Pew Research Report – Net Threats

“There are too many institutional players interested in restricting, controlling, and directing ‘ordinary’ people’s ability to make, access, and share knowledge and creative works online — intellectual property rights holders, law enforcement and security agencies, religious and cultural censors, political movements and parties, etc. For a long time I’ve felt that the utopianism, libertarianism, and… Continue reading Pew Research Report – Net Threats

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In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma : All Tech Considered : NPR

If bad bots were left to their own devices, bad taste would dominate the Web. But, even worse, Kaminsky worries that this kind of advertising fraud is undermining the economics of the Web. Though people “tend not to like advertisers, advertisers have paid for a network that allows greater interpersonal communication than any other time… Continue reading In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma : All Tech Considered : NPR

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Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS

A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American. http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2014/07/nearly-one-third-americans-arent-ready-next-generation-technology I would content that the greatest level… Continue reading Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS

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Wozniak criticizes cloud dependence in light of NSA | CNET

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he has sympathy for companies at odds with the NSA and its surveillance tactics, but that their own dependence on server farms is part of the problem. “I think most companies, just like Apple, start out young and idealistic,” Wozniak said at the Apps World North America convention here. “But… Continue reading Wozniak criticizes cloud dependence in light of NSA | CNET

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Open Automotive Alliance

If automakers abandon system updates as quickly as cellphone manufacturers do, this will mean vast numbers of cars on the road with always-connected built-in computers with an even larger number of remote execution vulnerabilities than currently exist. It could also spell trouble down the road for car owners in a new way. As computing features… Continue reading Open Automotive Alliance

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Encrypt the Web Report: Who’s Doing What | Electronic Frontier Foundation

We’ve asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. We’re pleased to see that four companies—Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Sonic.net—are implementing five out of five of our best practices for encryption. Note these encryption methods relate… Continue reading Encrypt the Web Report: Who’s Doing What | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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With over 1 million users and 30PB synced, BitTorrent speeds up Sync, adds iPad support, and debuts an API | TheNextWeb

Back in April, BitTorrent launched its open alpha, after a select 20,000 users managed to sync over 200TB worth of files. When the public beta arrived in July, users had synced 8 petabytes of data using the tool. This truly is a testament to the gullibility of users. This software hasn’t been vetted at all.… Continue reading With over 1 million users and 30PB synced, BitTorrent speeds up Sync, adds iPad support, and debuts an API | TheNextWeb

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Zelizer: Don’t underestimate risks of spying | CNN Opinion

The United States is not alone in facing these risks. One of the reasons Germans have been so sensitive to the recent revelations is their own history of how surveillance has been used aggressively, and violently, to target their own citizens. Even if the NSA officials play by the rules and regulate themselves, their ability… Continue reading Zelizer: Don’t underestimate risks of spying | CNN Opinion

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