Facebook made China censorship tool

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Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China.  Since 2009, the only way to access Facebook in China has been via a virtual private network – software designed to “spoof” your real location and avoid local internet restrictions.  Facebook, which has 1.8 billion active users, is aggressively looking to… Read more »

Canadians want judicial oversight of any new digital snooping powers for police

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Most Canadians feel strongly about their right to privacy online, but a new poll shows the vast majority are willing to grant police new powers to track suspects in the digital realm — so long as the courts oversee the cops. Source: CBC Date: November 17th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/investigates/police-power-privacy-poll-1.3854186 Discussion 1) In the US, leaks by a whistleblower, Edward… Read more »

‘Invulnerability illusion’ leaves younger people exposed to web frauds

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If you’re a younger person who thinks older people are more likely to get scammed online than you are, your dodgy prince awaits.  A recent Better Business Bureau study found 69 per cent of online scam victims are under 45 — and millennials are more likely to get conned than baby boomers.  “Despite the perception that… Read more »

“No, the presidential election can’t be hacked”

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The Obama administration is accusing Russia of hacking US political organizations. States are reporting attempts — in one case successful — to breach voter registration databases. And the final days of the campaign are dominated by talk of whether the race is “rigged.” Source: CNN Date: October 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/politics/election-day-russia-hacking-explained/index.html Discussion 1) “Nobody is going to be able to change the outcome of… Read more »

How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover

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Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and even protect turtles.  That’s because street lights are also becoming the eyes and ears of “smart” cities.  Lamp posts double as data collectors, communicating with a central control… Read more »

Is that app you’re using for work a security threat?

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When cybersecurity firm Imperva asked one of its banking clients how many apps it thought its staff were using, the firm estimated between 75 and 100 in total. The figure was actually closer to 800.  Why does this matter? Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37541594 Discussion 1) “Cloud-based apps often gain access to the… Read more »

Yahoo scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.

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Yahoo has downplayed a report that said it had scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.  Reuters made the allegation recently, saying Yahoo had created special software to comply with a classified directive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 11th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37568106 Discussion 1) Every email was scanned.  “Sources had told said… Read more »

Meeting Cellebrite – Israel’s master phone crackers

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Cellebrite is an Israeli company that helps police forces gain access to data on the mobile phones of suspected criminals.  Cellebrite was in the headlines earlier this year when it was rumoured to have helped the FBI to crack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2016 Link to… Read more »

How tech is helping a casino catch the cheats

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  In the past, casinos would employ agents to observe gamblers’ behaviour and watch out for cheats, but now technology is playing a role. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37095120 Discussion 1) What other businesses could use this sort of technology? 2) What sort of disclosures should a casino, or other business using this… Read more »

Canadian tech company Netsweeper helped Bahrain censor websites

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Canadian technology company Netsweeper helped the Bahraini government block opposition party websites, various news websites and content critical of Islam, according to a new report by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Source: CBC News Date: September 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/netsweeper-bahrain-government-internet-censorship-1.3769803 Discussion 1) The article says that Netsweeper is” raising the alarm because they found… Read more »