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WikiConstitution

Posted July 29th, 2012 by thekeychainkid
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A collaborative, anyone can edit, Universal Constitution for a fictional World Government.

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Is Microsoft Spying On You Via Skype Or Not?

Posted July 24th, 2012 by Mattfree88
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Is Microsoft Spying On You Via Skype Or Not?

Back in May, we brought you news that Microsoft had moved Skype from P2P to its own dedicated Linux-based servers. At the time, it was funny because Microsoft was using Linux servers instead of Windows Servers to host Skype, but things have become a little more worrisome since then.

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With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate

With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate

The internet is still rejoicing after last week’s win over ACTA. The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the treaty which effectively kills it for the time being. It will be back later, but the Internet can celebrate another win for now. While our friends in Europe our celebrating, the U.S. must still be on the offensive in regards to the ever elusive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

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Yahoo names Google exec as new boss

Posted July 16th, 2012 by ecigarettes
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Technology firm Yahoo has appointed leading Google executive Marissa Mayer as its next chief executive. Ms Mayer, 37, will become the firm's third CEO in the space of a year. In a statement released by Yahoo, Ms Mayer said she was "honoured and delighted" to lead the company. In May CEO Scott Thompson stepped down after accusations that he put a fake computer degree on his CV. In September 2011, CEO Carol Bartz was fired after two-and-a-half years in the post.

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Scamworld: 'Get rich quick' schemes mutate into an online monster

Posted June 27th, 2012 by abexman
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A network of pitchmen have used the internet and fear of a failing economy to play the ultimate long con. It's called internet marketing.

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How Private Law Secures the Internet

The informal institutions that enforce network security norms between ISPs are more efficient than a formal legal regime. Indeed, because formal and informal enforcement of security norms are substitutes, not complements, the formal legal system's neglect of ISPs is not merely benign but has also helped the Internet to flourish.

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Google's "Transparency Report" and the US Government

Posted June 18th, 2012 by danv
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Google now posts regular "Transparency Reports" the include not only private content removal requests but also requests made by the US Government via court orders and law enforcement officials. The breakdown shows requests to remove content (mostly on YouTube) due to various reasons such as violence, privacy, and defamation.

The most interesting stat is that Google has complied with only 42% of the requests.

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Flame cyberweapon written using gamer code, report says

Posted June 1st, 2012 by ecigarettes
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Flame — a complex cyberweapon that forced Iran to cut off its Oil Ministry rigs from the Internet — was reportedly written using the same language as games such as Angry Birds. Fox News reports that the virus was written using the computer language LUA, which game programmers like because it’s simple and stable. It’s also easy to embed, the report said, and Flame’s authors may have used the language to make the virus harder to detect.

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When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

EFF Charts the Privacy and Transparency Practices of the Internet's Biggest Companies

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 31, 2012

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UK Will Order More ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay

Posted May 27th, 2012 by Mattfree88
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UK Will Order More ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay

The BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), the voice of the British recorded music bizz, is reported to make desperate efforts of extending its Internet-blocking policy about The Pirate Bay onto other largest broadband providers, including TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky, O2, and Orange.

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