Archive for January, 2012
More than half of of global security experts believe that an arms race is already taking place in cyber spacePosted: 2012/01/31 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Responsible Practices for Search Engines in Reducing Online Infringement – Proposal for a Code of PracticePosted: 2012/01/31 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Google, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Media groups propose anti-piracy ‘code of practice’ for UK search
MegaUpload has received a letter from the US Attorney informing the company that data uploaded by its users may be destroyed before the end of the week. The looming wipe-out is the result of MegaUpload’s lack of funds to pay for the servers. Behind the scenes, MegaUpload is hoping to convince the US Government that it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to allow users to access their data, at least temporarily.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, PayPal and others are working together on a standard that can be used across the Internet for filtering and blocking phishing e-mailsPosted: 2012/01/30 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, Network Security, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
The 15 companies will be announcing on Monday DMARC.org, which stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance–a system for verifying that e-mails are coming from legitimate companies and not imposters trying to trick people into clicking a phishing link. Basically, the system offers a common way for companies to authenticate their legitimate communications with customers.
Also in the DMARC working group are AOL, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, American Greetings, LinkedIn, and e-mail security providers Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, Return Path, and Trusted Domain Project.
Internet companies create lots of jobs and are good for the economy and European governments shouldn’t stand in their wayPosted: 2012/01/30 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
“Imagine,” she writes, “not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern of the wellbeing of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.”
Welcome to the Facebook mindset.
NTT DoCoMo will ask Google to modify its Android operating system so that smartphones using it would put less pressure on networksPosted: 2012/01/30 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Google
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to muse last week in Munich that, as The New York Times put it, privacy issues shouldn’t occupy European minds when their economies are wafting into the can marked “compost.”
This, quite naturally, caused European eyebrows to rise and European mouths to open. Indeed, in today’s Guardian, commentator John Naughton says that “companies such as Facebook are the corporate world’s equivalent of sociopaths.”
Two large ISPs in the Netherlands have said they will not be blocking subscriber access to The Pirate Bay, as demanded by the Hollywood supported anti-piracy outfit BREIN. T-Mobile and KPN argue that blocking websites is a threat to the open Internet, and suggest that the entertainment industry focuses on new business models instead. BREIN is now expected to take the ISPs to court.
Dutch Government’s Opinion On Collection Of Geo-Location And WiFi Information By Mobile Operators, Software Developers And Device ManufacturersPosted: 2012/01/29 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
In answering questions by parliament members Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) and El Fassed (Green)
- the government says that it is aware that providers of mobile services and operating systems are capable of collecting information about WiFi routers (MAC addresses, signal strengths) and that these companies are combining and correlating the information with other sources of data such as GPS services;
- the government does not answer the question if it is aware of businesses collecting such data (without explicit permission) in The Netherlands. It also does not answer the question whether such companies are breaking any laws;
- the government feels that a ban on these practices is not needed and that regulators have sufficient power to take action ‘in individual cases’ and if the circumstances require it;
- the government points to decisions by European regulators requiring explicit authorization from users before one can go and collect ‘location information’. However, it says that the same regulators have acknowledged that businesses can have legitimate reasons when collecting location information, but they should go and put proper safeguards in place, inform their customers and offer an opt-out regime nonetheless.
In summary, the Dutch government does not know what’s happening in its own territory and prefers to wait until things go awry, while referring to the responsibility and opinions of national and EU regulators.
Dutch language government document:
Meanwhile, the Dutch government has stated that it needs more time to answer similar questions in relation to the practices of Carrier IQ. Those questions were submitted early December 2011.
Dutch language government documents:
Did Google Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., Pixar and Apple Inc. violate antitrust laws?Posted: 2012/01/29 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
I don’t think anybody at these companies is losing a nanosecond of sleep because of this lawsuit
Review will focus on why Mr. Dotcom was granted residency but refused permission to buy a luxury mansion in Auckland by the Overseas investment Office, on the basis of his previous conviction
Bwin.Party, a firm created by the merger in March of Bwin Interactive and PartyGaming, is insisting it had no idea the website allegedly pirated films, television and music on a massive scale. The firm, based in Gibraltar and listed on the London Stock Exchange, is one of the largest online gambling operators.
It will take a long time for torrent sites to shut down. But I am afraid that it will happen one day
Please, I challenge you to raise some moral support for the general attack on innovation by these lobbyists. Just give me one moral argument that has not already been completely refuted. Those of us who have paid close attention to these issues just can’t spend any more time explaining why file-sharing does not equal theft.
It is undeniably true that the Dutch Republic maintained strict, emphatic laws defining “piracy” and calling for its severe punishment. It is also true that many convicted zeerovers and stroomrovers did pay a heavy price for their transgressions, earning sentences of extreme corporal punishment and execution by decree of the Dutch courts.
What is also indisputable, however, is that many of those seamen who were suspected, accused, or even convicted of piracy walked away with a much more mild reproach, or no reproach at all. Curiously enough, these individuals received much gentler penalties than
Dutch law stipulated, or they were pardoned and permitted to rejoin the ranks of respectable seventeenth-century Dutch society.
Sometimes, the authorities neglected even to charge these marauders at all, with the result that behavior which was officially “piratical” according to the letter of the law was allowed to continue unabated and uncondemned.
How can it be that the same society which crafted such exacting and specific legislation concerning piracy and its punishment could, at the same time, turn a blind eye to egregious examples of the very conduct it denounced?
The Dutch deplored “piracy” when their people suffered as a result of maritime marauding—when valuable trade goods and fellow Dutchmen were seized by the Dunkirkers, the Barbary corsairs, and other foreigners. Such miscreants were easy to hold up as examples of “godless” moral degeneration.
At the same time, however, the Dutch could not always recognize “piracy,” or did not always chose to name it as such, when members of their own society committed the crime. Copious and shrill Dutch laws tried to insist that “privateering” and “piracy” were altogether different practices and accorded the two trades separate spheres of action and identity. But while such pronouncements may have been legally valid, they were culturally untrue, thus accounting for inconsistencies in the prosecution of justice and ostensible lapses in societal judgment. Pervasive cultural values born of special economic, military, and political exigencies and fired in the kiln of deeply embedded maritime traditions engendered a context in which the differences between kaapvaart and zeeroverij were actually just the differences inherent in a Janus-like opposition, superficial dissimilarities that, at a deeper level, dissolved into a seamless continuum of maritime predation.
At a fundamental cultural level, then, the Golden Age privateer and pirate was one person, an ambiguous, symbolically charged figure who simultaneously incarnated both the glorified hero and the reviled criminal in the eyes of his home culture. And like so many other ironic dualities born of the Netherlands’ relationship with the sea, this figure—this liminal freebooter— was simultaneously both a blessing and a curse, two facets of one force. His identity was ambiguous and complex, allowing him to be simultaneously the patriotic Sea Beggar champion, the untamed reprobate of the high seas, and everything in between.
The Spanish may have thought that they were insulting the Dutch when they tarred them as rebel pirates, but their description was more accurate than they could have realized. For in very important ways, the maritime predator was profoundly important to the Dutch cultural psyche. Whether he be the pious mariner or the godless scoundrel, the Dutch freebooter was a character whose identity and activities were fundamentally entwined with the national spirit—indeed, with the very conception of the “imagined community”—of the Golden Age Dutch Republic.