Archive for 2011/02/25
Despite an anti-piracy group blundering through an investigation and breaking the law in the process, the administrator of a BitTorrent site has been ordered to pay compensation to rights holdersPosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence
Jonas Laeborg, the operator of the EliteBits private tracker, was found liable for contributory infringement and ordered to settle to the tune of $18,500
Two administrators of FileSoup – the longest standing BitTorrent community – had their case dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)Posted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
Swedish filmmaker Simon Klose has now received over $30,000 in funding from the Swedish Government. This money will be added to the $50,000 that was already donated by peers through a successful Kickstarter project
When looking at the media landscape we can see that everybody wants to be the hook. The hooks are owning the customer and the ecosystem in which they interact. That means they can control price, pace of releases and the right to set the rules of the gamePosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness
The media industries were used to being the hooks. That changed many years ago. Now, it’s just about creating those alternative hooks of income streams yourself.
To many the question of being a hook or a bait is emotional. Everybody sees their work as the center of the media landscape and wants the rest to obey to their wills.
We need to understand that technology is nothing without content and content would be nothing without technology. Technology and content for sure has an interdependent relationship.
Google reckons it’s cool to take pictures of your house, your car, or even you, and then plaster them around the world on its Street View ad product. Without bothering to ask if that’s OK with you.Posted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Google, Privacy / Data Protection
Now things could get even nastier: Face Search
Cyber cops from both sides of the Atlantic are meeting with domain name registrars in Brussels today to try to figure out ways to crack down on internet crimePosted: 2011/02/25 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
This second meeting of the “EU-US working group on cyber security and cybercrime” is dedicated to increasing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the companies that unwittingly sell web addresses to online crooks, according to attendees
London Stock Exchange floored, again – has recently moved to a new Linux-based system called MilleniumITPosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness
Apple has finally updated its FileVault feature to offer high-performance, full-disk encryption for local and external drivesPosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Tech Evolution
Current versions of OS X allow users to encrypt only their home directory, a shortcoming that allows snoops easy access to many sensitive files that by default are stored elsewhere. Under Lion, FileVault also has the ability to instantaneously wipe data from their Macs, although we’re not sure this improvement will extend to flash-based solid state drives.
A London man who created extremist videos and loaded them onto the internet was jailed for five years todayPosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence
United Nations undermines Internet Governance Forum – While many would be tempted to write off the destabilising delays as typical United Nations bureaucracy (and a good reason why the organisation should not be given a central role in governing the Internet), the widespread suspicion is that they are deliberatePosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
The Chinese government in particular has been behind efforts to turn the open and “multistakeholder” IGF – where everyone has an equal say – into a traditional inter-governmental body where decisions are made solely by government representatives.
Those attempts have been consistently stymied by Western governments – as well as business, civil society and the technical community – who wish to maintain the broader form of decision-making that has made the Internet what it is today.
Bloomberg News has identified six of the energy companies targeted in recent series of “coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks” and says the victims could face legal liability for choosing not to disclose them to shareholders. The roster includes Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips, and Baker HughesPosted: 2011/02/25 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
The report cited one of the victim companies and investigators who declined to be identified. The attacks were ongoing for at least two years and possibly as long as four years. The unknown hackers worked through servers located in China.
Transcendent Man – chronicles the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist that presents his bold vision of the SingularityPosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Future Developments?, Tech Evolution
a point in the near future when technology will be changing so rapidly, that we will have to enhance ourselves with artificial intelligence to keep up. Ray predicts this will be the dawning of a new civilization in which we will no longer be dependent on our physical bodies, we will be trillions of times more intelligent and there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. Human aging and illness will be reversed; world hunger and poverty will be solved and we will ultimately cure death.
Google’s YouTube plans to launch an unlimited subscription service for movies, similar to Netflix and Amazon’s offering. The search giant, which has been talking with Hollywood studios for months, is looking to launch the streaming service first in EuropePosted: 2011/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
Deep Packet Inspection Market for Government Sector 2010-2015 report forecasts that this market will reach $330.2 million by 2015 growing at a CAGR of 30%Posted: 2011/02/25 in Bandwidth Management, Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Key Market Drivers include.
- Imperative need for increasing surveillance on the internet
- Increasingly effective and growing number of cyber attacks on government websites
- Increase in bandwidth congestion in key government areas as result of unwanted bandwidth usage
- Rising need for censorship in some areas of the internet
Governments adoption of deep packet technology (DPI) has become crucial with increased cyber attacks and the failure of protection applications.
DPI technology is being successfully used for lawful interception by several governments across the world. Though the government sector currently holds only 20 percent of the DPI market, this is expected to increase over the coming years.
Apart from security issues, bandwidth congestion is also urging governments to look at this technology. Faced with huge volume of unwanted network usage, government bodies are turning to DPI to filter content. More and more countries are expected to go down this path in the future. TechNavio’s analyst says, A little known success story of DPI in the government sector is Tunisia. The country saw a sudden internet usage explosion and this pushed them to use DPI effectively for regulation. China and Iran are some of the pioneers of this trend.
PayPal has lifted a temporary restriction placed on the account of Courage to Resist, a group raising funds to support the legal defense of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley ManningPosted: 2011/02/25 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
said it lifted the restriction on Courage to Resist’s account because the group provided a bank account to associate with its PayPal account