Sergej Bižal

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10 Reasons Why the Internet is Not the Answer

<i>This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming TNW USA Conference on December 10 in New York. It is adapted from Andrew’s new book, The Internet is Not the Answer, which will be published in the US on January 6th 2015.</i><p>With the Internet about to celebrate its fiftieth …

Forget North Korea – the real rogue cyber operator lies much closer to home

Were you to measure significance in column inches, the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures would appear to be the story of the week. Company executives had to post notices on office entrances telling staff not to log into the network when they reached their desks. The company’s entire network had …

Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on …

What is Open Data?

<b>Languages:</b> de el en es fr he hr id is it ja ko lt lv my ne nl_BE pt_BR ro ru zh_CN zh_TW<p>This handbook is about <i>open data</i> but what exactly is it? In …

Open Data

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

<i>Editor's note on Aug. 17 at 11:25 a.m. ET: A clarification and links to the ombudsman's critique of this post have been added.</i><p>For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop …

The death of privacy

We have come to the end of privacy; our private lives, as our grandparents would have recognised them, have been winnowed away to the realm of the shameful and secret. To quote ex-tabloid hack Paul McMullan, "privacy is for paedos". Insidiously, through small concessions that only mounted up over …

Revelations | Courage Snowden

Documents revealed by Edward Snowden and pertaining to the National Security Agency (NSA), US surveillance programs and US Intelligence Community …

The five biggest threats to human existence

In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, called existential risks, that threaten to wipe out …

Iridium Go Satellite WiFi Hotspot

No matter where life takes you — whether you're a globe-trotting adventurer, an international businessman, or you just live out in the middle of …

Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014

There's a lot of talk of Karl Marx in the air these days – from Rush Limbaugh accusing Pope Francis of promoting "pure Marxism" to a <i>Washington Times</i> …

Economics

Which country has most closely matched the dystopian future of George Orwell's 1984?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Todd Gardiner:</b><p>Advertisement<p>North Korea is a great example:<p>Perpetual state of war (perpetuated …

Improving Our Intelligence Analytical Performance

“The greatest hindrance to progress is not ignorance; but, the illusion of knowledge.”<p><b>Bringing Intelligence To The Intelligence Community</b><p><b></b>Al Kamen has …

The Cost of Surveillance

The Yale Law Journal Online (YLJO) just published an article that I co-authored with Kevin Bankston (first workshopped at the Privacy Law Scholars …

Striving For A Safer World Since 1945

A look at the national and international efforts to control and secure radioactive materials, and offers suggestions on how to reduce the risk of …

Independent commission to investigate future of internet after NSA revelations

A major independent commission headed by the Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, was launched on Wednesday to investigate the future of the internet in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations.<p>The two-year inquiry, announced at the World Economic Forum at Davos, will be wide-ranging but focus …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

More than 750,000 spam emails sent from fridges and TVs

More than 750,000 spam emails were sent from smart household appliances such as fridges and TVs over a two week period, according to a security firm<p>US-based Security firm Proofpoint claims to have uncovered the first proven Internet of Things cyberattack involving household "smart" appliances.<p>More …

Cybersecurity

Does America Owe Foreigners Any Privacy?

The case for constraining the NSA, even abroad<p>Domestic spying has been the understandable focus of U.S. citizens and policymakers as Edward Snowden's disclosures about the NSA made international headlines. But the leaks have given us a fuller understanding of foreign surveillance, too. Abroad, the …

How to defeat Big Brother

In 2013, we learned the terrifying scope of modern surveillance. Now it’s time to fight back<p>"Visibility is a trap."<p>It can be safely argued that those four words, written by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his discussion of the "panopticon," were never more true than they were this year. …

Inside The Sleazy World Of Reputation Management, Where People Pay To Control What You See On The Internet

It's known as "reputation management" and those who are good at it can earn $5,000 - $20,000 per month per client.<p>The crux of the work is to trick the search engines, mainly Google, into pushing bad news low in the search results while leaving good news (some of it maybe even fake) up high.<p>It can …

One chart that shows how you pay for free apps with your privacy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has a hefty new report out this week looking at the app economy. The report’s authors studied what privacy permissions are requested by the most popular Android apps in the Google Play store.<p>Of the 134 permissions that any app can …

Apps

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet

To avoid surveillance, the first four Americans to visit Edward Snowden in Moscow carried no cell phones or laptops. They flew coach on Delta from …

10 Questions Job Candidates Should Be Asking You

Evaluating job candidates is tricky business since candidates are prone to tell you what you want to hear. For this reason, world-class interviewers pay just as much attention to the questions they’re asked as to the answers they’re given, because smart questions reveal a lot about the candidate’s …

Ending Soon: Dragon Dictate For Mac 3 [Deals]

<b>Dragon Dictate for Mac 3</b> offers incredibly accurate speech-to-text and allows you to run your favorite desktop applications by voice. It’s the #1 voice recognition software on the market for good reason, and it’s available for 50% off – just $99.99 – from Cult of Mac Deals during this limited time …

App Store

Cash and blackmail used by police to recruit informers

Cambridgeshire Police appear to have said relatively little following the revelation that police attempted to recruit a young activist to spy on students and other campaigners.<p>However Simon Parr, the Cambridgeshire chief constable, has intimated that his force was only doing what police forces …