In Asia, home to everything from free-wheeling democracies to totalitarian regimes and others in between, many governments are increasingly realizing that controlling online content, including dissent, just will not work.
Source: Search Engine Watch
Signed in Google users around the world can now help Google figure out which sites aren’t helpful or useful. When users block a site, Google now incorporates this data into the periodic Panda updates to better highlight “high quality” content.
Russia’s prosecutor general, Yury Chaika, has called for social networks to be monitored by the state to prevent London-style uprisings. Such measures, Chaika said, will help prevent serious threats to public security.
Source: Nieman Lab
In the fall issue of Nieman Reports, Jillian C. York writes about social media in the Moroccan context.
The United States and Australia will take the rare step on Thursday of declaring the cyber realm as part of a mutual defense treaty, meaning that a cyber attack on one could lead to a response by both nations.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
More facts have recently come to light about the compromise of the DigiNotar Certificate Authority, which appears to have enabled Iranian hackers to launch successful man-in-the-middle attacks against hundreds of thousands of Internet users inside and outside of Iran.
Source: To Inform is to Influence
After a meeting with the US spokesperson for Huawei, Joel Harding writes about the speculations surrounding espionage.
The French company Amesys, who sold surveillance technologies to Gaddafi’s Libya, is trying to minimize the efficacy of its products. However, OWNI consulted documents showing the extent of these systems.
In a new article for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Director Ron Deibert writes about the rise of Asia’s cyberspace.
New research shows that the TDSS/TDL-4 botnet, widely considered one of the largest and most sophisticated, can be rented via a Web storefront available to all comers.