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Cyberculture roundup: Yahoo Publishes First Transparency Report.. Wide, wide world of surveillance…

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2013 at 19:20

Yahoo Publishes First Transparency Report

Yahoo published its first transparency report on Friday, disclosing the number of government requests for data that the company received in the first six months of 2013.

Amid NSA spying scandal, Yahoo releases transparency report on gov data requests

The Internet company Yahoo! has released a Transparency Report today, detailing the requests it receives for user information from government agencies. Yahoo said today it received 12,444 requests for data from the U.S. government so far this year, covering the accounts of a total 40,322 users. Some good analysis at WaPo.

Opinion: Yahoo’s new logo reveals the worst aspects of engineering mindset

Glenn Fleishman posts a passionate defense of the value of good graphic design. Even if you don’t give a crap about the new Yahoo! logo, you should give a crap about why design matters, and Glenn explains why. “Graphic design is about understanding the way in which type, color, shape, and other factors may communicate specific feelings or facts,” he writes. “It is about legibility, optics, psychology, and more.”

NSA Code Cracking Puts Google Under Fire

Disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency can crack codes protecting the online traffic of the world’s largest Internet companies will inflict more damage than earlier reports of complicity in government spying, according to technology and intelligence specialists.

Wide, wide world of surveillance

Asheville Citizen-Times

Of those, 24,565 came from the U.S., followed by 17,973 from France, 14,301 from Britain, 14,077 from Turkey and 13,226 from Germany. Microsoft said it also received less than a thousand “national … Here’s an interesting challenge for NSA .

The war on secrecy

Here is a post I wrote for the Guardian:

It has been said that privacy is dead. Not so. It’s secrecy that is dying. Openness will kill it.

American and British spies undermined the secrecy and security of everyone using the internet with their efforts to foil encryption. Then Edward Snowden foiled them by revealing what is perhaps (though we’ll never know) their greatest secret.

NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by staffers at the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data. The Microsoft researchers, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson, found that the number generator was built with a backdoor ? a numeric key that could allow a third party to decrypt data that used this generator.

 

A scientific guide to posting tweets, Facebook posts, emails and blog posts at the best time

This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.

We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email and blogging to help you find the best time to communicate with others in each format.

Kim Dotcom Teases New Music Service… BABOOM

December 2011, a month before the criminal proceeding against Megaupload became public, Kim Dotcom first revealed his plans to launch a new service to transform the music business.

Pirates Plan to Beat Up Amazon & Disrupt the Ebook MarketOf the hundreds of file-sharing sites operating during the past decade, only a few have admitted that their main aim is to be disruptive. The Pirate Bay is notable for having this kind of approach but not even the world’s most infamous torrent site had a particular exit strategy in mind.

Last week we reported on Torboox, an ebook site providing millions of unauthorized ebooks to the public. The site made the news after German reporters were subjected to a criminal complaint by publishers who didn’t want the site named. While that complaint has now been withdrawn, Torboox say that not only will they continue, but they have a serious plan to shake up the ebook market by targeting Amazon. Here’s how.

Nokia: End of the line

The sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft has dented Finland’s pride but the pragmatic nation is determined to foster other ventures

The NSA is decrypting all the things

Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents keeps paying dividends. The latest report (inthe Guardian, the NY Times, and Pro Publica) alleges that the NSA has cracked or circumvented many of the internet security protocols designed to keep communications private from third parties. From the Pro Publica piece:

 

Circumventing Encryption Frees NSA’s Hands Online

Leaked documents suggest that American spies can decrypt much of the data they collect by tapping into Internet service providers and telecommunications cables.

 

Yahoo releases first transparency report, says government data requests covered

Yahoo published its first global transparency report today detailing the number of government requests for user data throughout the first six months of 2013. The US came out on top, with 12,444 data requests spanning 40,322 different accounts or users.

How brands are embracing big social data

As Social Data Week approaches, we spoke to Erik Huddleston, CTO and EVP of Product at Dachis Group, a big data social analytics company that offers products to help brands harness real-time social marketing.

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