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Syrian war crowdsourcing experiment

Source: Fast Company

Amnesty International USA and the Standby Task Force have launched an ambitious campaign to crowdsource analysis of Syrian satellite imagery for military movements, demonstrations, and checkpoints.

Hacking away at the Internet’s security

Source: RIPE NCC

The front page story of the September 13 2011 issue of the International Herald Tribune said it all: “Iranian activists feel the chill as hacker taps into e-mails.” The news story relates how a hacker has “sneaked into the computer systems of a security firm on the outskirts of Amsterdam” and then “created credentials that could allow someone to spy on Internet connections that appeared to be secure.”

The cool maneuvers and battle on the Internet

Source: Business.in.com

Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web in 1990 and changed the entire playing field. The Web represents the mainstreaming and democratisation of the Internet. As of March 2011, there were over 2 billion Internet users internationally. The Internet is a global communications medium of staggering proportions. It has become an international publishing platform, a marketplace, and a battleground.

The forces that led to the DigiNotar hack

Source: slight paranoia

As consumers around the world have embraced cloud computing, large Internet firms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, all of them based in the United States, increasingly hold users’ most private documents and other data. This has been a boon for law enforcement agencies, which can often obtain these files without a court issued search warrant, or have to provide the investigated individual with the kind of prompt notice that would otherwise occur had their home been searched.

Joint letter to UN Secretary-General on proposed cyber rules

Source: China Daily

The United Nations permanent representatives of China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan jointly sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, requesting him to circulate the International Code of Conduct for Information Security. Drafted by the four countries, it is a formal UN document of the 66th session of the General Assembly.