Tag: privacy

Technology Start-Ups can Successfully spark digital growth in the Developing World

Technology Start-Ups can Successfully spark digital growth in the Developing World

Mobile, Startups, Technology
 Internet technology in emerging markets has received far less attention but has major implications for economic growth and social progress. We recently studied the impact of the Internet on what we call “aspiring countries,” defined as having the economic size and dynamism to be significant players on the global stage in the near future and achieve levels of prosperity approaching those of the advanced economies. “Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that allows individuals, enterprises, and governments to play a bigger role in the Internet economy.” According to Voices , Internet entrepreneurs in aspiring countries are often also social entrepreneurs, in that they create the ecosystem that al
Yahoo Discloses New Breach of 1 Billion User Accounts

Yahoo Discloses New Breach of 1 Billion User Accounts

Cyber Security, Internet, Technology
Yahoo Inc warned that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber-attack, saying data from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest breach in history. According to New York Times, the newly disclosed 2013 attack involved sensitive user information, including names, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions that could be used to reset a password. Reuters reports that the number of affected accounts was double the number implicated in a 2014 breach that the internet company disclosed in September and blamed on hackers working on behalf of a government. News of that attack, which affected at least 500 million accounts, prompted Verizon Communication Inc to say in October that it might wi...
Blackphone promises extreme Android-powered mobile privacy

Blackphone promises extreme Android-powered mobile privacy

Mobile
Surveillace is one of the biggest  threats to privacy and most individuals and organization who value privacy have taken deliberate steps to use available means to secure their privacy. The Blackphone is a smartphone being built to ensure privacy. It  was developed by  SGP Technologies  a joint venture between the makers of GeeksPhone and Silent Circle. Marketing is focused upon business users, stressing that employees often conduct business using private devices and services that are not secure and that the Blackphone service readily provides users with options that ensure confidentiality when needed. Blackphone provides Internet access through VPN. The telephone runs a modified version of Android called SilentOS that comes with a bundle of security-minded tools. On 30 June 2014, the B

Google vs EU: Right to be forgotten sounds attractive but does it solve anything?

Governance, Internet, social media
The Economist:MAX MOSLEY enjoyed sexual practices which many might find odd. But that was his business, so when in 2008 a now-defunct British tabloid wrongly dubbed him a participant in a “sick Nazi orgy”, he sued it for breaching his privacy and won. The allegations, however, remain on the internet. If you type in “Max Mosley”, Google (whose boss Eric Schmidt is a non-executive director of this paper)* helpfully tries to complete the search: the first four options are “video”, “case”, “pictures” and “scandal”. He—and many others who feel their lives are tainted by the smears and irrelevancies which search engines link to their names—want redress. Many European politicians are sympathetic to this. Countries such as France and Britain have long allowed the erasure of criminal records once

Russia: Veto online Law to Restrict Online Freedom, Bloggers to use real names

Domains, Governance, Internet
Written by Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets. On April 22, 2014, Russia’s State Duma adopted amendments to counter-terrorism legislation, including a new law on “Internet users called bloggers.” The law requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily visitors online to register with Roskomnadzor, the state body for media oversight. Once registered, bloggers will have the same legal constraints and responsibilities as mass media outlets, including verifying information for accuracy, indicating the mini