The Lede: British Police Officer May Have Spied on Activists in New York
A British police officer who spent seven years infiltrating environmental and activist groups while working undercover for the Metropolitan Police force in London, may have monitored an American computer scientist and spied on others while in the United States.
Sina Weibo Accounts Of Prominent Bloggers, Journalists & Activists Shuttered As China Clamps Down On Internet Users
The last week has been a troubling one for observers of Internet censorship in China, and things just got worse as several bloggers and activists had their Sina Weibo accounts shut down over the past few days, the Washington Post reports. The account closures come one week after the Chinese government passed a law requiring people to use their real names when signing up for Internet and phone services, a sign that the Communist Party intends to tighten its grip even further on China's netizens (who currently make up the world's largest group of Web users), and just three days after Chris Buckley, a New York Times reporter, and his family were forced to leave China after they weren't issued a new visa by the end of 2012.
Jamie Oliver Heats Up Le Web London
LeWeb has just published its agenda for its new June 19-20 event in London and it's looking good. The theme this year is "Faster Than Real Time" and will feature a host of big names from the world of tech as well as a Startup Competition. Amongst the names will be globally known chef and food activist Jamie Oliver who has used online extensively in his healthy eating campaigns. Joining him will be many others, including our own TechCrunch co-editors Eric Eldon and Alexia Tsotsis, as well as Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO, Instagram; Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, PROfounders Capital; Bradley Horowitz, VP of Google; Robert Scoble; Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Founder and CrunchFund; Shervin Pishevar, Menlo Ventures; Martin Varsavsky, Fon; and numerous other big names. The full agenda has just been published here. Tickets are also on sale here.