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DEF CON: Hacking for the Rest of Us

Adam J. Rose | Posted 10.06.2013 | Technology
Adam J. Rose

I don't know enough about hacking and odds are you don't, either. I set out to learn more at DEF CON, a hacking conference with enough discussions on civil liberties, ethics and philosophy to delight a liberal arts major. Charged to "live an examined life," we should all think harder about our technology, privacy and security.

Surveil the 'Surveillors'

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Global information surveillance, data-mining -- call it what you want. Thus far, we have failed to apply democratic brakes to slow the inexorable expansion of corporate/state amassing of every shred of our personal information.

Researchers at Black Hat Show How to Hack an iPhone With Rogue Charger

Larry Magid | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Have you ever been tempted to use a public charging station for your phone? Chances are it's OK, but three Georgia Tech security researchers at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas showed how easy it is for a rogue "charger" to transfer malware to an iPhone or other iOS device.

Pipelines to Pacemakers: Defending Our Medical Devices With Help From the Energy Sector

Tom Patterson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Tom Patterson

The FDA dropped a bombshell on the health care industry last month, and companies are missing the quickest and easiest way to respond.

Leakers, Hackers and Security

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Are PFC Bradley Manning's dumping of US State Department cables to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden's theft of documents from Booz Allen, where he worked ...

What Are Some Tips for Preventing Your Apartment From Getting Broken Into?

Quora | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime
Quora

Leave a radio or television on to talk radio station or to C-Span. This will mimic the sound of voices, and this may convince people that you are home.

The Democracy Gap: Receding or Reseeding Democracy Depends on Your Point of View

Ralph Singh | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Ralph Singh

Perhaps our great society is no longer a full house, but a house of cards -- a bluff that has allowed those in power (holding the cards and the dealers) to rake in money from players who can barely afford to sit at the table. Maybe it's time to change the game, or at least ask, "What price am I willing to pay for liberty and what price am I willing to pay for security?"

Preparing for Disaster in Nicaragua

Michael Solis | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michael Solis

My friends tease me, telling me I have to relax. But the truth is that we never know when these things might happen, and it's better to be prepared for the worst should the unwanted ever unfold.

Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.04.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

I admit that I go to whatever lengths I need to go to, to make the money find me. I do not call that greed. I call that good business. I am left to wonder if I would be receiving this criticism if I were a man.

America's New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Was Snowden a "traitor," as both California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former Vice President Dick Cheney have insisted, or a genuine whistleblower, as some of our allies are beginning to grasp for letting folks around the world in on the dirty secrets of U.S. intelligence?

Metamerica: Evolving The Governance Of A Digital Democracy

Shelly Palmer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

I originally wrote this piece back in April 2009. With Snowden, the ECPA and the remarkable amount of privacy issues being debated in the past two we...

We Were So Close to Preventing Genocide

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

Yugoslavia. The very word conjures up images of war, fratricide, and genocide. But imagine if the tensions that escalated between Serbs and Croats in 1990 were somehow addressed and war averted.

The Power of Color

James Bryson Hyatt | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
James Bryson Hyatt

"Green is the color of optimism." A friend of mine (an English professor who teaches writing and composition to freshmen students) tells me this on a...

Cloud 101: 5 Reasons to Get Your Head Out of the Clouds and Embrace This Small Business Tool

Gabriel Shaoolian | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Gabriel Shaoolian

There is a general misunderstanding on the complexity of cloud computing. Like anything else, we are much more comfortable with the systems we have in place and we naturally resist change. But we shouldn't.

The Terror Con

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton.

The Making of a Global Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's urge to take control of the global communications environment, lock, stock, and chat room, to gather its "data" -- billions and billions of pieces of it -- and so turn the world into a secret set of connections, represents a remarkable development.

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

Private Data, Secret Surveillance, and the Need for Public Debate

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Program Officer, Internet Freedom and Ilana Ullman Program Associate, Internet Freedom Almost as troubling as the recent revelations...

One American Who Isn't For Sale

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The folks at Booz Allen, and its parent company the Carlyle Group, love that world as a fabulous profit center, and it is truly inspiring that there are still folks like Edward Snowden whom they can't buy.

What the Hack at Reputation.com Means for Your Data

Drew Hendricks | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Drew Hendricks

Building a reputation online is difficult enough; re-building one is another story entirely. It's still too early to tell how this attack will impact the site's bottom line, but there are things to learn from the incident. How can sites help ensure they're hack-proof?

As the Confederations Cup Kicks Off in Brazil, Safety is Worth Considering

Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Travel
Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil.

Here are a few points to keep in mind, as they specifically relate to Brazil and the areas where the Confederations Cup matches will take place.

In Africa's Great Lakes Region, Peace Dividend Must Follow Peace Deal

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Africa's Great Lakes region can silence the guns, boost trust and trade between neighbors, educate millions of out-of-school children, empower women, and create economic opportunities that will help the countries forge a path to prosperity, good governance, and lasting stability.

Three Ways to Monitor Your Home With Your IPad

Drew Hendricks | Posted 07.15.2013 | Technology
Drew Hendricks

Home security is always on people's minds, whether they are homeowners, renters, live in the city or out in a rural town -- everyone wants their home to be safe.

No Time for Tigers in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The proposal to create a new elite police unit in Honduras called TIGRES is a really bad idea. The acronym stands for Intelligence Troop and Special Security Response Groups, or "Tigers." Clever acronym, but dumb concept.

Hacking Humans, Corporate Espionage and the Spies Among Us

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

Background Recently, I participated in SC Magazine's eSymposium on Corporate Espionage. Ira Winkler, President of Secure Mentem and the Internet Sec...