Digital Citizens Alliance Report Strongly Critical of Google

DIGITAL CITIZENS ALLIANCE has published a report criticising Google’s determination to protect citizens from online dangers. Its stinging rebukes go so far as to suggest that Google is profiting from “illegal and dangerous online activity.” The publication of “Digital Weeds: How Google Continues to Allow Bad Actors to Flourish On YouTube” alongside results of a national survey, will make for uncomfortable reading for Google. Continue reading “Digital Citizens Alliance Report Strongly Critical of Google”

Cyber Bullying: Death of Charlotte Dawson Leads to Calls for Charlotte’s Law

CHARLOTTE DAWSON was a well-known model and TV presenter in Australia and New Zealand. She was a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model (seasons 3 to 8). Charlotte also worked on reality show Contender and travel and lifestyle program Getaway. She lost her long battle with depression and committed suicide on February 22nd. She had been the victim of long term cyber bullying and harassment by internet trolls. Continue reading “Cyber Bullying: Death of Charlotte Dawson Leads to Calls for Charlotte’s Law”

Emissions Dangers Highlighted in 3D Printing Report

3D printing is a technology that is revolutionising rapid prototyping and the way we produce and customise various goods. At the cutting edge, NASA is about to take the first 3D printer into space and have been testing 3D printed fuel injectors. Are there any downsides to this technology and its adoption as a mass consumer technology? Continue reading “Emissions Dangers Highlighted in 3D Printing Report”

The Problem with Privacy and Social Networks

Perusing articles on Facebook privacy control changes from a well-known security company, there is the revelation that “no private information should be on the Internet”. A wise statement for an information security purist, but what constitutes ‘private information’, to what degree is it fluid and are the controls within Social Networks sufficient to allow us to restrict access in the ways we demand / require? What are the ‘sociological norms’, and what of ‘super-social’ libertines who have exceeded Dunbar’s Number by a magnitude of 700%? Continue reading “The Problem with Privacy and Social Networks”