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Tragedy of the Cyberspace Commons

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Two sides are battling for your mind and soul on the Internet. Which camp do you fall in?…

The Search for Thoth

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The power of the scribe class in ancient Egypt is only now beginning to be rivaled. It was through this cartel on language that power and control were asserted. Now, the ‘scribes’ are those that understand and use the power of the Internet. They are called programmers and…

ACTA vs. the Open Source Credo

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ACTA seeks to address the significant economic impact that infringers are having on creative artists and scientists. It establishes the obligations of Parties to the Agreement for setting up civil and criminal enforcement mechanisms. Can anti-ACTA activists live with this? …

Botnet Terminator

Botnet Terminator

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The time has come for real time monitoring of global botnet activity. Microsoft is jumping into the fray with a new real-time hosted center for monitoring the functions and activities of troublesome botnets. Don't let yourself become a victim of these robotic parasites. Stay informed. …

Why You Need a Robust Security Network

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Wireless networks have become the norm for groups as diverse as road warriors, freedom fighters, and soccer moms; all of whom need to stay in touch from their mobile devices while away from their main work stations. Unfortunately, the wireless link is sometimes where these users are most vulnerable…

Global Mobile Security: Financial Services

Global Mobile Security: Financial Services

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Traditionally the Internet has been an unregulated medium of exchange with technical standards groups advancing interoperability and standardization. With the growing threats from hacktivist nation-sponsored cyber attacks there is likely to be a drive to “regulate” certain features of the Internet.…

Four Years Too Late

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Why aren’t the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement asking about the role that cybercrime played in the financial crisis? …

Global Sustainability Seminar

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Dr. Stefan Sommer of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University (NAU) holds a Global Sustainability Seminar each year. I've had the opportunity to be included as part of this seminar series for the past 2 years.…

The New “Hot War” in Geopolitics

The New “Hot War” in Geopolitics

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The entire world is faced with what I am calling a Hot War of increasing cyber crime and geopolitical tensions. Cyber crime is only one of the many risks that modern society faces as a result of increasing dependence on the Internet for communications, business transactions, and financial management. …

ICT4D & Cybercrime

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Often the degree of market penetration of ICT in developing countries is not a function of technology, but of government reforms in the areas of contract law, financial services, intellectual property protection, and public sector accountability and transparency. …