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New Internet Freedom Caucus in Congress

There’s a new Global Internet Freedom caucus in Congress. This is not necessarily a big deal – there are a lot of caucuses. Some are extremely active, and others, not so much. (Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus?) Considering their name, this one will likely be focused on issues raised by the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, […]

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Endgame in China v Google

Endgame in China v Google

The unstoppable force and immovable object may have begun their tango: it looks like China and Google are heading for a collision. Reports from the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal (sorry, lame-o subscription) say that talks between the Chinese government and the search giant are at an impasse. The Chinese, meanwhile, have insisted […]

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Iranian (Cyber) Invasion?

Iranian (Cyber) Invasion?

Bombshell from Iran, on a couple of metaphorical levels: the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, everyone’s favorite bad guys these days,  hacked a couple dozen web sites of human rights activists working in Iran, claiming they were agents for American intelligence services. In Farsi, “rights defender” apparently translates as “American spy”. Then the regime’s increasingly brazen goons arrested 30 […]

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Dillinger would now rob the Internet.

Dillinger would now rob the Internet.

Online criminals stole waaay more money from e-banking accounts than they did from brick-and-mortar analogues. As more and more of our life is online, keep expecting to see somewhat shocking statistics like this. For instance, the iTunes store became the largest music vendor in the world years ago. (‘Cuz that’s where the money is, right?)

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Birds of a Political Feather

Birds of a Political Feather

Birds of a political feather flock together. That’s the takeaway from a political science study that shows that people with a partisan slant get their news from partisan sources that reinforce their pre-existing views – e.g., moonbats follow DailyKos and the Huffington Post, wingnuts read Free Republic and the Drudge Report while watching Fox. As Evgeny Morozov has argued, […]

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Google Talks with China Wrapping Up?

Wired reports that China and Google are close to wrapping up talks over the search giant’s threat to withdraw from the country if it is forced to continuing censorship of results. In the piece our old friend Mr. Anonymous Source suggests that Google would be willing to step up censorship of gambling and porn if […]

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I Know Where You've Been – So I Know Who You Are.

I Know Where You've Been – So I Know Who You Are.

Anonymity on social networks is difficult. Sounds like a contradiction in terms, right? But what you choose to share with some is not what should be available to all. If you’re posting your Federalist Papers, you might want an alias. If you are planning a high school reunion, you’ll need your real name. Thanks to some clever browser […]

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Friday Lazy Linking

Friday Lazy Linking

Americans are getting a majority of their news online – and have a much more dynamic relationship with their information sources. Bad guys are taking over your computer in ways you don’t expect. Adobe, please get on the ball, will ya? Congress is putting tech firms in the hot seat for undermining human rights online. […]

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A lie can twitter halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

A lie can twitter halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

A hilarious example of new media blowing up entirely fictional stories into a feeding frenzy which then is debunked, becomes the butt of jokes, and now lives on as a cautionary tale – in under an hour. I give you the 35-Minute John Roberts Retirement. Clearly the Feiler Faster Thesis is only getting, er, faster. Erroneous […]

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Loose Tweets Sink Fleets

Loose Tweets Sink Fleets

The Pentagon just opened the floodgates to social networking in the military. (Wired writeup; DOD policy memo.) Given the ubiquity of Facebook today and the average age of active-duty military, this is inevitable. The increase of such technologies goes a long way to make home feel closer. A friend on a Fulbright in Bulgaria has […]

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Army Recruiters: Now in your XBox!

Army Recruiters: Now in your XBox!

We talk a lot about cyberwar – trying to affect real-world outcomes with electronic attacks. Here’s the opposite: America’s Army, a videogame developed by the military over the past few years to serve as a recruiting and training tool, where you use computers to virtually make things go boom. Great writeup in Foreign Policy. Also […]

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Transparent Cybersecurity

Transparent Cybersecurity

The White House is leading their web site with a statement from Cybersecurity don’t-call-him-a-Czar Howard Schmidt. Interestingly, there’s nothing there – except to note that the administration is declassifying large swaths of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. (Update: OK, so they’re more like itty bity swaths.) I find it curious that the Powers that Be […]

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Show Me The Money. Yeah, a Picture's OK.

Show Me The Money. Yeah, a Picture's OK.

Cool idea to handle some of the problems with verifying that funds are being spent appropriately in a war zone written up by Wired: If an area is too dicey to send in expats, Mercy Corps sends in Afghan staff with GPS cameras — either a Nikon point-and-shoot, or a Garmin handheld GPS with built-in […]

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Liveblogging "Cyber Shockwave"

Liveblogging "Cyber Shockwave"

I’m watching CNN’s coverage of the Cyber Shockwave simulated massive hack attack and will be attempting to liveblog my first event. 8:00 – Beer ready. Logged in to the blog. Let’s roll. 8:05 – Widespread uncertainty. Cellphones hacked. What’s going on? Situation appears to be a breaking story of a cyber attack over America’s smartphones […]

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Friday Lazy Linking

Friday Lazy Linking

Quick hits of interesting stories about which I’m too lazy to blog: Poisoned PDFs are currently behind 80% of system compromises. Should web browsers trust web sites certified by a Chinese authority? Iran is shutting down Gmail. The US disapproves. Freedom to Connect, baby! China stomped a hacker training company. Picked the wrong targets or didn’t […]

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