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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Current Affairs

Cajun Navy, Houstonians are Preparing to Respond to Louisiana during and after Tropical Storm Gordon

This article isn’t about privacy, but I will suggest it does show an example of people being prepared for an emergency. Are you prepared? On March 30, I published an article entitled, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also. Click here to read the earlier article. In that article, I described why I think everyone should have the Zello walkie-talkie app […]

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The Cajun Navy Deploys Modern Technology to Assist a Louisiana Family

I have written before about the Zello app and its use by the Cajun Navy. You can see my earlier article, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also, at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB. Now Todd Terrell, Admiral of the United Cajun Navy and head of the non-profit organization bearing the same name, was recently called to action when a 32-year-old woman from his hometown […]

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Facebook Sold Our Privacy For A Quick Buck, How Can Blockchain Help?

From an article by Jim Preissler in Forbes: “With the recent revelation that Russia may be still trying to influence U.S. elections, and Facebook announcing that there are ongoing attempts to target its users with “fake news” using fake accounts, it is clear that this ongoing social manipulation is not going away any time soon. Facebook sold not only our privacy but also our electoral future in order to enrich […]

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Are You Carrying any Cash with You Right Now? If So, Why?

Are you still using cash most every day? If so, you may soon find yourself in a minority. More and more businesses are refusing cash and for good reasons. Keeping cash in a store register creates a lot of expense and wasted effort for merchants: employee training, banking fees, armored-truck pickups, and the occasional robbery. For these reasons and more, a few merchants no longer accept cash and that trend […]

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If You Can Quit Social Media, But Don’t, then You’re Part of the Problem

Jaron Lanier is a VR pioneer and longtime technology critic who currently works at Microsoft Research. He’s the author of a new book, 10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now and explains why those who have the opportunity to quit platforms like Facebook and Twitter should do so. He compares the problem to past crusades against “mass addictions” like smoking or drunk driving, arguing that hearing more […]

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Amazon Facial Recognition Tool Mismatched Congress Members to Criminals’ Mugshots

After reading an article by Brandy Betz in the SeekingAlpha web site, I am not as worried by facial recognition as I used to be. It seems that today’s best facial recognition software isn’t very accurate. Amazon’s facial recognition tool Rekognition wrongly identified 28 Congress members as police suspects in a test conducted by the ACLU. I’ll skip over the irony that members of Congress were identified as criminals… This […]

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A Report about Banning the Telegram Encrypted Messaging App in Iran

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Iran. The Center has released a report entitled Closing of the Gates – Implications of Iran’s Ban on the Telegram Messaging App. I would suggest this report should be required reading by every elected official, every bureaucrat, and every law enforcement official in every country. It […]

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Comcast Starts Throttling Mobile Video, Will Charge Extra for HD Streams

Well, that didn’t take long! Net neutrality was killed by the FCC only a few weeks ago and now one company has already raised its prices and will slow any streaming videos from its competitors. Are you surprised at what the bureaucrats and politicians provided for you? The sad details may be found in an article by Jon Brodkin in the ArsTechnica web site at: http://bit.ly/2KsoJNH.

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The Bleak State of Federal Government Cybersecurity

A recent report by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget reinforces the dire need for change across dozens of federal agencies. Of the 96 federal agencies it assessed, it deemed 74 percent either “At Risk” or “High Risk” of attacks by hackers or foreign governments, meaning that they need crucial and immediate improvements. Not only are so many agencies vulnerable, but over half lack even the ability to […]

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Russia’s Attempts to Block Telegram Have Failed

On April 16, Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, the Russian federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications) started its attempts to block Telegram within the country. Telegram is a highly secure, cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service. After technological diversions from the app’s creator, Pavel Durov, the service still remains available for use by everyone in Russia […]

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