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The NSA’s Contractor Problem

Posted August 16th, 2013 at 6:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Another Worry In An Already Bad Summer For The NSA Ross Slutsky | Philadelphia VOA intern Ross Slutsky occasionally writes about emerging digital technology issues for “Digital Frontiers” from Philadelphia In recent weeks, much attention has been paid to the privacy implications of the NSA’s surveillance programs, and rightly so. Now comes a new issue. […]

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Caught In The PRISM

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)

The NSA’s Internet Surveillance Program And You Doug Bernard | Washington DC This has not been a good week for keeping secrets. Late Wednesday, it was revealed that America’s National Security Agency, or NSA, got secret court permission to access millions of telephone records of the Verizon telecommunications company’s domestic customers.  The following day, the […]

The “Star Wars Kid” Grows Up

Posted May 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am (UTC-4)
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It’s Still Unclear If The Internet Ever Will Doug Bernard | Washington DC Think back to a time before Facebook. Before Twitter.  Before YouTube and Instagram and Vine and every other website yelling at you to splatter your face and life all over the Internet and make yourself famous, even if for a moment. Ten […]

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Boston, Privacy And The Limits Of Crowd-Sourcing

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm (UTC-4)
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What The Web Got Right, And Wrong, In The Marathon Bombings Doug Bernard | Washington DC On March 16th, 2013, five weeks before the Boston marathon bombings, Sunil Tripathi disappeared. A Brown University student on leave from study, Tripathi was last seen in his Providence, Rhode Island apartment at around 11am. About 20 minutes later, […]

The Secret Facebook

Posted April 10th, 2013 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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How To Share Secret Messages in Public Facebook Posts Doug Bernard | Washington DC Let’s say you had something you wanted to say; a message for just one or two other people, but secret to everyone else. It’s a fair bet one of the last places you might consider posting that message was anywhere near […]

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Facebook Powergrab?

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 11:53 am (UTC-4)

Should Facebook Users Be Able To “Dislike” Privacy Changes?  Doug Bernard | Washington DC There’s an old truism in public relations: if you have bad news to announce, look for a good time when people are distracted to bury the story. That may, or may not, have been the motivation for Facebook to propose a […]

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John McAfee’s Internet Meltdown – UPDATE

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)

Has The Software And Security Pioneer Gone “Bonkers”? Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE December 3, 1400 UTC: There are conflicting reports and rumors swirling whether Belize police have actually captured John McAfee, or if he remains at large. On December1, someone posted a short note on the “Who Is McAfee?” blog. “We have received […]

Facebook v. YouFace: A Privacy Faceoff

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 12:29 pm (UTC-4)
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“YouFace Is Looking Less Like A Joke On Privacy Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA Have you heard of a social network called YouFace? If you’re a “30 Rock” fan, that name probably sounds familiar. For those less addicted to comedian Tina Fey, “30 Rock” is a hit TV program in the US, and in a […]

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Hey, I’ve Never Met You. And This Is Crazy. But Here’s My Number. Harass Me Maybe.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am (UTC-4)
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Why Facebook Believes Privacy Is Not Its Job Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA Facebook has never had a stellar reputation when it comes to privacy.  Here is the latest annoyance. Open a new window in your browser, login to Facebook (if you haven’t already) and check your privacy settings. Click on Edit Settings. Now go […]

Digital Rights and Online Privacy

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 9:06 am (UTC-4)
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  Ross Slutsky | Washington DC Over the past few months, many tech observers have become wary of the direction that online privacy and digital rights seem to be headed. During the debates surrounding the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), many worried about the new information the National Security Agency (NSA) would be able to […]

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