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Blogging, social media use skyrocketing at universities

Blogging, social media use skyrocketing at universities | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
From time to time I have been pleased to feature the research of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research.
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Open Data Barometer, which examines ‪#‎opendata‬

Open Data Barometer, which examines ‪#‎opendata‬ | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

A global movement to make government “open by default” picked up steam in 2013 when the G8 leaders signed an Open Data Charter - promising to make public sector data openly available, without charge and in re-useable formats. In 2014 the G20 largest industrial economies followed up by pledging to advance open data as a tool against corruption, and the UN recognized the need for a “Data Revolution” to achieve global development goals.

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As the UN leads a conversation on the need for a Data Revolution to support the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, our research highlights the lack of open and accessible data on the performance of key public services. If the political and social impacts of open data are to be realised, work to increase the supply of datasets from right across government will be needed, alongside sustained investment in capacity building, training and support for effective data use.

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China's online population nears 650 million: govt

China's online population nears 650 million: govt | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world's largest online population continues to rise.
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Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law?

Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law? | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Advocates hope that the Department of Justice's involvement in a lawsuit is a crucial step in ending trademark protection for the Washington football team's name.
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Evan Oaks's curator insight, January 25, 9:26 PM

For over a year now people have been arguing of the Washington Redskins team name being offensive towards Native Americans.  This is not the first time that people are being forced to change their names due to them being offensive.  This instance is important because the media has made it such a big deal.  Now the law may be changed due to this instance.

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France: Le Monde's Twitter account hacked | Mapping Media Freedom in Europe

France: Le Monde's Twitter account hacked | Mapping Media Freedom in Europe | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

Le Monde's Twitter account was hacked by individuals claiming to be part of the Syrian Electronic Army. 

Messages related to the attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine were published on the hacked account, for instance a group of sheep marching and carrying "Je suis Charlie" signs. 

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Transparency and free expression matter for sustainable development

Transparency and free expression matter for sustainable development | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

As the United Nations prepares to agree a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September, over 70 organisations — including the Web Foundation — are calling for the goals to include a strong commitment to government transparency, freedom of expression and association, and a free media.

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Nairobi Star website briefly defaced by hackers | Nairobi News

Nairobi Star website briefly defaced by hackers | Nairobi News | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

Hackers briefly defaced Nairobi Star website on Wednesday night and posted pro-Islamist propaganda material. The website was restored shortly after.


The cyber-attack comes days after the Media Council of Kenya threatened to close down the newspaper over the alleged publication of offensive material.

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Democracy in the digital era

Democracy in the digital era | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Activist and Icelandic Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir on what we can do and the tools we can all use to strengthen democracy and make it real.
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These maps show you how many people are online in the world

These maps show you how many people are online in the world | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Scandinavia is crushing it while developing nations fall behind.
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Most governments conceal data despite G20 pledges, study says

Most governments conceal data despite G20 pledges, study says | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar, Haiti and Mali were ranked the least open and transparent countries in a global index of government data released on Tuesday, which found that most governments do not make official data openly available to the public.

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The challenge of reporting cyberwar

The challenge of reporting cyberwar | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Cyberwar could be the defining story for a generation, but journalists face an unprecedented challenge in reporting accurately.
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As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Some U.S. cities are bypassing private Internet providers and creating their own, faster networks. But laws in 19 states impede those efforts, and some cities want the FCC to get involved.
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How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Several schools, including ones in high-poverty areas, are making art critical to the learning of more academic subjects. They're seeing remarkable student improvement as a result of arts integration.
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Would be interesting to see the evolution of the Student Digital Privacy Act. Technology in Education and Access to the internet for art laboratories. 

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Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful

Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
It is conventional wisdom that things like frequent email checking and heavy use of social media make people twitchy. But is it true?
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Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Europe’s top rights body says scale of NSA spying is ‘stunning’ and suggests UK powers may be at odds with rights convention
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ISS Africa | The AU’s cybercrime response: A positive start, but substantial challenges ahead

ISS Africa | The AU’s cybercrime response: A positive start, but substantial challenges ahead | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
The AU recently adopted the Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, but African states have a long way to go to fight cybercrime.
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Ten countries where people have been arrested over social media messages - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Ten countries where people have been arrested over social media messages - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
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UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

“Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

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ISS Africa | Is South Africa geared up for new cyberspace challenges?

ISS Africa | Is South Africa geared up for new cyberspace challenges? | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
This seminar asks if South Africa is balancing the opportunities and threats that cyberspace presents
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The FCC's possible reclassification of ISPs signals hope for net neutrality

The FCC's possible reclassification of ISPs signals hope for net neutrality | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
The FCC is preparing a regulation change to enforce net neutrality, despite lobbyist and legislative interference. Learn how this affects providers and users of cloud-based services.
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Obama Is Annoyed the Government Can't Spy on Your iMessages and Snapchats

Obama Is Annoyed the Government Can't Spy on Your iMessages and Snapchats | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron incensed the Internet by proposing to ban secure messaging applications, like WhatsApp and Snapchat, unless they install backdoors to allow government spying. Plenty of other services, including Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, might also run afoul of such a law, the Independent pointed out....
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Why we should be worried about relinquishing our privacy to a secret state - Index on Censorship

Why we should be worried about relinquishing our privacy to a secret state - Index on Censorship | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

Ben Wizner is a director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Speech, Privacy & Technology Project — which is dedicated to protecting and expanding individuals’ right to privacy, as well as increasing the control that one has over their personal information, ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced, rather than compromised, by new advances in science and technology.

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How Google Crawls and Indexes Web Pages

How Google Crawls and Indexes Web Pages | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how Google crawls and indexes web pages? If you haven't, you should. Why? Because it affects how well your site ranks on Google. In or
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Government sites and public institutions sites need to have useful content for public to access information. Without content these sites are just skeleton or empty shelves. Worse we can call them a menu with a price list but missing details of what you are ordering.

 

In the absence of useful data, Open Governance becomes a challenge with low service delivery affecting the poor by a large number.

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Asylum applications reviewed for terror ties - SWI swissinfo.ch

Asylum applications reviewed for terror ties - SWI swissinfo.ch | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it
The Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) is reviewing asylum applications as a measure to prevent potential terrorists from entering Switzerland.
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Cyber Security : Global Information Security Survey 2014

Cyber Security : Global Information Security Survey 2014 | Information Cyber Corps | Scoop.it

Reports in the media regularly illustrate that cyber threats are increasing in their levels of persistence, sophistication and organization: the damage caused by a cyber attack can severely impact a business.

 

As we discussed in last year’s Global Information Security Survey (GISS) 2013 report, even if you have not experienced an attack yet, you should assume that your organization will have been targeted, or that your security has already been breached.

 

In our 2014 survey, we discovered that organizations are making progress on building the foundations of cybersecurity — and this progress is important — however, most respondents report having only a “moderate” level of maturity in their foundations.

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Cybercrime Laws By Country & Other Resources DOC

Cybercrime Laws By Country & Other Resources DOC

 

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Legislate Cyber Security laws to protect companies and consumers against cyber threats and to curtail the flames of hate. Lack of political will is a threat to Cyber Rights and Cyber Security.

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You are welcome. Thanks!