Zuckerberg named Time’s person of the year

Time magazine has named the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, its person of the year “for connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them”.

However, the magazine’s decision has not gone down well with its readership, who overwhelmingly voted WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange as person of the year in a poll on the website.

Assange was only granted a runners-up award by the magazine for his controversial whistleblowing website, while second place was given to the American Tea Party movement.

Previous winners of Time‘s annual award, which measures the global influence of one person’s actions on the world, include Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

(Source: Time)

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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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