessing a permit to carry concealed weapons.

The woman claims that at the time of her termination, she wasn’t carrying a weapon.

What happened?

Storm Durham, who was until Friday a social worker for the city of Roanoke, posted on social media that she was fired from her job for being a legal concealed carry permittee and was escorted out of her workplace by three police officers upon learning of her termination because, as she claimed, she was deemed a “safety risk.” At the time, Durham said she was not in possession of a firearm.

The 22-year-old woman later went to her Facebook page to explain the full story.

In a lengthy post, Durham explained she was fired simply for having the concealed carry permit. She said she never had a firearm or concealed weapon while at work.

“I was fired today due to having a concealed carry permit. Was my gun on me? No. Has it ever been on me during my job, or visits, or anything related to work? No. When I told them that it has never been on me during work, what did they say? ‘How do we know that.’ Search me. Do I have a criminal record? No,” she wrote.

Durham, who said she is 5’2″ and just 140 pounds, went on to question why she needed to be escorted out of her office by three police officers and why she was deemed a “serious safety concerns to the building.”

She wrote:

I have a concealed carry permit. I own guns. I hunt. I target shoot. I represent Women hunters and outdoorswomen. Does that make me a criminal? Does that make me a safety risk to others? A big enough safety risk to be escorted by three Roanoke City Police officers? So scary and threatening that I need to be treated like a criminal? To be humiliated and looked down upon for owning a gun? For legally having a gun, registering that gun, and having the appropriate documentation for that gun?

Later in her post, Durham said her employer should be “ashamed” for its actions, for firing “a innocent, clean record, white, female, college graduate who works for a living for legally having, and owning a gun.”

“That was NEVER on their property or in their building. A gun that was never used for evil, but as protection as I am a survivor or sexual assault. Protection for being that white, 22 year old, female. I am an American,” she added.

She later posted a Facebook live video describing more of what happened to her:

Was the termination legal?

According to one interview with Durham, she believes it was not. The Commonwealth of Virginia is a right-to-work and at-will work state, meaning an employer can dismiss employees without reason or notice while employees can quit without reason or notice.

However, since Durham believes her termination was in violation of her Second Amendment rights, she will likely lawyer up and fight her termination, which is what hundreds of people have urged her to do.




Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Maryland Department of Corrections asks a candidate for his Facebook password.

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  A recent revision in the handbook at the University of North Carolina is typical:

“Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitoring the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings,” it reads. “The athletics department also reserves the right to have other staff members monitor athletes’ posts.”

Do you think Facebook and Twitter account privacy settings guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts? You need to think again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.

Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann.

Student-athletes in colleges around the country also are finding out they can no longer maintain privacy in Facebook communications because schools are requiring them to “friend” a coach or compliance officer, giving that person access to their “friends-only” posts. Schools are also turning to social media monitoring companies with names like UDilligence and Varsity Monitor for software packages that automate the task. The programs offer a “reputation scoreboard” to coaches and send “threat level” warnings about individual athletes to compliance officers. (more…)



Monday, March 5th, 2012

The following photos were taken at the Conservative Leadership Conference that was hosted by the Civitas Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, on March 2nd and 3rd, 2012.  The mission of the Civitas Institute is to facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.   The guest speakers for this sold out conference  were Charles Krauthammer, the celebrated American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and political commentator, Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a non-partisan public policy think  tank in Washington, D.C.,  and Jason Lewis, host of the nationally syndicated Jason Lewis Show and author of “Power Divided is Power Checked:  The Argument for States’  Rights”.   As you can see from the photos, we all had a wonderful time at this two-day conference that was filled with powerful talks by the guest speakers and extremely informative workshops that will help us to sharpen our conservative skills for the crucial upcoming November election.

Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute and guest speaker

Art Pope, left, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation and Jason Lewis, guest speaker and national radio host

Charles Krauthammer, left, guest speaker and celebrated American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and Jim Duncan, Chairman, Chatham County Republican Party and co-founder of CAPS

Cynthia DeLuca, left, Francis DeLuca, center, President of the Civitas Institute, and Jan Pueschel, Raleigh attorney and member of Wake County Republican Women

Arthur Brooks, Guest Speaker and President of American Enterprise Institute

Chad Adams, Hometown Wilmington Media talk show host and North Carolina Representative Marilyn Avila, District 40

Dan Forest, right, candidate for North Carolina Lt. Governor

North Carolina Representtives Chuck McGrady, District 117 and Pat Hurley, District 70

Nancy Clark, founder, Conservative Women's Forum and Charles Krauthammer

Donna Yowell and Louis Stannard, co-founders of Feet to the Fire, an activist grassroots organization. Their latest project, NC Tea Billboard Project - billboards stating a conservative message of RECLAIM AMERICA, VOTE ENOUGH! The billboards will be strategically placed around Charlotte and then throughout the state in time to welcome the Democrats to our state for their convention!

Linda Harper, Diane Rufino and Bonnie Sagan

Charles Krauthammer and Billie Ann Peterson of Pinehurst, North Carolina

Jim Duncan, Felice Pete, President Wake County Republican Women, John Amanchukwu and his wife, Crystal, of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ and Colonel Jay Stubbs, (Ret. Army)

Samantha Nguyen (left) and Holly Grange, both from Wilmington, NC

Supporters of Chad Barefoot who is a Republican candidate for the North Carolina Senate

Linda and Matt Arnold Matt is the past Chairman of the Orange County Republican Party

Charles Krauthammer and Sandra Henson

Nancy Clark, left, Jessica Anderson, Deputy Political Director for Heritage Action for America and Anna Beavon Gravely

Jim Duncan, left, Sandra Henson and Colonel Jay Stubbs, (Ret. Army)

Cathy Frank and Janie Wagstaff, both are members of Triangle Republican Women

Charles Krauthammer and Diane Bingle of Cabarrus Republican Women

Charles Krauthammer and Bonnie Sagan

Jan Pueschel and Jan Wilson, 2nd Vice Chair, Wake County GOP

Donna Williams, past president, Northern Wake County Republican Women

Nancy Clark and Dallas Woodhouse, North Carolina Director, Americans for Prosperity

Charles Krauthammer and Colonel Jay Stubbs, (Ret. Army)

Holly Gardner, left, Charles Krauthammer and Samantha Nguyen

Al and Bonnie Sagan, Diane Rufino and Linda Harper. Al Sagan is very active with the Disabled American Veterans

Pat Murray, Mecklenburg GOP Vice Chairman and Marlyn Burns

Carlena Jones and Charles Krauthammer



Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

February 21, 2012


On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.

Since the Net’s inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a “multi-stakeholder” governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net’s phenomenal success.

In 1995, shortly after it was privatized, only 16 million people used the Internet world-wide. By 2011, more than two billion were online—and that number is growing by as much as half a million every day. This explosive growth is the direct result of governments generally keeping their hands off the Internet sphere. (more…)



Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Kirkus Reviews QR Code



Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

By Lori Andrews (Author)

Pub Date: Jan. 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4516-5051-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Free Press

Unnerving narrative about the misuse of personal online information—without our knowledge—to track, judge and harm us in innumerable aspects of our lives.

Social-network executives often dismiss online privacy concerns: “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” said Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy. But the constitutional freedoms of millions of people posting personal data on Facebook and other networks are violated routinely, and the law has not kept up with the new technology, writes lawyer Andrews (Institute for Science, Law and Technology/Illinois Institute of Technology; Immunity, 2008, etc.). Noting that social networks make their profits on users’ data, she describes the multibillion-dollar industry of data aggregators who mine online data for the advertising industry, often “weblining” people, denying them certain opportunities due to observations about their digital selves. Most users have no idea how much information is being collected about them: “People have a misplaced trust that what they post is private.” The results can be devastating: A Georgia teacher posted a photo showing her drinking a glass of Guinness at an Irish brewery, and she was forced to resign after the photo was e-mailed anonymously to her school superintendent. After seeing a mother’s MySpace page showing her posing provocatively in lingerie, a judge awarded custody of her young children to her husband. “Virtually every interaction a person has in the offline world can be tainted by social network information,” writes the author, who proposes creating a “Social Network Constitution” to govern our lives online. Her governing principles would protect against police searches of social networks without probable cause, require social networks to post conspicuous Miranda-like privacy warnings and set rules for the use or collecting of user information.

Authoritative, important reading for policymakers and an unnerving reminder that anything you post can and will be used against you.



Tuesday, November 29th, 2011



Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • FEBRUARY 7, 2011

The most striking difference between the two countries is Internet access.


Developments in Egypt over the last two weeks brought Cuba to my mind. Why does a similar rebellion against five decades of repression there still appear to be a far-off dream? Part of the answer is in the relationship between the Castro brothers—Fidel and Raúl—and the generals. The rest is explained by the regime’s significantly more repressive model. In the art of dictatorship, Hosni Mubarak is a piker.

That so many Egyptians have raised their voices in Tahrir Square is a testament to the universal human yearning for liberty. But it is a mistake to ignore the pivotal role of the military. I’d wager that when the history of the uprising is written, we will learn that Egypt’s top brass did not approve of the old man’s succession plan to anoint his son in the next election.

Castro has bought loyalty from the secret police and military by giving them control of the three most profitable sectors of the economy—retail, travel and services. Hundreds of millions of dollars flow to them every year. If the system collapses, so does that income. Of course the Egyptian military also owns businesses. But it doesn’t depend on a purely state-owned economy. And as a recipient of significant U.S. aid and training for many years, the Egyptian military has cultivated a culture of professionalism and commitment to the nation over any single individual.

Cuban President Raúl Castro





Friday, February 4th, 2011
  • The Wall Street Journal
    • FEBRUARY 3, 2011

    Technologies with goofy names like Twitter and Facebook are replacing political stability with a state of permanent instability.


    • ‘Stability” has been the goal of civilized foreign policy since the dawn of the Cold War and arguably since the Congress of Vienna, which posited a framework for international relations in 1815. Stability, whose virtues are many, has had a worthy run. It’s done.
    Stability is done as we have known it, at least until political leadership evolves a better understanding than they have shown during the events in Egypt of the permanently unstable world they’ve tumbled into. The man who pitched the curators of national stability into their current shocked state—evident this week in the streets of Cairo and before that in the capital of Tunisia and before that in the U.S.’s November elections—is William Shockley.

    Editorial Board Member Matt Kaminski on the anti-Mubarak revolt

    Shockley, a physicist, co- invented the transistor. The transistor replaced the vacuum tube as the central component of all electronic devices. The transistor enabled Twitter, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, an ocean of apps and the unending storm of information that blows all of us, including politicians, here and there like leaves. Why would anyone think it possible in such a world for a Hosni Mubarak to maintain stability with the methods he’s used since 1981?

    The point here is not to argue again that information and communication technology (ICT) has caused another colorful “revolution.” Nor is it to overstate the power of these technologies to enable democratic reform.

    My point is merely to describe what is going on in front of our faces: This new, exponentially expanding world of information technologies is now creating permanent instability inside formerly stable political arrangements.

    This stuff disrupts everything it touches. It overturned the entire music industry, and now it is doing the same to established political systems. (more…)



    Thursday, September 30th, 2010
    The following information was provided by Paul Stam, North Carolina House Republican Leader
    GOP Leads Charge in Social Media

    As House Republican Leader it is my responsibility to make sure that our
    priorities are communicated effectively to our candidates, the Republican
    and to the people of North Carolina.
    Below are a few articles that show how Republicans in the House and Senate
    are using
    social media such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate our message and
    what that
    might mean for election day. (more…)
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