Technology is swiftly making the concept of hand-to-hand combat an
Is Google making us stupid: http://larrysanger.org/2011/06/is-there-a-new-geek-anti-intellectualism/
Releasing hacked data--this time from Arizona
Last Day of Class
Week Nine and Ten
Week Seven and Eight
No violation of the 5th amendment? Similar ruling happened in U.S.
Movie: Social Network
Cyberwarfare?The Stuxnet worm
Privacy/Control of your information
Government Transparency, Corruption
Gauging your distraction game .
Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Staff
Federal employees will no longer be allowed to send text messages in government vehicles, or their own cars if they are using cellphones paid for by the government.
Artificial Intelligence/Brain Research/Robots
Privacy/Control of your information
Vanish project to keep information private.
Google Ordered To ID Email Authors
York University has won court orders requiring Google Inc. and Canada's two largest telecommunications companies to reveal the
identities of the anonymous authors of contentious emails that accused the school's president of academic fraud.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created a Web site with resources about Deep Packet Inspection.
One In Five Fall Victim To ID Theft
A fifth of all Australians are victims of credit card fraud or computer hackers. The identity crimes report found more than 1.5 million people's credit cards had been skimmed and 1.2 million people's bank accounts were illegally accessed.
Conficker: Top security experts cannot eradicate the malware or trace its origins and purpose.
Software Firms Eye Key Patent Case In Supreme Court
The case could make such patents harder to obtain in the future because software is generally patented as a process for doing something rather than as a physical invention.
Software patents form a minefield that slows and discourages software innovation
Eolas sues corporate giants over Web technology
Letting companies assemble a portfolio of other people's patents for the express purpose of suing alleged violators hardly serves that interest.
Issues to ponder
Value added by the internet
Does your social class determine your online social network?
Swine Flu and bad info on Twitter|http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/27/swine.flu.twitter/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
Facebook surfing while sick costs Swiss woman job|http://www.uptilt.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=4zc,16asx,2aec,3828,hc8y,9k8f,jvyt
Google reveals identity of Cohen 'skank' blogger
Does a court's order that Google turn over the identity of the blogger who called Liskula Cohen "skank" change the rules of blogging game? Not really--free political and religious speech is OK, but defaming people is malicious in the physical world as well as the internet world.
Comment on Anonymity by Maureen Dowd
Avatar song: The song is currently #1 on both Amazon and iTunes.
Did Pentagon lose billions, pennies at a time?
A tiny conversion factor cost taxpayers $120 million a year in faulty payments to federal employees alone - not including employees at private contractors.
Access to Information
This is an amusing yet sad story about the unequal gap for broadband in Africa: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8248056.stm
Oracle is taking over the open-source database many of us depend on, mysql, in its takeover of Sun. Europe is worried .
It all started 40 years ago from the 2nd of Sept., when a couple of computers were connected by a long gray cable in order to pass some data. The experiment was funded by the Advanced Projects Research Agency (ARPA) and the project was called the ARPANET. By the end of the year, four sites were connected. Today it's hundreds of millions of computers and we call it the Internet. National Geographic has a story and some video
Wikipedia has a nice timeline for the ARPANET <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET >
How do big ideas spread on the Internet, and how are they changed in the process?
Web Giants Must Limit Internet's Carbon Footprint
Scientists estimate that the energy footprint of the net is growing by more than 10% each year.
With New Software, Iranians And Others Outwit Net Censors
The software was created not by Iranians, but by Chinese computer experts volunteering for Falun Gong.
Appeal On Internet Call Fees
The PSC had been trying to force Vonage and its customers to pay into Nebraska's Universal Service Fund.
Plan to monitor all internet use|http://www.uptilt.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=4zc,16asx,2aec,lzsl,j6jf,9k8f,jvyt
Time Warner Cable Cannot Possibly Compete With The Small City Of Wilson, NC|http://consumerist.com/5224578/time-warner-cable-cannot-possibly-compete-with-the-small-city-of-wilson-nc
Pirate Bay Verdict|http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/17/sweden.piracy.jail/index.html
Pirate Bay Judge scandal|http://www.thelocal.se/19028/20090423/
Battlestar Gallactica and Ethics http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40756
Watch out for line commands http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/boston-college-prompt-commands-are-suspicious
Facebook and grades http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/education/article6078321.ece
Judge Orders Web Site To Give Up Names http://www.uptilt.com/c.html?rtr=onhttp://www.uptilt.com/c.html?rtr=on
A Texas couple who say Internet posters made their lives "torture" after they were charged with rape are closer to stripping away their
tormentors' anonymity. A judge in California turned down a motion by Topix.com to quash a subpoena for identifying information on 178
anonymous posters, ABC News reported. The judge ordered the Web site to discuss with the plaintiff couple which documents are relevant to the case.
German Regulators Fine Microsoft For Price-Fixing http://www.uptilt.com/c.html?rtr=on
Antitrust regulators fined Microsoft's German subsidiary 9 million euros and said the world's largest software maker illegally influenced retail prices for its Office 2007 programs. Microsoft said it will comply with German regulations.
Primer for Businesses
E-Waste - photo essay
Responses about the future:Statistics
Gang of villagers chase away Google Car:
Robots can steal my job now too:
Google's Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity
The Dalai Lama isn't even safe.....
Iran Considers A Death Penalty for 'Offensive' Bloggers . . .
World-wide, the number of state-sanctioned executions almost doubled last year. A report by Amnesty International shows Iran, Saudi Arabia and China as being responsible for 90 per cent of all executions in 2008. Now, Iran is proposing a new law that could see the death sentence imposed on Internet bloggers who post offensive material on the web.
When in 2000 regular print outlets were censored by the mullahs, many Iranians turned to blogging. Over the past decade, Iran has blossomed into a nation of bloggers. It is estimated that there are some 46,000 bloggers in the country.
Blogging in Iran is not without risk. Earlier this month, Iranian blogger Omid-Reza Mirsayafi was found dead in Tehran's Evin prison. He was serving a two and a half year sentence for allegedly "insulting Ayotollah Khomeini and the Supreme Leader Khamenei" and posting "seditious" materials on his blog.
Business especially for people with Asperger's syndrome
Back to the days of the Cold War
writers that sell toolkits online for as little as $400 now offer support (!)
Marian Catholic High School students told: Pay tuition or go home
Internet goes down at the wrong time.
We don't deserve the technology that we have
Obama picks Net neutrality backer as FCC chief
Watch your email! http://www.governing.com/local.htm
ACADEMIC JOB TALKS SEMINAR Security on DemandMunawar Hafiz
March 9 (Monday) at 10:00 a.m.3401 Siebel Center
Now that we are all using gmail:
"A few weeks after launching the first wide-scale layoffs in its history, Microsoft Corp. admits it screwed up a key part of the plan.
The company is asking some laid-off employees for a portion of their severance back, saying an administrative glitch caused the software maker to pay them too much.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker is asking former employees for reimbursement, by check or money order, within two weeks, according to a redacted letter posted by the technology blog TechCrunch. [Lou Gellos, a Microsoft spokesman] confirmed the letter's authenticity."
State to start charging sales tax on online digital purchases Oct. 1
Digital Music Service Dilemma:
From a friend: If nothing else, FaceBook should give current users some time under the old policy to remove their content and their
accounts. I would love to see some questioning of changing ToS's without notification or a transition period. I've run into this elsewhere, and there is no way that people can
1) opt out of something they don't know exists
2) instantly drop a service that they've become invested in.
There has to be some responsibility on the part of the service provider to give reasonable notice and provide an exit for those who do not want to continue. Even if the service is "free."
Taliban and iPhone--who knew?
Another Privacy Issue--Google Latitude
Intellectual Property in the 21st Century
As part of InnovationWeek 2009, Manny Schecter from IBM will be on-campus speaking about Intellectual Property in the 21st Century.
Date: Thursday, 2/19
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pmLocation: 1214 Siebel Center
Cost: FREE and lunch will be provided
The nature of innovation has changed drastically in recent years. In a world dominated by networking technology that enables new types of collaboration, there are new and different ways to invent and build things. Management of intellectual property must be examined holistically, not only from a business strategy perspective but from an engineering and development perspective. This talk, part of TEC's Innovation Week 2009, will address basic IP concepts, an innovation model for the 21st century, and how IBM's own strategy has evolved.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity! And FREE lunch will be served.
For more information on this lecture and InnovationWeek 2009 events, please visit:
A Web site makes donors' information public, pitting concepts of political transparency and privacy against each other.
The Spy Factory -- a new data mining method to find criminals before they act.
Google begins effort to find Internet blockers
Air Tran Computer Glitch
From a friend: "Egyptian young people are using Facebook to connect and get around the censorship of other communications, but they are also broadcasting to the authorities who they are and what they're up to. The article ends by pointing out that you can supplement but not replace physical communications and connections with virtual ones."
The latest "Battle of the Brains" podcast is available at: http://battleofthebrains.podbean.com/. Interview with IBM's Katharine Frase, Vice President of Technical and Business Strategy, IBM Software Group, with tips on the kinds of questions students should prepare to answer when hitting the job interview circuit.
Free Speech-Turkey blocks YouTube, Google's decision
Citizen journalists use Twitter, email, etc.
We had no access like this in 2001--how times have changed!
Anthony Avina sent this: Facebook won $873 million against a Canadian spammer under CAN-SPAM Act.
Direct link to article: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hYeLMJqiFwKObQxk17xIA70-fI2AD94LFVU80
Simo Leone caught this article in the Tribune, might be an interesting case to follow in the future too.
Also a lot of good reviews in the article.
Teen suicide in front of web cam
Obama's Verizon phone records accessed illegally
Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose
Good Talk Dec. 1--Biometrics www.iti.uiuc.edu
OBAMA TO USE YOUTUBE FOR PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
'WIRED' OBAMA MAY HAVE TO GIVE UP BLACKBERRY
Vitual Affair leads to Virtual Divorce
Apply for a job in the next government http://change.gov/
Preserving Plato games: http://cyber1.org/
CTO - Chief Technology Officer - for the USA http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10083294-2.html
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo debugging code of global conduct
Authors, publishers settle copyright suit against Google
Consumers may soon be able to search, preview and buy millions of hard-to-find books, thanks to a deal announced Tuesday between Google and major copyright holders.---Mercury News http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_10843684
Oct. 31, 2008
1404 Siebel Center
Hacking Politics: The Digital Age of Voting and Privacy.
With less than a week before the presidential election, come join us this Halloween to find out how technology and privacy are being used to impact the election. Hear about social networking, voting machine security, and election fraud from Matt Cheney. Hear about privacy- or rather, the lack thereof- from Michael Perry.
5:30-6:30 1404 SC
The Digital Wild West of American Politics:
How Computers and the Internet are Being Used and Misused in the 2008 election: By Matt Cheney
6:30-7:00 SC Atrium
Dinner provided by SIGMil
7:00-8:00 1404 SC
How Technology Changes Your Privacy by Michael Perry
Woman arrested for killing virtual husband in Maple Story http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5002721.ece
The spurned make-believe wife was so angry at being jilted that she logged into the game using her partner's password and destroyed the character that he had spent a year creating.
SWEDEN MOVES STEP CLOSER TO ANTI-FILE SHARING LAW
A law that would make it easier to hunt individuals suspected of illegal filesharing over the internet. The proposed law is set to go into effect in April 2009. The government wants to give copyright holders, such as film and music companies, the ability to request information from internet service providers about individual users tied to IP addresses through which copyrighted material has been downloaded.
CANADIAN MAN ORDERED TO PAY DAMAGES FOR NET POSTINGS
An Edmonton man has been ordered to pay $50,000 in damages to anti-hate crusader Richard Warman, who was targeted for death in a series of vile Internet postings. The threats were "vicious, profane and extreme."
SOUTH KOREA JAILS MAN FOR SPREADING FALSE RUMORS ONLINE
..."the county will now only list those convicted of DWI-related crimes after a trial or plea bargain."
Baylor University and SAT scores http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/17/opinion/17fri3.html?ref=opinion
DMCA Catches McCain On YouTube http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/18151/dmca-catches-mccain-on-youtube
YouTube has pulled ads for John McCain that appear to violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, using copyrighted material from Fox News.Back in 1998, Senator John McCain voted for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 10 years later he's a victim of it. YouTube has pulled ads for the McCain Presidential campaign after Fox News has claimed they illegally use copyrighted material.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7012633639 Activist Nuns on Terrorist list
http://www.wesh.com/news/17703116/detail.html Voters told they cannot vote (but they can)
What a bad User Interface can do?
"Both Hutchins and Sheridan said the activists' names were entered into the state police database as terrorists partly because the software offered limited options for classifying entries."
From: Jessa Wang re: the MIT students who hacked the fare cards on the Boston Metro.
The MBTA did not carry out any more of the after-math actions but in this url, it is stated that the involvement of FBI (criminal charges) in this case and the students had not really disclosed the key info needed for replication of attacks (rather the key info was disclosed by MBTA themselves when they file for the lawsuit) : http://mashable.com/2008/08/13/freedom-of-information/
Get your resume checked at firstname.lastname@example.org (Yes, he chose the name Rands)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10055022-2.html Google stock price computer error
Anthony Gorczyca thought we might find this picture entertaining after some classes watched "Hacking Democracy". The caption is: "Diebold? Or just quietly?"
Sent by Anthony Avina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2N9ta1Hmiw -- a trailer for a new movie called Flash of Genius, which is about a man who invented the windshield wipers and had his idea stolen by a car company
Sept. 29, 2008
Another way to look at the economic problems: http://www.wired.com/politics/law/magazine/16-10/sl_khanna
Sept 22, 2008
another election link:
Sept. 15, 2008