Category: Commentary

Egyptian Actions Highlight Dangers in U.S. Cybersecurity Proposals

The Egyptian regime’s shutdown of the Internet in an attempt to preserve its political power highlights the dangers of any government having unchecked power over our Internet infrastructure, and puts a fine point on the risks to democracy posed by recent Congressional proposals to give the President a broad mandate to dictate how our internet service providers respond to cyber-emergencies. […]

Extend the Enterprise into the Cloud with Single Sign-On to Cloud-Based services

In this blog post we examine how Single Sign-On from the enterprise to Cloud-based services is enabled. Single Sign-On is a critical component for any organization wishing to leverage Cloud services. In fact, an organization accessing Cloud-based services without Single Sign-On risks increased exposure to security risks and the potential for increased IT Help Desk costs, as well the danger […]

Who’s watching you?

Who’s watching you?

Ahead of terrorist attacks, becoming bankrupt and being attacked in their homes, people are more worried about their online privacy being violated and becoming a victim of Internet fraud. Coinciding with global Data Privacy Day today, new survey research by Opera Software in the United States, Japan and Russia pulls back the curtain and looks under the bed at what […]

MasterCard’s Support for COICA Threatens A Free And Open Internet

In the last months of 2010, the WikiLeaks wars reminded transparency activists of something copyright and trademark lawyers know all too well – online speech is only as strong as the many service providers on which it depends. All too often web hosts, domain name registrars and other service providers cave at the slightest legal or government pressure, with disastrous […]

Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More

It’s taken a while, but Google has finally caved in to pressure from the entertainment industries including the MPAA and RIAA. The search engine now actively censors terms including BitTorrent, torrent, utorrent, RapidShare and Megaupload from its instant and autocomplete services. The reactions from affected companies and services are not mild, with BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare and Vodo all speaking out […]

Search leakage is not FUD

Lately I’ve been accused by some of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) by trying to let people know their search terms are being leaked to the sites they click on. I hope to address those concerns in this post. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about: when you click on a link on the […]

Mozilla Leads the Way on Do Not Track

Earlier today, Mozilla announced plans to incorporate a Do Not Track feature into their next browser release, Firefox 4.1. Google also announced a new privacy extension today, but we believe that Mozilla is now taking a clear lead and building a practical way forward for people who want privacy when they browse the web. Why We Need Do Not Track […]

Neuroprivilogy: The New Frontier of Cyber Crime

The first step of this discussion is defining a fancy term to help educate and describe this new phenomenon: Neuroprivilogy. As the name suggests Neuroprivilogy is constructed from the words neural (network) and privileged (access), and can be defined as the science of privileged access points’ networks. Using the neural network metaphor, an organization’s infrastructure is not flat, but instead, […]

Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes of the government. As many news outlets have reported, the US Department of Justice recently obtained a court order for records from Twitter on several of its users related to the WikiLeaks […]

No double standards: supporting Google’s push for WebM

We’ve signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project, and we encourage other foundations and organizations to join us—write to webmaster @@@ webmproject.org to learn how. Today, we’re also urging Web site operators to distribute videos in the WebM format, and abandon H.264 Last week, Google announced that it plans to remove support for the H.264 video codec from […]

The Next Net

The moment the “net neutrality” debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network – its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation – is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them – that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact […]

Open Source community building: a guide to getting it right

Community development in open source software is not just for geeks in sandals nor for niche Linux companies any more. It’s mainstream and it’s here to stay. The recent analysis of companies contributing code to the Linux kernel shows that large companies including Novell, IBM, Intel, Nokia and Texas Instruments are getting serious about engaging in community development. Organisations such […]

The most important work for freedom that this culture has seen in generations

“The Free Software Foundation and Richard Stallman’s work represents the most important work for freedom that this culture, the American culture, has seen in many many generations because it takes the ideas of freedom and it removes it from the ivory tower, and it removes it from lawyers, and places it in a community—a technology community—that is one of the […]

The top 10 best Android games of 2010

The history books will doubtless look back on 2010 as the year the whole Google mobile platform idea really took off. As the year closes out, the quality of handsets from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and even LG is uniformly strong. The Android OS itself, too, has benefited from the (occasionally maddening) iterative approach Google has adopted. The […]

Wikileaks Mirror Taken Down: Host Buckles Under Demands from Upstream Provider

Wikileaks isn’t the only site struggling to stay up these days because service providers are pulling their support. It appears that at least one person who wants to provide mirror access to Wikileaks documents is having the same trouble. Recently we heard from a user who mirrored the Cablegate documents on his website. His hosting provider SiteGround suspended his account, […]

Why I will not buy Google’s Cr-48 Chrome Notebook

The Cr-48 is Google’s cloud-based notebook computer. It was announced just this week, and is being made available to a select few. In computer-speak, it is still in beta status, with the stable version expected sometime next year. Other than through screenshots from other bloggers and from the official website, I have not actually seen the Cr-48. However, handling the […]