Interview: Shane Harris, Author Of '@War' (NPR All Things Considered)
Shane Harris interviewed about his new book, "@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex." The book looks cyberspace as war's "fifth domain" (after land, sea, air and space). Harris covers topics like the NSA, the role of cyber warfare in the Iraq troop surge of 2007, China's "rampant" espionage on American corporations — and the U.S. government's strategy of playing the victim.
cybersecurity  security 
5 days ago
New Citizen Lab Report: Human Rights NGOs Face Persistent Computer Espionage Attacks
(November 11, 2014) – The report, entitled “Communities @ Risk: Targeted Digital Threats Against Civil Society,” involved 10 civil society groups that enrolled as study subjects over a period of four years. Among the main findings of “Communities @ Risk,” Citizen Lab researchers found that the technical sophistication of even the most successful attacks against CSOs tends to be low. Instead, attackers put more significant time and effort into crafting legitimate-looking email messages or other “lures” designed to bait targets into opening attachments or clicking on links (also known as social engineering). The content for these lures is often derived from information gathered from previous breaches of individuals in their organization or partners in their wider communities. Constant use of socially engineered attacks as bait erodes trust among those communities and creates disincentives around using the very communication technologies that are often seen as CSOs’ greatest asset.

The report argues that solving the problem will require major efforts among several stakeholders, from the foundations that fund civil society, to the private sector, to governments.
security  civilsociety 
12 days ago
Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to find out, in the first phase of a new EFF Campaign for Secure & Usable Crypto.
crypto  privacy  eff 
19 days ago
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Article 29 Working Party Releases Internet of Things Opinion
EU  InternetofThings  hjd 
8 weeks ago
Celebrating Open Government Around the Globe | The White House
OER included in US Action Plan for OGP. Also includes Big Data.
OER  OGP 
8 weeks ago
One Man's Year of Digital Detox | Media | OutsideOnline.com
A star political blogger for Grist.org, David Roberts spent so much time posting and Tweeting and staring at screens that he almost went nuts. So he pulled the plug for a year, restarting his relationship with technology and actively seeking health, balance, and adventure in the real world. What he learned just might save you from meltdown.
offline 
9 weeks ago
The End of Absence | Spark with Nora Young | CBC Radio
Have we lost the value of absence by being constantly connected? In his new book The End of Absence, Michael Harris explores the downside of constant connectivity - the ability to embrace solitude, to daydream, and just enjoy the reverie.
offline  absence  non-connectivity 
9 weeks ago
Global Internet Censorship Map: Map shows censorship around the world | BGR
Imagine a world where the book burners had won. A world where information is filtered and must be approved by governments before it can be accessed by their citizens. A world where people are held down and kept in line by oppressive regimes that restrict the free flow of information and bombard citizens with government-approved messages. Now stop imagining, because this horrifying world already exists.
censorship 
12 weeks ago
The Social Laboratory
Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
surveillance  privacy 
august 2014
Evgeny Morozov: Like clueless guinea pigs - The Digital Debate - FAZ
IT bosses tell us that all our problems can be solved by collecting information. The more you give, the more you get. But then there is only „social physics“ instead of politics left.
EM  surveillance  governance  BigData 
july 2014
Evgeny Morozov: The rise of data and the death of politics
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments?
PoliticsOfAlgorithms  politics_of_algorithms  governance  BigData 
july 2014
Easier Ways to Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes - NYTimes.com
Decent overview of new user-friendly email encryption tools.
security  en 
july 2014
Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours | Ars Technica
Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.
surveillance  privacy 
july 2014
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