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Americans and Cybersecurity

 

(jmiks/iStock.com)Cyberattacks and data breaches are facts of life for government agencies, businesses and individuals alike in today’s digitized and networked world. Just a few of the most high-profile breaches in 2016 alone include the hacking and subsequent release of emails from members of the Democratic National Committee; the release of testing records of dozens of athletes conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency; and the announcement by Yahoo that hackers had accessed the private information associated with roughly 1 billion email accounts. Finally, in late 2016 and early 2017 U.S. intelligence agencies (the FBI, CIA and Department of Homeland Security) both issued statements and testified before Congress that the Russian government was involved in the hack of the DNC with the aim of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

 

Digital Rights Activists Hail Trump’s Death Blow Against TPP

 

But they worry about what future deals will mean for privacy and access.

Facebook’s new role in Europe: protecting Poles from hate speech since 2016

 

A couple of years ago any nationalist statement against the “threat of muslimisation” was widely recognized as the very definition of hate speech across all European countries. By 2016, no longer.

 

As the black market caught on to its anonymity properties, Monero became the fastest growing cryptocurrency of 2016.

Poland’s #Selfie Diplomacy

 

On January 23, 2017, the Polish Embassy in the US published a YouTube video titled “Words Matter”. The video aims to ensure that journalists and social media users employ the correct term when referring to concentration camps built by Nazi Germany on Polish soil during World War 2. This video serves as a fascinating example of Selfie Diplomacy which is the use of social media to narrate a nation’s image, character, history and role in the world. In this post, I attempt to analyse the Polish embassy’s video and by so doing to analyse its Selfie diplomacy.

 

Mark Zuckerberg’s massive philanthropic organization just laid out the next step in its quest to cure or manage all diseases.

 

The Trump administration’s disdain for factual information has become abundantly clear from the falsehoods uttered by Trump’s aides in recent days, such as press secretary Sean Spicer’s inaccurate assertions about the inaugural crowd sizes, as well as senior advisor Kellyanne Conway’s use of the Orwellian term “alternative facts” to describe Spicer’s figures.

 

The Trump administration’s disdain for factual information has become abundantly clear from the falsehoods uttered by Trump’s aides in recent days, such as press secretary Sean Spicer’s inaccurate assertions about the inaugural crowd sizes, as well as senior advisor Kellyanne Conway’s use of the Orwellian term “alternative facts” to describe Spicer’s figures.

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