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Why 2016 was such a momentous year for tech

December 22, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I’ve been writing about technology for a long time and, as I look back over the years, I can’t think of any that have been more momentous than 2016 when it comes to tech news. Not all the news was good, but it sure was significant. On the plus side, virtual reality started becoming real this year with the release of VR products like the [...]

ConnectSafely’s tips on how & why to avoid sharing fake news

December 20, 2016

Reposted from ConnectSafely.org Scroll down for links “President Obama bans the Pledge of Allegiance in schools” “Right-wing shooter shouts ‘Make America great again!’ before spraying Capitol Hill with bullets and injuring a police officer” What do these online news stories have in common? They’re fake as three dollar bills. And they’re the scourge of the [...]

Facebook to warn users about ‘fake news’

December 15, 2016

Online fake news and “urban legends” have been around for decades but it’s become a major issue in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. During this period, millions of people were exposed to fake stories about the candidates, often posted on sites that were financially motivated get people  to click on ads around sensational but false content. Although there were some [...]

Holiday Gift Guides for CBS News Tech Talk Listeners (& anyone else)

December 12, 2016

One-Minute Tech Talk segments Low cost gifts for special people Smartphone gifts for the budget minded and well healed Amazon announces portable and BYO speakers versions of its voice activated Echo Amazon’s Echo brings to mind Star Trek and Hal Seven things you should know before buying your first drone (from CNET) MIT Technology Review “Ultimate Holiday Wish List” CNET’s [...]

Smartphone gifts for the budget minded and well healed

December 11, 2016

Some good phone choices Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge ($550 ad up) Larry’s review  — CNET Review  iPhone 7 ($659 and up)  The Verge review Google Pixel and Pixel XL (STARTING AT $649) — Larry’s review   CNET Review OnePlus 3T $439  CNET Review Huawei Honor 8 $322  Larry’s review  CNET Review ‘Motorola Moto G4 $150   CNET [...]

UN Internet Governance Forum tackles online extremism

December 8, 2016

Listen to Larry Magid’s interview with Quilliam’s director of public policy, Jonathan Russell This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Today’s column is from the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this year in Guadalajara, Mexico. IGF is a United Nations-sponsored “multi-stakeholder” conference. Unlike many U.N. events, it is open not just to [...]

Global law enforcement coalition dismantles ‘Avalanche’ criminal server network

December 5, 2016

Law enforcement agencies in the United States, Nederlands, Germany and other nations dismantled a criminal network called Avalanche Agencies involved include United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the FBI, United States Department of Justice, the Luneburg Police of Germany, Europol and Eurojust along with investigators and prosecutors from more than 40 [...]

Larry at Internet Governance Forum

December 3, 2016

ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid is in Guadalajara, Mexico for this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF, which is convened by the United Nations, is described as “a multistakeholder platform that facilitiates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.” It’s an annual gathering of leaders from governments, industry, academia and non-profits from [...]
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