YouTube and Google search may get specific versions for kids
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 09:40

USA Today reports that the company is working on the idea for 2015: “The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there’s a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children,” says vice president of engineering Pavni Diwanji.

Hackers using complex crimeware to drain money from online bank accounts
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 04:40

There is an increase in use of complex crimeware that gathers the passwords of online customers at specific banks and automatically transfer funds out of their accounts, according to Akamai’s security group. The surge is being aided by a tool called Yummba webinject, which generates pop-ups – injects - during legitimate banking sessions that ask for usernames and passwords. The phony dialog boxes mimic the look and feel of the genuine bank Web pages with logos, colors and fonts used on the legitimate site.

Spotting terrorist behaviour online is harder than finding child ​abuse images
Thu 4 Dec 2014, 16:20

Why are we outraged by the suggestion that Facebook users’ messages should be screened for potential terrorist threats yet we accept that airline passengers are screened for terrorist threats before boarding a plane? What’s the difference between moving people or information around the world? This is the question raised by the UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee when it suggests Facebook and other internet platforms should “take responsibility” for detecting terrorist activity online.






Qualcomm hopes to cure Wi-Fi rage with enterprise platform
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 21:20

Using Wi-Fi networks in crowded environments can be a soul-destroying experience, but next-generation access points powered by Qualcomm chipsets will use a new antenna technology to ease the pain. Wi-Fi has become a victim of its own success, leaving busy networks simply unable to handle all the laptops, smartphones and tablets we use today.

The problem is that access points or wireless routers use short time slots to communicate with only one user at a time, and as more users get connected networks get overloaded. New antenna technology MU-MIMO (multi user-multiple-input multiple-output) will help change that by letting 802.11ac networks transmit data to many users simultaneously.

Copyright Law as a Tool for State Censorship of the Internet
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 20:40

When state officials seek to censor online speech, they're going to use the quickest and easiest method available. For many, copyright takedown notices do the trick. After years of lobbying and increasing pressure from content industries on policymakers and tech companies, sending copyright notices to take media offline is easier than ever.

The copyright law that state actors most often invoke is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was the first major digital copyright law passed in the United States, creating strict procedural rules for how and when a copyright holder can claim that uploaded content infringes on their copyright. US-based tech companies that receive these infringement notices must comply with these rules to receive their safe harbor—the protection they have from being liable for hosting unlawful user content.

The DMCA has become a global tool for censorship, precisely because it was designed to facilitate the removal of online media. The law carries provisions on intermediary liability, among many other strict copyright enforcement rules, which induce websites, Internet service providers, and other such "intermediaries" to remove content that is alleged to be a copyright infringement.

Citizens’ Security Bill demands to keep ID records
Fri 1 Aug 2014, 18:32

On 11 July 2014, the Spanish Council of Ministers adopted the Bill on the Protection of Citizens’ Security. The Government’s proposal has been strongly criticised. Restrictions to the freedoms of assembly and expression in protests received a lot of attention in the media, but EDRi says some provisions of the bill have barely been discussed. Measures which have been overlooked in the media include Article 25, which would oblige cybercafés and similar establishments to keep records of their clients’ IDs because these establishments “exercise activities which are relevant for citizens’ security”.