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LulzSec Laughs Last

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Why the Latest, Hottest Hacker Group May Never Have Existed. I’ll admit it.  Like many of my colleagues, I’m a sucker for a great story.  Sure, I run it through the standard fact-checking traps, and try to question and independently confirm each detail.  And always, I remind myself that if it smells too good to […]

Saving Lives Wirelessly

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 10:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Mobile Devices Are Saving Lives and Money Rosanne Skirble | Washington, D.C. World Health officials have released the most comprehensive global survey to date of how mobile phones and other wireless communication technologies are improving health care delivery around the world. The World Health Organization survey notes that there are more than five billion mobile […]

UPDATE: Syria Cuts The Internet

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Why Nations Block The Web, And What May Follow UPDATE: 1500 hours UTC Friday: Earlier we posted about the near flat-lining of Internet traffic within Syria, wondering whether Damascus was adopting a tactic tried earlier this year by Egypt.  As detailed earlier this year, Egyptian authorities squeezed the Border Gateway Protocols – the road maps […]

Fingers in the Dike

Posted May 24th, 2011 at 5:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Did Washington Block Discussion of a Security Patch?  Should It Have? Reports of cyber-attacks and security hacks have been filling the Net lately.  Sony’s “Playstation Network” has suffered a very public series of crippling hacks that may have compromised the personal information of the network’s 100 million users – and cost the electronics giant over […]

Syria’s Internet Hijack

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-4)
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Using a “Man-in-the-Middle” to Target Activists Given the civil unrest roiling the Middle East, Syria’s recent decision to unblock Facebook seemed…well, puzzling.  After all that’s been made of the social network’s role in helping organize the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings, why would Damascus choose this moment to open it up? Perhaps now we have the […]

More Internet, Less Freedom?

Posted April 18th, 2011 at 4:36 pm (UTC-4)
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The Web’s Spread Doesn’t Mean A Freer Internet This is the story of “Ammar” and his online activities in Tunisia just before the recent fall of the government of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.  It’s a tale of how social networks, and the spread of the Internet, have come to play a significant role in the […]

The Conspiracy Factory

Posted April 4th, 2011 at 5:39 pm (UTC-4)
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“Conspiracy theory is pornography for lazy researchers.” – Chip Berlet

Alive In Benghazi

Posted March 23rd, 2011 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Libyans Sharing Stories From The Front Lines The video is as direct as its story is powerful. A young Libyan, Ali Salem Ali Milad Shaoud, looks directly into the camera – and, by extension, into the eyes of everyone watching him online.  He’s wearing a kafiya, a black t-shirt, a green flak vest…and a bandage […]

The Web Reacts to a Tsunami

Posted March 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Reporting and Responding to a Massive Earthquake & Tsunami Friday morning’s historic 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan, and the resulting tsunami that tore into the Japanese coastline, set the Internet into overdrive across the entire Pacific basin. Even more than the 2004 Indian Ocean or “Boxing Day” tsunami, the first fierce […]

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 […]

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