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An internet group about The Internet.

The internet is both a telecommunication medium and a culture. We have embraced it because of its immediacy, its pervasiveness and its usefulness.

Even though for most of us its workings is equivalent to magic and it's enough to know that it's very 'complicated and technical,' it has become an intricate part of our life.

Let's talk about this.

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Latest Activity: Dec 25, 2017

The Internet

This is a partial portrait of the Internet. Imagine that at the tip of each branch there is one or multiple human brains operating and that each one of these terminals can be instantly connected to any other, anywhere.

If we could map this image to the surface of the Earth it would make it even more obvious that this network of networks is like a new organ that has been grafted onto the biosphere.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org. Each line is drawn between two nodes, representing two IP addresses. The length of the lines are indicative of the delay between those two nodes. This graph represents less than 30% of the Class C networks reachable by the data collection program in early 2005. Lines are color-coded according to their corresponding RFC 1918 allocation as follows:

Dark blue: net, ca, us
Green: com, org
Red: mil, gov, edu
Yellow: jp, cn, tw, au, de
Magenta: uk, it, pl, fr
Gold: br, kr, nl
White: unknown

Click here for a high-resolution 8MB image.

Discussion Forum

The NSA may have won a round but are losing the war!

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

THE CORE INTERNET INSTITUTIONS ABANDON THE US GOVERNMENTIn Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the…Continue

Tags: China, internet, governance, Brazil, Russia

So you think the cloud is Safe?

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Sep 26, 2013. 12 Replies

In the digital age, your files and memories are not truly yours any more. They belong to the cloudKYLE GOODWIN wants his stuff back. One day, he decided to set up a company in Ohio to …Continue

Tags: data, storage, computing, Cloud

ARE WE SMARTER YET? HOW COLLEGES ARE MISUSING THE INTERNET

Started by Doone. Last reply by Neal Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

ARE WE SMARTER YET? HOW COLLEGES ARE MISUSING THE INTERNETby Akim ReinhardtWe should all probably be a lot smarter…Continue

Tags: MISUSING, THE, INTERNET, COLLEGES, HOW

Wearable computers challenge human rights

Started by Davy Jul 24, 2013. 0 Replies

The thoughtless adoption of new technologies seduces us into providing more of our personal selves without any concerns for the protection of our personal data, argues Katina Michael an associate…Continue

Tags: sensors, information, technology, computers, rights

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Comment by Chris on December 25, 2017 at 12:58pm

I was thinking of giving her equal time because I may not 'believe' in other people's santa.

In sarcasm.

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2017 at 12:55pm

Is this "Equal time?"

C-Span Book TV rebroadcast today. In Depth with Annie Jacobsen Anni... talked about her life and career and responded to viewer comments and questions. Ms. Jacobsen is the author of Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency, and Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis.

Ten to fifteen minutes you will begin to know about extasensory perception and psycokonisis.    

Comment by Chris on December 15, 2017 at 3:55am
Comment by Chris on December 15, 2017 at 3:28am

If you want to vomit watch the entire fcc hearing.  I choked while watching it on CSPAN.

https://www.inquisitr.com/4683448/net-neutrality-watch-the-fcc-hear...

Digging though the above link you may you may be able to find it.

If you want to vomit watch the entire fcc hearing.  I choked while watching it on CSPAN.

Digging though the above link you may you may be able to find it.

Ajit Pai's  kickbacks will pay back in dividends.

I'm haviing a difficult time to curtai comments about Ajit licking ice cram  Cream cones.

Comment by Stephen on December 15, 2017 at 2:09am

Comment by Chris on December 14, 2017 at 8:57pm

John Oliver tackles net neutrality again, crashes FCC comments site...

Oliver helps lead protest against dismantling of Title II net neutrality rules.




Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 1:32pm

Yippie Yi Yo.

A fiber cable was finally ran through my neighborhood last week so my internet connection may be more stable and faster after the switch.

Comment by Chris on September 17, 2017 at 10:30am

part two about DuckDuck Go

Google Chrome -> Safari (free), Firefox (free), Brave (free)
Safari was the first major browser to include DuckDuckGo as a built-in private search option. A more cross-device compatible browser is Mozilla's Firefox, an open source browser with a built-in tracker blocker in private mode Brave goes one step further with tracker blocking switched on by default. There are also many more browsers that come with DuckDuckGo as a built-in option.

Blogger -> Ghost (paid), WordPress (free with paid options)
Ghost is both a hosted (paid) and self-installable blogging platform, tracker-free by default and run by a non-profit foundation. We like it so much we use it for our own blog! A free alternative is WordPress, powering an estimated 25% of the world's websites. It's also available both for self-installation and as a hosted service with no third-party trackers by default. The community is huge with extensive multilingual documentation and many themes to choose from.

Google Hangouts -> Zoom (free with paid options), appear.in (free with paid option)
Zoom is a robust video chat alternative we use internally that works well even for large numbers of participants, though requires software to be installed. A web-only alternative is appear.in which doesn't require an account — just go to the website to open a chat room and you're ready.

Google Allo -> Signal (free)
There are several services offering private messaging but, as we've mentioned before, Signal gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It's also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, among others.

As you can see, moving away from Google needn't be hard. In fact, you might find you prefer the alternatives while also getting better privacy!

Proudly Private,

Comment by Chris on May 28, 2017 at 4:10am

privacy University of Washington

Do toys that ‘listen’ steal children’s privacy?


Posted by Michelle Ma-Washington May 19th, 2017

Parents report privacy concerns about “smart” toys, like Hello Barbie and CogniToys Dino, that record the voices of children who interact with them and store those recordings in the cloud, say researchers.

These toys, which connect to the internet, can joke around with children and respond in surprising detail to questions posed by their young users. The research also reveals that kids are usually unaware that the toys are actually recording their conversations.

“These toys that can record and transmit are coming into a place that’s historically legally very well-protected―the home,” says co-lead author Emily McReynolds, associate director of the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington. “People have different perspectives about their own privacy, but it’s crystalized when you give a toy to a child.”

Though internet-connected toys have taken off commercially, their growth in the market has not been without security breaches and public scrutiny. VTech, a company that produces tablets for children, was storing personal data of more than 200,000 children when its database was hacked in 2015. Earlier this year, Germany banned the Cayla toy over fears that personal data could be stolen.

It’s within this landscape that researchers set out to understand the privacy concerns and expectations kids and parents have for these types of toys.

Telling secrets

They conducted interviews with nine parent-child pairs, asking each of them questions―including whether a child liked the toy and would tell it a secret, and whether a parent would buy the toy or share what their child said to it on social media.

They also watched the children, all 6 to 10 years old, playing with Hello Barbie and CogniToys Dino. The toys were chosen because they are among the industry leaders for their stated privacy measures. Hello Barbie, for example, has an extensive permissions process for parents when setting up the toy, and it has received praise for its strong encryption practices....

...“It’s inevitable that kids’ toys, as with everything else in society, will have computers in them, so it’s important to design them with security measures in mind,” says co-lead author Franziska Roesner, assistant professor at the Allen School. “I hope the security research community continues to study these specific user groups, like children, that we don’t necessarily study in-depth.”

The Consumer Privacy Rights Fund at the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and UW’s Tech Policy Lab funded the work. Researchers presented their paper at the CHI 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Source: University of Washington


Original Study


Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 5:06am

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

EFF Releases Report on Ed Tech and Student Privacy

April 13, 2017 | By Sophia Cope

EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report

EFF Survey Reveals Gaps in Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps

“They are collecting and storing data to be used against my child in the future, creating a profile before he can intellectually understand the consequences of his searches and digital behavior."

This was the response of one parent to an online survey EFF conducted to learn more about the use of mobile devices and cloud services in K-12 classrooms across the country—so called education technology or “ed tech.” Today, EFF released a report entitled “Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy” that summarizes the results of this survey.

While there are educational advantages to incorporating technology into the classroom experience, the survey results reflect an overarching concern that children as young as kindergartners are being conditioned to accept a culture of surveillance. EFF maintains that children should not be taught that using the Internet or technology requires sacrificing personal privacy.

The survey, launched in December 2015, elicited responses from over 1000 students, parents, teachers, librarians, school administrators, system administrators, and community members.

We organized the survey results into eight themes:

  1. Lack of transparency: Schools and districts do not provide adequate notice and disclosures to parents about what technology their children use in the classroom, including devices and online applications that require transferring student information to private companies.
  2. Investigative burden: Parents and even students themselves put in significant effort, sometimes over many months, to get information from both schools/districts and ed tech companies, about technology use in the classroom and its implications for student privacy.

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