2007: Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet

By Cade Metz in Santa Clara Published Tuesday 2nd October 2007 22:24 GMT Richard Clarke, the man who served President Bush as a special adviser for cybersecurity, has a five-point plan for saving the internet. Speaking at a Santa Clara University conference dedicated to “trust online,” Clarke called the net “a place of chaos in many ways, a place of crime in many ways,” but laid out several means of righting the ship, including biometric IDs, government regulation, and an industry-wide standard for secure software. He even embraces the idea of a closed internet – which seems to have sparked a death threat from net pioneer Vint Cerf. “A lot of these ideas go against the grain. A lot of these ideas are ones people have already objected to – because of certain shibboleths, because of certain belief systems, because of certain ideological differences,” Clarke said. “But if we’re […] Read More

2012: How can social networks make money?

With social networks now big business, what can the companies do to turn free services into hard cash? Over the past month, US Facebook users have been enjoying a selection of Warner Bros blockbusters streamed through the site in exchange for about $4 (£2.45) in Facebook credits. Facebook takes a 30% cut of each credit spent, much like Apple and its app store. There are over 400 apps and games where the site’s 500 million users can go on a social spending spree. It is easy to see how money can be made – a valuation last month valued Facebook at around $50bn (£30.6bn)- more than Warner Bros and almost twice that of computer giant Dell. Advertising is at the heart of most internet success stories. But in some ways, social networks are uniquely engineered as money-making machines. “Because you’re creating the content and you’re making up the content […] Read More

2010: Freedom of speech for the price? Companies and government agencies shut down Web sites

Freedom of speech for the price? Companies and government agencies shut down Web sites s Directory July 23, 2010 ” For the first time in human history, mankind has awakened a political – it’s a whole new reality of -. It is not so for most of human history “- Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 2010 duties of citizenship in the United States began during the colonial period as the active participation of citizens in local politics through frequent public hearings on matters of an issue and the broad participation under the influence in a democracy. various factors and forces changing the ratio of the nation’s history. Today, Sun is essentially the legal status of citizen’s right to live and work the people and enjoy certain rights and privileges provided by law. p In modern society, many still practice the spirit of citizen participation via the Internet through blogs, alternative news […] Read More