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12 March 2014
The head of the US Senate intelligence committee has publicly accused the CIA of improperly accessing computers used by congressional staff.
Online child abuse images are becoming more extreme, more sadistic and more violent, with a higher proportion depicting the abuse of younger children, a Home Office minister has said.
Google facing US lawsuit over $66 of in-app purchases (The Guardian)
Google faces a class action lawsuit claiming it is "unfairly profiting" from freemium games in the Play store that enable "unauthorised charges for in-app game currency without parents' knowledge".
Italian police in Genoa have opened an investigation into the use of Skype to trap victims into online sexual indiscretions, which are recorded and used as a pretext for extortion.
In a recent column, security expert Bruce Schneier proposed breaking up the NSA - handing its offensive capabilities work to US Cyber Command and its law enforcement work to the FBI, and terminating its programme of attacking internet security. In place of this, Schneier proposed that "instead of working to deliberately weaken security for everyone, the NSA should work to improve security for everyone." This is a profoundly good idea for reasons that may not be obvious at first blush.
New York's financial regulator has called on firms to submit proposals to set up "regulated" exchanges for digital currencies like Bitcoin.
11 March 2014
U.S. Court Orders Seizure of "DVD Ripping" Software Domains, Servers and Funds: TorrentFreak (TorrentFreak)
TorrentFreak is reporting "a New York federal court has granted the seizure of several domain names, bank funds and social media accounts belonging to DVD ripping software company DVDFab."
"Some of the images do scare me, especially if it's my friends. Once my friend cut lines down the side of his face as a 'Chelsea Smile', he put it online and it was the worst thing I had ever seen. He's my friend, I don't want to see him that upset. He got so much hate for it and ended up going into hibernation, nobody heard from him for over a week and we honestly thought he had killed himself."
The Kremlin's Social Media Takeover (New York Times)
Several weeks before pro-Russian forces intervened in Crimea, President Vladimir V. Putin won another important victory. On Jan. 24, the social network VKontakte, with its 60 million daily users, came under the control of businessmen allied with the Kremlin.
What we commonly call the Web is really just the surface. Beneath that is a vast, mostly uncharted ocean called the Deep Web.
The world of the internet-connected toothbrush is well and truly in full swing, after Oral B became the second company to launch a bluetooth-connected toothbrush at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month.
Global mass surveillance conducted by the US and other governments is "setting fire to the future of the internet", Edward Snowden told a packed auditorium of technology innovators via video link in Austin at the South by Southwest Interactive conference on Monday.
Billions of people around the world do not trust the internet, claims European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes.
The UK government will spend an extra £45m on developing so-called "internet of things" technology, David Cameron has announced.
From Spotify and Netflix recommendations to Facebook's news feed or Google's search results, algorithms play a pivotal role in our media consumption.
10 March 2014
The Internet Governance Project has released what they describe as "an innovative proposal to resolve the 15-year controversy over the United States government's special relationship to ICANN."
UK Prime Minister announces plans for 5G internet to download a movie in 'one second' (The Independent)
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for the UK to develop the next generation of wireless, 5G internet in collaboration with Germany.
It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives
The Italian Google-Case: Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Responsibility of Providers for User-Generated Contents by Giovanni Sartor & Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha (International Journal of Law and Information Technology)
In a recent decision of the Tribunal of Milan three Google executives were convicted for violating data protection law, in connection with the online posting of a video showing a disabled person being bullied and insulted. This paper, after illustrating the facts of the case and the reasoning of the judge, discusses the main issue at stake, namely, the role and responsibilities of providers of platforms for user-created contents with regard to violations of data privacy.
VPN Providers Ban BitTorrent Traffic Over Piracy Concerns (TorrentFreak)
VPN services are often advertised as tools to get uncensored access to the Internet, but this is not always the case. Ironically, many VPN providers ban BitTorrent traffic on U.S. and U.K. servers over piracy concerns.
Chart: Internet Connectivity and Income (Businessweek)
Less than one-third of the population of developing nations has access to the Internet, according to the United Nations. A recent Pew Research report suggests Internet access in emerging and developing nations is associated with higher per capita income.
Since the first major protests in Kiev that triggered the current crisis with Moscow, American intelligence agencies have been on high alert for cyberattacks aimed at the new government in Ukraine. They were a bit late: the attacks started long before President Viktor F. Yanukovych was forced from office, and as might be expected, no one can quite pinpoint who is behind them, although some suspicion is falling on Russia.
09 March 2014
Thousands of the world's security professionals, most of them middle-aged white males, gathered in San Francisco last week for the annual RSA Conference.
08 March 2014
Vine will no longer allow pornographic, sexually explicit content (Los Angeles Times)
Vine announced that it has changed its rules and terms of service to no longer allow users to post sexually explicit videos.
The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Facebook and YouTube could be banned following local elections in March after leaked tapes of an alleged phone call between him and his son went viral, prompting calls for his resignation.