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    Google and the FTC: Searching (in Vain) for a Violation

    Sure, you’re smart enough to use the Internet. That’s how you found this post. But are you smart enough to be trusted with the power to select your own Internet search engine? Some—mostly competitors of Google—aren’t so sure. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided (after an almost two-year-long investigation) … More

    Morning Bell: The Danger of International Internet Regulation

    Regulating the Internet is something Americans have resisted here at home. Now that fight is going global. The United Nations—of course—has an agency that oversees international telecommunications. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was founded in 1865, when the telegraph was its main concern. Now it’s trying to expand its influence … More

    Social Media in Warfare: The New Battleground

    Twitter, blogs, and YouTube accompanied rockets, bombs, and aircraft as weapons in the conflict between Israel and Hamas that concluded in a ceasefire last week. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had taken to the blogosphere in order to update the world about the number of rockets that have hit Israel … More

    DOJ Hack Emphasizes the Need for Smart Cybersecurity Action

    Last week, the U.S. Justice Department acknowledged that its Bureau of Justice Statistics website had been hacked. The hacker group Anonymous claimed credit for the hack and published 1.7 gigabytes of data. Included in the data were internal e-mails, which possibly contained personal or sensitive information related to crimes, criminals, … More

    Federal Cyber Woes Continue

    Last week, Heritage published a listing of cybersecurity breaches affecting federal government systems from 2004 to the present. The listing is already out of date. On the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, it was disclosed that the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), where federal employees bank their pension money, had … More

    Cybersecurity: We Are Losing, and It Is a Failure of Leadership

    The recently retired top cyber cop of the FBI, Shawn Henry, stated that “the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.” The sky is not falling, but if the US persists in … More

    Internet Censorship in the Palestinian Authority

    Internet censorship is rampant in the Middle East. Now, the Palestinian Authority is accused of trying to silence government opponents on the Web. There is irony in this, as the Palestinians portray themselves to the international community as victims of Israel. But when it comes to internal politics, their leaders … More

    Taking on the Taliban Online

    Somebody hacked a Taliban website. Big surprise. Actually, no surprise. No surprise that the Taliban and other terrorists groups are online. When the issues of terrorism and the Internet are joined in one conversation, most people talk about the threat of cyberterrorism. But the reality is that terrorists mostly use … More

    Cyber Barbarians at the Gates

    We are being attacked on all sides—and it is not the hacker in the basement we need to worry about most. It is the cyber super powers. China leads the way, particularly the Chinese military and intelligence services, which are enamored with online warfare. There are also more citizens online … More

    Hacker Down--Not So Anonymous Anymore

    An ace hacker brought down by the FBI gave up enough on fellow members of the shadowy hackavist group Anonymous to indict six individuals in Europe and the United States. If there is an object lesson in this story, it is a reminder that most of our thinking about battling … More