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In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India’s Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, “in exchange for the Indian market presence” mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as [...] [...]

It Looked Bigger On the Internet

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Notable: The Fight Over Internet Governance

The global fight between governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations’ General Assembly (GA) and next week’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). On the eve of the opening day of the annual forum of world governments, the Chinese and Russian governments jointly submitted a [...] [...]

Video: What Google and Facebook Are Hiding

I doubt I would agree with much of what this man believes, but I agree with his assessment of the “personalization” of the ‘web. [iframe_loader width='640' height='390' frameborder = '0' longdesc=' ' marginheight='0' marginwidth='0' name=' ' click_words=' ' click_url=' ' scrolling='auto' src='http://www.youtube.com/embed/hOTPz7KnwIA'] [...]

Notable: Astroturf

Every month more evidence piles up, suggesting that online comment threads and forums are being hijacked by people who aren’t what they seem. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments golden opportunities to run astroturf operations: fake grassroots campaigns that create the impression that large numbers of people are demanding or opposing particular policies. [...] [...]

Redistributing Clicks

At least 191 countries are gearing up for the next round of talks at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the fall. The ITU is a treaty-based organization under the auspices of the United Nations that regulates international telecom services by, for instance, administering international telephone [...] [...]

Detecting Your Web History

For the last six months, this website has served as a tool to teach Internet users about Web browser history detection, which allows any website on the Internet to view the browsing history of most of its viewers. … We analyzed the results from over a quarter of a million people who ran [...] [...]

Is Internet Censorship Coming?

I remember a seeing a film in school a long, long time ago about government regulation. In the film—obviously fictional—someone decides people are cutting down too many trees, so they decide there needs to be a regulation on how many trees any given forester can cut down in one day, in one month, and in [...] [...]

Here It Comes

The US Government can’t spend money without getting it from someplace, regardless of what many folks on the street seem to think. There is no “stash” of money just laying around, just waiting to be used. What this means is since the Government is spending more, it has to find more money to spend. And [...] [...]

Internet Monitoring

Homeland Security and the National Security Agency may be taking a closer look at Internet communications in the future.The Department of Homeland Security’s top cybersecurity official told CNET on Wednesday that the department may eventually extend its Einstein technology, which is designed to detect and prevent electronic attacks, to networks operated by the private sector. [...] [...]