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by Victor Skinner

August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Officials in western Maryland's Washington County schools will be tracking students' social media activity while at school using new software that scans for keywords like "kill" or "bomb."

The district is using software called Social Sentinel that employs "geofencing" protocol to determine when students are on school grounds and scans their Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts for evidence of violent threats, harassment, drug or alcohol use, or similarly dangerous language, WJLA television station reports.

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

by Victoria Colliver

April 22, 2006

Dr. David Brailer, the man picked by President Bush to promote electronic health records and the modernization of medical technology, has resigned as national coordinator for health information technology effective next month. No replacement has been name

The San Francisco physician, who has held the position for two years, said he is leaving to spend more time with his family. He submitted his resignation Thursday. Brailer, who lives in Pacific Heights and is the father of a 5-year-old son, has been commuting to Washington, D.C., and traveling around the country for much of his tenure.

by Victoria Woollaston

July 25, 2013

Engineers from Indiana have managed to hack a Toyota Prius and Ford Escape so that the brakes, steering, speedometer and the car's electronics can be controlled remotely using a laptop.

Forget hacking accounts, computers or mobile devices - security engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software inside the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the car's electronics, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to remotely control the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer, switch the headlights on and off, tighten the seatbelts and even blast the horn. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to highlight the security risks affecting modern-day cars.

by Vincent Mamo

February 9, 2013

Is there a way that we can come to terms with the government creeping into our every nook and cranny?

Data data everywhere, but not a drop for me. We're all familiar with being used. We're used day in and day out. As an example, you may be aware, Facebook has recently been made a party to a class action law suit for using user data for marketing and advertisements without consent. This is by no means the beginning of the ways that we're used every day. I was once told a phrase which seems to shed light on more and more every day: "if you're not paying, you're the product". On-line retailers are consistently using our data. Selling it off to other people to sell us more junk. But, you know what? I'm ok with that. I voluntarily engaged in these activities. I had a choice whether or not to use a certain product. I knew the risks. Even when it comes to Facebook's class action, I chose to put my photos in the public domain. How could I possibly assume otherwise?

by Vincent Mamo

January 5, 2013

Are copyright laws necessary or are they anti-capitalistic?

Intellectual property is a divisive issue amongst those of us who consider ourselves to be part of the liberty movement. Even amongst the larger parties, differences in opinions can have consequences. In general, intellectual property encompasses patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Specifically, in regards to copyright, some anarcho-capitalists, such as my long time friend Danny D'Amico, argue that copyrights are a hindrance on productivity. Copyrighted works are not consumed, but can be infinitely copied without losing any value. By restricting the use of the copyrighted information, the government is negatively impacting the free exchange of rationale actors in a marketplace. One of most pointed-to anecdotes is that of the fashion industry. There, the lack of any kind of protection requires each fashion designer to constantly stay on the bleeding edge of fashion. Fashionistas are constantly seeking the "latest fashion" from high level designers. There is no need for government intervention there, so why not in other areas?

by Vincent Paquet

November 22, 2010

Telephones make our lives easier every day, but we've all met with the limitations of what the existing technology can do for us. Maybe it's missing an important call because you were away from your office.

Now, Google Apps users can move beyond these limitation and use their telephones in new and more flexible ways by using Google Voice with their Google Apps accounts. Google Voice is about giving you more control over your communications, regardless of which phone or carrier you use. Here's a little bit about how it works...

by Vinny Lariza

August 8, 2013

We always want to ensure that we are providing the best security protection from malicious activity for our customers at all times. This is why, after careful discussion and research, we've added Mobile Threats, Drive-By Downloads/Exploits, High Risk Sites and Dynamic DNS categories to the security categories repertoire.

OpenDNS Blog

by Vinny Lariza

June 21, 2012

Today we announce several improvements to the Domain Tagging system, our content categorization engine, as well as two new categories that you can enable for your networks, effective immediately.

As with every new feature we deliver, these improvements were the direct result of your feedback. Our team spent weeks evaluating both the current categories and your suggestions, and ultimately we decided which categories need to be added and which ones could use a facelift. We got hundreds of requests from the Domain Tagging community through the "suggest a new category" link, we reviewed dozens of vibrant conversations in IdeaBank and our support team heard you loud and clear when your blacklists filled up. Without further ado, here are the new additions...

Official Google Blog

by Vint Cerf

December 8, 2012

Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together. This wasn't merely philosophical; it was also practical.

Our protocols were designed to make the networks of the Internet non-proprietary and interoperable. They avoided "lock-in," and allowed for contributions from many sources. This openness is why the Internet creates so much value today. Because it is borderless and belongs to everyone, it has brought unprecedented freedoms to billions of people worldwide: the freedom to create and innovate, to organize and influence, to speak and be heard. But starting in a few hours, a closed-door meeting of the world's governments is taking place in Dubai, and regulation of the Internet is on the agenda.

by Violet Blue

November 11, 2013

Adobe's database was hacked on October 3, impacting an estimated 150 million Adobe users. Here's a simple way to see if you're affected.

Wonder if your email address, password, credit card information or more was leaked to the world when Adobe's database was hacked last October? If you've gotten your email address anywhere near an Adobe product past or present, then the answer is: probably. Recent reports reveal that Adobe's stolen database held around 150 million user accounts - and not the 2.9 million Adobe originally reported, or the 38 million Krebs on Security later reported.

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