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  • One tech website wrote on April 1st that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was adding Twitter to the national emergency response network. That was an April Fool’s Day joke, but the joke isn’t actually that far from reality. FEMA is just one of several federal agencies using Twitter to communicate with citizens about important health and safety topics.

    FEMA’s Twitter feed currently has over 2,500 followers and seems to be moderately active, with many direct replies to followers as well as general tweets about FEMA activities.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has several Twitter feeds, including one dedicated to the flu and a general news feed on health topics. The feed most likely to save your life is the one from CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response.

  • Exactly 20 years after Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the blueprint for the world wide web, the internet has become the host to a small number of dangerous WWMs – worldwide monopolies that sweep all before them with exuberant contempt for people's rights, their property and the past.

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