Archive for 2011/12/27
A movie studio has obtained a court order forcing India’s ISPs to block some of the world’s largest file-sharing sitesPosted: 2011/12/27 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence
All websites like Megaupload and Filesonic are located out of India and such sites rampantly promote online piracy. In fact, steps such as the John Doe order are the only step that we copyright owners are left with,” said Reliance spokesman Sanjay Tandon.
Facebook reached 55 percent of the world’s global audience in October 2011 and accounted for 1 in every 7 minutes spent online around the worldPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Professor Mireille Hildebrandt: ‘Perhaps the Googles of this world have to go and find another business model’Posted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
Professor of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law Mireille Hildebrandt feels that:
- companies such as Google and Facebook should not keep their algorithms secret;
- companies such as Google and Facebook should disclose how they are using the information they collect about internet users;
- applications should be introduced that will allow internet users to check just how data about them is being collected, what type of data it involves and how that data is being put to use.
“Picture a business woman, who frequently books flights via a website. After a while her ‘internet profile’ indicates that money is no object to her. The consequence: the search engine of the ticket site will opt NOT to show the cheapest flights any longer, while the business woman has no clue about that. That’s not illegal in the Netherlands. But what if a woman is applying for a job and because of her ‘internet profile’ she’s not being hired, because there is a fairly big chance that she will become pregnant soon? That IS an illegal act of discrimination and currently we cannot check whether these things are actually happening.”
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It seems that Universal Music quite frequently works against the interests of its artists – both big and smallPosted: 2011/12/27 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
How we’ve turned Congress into 535 ‘independent contractors,’ using legislation as a way to arbitrage fundraising, and how there aren’t any debates in Congress itself anymorePosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Interestingly, the most searched for terms are not targeted at specific content, but used to discover files instead. “Ita,” “French” and “2011″ make up the top three and are used to find media in Italian, French and from 2011 respectively. The same is true for “DVDrip” and “720p” which are also listed in the top 10.
The first search term related to a specific title is “Thor” in 9th place, a title that also ended up in the most pirated movies list of this year. Movie related searches are clearly the most popular among users of the site as we also find “Harry Potter,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Green Lantern” and “Transformers 3″ in the top 20.
The Obama administration will ask Congress to increase federal borrowing authority by $1.2 trillion as the nation approaches the debt limit set by lawPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Israel-based Allot’s equipment for monitoring Internet traffic was sold to Iran via a distributor in Denmark. The Jewish state bans trade with Iran, which has called for its destruction. A member of Israel’s parliament called for an investigation, and the Ministry of Defense said it’s examining the report
Consumers do not actually need a full AppleCare Protection Plan. The law already obligates Apple to provide such a service to consumers for at least 2 years. This situation applies to many EU territories
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Smartphones accounted for 27 percent of photos shot this year. Only 44 percent of photos shot with dedicated camerasPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
These are 10,257 of 22,640 (45%) passwords from the list of STRATFOR customer accounts cracked with dictionary attack using wordlist from UNIQPASSPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Cellphone users in Europe and the rest of the world may be just as vulnerable as the actor Hugh Grant and other celebrities to having their personal voice mail hacked – or worse – because of outdated mobile network securityPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
In a study of 31 mobile operators in Europe, Morocco and Thailand, Karsten Nohl, a Berlin hacker and mobile security expert, found that many operators provided poor or weak defenses to protect consumers from illicit surveillance and identity theft.
Technology start-up vCita has written a software application that small businesses can add to their Web sites, making it easier for visitors to request appointmentsPosted: 2011/12/27 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
While at the company, Mr. Kravitz, 38, began writing on Twitter under the name Phonedog_Noah, and over time, had amassed 17,000 followers. When he left, he said, PhoneDog told him he could keep his Twitter account in exchange for posting occasionally.
The company asked him to “tweet on their behalf from time to time and I said sure, as we were parting on good terms,” Mr. Kravitz said by telephone.
And so he began writing as NoahKravitz, keeping all his followers under that new handle. But eight months after Mr. Kravitz left the company, PhoneDog sued, saying the Twitter list was a customer list, and seeking damages of $2.50 a month per follower for eight months, for a total of $340,000.
Ludlam has returned from a mission to Europe where he sought to secure some surety over Assange’s human rights, if he is extradited to Sweden
In total we found more than 800 IP-addresses assigned to the U.S. House of Representatives from where content has been shared on BitTorrent. After a closer inspection it quickly became clear the House isn’t just using it for legitimate downloads either, quite the opposite.
With BBM Music, BlackBerry users can listen to music online and offline and share the music with (BlackBerry) friends. Users can choose from a collection of 50 songs from millions of songs available