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Hitting the Panic Button

Posted April 7th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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…And Whom It Might Benefit Most There’s been a certain amount of buzz following a series of stories on the development of what’s being termed a “cell phone panic button.”  At first view, it may seem like a sensible, even helpful idea for democracy advocates.  But there are growing worries that it may not just […]

Psychological War, Social-Media Style

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm (UTC-4)
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“Frenemies” and the Uses, or Abuses, of Social Media We’re currently working on an update of the roiling cyber-theater that is Anonymous vs. HBGary.  Like any great drama the story is complex, has a large cast, and requires time to fully digest.  Sadly we – like many – were a few minutes late to the […]

Look Who Wants To Be Facebook Friends

Posted February 18th, 2011 at 3:57 pm (UTC-4)
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And Bloggers Pay the Price for Free Speech Online Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1 Terrorists Move to Social Media.  The open-source group Public Intelligence recently […]

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media

Posted February 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Philip Alexiou in Washington DC How important is it for companies to have a social media policy?  And if the company you work for does have one, do you understand it?  Social media is a fast moving technology that is catching users and companies by surprise. Imagine writing something unflattering about your co-workers on Facebook, […]

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Web Privacy Gains Traction On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Posted November 4th, 2010 at 5:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Could the New US Congress Find Common Cause with the EU? Even before the votes were counted, the Internet was buzzing with speculation about the 2010 midterm elections: what their meaning may be, their economic fallout and impacts on foreign policy across the globe. Now add to the list: increased scrutiny of Internet privacy. The […]

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Digital Frontiers: Jessi Slaughter’s Internet Infamy

Posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 pm (UTC-4)
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It wasn’t all that long ago that Jessi Slaughter was just like so many other American tween-aged girls: chatting about boys, interested in clothes, and hoping for a little attention. She got what she wanted. But attention in the Internet world can often become unwelcome. VOA’s Doug Bernard has this look at the story of […]

What Went Wrong With Haystack?

Posted September 24th, 2010 at 12:58 pm (UTC-4)

It seemed too good to be true, and perhaps that should have been the first warning. “Haystack” was said to be just the needed tool for Iranian democracy activists to break through governmental firewalls and hide their identity. In the end, it may have put them at risk.  How did the promise of Haystack go […]

When Information Goes Bad

Posted July 21st, 2010 at 3:06 pm (UTC-4)
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And How the Internet Can Make It Worse The recent online posting of part of a government official’s speech – and her subsequent firing – have created a firestorm in the United States around the always sensitive issues of race and responsibility. But it’s raising serious questions about the Internet as well, and what some […]

Private Issues; Public Debate

Posted June 11th, 2010 at 5:32 pm (UTC-4)
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The Senate Judiciary Committee June 28th starts hearings on whether to confirm Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to the nation’s highest court. Nominees are typically grilled on traditional issues such as abortion and gun ownership rights. But a new issue is likely to arise this time: privacy in the digital world.  VOA’s Doug Bernard spoke […]

Cyber-Slander and Online Libel

Posted April 6th, 2010 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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In the digital age, anyone with a connection to the Internet can make themselves a writer, a poet, a commenter…or a critic. The language can be harsh, and the treatment rough. And writers can do all of this cloaked in anonymity. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing…or more likely, some combination of […]

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