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13 April 2008
us: Folks below the 'digital divide' would use the Internet more if they had it, research suggests (Cornell University Chronicle)
There is still a "digital divide." Rich people are connected to the Internet more than poor people, and some worry that this creates an "electronic underclass" unable to access important services. Subsidies to help low-income households get online have been suggested.
Study finds digital divide in Qatar society (The Peninsula)
There exists a wide technological divide between children and their parents in Qatari society. Though many e-education initiatives are technologically and pedagogically effective, children may not enroll because of parental anxiety, says Qatar's Global Information Technology Report 2007-2008.
U.S. Adults Wary Of Web-Use Tracking (Information Week)
A majority of U.S. adults are uncomfortable with Web sites using a person's online activity to deliver customized content, a study released Thursday showed.
Israeli defence chiefs have moved to tighten internet social networking rules after photographs appeared showing sensitive military subjects. A review of Facebook pages belonging to Israeli troops found that some had posted detailed pictures of air bases, operations rooms and submarines.
12 April 2008
Europe rejects plan to criminalise file-sharing (InfoWorld)
The European Parliament rejected attempts to criminalise the sharing of files by private individuals and threw out the idea of banning copyright abusers from the Internet, in a plenary vote Thursday.
People searching the web for information on suicide are more likely to find sites encouraging the act than offering support, a study says. Researchers used four search engines to look for suicide-related sites, the British Medical Journal said.
So now we can legally watch Max Mosley being beaten by prostitutes. For whom is this a victory? (The Guardian)
Having primly waited for permission from a high court judge, I have finally got on the internet and looked at a video of Max Mosley's sado-masochistic sex games with a group of London prostitutes. I tried the News of the World's website, but this was a bit of a disappointment because, while I could hear the formula one boss pleading for more punishment in a stage German accent, no pictures appeared on the screen at all.
American ISPs already sharing data with outside ad firms (The Register)
Multiple American ISPs are sharing customer data with outside firms that deal in so-called behavioral ad targeting, and according to one of these firms, the Silicon Valley-based NebuAd, roughly 10 per cent of all US web surfers are affected.
Indonesia's Internet service providers have restored access to YouTube and other Web sites that carried a Dutch lawmaker's film that accuses the Koran of inciting violence, an industry official said on Friday.
Vodafone biggest seller of music singles in NZ (New Zealand Herald)
Digital music sales in New Zealand are soaring with mobile phone company Vodafone selling the most music singles, beating out traditional record stores, The Warehouse, iTunes and rival phone company Telecom for the top position.
us: Bush's Cyber Secrets Dilemma (Forbes)
There's a problem facing the Bush administration: It has $30 billion to spend over the next five to seven years to keep the U.S. safe from hackers and cyberspies. But to extend that protection to the nation's critical infrastructure--including banks, telecommunications and transportation--it needs the cooperation of the private sector.
RSA - New Zealand's lessons learned in Cyber Storm II (ComputerWorld)
Earlier this month, New Zealand completed its second Cyber Storm. Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security Cyber Storm II gathered together about 2,500 people from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US to play out several cyber attack scenarios in which critical parts of the infrastructure were disabled by computer threats.
Handheld gadgets storing thousands of hours of film footage could soon be a reality thanks to IBM scientists. Researchers for the computer giant are working on a technology known as racetrack memory which uses tiny magnetic boundaries to store data.
Obwohl es laut Denic derzeit knapp 12 Millionen registrierte .de-Domains gibt, konzentriert sich der Bundesbürger bei der privaten Nutzung des Internets nur auf acht Lieblingsseiten, die er regelmäßig besucht.
The number of viruses, worms and trojans in circulation has topped the one million mark. The new high for malicious programs was revealed by security firm Symantec in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report.
Mobile broadband on the rise among Irish businesses - report (Digital Media Europe)
55 per cent of large corporate firms in Ireland use mobile broadband using data cards and modems, says a report by Irish regulator ComReg. ComReg also found that 16 per cent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) had adopted mobile broadband via laptops, while 24 per cent had accessed the internet over mobile handsets (up from 15 per cent in 2006).
Flickr to offer video sharing (The Guardian)
Photo-sharing website Flickr has confirmed months of speculation and responded to demands from its users to introduce video sharing.
Almost nine out of 10 UK web users watched video online in December, according to comScore, whose data revealed the dominance of YouTube.
11 April 2008
For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and MySpace.com flourish.
Promoting extreme thinness will become a criminal offence punishable by a jail sentence under a government-backed law that was tabled yesterday in France to combat anorexia nervosa.
Most Chinese Say They Approve of Government Internet Control (Pew Internet & American Life Project)
Many Americans assume that China's internet users are unhappy about their government's control of the internet, but a new survey finds most Chinese say they approve of internet regulation, especially by the government.
RSA: Cyber Storm II Builds Network To Defend Against Cyber Crisis (Information Week)
Among the goals for Cyber Storm II, a government-sponsored computer security exercise that occurred last month, was testing information sharing capabilities across organizations during a crisis.
Ad-targeting system Phorm must be "opt in" when it is rolled out, says the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). European data protection laws demand that users must choose to enrol in the controversial system, said the ICO in an amended statement.
Telstra says Australia is still falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to internet speeds, despite the completion of its new broadband project.
China's 3G Failure (Business Week)
China Mobile will start selling heavily subsidized TD-SCDMA phones in eight cities from April 1. Officially it's a trial, because 3G licenses have not yet been issued. In reality it marks the commercial launch of 3G in China.