Archive for 2012/01/05
Website operators that track internet users’ online activity in order to serve targeted adverts do not automatically comply with EU privacy laws by following the industry code. This is according to a committee of all of the EU’s national data protection regulatorsPosted: 2012/01/05 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Online advertising, Public Policy
The Article 29 Working Party said that solely adhering to rules set out in the self-regulatory Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) code [PDF] would not in itself be enough to comply with the EU’s Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy) Directive, because the code does not demand that operators obtain clear enough user permission to track online activity.
US lawmakers are calling on the State Department to investigate whether or not Chinese tech firm Huawei has violated sanctions by supplying monitoring technology to IranPosted: 2012/01/05 in Education / Awareness
Innocent websites were blocked and labelled phishers on Wednesday following an apparent conflict between OpenDNS and Google’s Content Delivery NetworkPosted: 2012/01/05 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
There comes a tipping point when somebody says that this entire system of cultural monopolies is absurdPosted: 2012/01/05 in Copyright, Education / Awareness
For some crazy reason, it seems like people prefer comprehensive libraries of unrestricted links over stale selections of geoblocked videosPosted: 2012/01/05 in Education / Awareness
Even if it never passes, the unintended result of the proposed legislation has been the creation of a new and energized opposition within the technology communityPosted: 2012/01/05 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
That’s already a big shift. Technology entrepreneurs and their investors, for the most part, have tended to avoid Washington at all costs. “Entrepreneurs and VCs haven’t engaged because they haven’t needed to,” says David R. Johnson. Now a visiting professor at New York Law School, Johnson was an early board member of EFF. He served as EFF’s chairman during the crucial period when the organization, after some bruising battles on Capitol Hill, moved west to focus on litigation and advocacy. “They don’t see Washington as the market maker the way older industries do. So up until now evading D.C. has been a good thing.”
A study has found that people are perfectly prepared to pay for online content, provided that the alternatives aren’t too harshPosted: 2012/01/05 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
users are still unwilling to accept the current range of video streaming offerings at the current price and convenience points
The survey found that 46 per cent of the over 2,000 people surveyed had engaged in piracy, with this rising to seven of ten among people aged 19 to 27.
Facebook today announced open registration for its second annual Hacker Cup, an annual algorithmic programming contest open to engineers from around the worldPosted: 2012/01/05 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Programmers will be judged on accuracy and speed as they race to solve algorithmic problems to advance through up to five rounds of programming challenges. The winner will receive the title World Champion for Facebook’s 2012 Hacker Cup.
Facebook blocks 200 million malicious actions, such as messages linking to malware, on a daily basisPosted: 2012/01/05 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Stats / reports
Facebook has employees who fight spam on a daily basis, via various automatic methods as well as manual verification to filter out unwanted content. These are all reactionary methods, since spammers quickly modify their attacks. “It’s an arms race, and our goal is to be one step ahead,” Pedram Keyani, a Facebook engineering manager in charge of the effort, told The Wall Street Journal. “This is a game where there is never going to be a winner or a loser. We’re just going to be battling it out.”