Cyberculture roundup: Success of Microsoft?s security team, EFF campaigns on Open Wireless and Transparency and more…

Microsoft?s security team is killing it: Not one product on Kaspersky?s top 10 vulnerabilities list

from The Next Web by Emil Protalinski

EFF Launches New Transparency Project

from Updates by Jennifer Lynch

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group Members Jailed

from TorrentFreak by Ernesto
September last year IMAGiNE stopped distributing new films via their private BitTorrent tracker UnleashTheNet. As IMAGiNE was one of the Internet?s leading BitTorrent release groups the hiatus sparked speculation that the authorities were onto them. Indeed, TorrentFreak was tipped off by the leader of a rival group that this indeed was the case.

From cell phone location tracking to the use of surveillance drones, from secret interpretations of electronic surveillance law to the expanding use of biometrics, EFF has long been at the forefront of the push for greater transparency on the government?s increasingly secretive use of new technologies.


EFF’s Open Wireless campaign: help your neighbors, improve anonymity, support innovation

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is stepping up its open wireless campaign, which encourages people and businesses to leave their Internet connections open to the public, and offers advice on doing this safely and sustainably. As EFF points out, most WiFi networks are latent for most of the time, and there are a million ways that leaving your network accessible to passersby or neighbors can really help out, from emergency access during disasters to the urgent need to send an email, look up a phone number, or check directions. EFF’s Adi Kamdar writes,


How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

from Pew Internet Rss Feed: Reports
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens? research habits are changing in the digital age

Twitter, envisioned in 1992 as a cyberpunk data pool that replaces the CIA and Library of Congress

from The Next Web by Matthew Panzarino


Hurricane Sandy, the Tweeting Hurricane

from Sysomos Blog by Sheldon Levine
By now you?ve surely heard about Hurricane Sandy that has swept over the eastern side of North America causing flooding and terrible damage in her path. You also probably saw social media lighting up with talk of the hurricane over the past few days. Well, that wasn?t just your imagination.

More Hurricane Sandy help: Google intros Public Alerts to provide crisis information via Search, Maps

from The Next Web by Jon Russell
A number of top Internet firms are helping organize and provide useful information around Hurricane Sandy and Google, having already added power outage information to its dedicated crisis maps service, has now added public alerts to its search and mobile maps services to help those seeking details online.

American Apparel Angers Twittersphere With ?Hurricane Sandy Sale?

from Mashable! by Anita Li

Public Alerts on Google Search and Maps for Android for superstorm Sandy preparedness information

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
Earlier today we posted about efforts to provide information to those affected by the former hurricane and now superstorm Sandy.

How to follow Hurricane Sandy online

from The Next Web by Jamillah Knowles


Video from flooded NYC: East 8th Street and Avenue C before the blackout

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


Microsoft and Apple in a tough new world

Are the newly launched Windows 8 and the iPad Mini merely further proof that the personal computing industry is in crisis, asks Jason Pontin


Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

from Updates by Micah Lee
Earlier this month the eagerly awaited free software operating system Ubuntu 12.10 was released, and it includes a slew of new features (YouTube link), some of which have infuriated users because of privacy concerns.


Microsoft: Google copied Apple?s smartphone interface design

from The Next Web by Alex Wilhelm
Today at its Windows Phone event in San Francisco, Microsoft acknowledged the important impact that Apple had on the smartphone industry, noting that its iPhone was indeed what I would call a singular device.

Megaupload and the Government’s Attack on Cloud Computing

from Updates by Cindy Cohn and Julie Samuels
Yesterday, EFF, on behalf of its client Kyle Goodwin, filed a brief proposing a process for the Court in the Megaupload case to hold the government accountable for the actions it took (and failed to take) when it shut down Megaupload’s service and denied third parties like Mr. Goodwin access to their property. The government also filed a brief of its own, calling for a long, drawn-out process that would require third parties?often individuals or small companies?to travel to courts far away and engage in multiple hearings, just to get their own property back.

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