Cisco’s Chinese strategy is so much more sophisticated than most people realize that the giant networking company—the “gorilla” of networking—is executing a stealth program under the very noses of Wall Street and the mainstream media (MSM) that will have long term implications for almost every company in the networking space. In Cisco’s case, elephants can dance, The future implications of wiring the entire country for surveillance are Orwellian. and the proof is in this week’s announcement of Cisco’s acquisition of SyPixx, an obscure small company that has built a way to get old cheap analog surveillance cameras images (as well as digital ones) up onto IP networks so they can be monitored centrally. The $51 million investment is small potatoes, and while Om seems a bit bewildered, and some analysts are positive, no one gets it. Except for John Chambers. Given the amount of ink that Cisco gets over everything it does, it is … [Read more...] about Little Brother Cisco in China
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Australia's Internet Industry Association (IIA) has published a new code of practice for digital content providers, in a response to a Big Brother incident involving indecent exposure on the reality television show in 2006. (Credit: Channel 10) Live streamed content will now come with tighter scrutiny by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under the new Content Services Code. It will affect Australian content providers that distribute over the internet or across 3G mobile networks. The code was approved by ACMA on 10 July, 2008. Live "non-news" content likely to attract a rating of RC, X18+, R18+ or MA15+ by ACMA is prohibited from live streaming under the code, which also outlines procedures for the regulator to "take down" services that contravene it. Meanwhile, hosted or "non-live" content will need to be classified by either ACMA or a trained assessor, according to the ratings classification scheme. According to John Hilvert, communications director of IIA, … [Read more...] about Big Brother debacle triggers new Web rules
The stories in that series examined Internet-fueled intolerance. Our reporters explored, for example, what happens when online hate speech crosses into real life, the ways neo-Nazis use social media and how racists co-opted cartoon character, Pepe the Frog. Some of CNET's female reporters shared their own experiences of being harassed online. The timing of the package -- "iHate: Intolerance takes over the internet" -- was uncanny. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, America slid into a Summer of Hate. People threatened places of worship, defaced cemeteries and intimidated others because of the way they look or dress. And a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, heavily promoted on extremist websites, left three people dead. The web's role in recruiting people to hateful, extremist organizations is back in the spotlight after The New York Times profiled a young neo-Nazi in Ohio. The story portrayed the man's decidedly ordinary life … [Read more...] about Here’s what happens when neo-Nazis target people online
The stories in that series examined Internet-fueled intolerance. Our reporters explored, for example, what happens when online hate speech crosses into real life, the ways neo-Nazis use social media and how racists co-opted cartoon character, Pepe the Frog. Some of CNET's female reporters shared their own experiences of being harassed online. The timing of the package -- "iHate: Intolerance takes over the internet" -- was uncanny. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, America slid into a Summer of Hate. People threatened places of worship, defaced cemeteries and intimidated others because of the way they look or dress. And a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, heavily promoted on extremist websites, left three people dead. The web's role in recruiting people to hateful, extremist organizations is back in the spotlight after The New York Times profiled a young neo-Nazi in Ohio. The story portrayed the man's decidedly ordinary life … [Read more...] about Here’s the brutal reality of online hate
Gadgets give us an easier way to find recipes, joke with friends, and kill time on the subway, but they can also have a much grander impact on our lives. This holiday season, we’re stepping back to appreciate those moments. In our ongoing series, Tech That Changed Us, DT writers will share personal tales of how tech has truly reshaped their lives for the better. We hope it has for you, too. In June, I saw my younger brother, Kyle, smile for the first time in nearly four months. When one of my siblings said that they hadn’t seen him smile yet, I suggested, “Ask him to show you his teeth.” Because even though I was in Seattle and the rest of my family was in Michigan, thanks to FaceTime, I was able to stay connected and watch my brother recover from near-death.At the end of February this year, Kyle was visiting me in Portland, Oregon; he and my parents were in town to help out, with less than a week to go before my wedding. He was crossing the street in front of … [Read more...] about A car accident almost took my brother away, but Facetime brought him closer
Bryan Cranston has a new crime drama coming to Amazon, and the wait is almost over. The online retailer-slash-streamer has finally revealed Sneaky Pete‘s premiere date and official trailer.The series follows a con man named Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who is about to be released from jail when he finds out that a scary gangster (Cranston) is after him. He owes the man, Vince, $100,000, and his brother’s life is at stake. To deal with the situation, he borrows the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and tries to find a way to get the money.Marius ends up stepping into Pete’s shoes and showing up on the doorsteps of the other man’s grandparents, to whom he tries to explain his 20-year absence. It appears easy enough at first, but the family is more complicated than expected, with their own secrets to hide. Pete’s grandmother, Audrey (Margo Martindale), in particular, displays a healthy amount of skepticism and is clearly no doddering … [Read more...] about Watch a con man try to evade a gangster’s wrath in Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ trailer
It turns out Big Brother is watching — and has been for years. Revelations from the UK’s The Guardian and The Washington Post have revealed long-standing intelligence programs that may have cataloged every phone call made by untold millions of Americans for years. More-recent intelligence-gathering operations apparently even enabled the government to monitor email, chats, documents, and other communications sent through major online services provided by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple and others.Congress, the intelligence community, and even the President of the United States aren’t denying that the programs exist, or even their scope: Instead, they’re describing the programs as vital tools for U.S. national security — and insist everything’s being done by the book.Is the government really tracking everything we do on our phones and online? Is that even legal? What’s being done with all that information — should we be … [Read more...] about Big Brother has always been watching, but how much can he see?
Most of us would love a break on our health insurance. We would generally appreciate the convenience of seeing ads for things we’re actually interested in buying, instead of irrelevant “clutter.” A lot of us would like someone, or something, else keeping track of how effective our workouts are.All that and more is available in a web-connected world. But those benefits come at a price – personal information. In the case of health insurance, it means handing over some of the most intimate details of our lives, and lifestyles, in exchange for a couple hundred bucks a year.[7 hidden dangers of wearable computers]But it is the kind of deal that, apparently, millions of us are willing to make. We have been carrying smartphones with GPS tracking abilities for nearly a decade now. We carry “loyalty” cards that allow retailers to track our purchases and sell or trade that information to data brokers.Loyalty cards are a key part of the health insurance … [Read more...] about Wearables: Are We Handing More Tools to Big Brother?
If you think 24/7 connectivity is nothing new for you, and you constantly check in on Foursquare, use location-aware apps, update Facebook or other social media statuses with your geo-tagged photos, then you probably have no location-awareness sharing issues and are not overly concerned if you lose locational privacy. In the year 2014, your futuristic automated smart home can update statuses for you; even more personal data will be logged coming from emerging technology; interaction with the power grid, smart meters, IP TVs, smart appliances, movie theaters harvesting emotions, robots, GPS in cars and smartphones, and products that stalk you will create a life-log. By 2014 there will be a plethora of programs, mobile apps and devices to track you that will create and store records of your movements, activities and behaviors; this is the scene that Europe's biggest cybersecurity agency studied "to predict positive and negative effects of online 'life-logging' on citizens and society."In … [Read more...] about Too much social media networking: Paranoia of Big Brother surveillance may destroy ya