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20th anniversary of 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace' met with call for Internet interdependence

Twenty years ago today John Perry Barlow, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, issued " A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace " at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Essentially, he was declaring independence from governments' control of the Internet. In theory, it seemed to many to be the ideal. In practice, the unfettered activities of malcontents, terrorists, content scrapers, plagiarists, copyright infringers, and others – including some big data practitioners-- challenged the wisdom of a lawless frontier.  

US, Europe have been working on Safe Harbor 2.0 for years, says FTC Commissioner

U.S. and European leaders have in fact been working on the new version of the Safe Harbor data privacy agreement since around 2013, Julie Brill, commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

Spotlight: Google faces lawsuit from college students over alleged illegal data siphoning

A group of former and current University of California, Berkeley students have filed suit against Google, claiming the tech giant illegally siphoned information from their university accounts linked to Google apps.

Spotlight: The nasty things dictators can do with big data

While big data offers many positive benefits to all of mankind and many organizations, it has its dark side too. For one thing, big data is the ultimate dream tool for dictators. For an enlightening...

Beware of health insurers' data grabs, wearables and biometric goals

Like many self-employed freelancers, I spent last week hunting for a health insurance policy before the open enrollment period ended. Failure to buy a policy by January 31 would not only leave one with an extreme health risk, but could also result in penalties of $695 or more per person in the household when it comes time to file 2016 tax returns. A double whammy, as it were. But a funny thing happened on my way to secure a policy. But funny only in a peculiar and danger-laden sense. Here's what happened…

OpenSSL patches 2 vulnerabilities

The OpenSSL project team has released patches for two vulnerabilities in the popular cryptography library.

Apple releases surprise update for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Apple unexpectedly released an update for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was last updated in September 2013.

US lawmakers scramble as time runs out to resurrect Safe Harbor

With the January deadline for Safe Harbor 2.0 looming, U.S. lawmakers are scrambling to address some of the key concerns that led to the agreement's demise. Last minute legislative deals seek to address the EU's problems, though it could be too little too late.

Oracle moves to kill Java plugins with JDK 9

Oracle has announced that it plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin with the release of JDK 9.

Spotlight: Geoprofiling: Using geolocation data to catch terrorists

Add a new word to your big data vocabulary: geoprofiling. It's an important counter-insurgency tool. "This operative uses geoprofiling software called ArcGIS that analyses Global Positioning...