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 Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Broadband and mobile internet access is spreading to more Americans, making them more likely to access health information whenever and wherever they need it. The always-on, always-with-you internet enhances people's online experience and creates a positive feedback loop, reinforcing their interest in using the internet to gather and share information. And yet, those who are online have a trump card. They have each other. Pew Internet’s research finds that having a chronic disease increases the probability that an internet user will share what they know and learn from their peers. They unearth nuggets of information. They blog. They participate in online discussions. And they just keep going.


(Source: Pew Internet Research Center)

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 19:34:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

McDonald's is working with law enforcement authorities after malicious hackers broke into another company's databases and stole information about an undetermined number of the fast food chain's customers.

McDonald's has also alerted potentially affected customers via e-mail and through a message on its Web site. "We have been informed by one of our long-time business partners, Arc Worldwide, that limited customer information collected in connection with certain McDonald’s websites and promotions was obtained by an unauthorized third party," a McDonald's spokeswoman said via e-mail on Saturday. McDonald's hired Arc to develop and coordinate the distribution of promotional e-mail messages, and Arc in turn relied on an unidentified e-mail company to manage the customer information database. This e-mail company's systems were hacked into.


(Source: Computer World)

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 19:31:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 10 December 2010

Google said Thursday that it expects to introduce more stringent copyright protection policies to prevent questionable web sites from participating in Google's services. The goal is to protect content creators from having their intellectual property exploited, the company said. At YouTube, Google already offers Content ID -- a set of audio and video matching tools that give content providers controls to manage their content if someone uploads it.

Participating rights holders provide reference files for comparing with the content on YouTube, and when matches are found the rights holder is given the opportunity to block, track or earn money from creations. "We're seeing media companies make the most of this revenue opportunity," noted YouTube Product Manager David King in a blog. "In the last quarter alone, claims to make money from videos increased 200 percent."


(Source: Newsfactor Network)

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Friday, 10 December 2010 18:03:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 07 December 2010

The government is finalising an intensive e-education programme which would ensure that information communication technology (ICT) is integrated in the teaching and learning processes. This was revealed by the minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. He said the programme dubbed “Tanzania Beyond Tomorrow” was important due to the fact that the world had become a village and therefore the ICT element was expected to enable Tanzanian children to compete globally. This, according to the minister, was part of the government’s plans to streamline the education sector between 2010 and 2015. “The second phase of Sedep (2010-2015) would see the completion of school infrastructure, providing teaching and learning materials, building science laboratories and libraries, as well as building capacities of the teaching teams,” he said.


(Source: The Citizen)

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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 18:48:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Hosted by the Government of Botswana through the Department of Research, Science and Technology, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, IST-Africa 2011 will take place in Gaborone, 04 - 06 May 2011. The scientific programme for IST-Africa 2011 is based on an open Call for Papers The core thematic areas are eHealth, eInfrastructures, Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Digital Libraries and Intelligent Content, Living Labs, Open Source Software, ICT for eInclusion and eAccessibility, ICT for Environmental Sustainability, RFID and Networked Enterprise, eGovernment, Networked Media, Transformation of Research Results into Local Innovation, Cloud Computing and IPv6. Interested presenters are encouraged to prepare an 8 page paper (4,000 - 5,000) words following the IST-Africa 2011 paper guidelines and paper template for submission online by 30 November.

All submissions will be double blind reviewed by the International Programme Committee and authors will receive feedback in January. Accepted authors will then be invited to submit a final paper taking account of feedback provided for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 18 February.


(Source: IST Africa)

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:00:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 11 November 2010

The British government says cyber crime is now one of the biggest risks to national security. A new cyber crime unit is to be set up which will both defend from and be able to attack other nations. As more of the world comes online, so the number and location of PCs available for hijacking is changing. Spencer Kelly investigates what the latest threats look like, and how they can be avoided. For the full story on "How to avoid the fake security tool scam", click here


(Source: BBC)

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Thursday, 11 November 2010 17:40:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 09 November 2010

Identity theft and misuse of data is of top concern to people around the world as well as in the United States. That's a challenge for our society, our political leadership and the IT industry. It's also a challenge to our customers. End users are sensitive to security technology and security safeguards used for Internet banking and online transactions. Our belief is that it's best to let people see that you have good security rather than making it invisible to people. It's the equivalent of showing people the vault in the back room in your great grandmother's generation.

What people want to see now is that their Internet banking and identity data is safe. We've seen this more than we did three or four years ago. Our customers want two-factor identification not to be invisible. If you log onto your bank through a kiosk device it acknowledges that you haven't used this device before and it puts you through an extra handshake.


(Source: Forbes)

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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:11:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The increased interest in e-waste recycling comes as Kenya enters a new regulatory regime, with guidelines that are meant to steer the formation of a new policy to support recyclers of obsolete mobiles, fridges, televisions, and computers, among other electronic items.

"Providing IT e-waste recycling is a logical extension of our current work in providing technology for schools across Kenya. Our engagement with HP will allow us to manage our own end of life equipment from schools and provide a local service where there is currently no provision for IT e-waste recycling, said Eoghan Crosby, the technical director at Camara. The plant is expected to handle 500 tonnes of e-waste in a year.


(Source: All Africa)

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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:05:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 05 November 2010

Facebook admitted late last week that some developers have sold user IDs (UIDs) to data brokers. The popular social-networking site said it has taken steps to prevent this in the future, including a six-month suspension of some developers. In a post Friday on the company's Developer Blog, Facebook's Mike Vernal said the company has "discovered some instances where a data broker was paying developers for UIDs." He noted that the developers were less than a dozen, mostly small developers, and that none of the apps were in the top 10 on the platform. He also noted that some sharing of UIDs happened "inadvertently" due to "an issue with the way that web browsers work." He added that no evidence was found that this "sharing" resulted in the collection of private user information. With a user ID, a user's public information, including name, can be found. The Journal found that at least one data broker, RapLeaf, had correlated the user IDs with its own database of Net users, and had shared the Facebook IDs with other firms.

This kind of data correlation can help to create a user behavioral profile. RapLeaf said the sharing wasn't intentional, and has agreed to remove all the UIDs it has. The company is no longer allowed to conduct activities on the Facebook platform.


(Source: News Factor Network)

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Friday, 05 November 2010 17:25:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 29 October 2010

A former IT staffer has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing sensitive information belonging to his co-workers and using the data to make money filling out online health surveys. Cam Giang, 31, was fired from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center earlier this year after investigators discovered that he'd been using the names, birthdays and Social Security numbers of other UCSF employees to fill out hundreds of online surveys.

The point was to collect online vouchers, worth US$100 each. He had worked at the medical center's IT department for five years and had access to the sensitive information through his job, according to court records. Between January and April of this year, Giang filled out 382 surveys before the company that was paying for them, StayWell, figured out what was going on. StayWell had been offering UC employees the gift vouchers as incentives to fill out health surveys, but it grew wise to the scam. The company received complaints from employees who couldn't fill out the survey. When StayWell investigated, it turned out that Giang had already filled out surveys in their names.


(Source: Computer World)

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Friday, 29 October 2010 15:48:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 28 October 2010

The European Commission is organizing a workshop on Understanding the role of ICT in the integration of Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities (IEM), on November 23rd, 2010, in Brussels that will encourage the sharing of good practices and research studies in the area of ICT-enabled or supported IEM participation in lifelong learning, improved employability and social integration.

Indeed, recent research has shown the importance of ICT (among which social computing applications seems to play a specifically important role) in the process of enabling the socio-economic integration of IEM people and fostering cultural diversity in our European knowledge societies. Different types of integration where ICT play a role can be distinguished, as top-down and mediated integration, which relies upon online welcoming and integration services provided by public or third sector social organisations which are increasingly taking advantage of ICT to facilitate the integration of IEM; or bottom-up integration, which relies on informal hospitality and is directly linked to social networking processes between migrants and members of the host society.


(Source: European Commission)

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:07:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ZDNet reported recently that a Western Australian man was the victim of a new bizarre twist of identity theft. According to the report, Roger Mildenhall, was contacted by a neighbor saying he had seen one of his investment houses for sale. Mildenhall looked into it and found that it was for sale . He was also surprised to learn that he sold another property in June. In this economy, you might jump for joy. Roger was dumbfounded since he never intended to sell these properties - this was done unauthorized by him.

ALL transactions were made via email, telephone, and fax. No human interaction. The report indicates that alleged scammers hacked into Mildenhall's email account. From there they were able to get to his personal and property documents.


(Source: Infosec Island)

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 11:03:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 25 October 2010

As technology advances, children are becoming quite adept at using smart phones, surfing the web, posting pictures, etc. So it may be important to sit your child down and teach them one quick lesson about the Internet:

What happens on the Internet, Stays on the Internet…FOREVER

And as parents, before you hand over that phone to provide some extra entertainment when you get stuck in line at a restaurant, you may want to make sure all other applications are locked down, you have signed out of your email and other social networking sites, and that before anything can be sent a passwords must be entered.


(Source: Infosec Island)

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Monday, 25 October 2010 16:23:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Google Inc admitted for the first time its "Street View" cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data than previously disclosed -- including complete emails and passwords -- potentially breathing new life into probes in various countries. The disclosure comes just days after Canada's privacy watchdog said Google had collected complete emails and accused Google of violating the rights of thousands of Canadians. "If in fact laws were broken...then there's some serious question of culpability and Google may need to face significant fines," said Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington DC-based privacy advocacy group.

Regulators in France, Germany and Spain, among others, have opened investigations into the matter. A coalition of more than 30 state attorneys general in the United States also have launched a joint probe. It remains unclear how many people may have been affected by the privacy breach.


(Source: Reuters)

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Monday, 25 October 2010 16:15:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Nearly half of home wi-fi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds, according to a study carried out across the UK. Of the 40,000 networks identified across six cities, just under 20,000 had no password or the most basic form of security encryption, the research for card protection and insurance company CPP found. In the “ethical hacking” experiment, researchers spent half an hour in each city using freely-available software to use as many unsecured wireless connections as possible. Nearly a quarter of the private networks (9,249) had no password, despite 82% of Britons saying their network is secure. But the study found even password-protected networks were not secure, with hackers able to breach a typical password in seconds.


(Source: Belfast Telegragh)

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:25:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

All network security equipment, the strongest of which is used by the financial industry, is exposed to a new kind of online attack, Finnish data security vendor Stonesoft said on Monday. Stonesoft said it has found a new threat category -- advanced evasion techniques (AETs) -- which simultaneously combine different evasions in several layers of networks, and in the process become invisible for security gear. While evasions -- tools hackers often use to penetrate network security -- are nothing new, AETs package them in new ways to let attackers bypass most firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IPS) without being detected.

This could give them access to data on secure corporate networks and allow them to plant further attacks. "From the point of view of cybercriminals and hackers, advanced evasion techniques work like a master key to anywhere," said Klaus Majewski, business development chief at Stonesoft. "Current protection against advanced evasion techniques is next to zero. This is a new thing and there is no protection against it currently," Majewski said.


(Source: Reuters)

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 13:21:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Canada is seeing e-health gains in the area of medication, with an estimated $436 million in cost savings and efficiencies this year, a report released Wednesday says. Drug information systems, which are hooked up now mainly in the western provinces and Prince Edward Island and to a lesser extent elsewhere, allow pharmacists and health-care providers to electronically access records of a patient's prescription medications. And they provide a full and accurate medication history so that potential drug interactions or allergies can be caught before they happen. The $436-million tally and report were compiled by Deloitte for Canada Health Infoway, a federally funded organization that was founded in 2001 and charged with helping provinces and territories to adopt electronic health-record projects.

"We expect that number to increase over time as drug information systems are more widely used in the country, and we get more experienced with their use," said Jennifer Zelmer, senior vice-president of clinical adoption and innovation at Infoway.


(Source: CBC)

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 13:18:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 14 October 2010

Countries all over the world are facing manifold challenges regarding their healthcare delivery. Due to limited budgets and increasing demand for high-quality healthcare services, new cost-efficient, reliable and interconnected systems need to be developed. E-health can make a significant contribution to ensure high-quality, sustainable healthcare systems. The Global E-Health Forum, which will take place on October 25 + 26, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, will address these challenges.

The primary aim of the organizers of the Global E-Health Forum, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, IBM and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), is to provide a cross-sector forum for representatives from hospitals and clinics, governments, health insurance organizations, service providers and the media. Policymakers, users, suppliers and implementation managers will have the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop collaborative working relationships.


(Source: Global E-Health Forum)

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:17:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

INTERPOL has launched an international initiative which will see the world police body provide a list of Internet domains containing severe child sexual abuse content to Internet Access Service Providers (ASPs) voluntarily participating in the scheme to reduce the availability of such material on the Web. Under the scheme, Internet users attempting to access severe child abuse material on the web will be re-directed away, either to an INTERPOL stop page or to an error page.

INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings unit, which steers the world police body’s combat against child sexual exploitation, will work with the Organization’s National Central Bureaus and international police forces amongst its 188 member countries in updating and enlarging this “Worst of” list of domains containing severe child sexual abuse material, according to criteria defined in collaboration with the pan-European police project CIRCAMP – the COSPOL (Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police) Internet Related Child Abusive Material Project.


(Source: Interpol)

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Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:59:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 12 October 2010

PRE-TEENS should not be on Facebook, insists Queensland Premier Anna Bligh - and the social networking site needs to work harder at enforcing the 13-year age limit. "I think that parents are right when they say that primary school children should not be on Facebook and I support Queensland parents when they say that Facebook needs to do more to address their legitimate fears," Ms Bligh said. "Vigilant parents can email the company if their child is under 13 and the child's site will be shut down.

''Unfortunately, there really is nothing to stop their child setting up another site." Sandy White from Norman Park in Brisbane's inner east is the mother of Thomas, 13, and Ryan, 12. She believes the number of primary school children using Facebook is growing. "I do not allow my boys to have a Facebook account, even though they would love to. It seems the norm these days is for children as young as 10 or 11 to join up but I believe that children of that young age are defenceless to predators.


(Source: Queensland Newspapers)

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:43:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Adult websites and applications are too easily accessible to adolescent smartphone users, with the Korean government unable to censor materials uploaded from foreign soil, a lawmaker said Monday. Rep. Han Sun-kyo of the governing Grand National Party (GNP) said that smartphone users, including minors, can access many applications containing sex-related material and games. “Internet users cannot search sites containing adult materials by typing in sex-related words. But if you do that in the App Store and Google-backed Android market, you get up to 900 X-rated applications,” he said during the National Assembly’s audit of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports. In particular, those who are over 17 can download adult content from the App Store, Han said. “Even if they are minors, they can have access to adult content as long as they type in passwords and click the approve button.” Among the most downloaded applications, one involving sex acts ranked 40th, he said, stressing there are even applications allowing smartphone users to view adult video clips by providing their uniform resource locators (URL).

“The Korea Communication Standards Commission (KOCSC) has recently decided to tighten applications on App Store and other online open application markets, believing there is too much sex-related material. But it is not certain that the commission will be able to apply local regulations to foreign companies,” the lawmaker said.


(Source: The Korea Times)

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:41:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Addiction counsellors have told Newsbeat they're seeing more cases of people worried about being hooked on playing video games. There are now calls for the gaming industry to offer more support to people who can't switch off. Technology or computer addiction isn't officially recognised as a clinical condition. But the group representing games companies admits there needs to be more research into the problem.

"Most of the people that are getting into difficulties tend to be in their teenage years and early 20s. "As that generation moves through and others come on behind, I think the problem is going to get bigger."


(Source: BBC)

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 16:01:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Appropriately for a month that concludes with a holiday designed around scary things, October has been declared Cyber Security Awareness Month. President Obama recently signed a proclamation and urged everyone to back up files, keep Internet-surfing children safe, and "play an active role in securing the cyber networks we use every day." National Cyber Security Awareness Month is part of a campaign organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and backed by the Department of Homeland Security.

The government agency said, "America's competitiveness and economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cybersecurity." NCSA said October's designation is part of the first Global Online Safety Campaign, called STOP | THINK | CONNECT, which began Monday. The public-private partnership is intended to "help all digital citizens employ universal behaviors to protect themselves," the organization said.


(Source: NewsFactor Network)

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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:55:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |