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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 [...]

Netflix allows mobile users to download videos

November 30, 2016

Netflix shows you the movies and TV shows you can download Finally, Netflix is allowing people to download videos to watch offline. That’s great for those of us who fly a lot where even if you pay for WiFi, the connection is too slow to stream video. It’s also great for those who like to hang out in remote locations where the Internet is hard to come by. In a blog post, Netflix said [...]

Low-cost gifts for special people

November 27, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Once the Thanksgiving tables have been cleared, a lot of folks are thinking about what to buy their friends and loved ones for the holidays. Rumor has it that there is a portly bearded man in the North Pole with an enormous database of what people want and what’s hot this year, but as far as I can tell, it’s well encrypted — otherwise [...]

Be safe when shopping online

November 27, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, a lot of people will be shopping online this year. For the most part, it’s pretty safe but there are some basic precautions worth remembering. [...]

Google helps shoppers know if stores are crowded

November 22, 2016

Last year Google released its Popular Times feature as part of Google Now, which tells you when stores are restaurants are at their busiest. Now, in time for holiday shopping, they’re adding real time information, which means you can figure out of a store is crowded just as you’re about to get in your car or hop on the bus. How to use it Search for a business on Google and when you [...]

Cambium Networks — Connecting the unconnected around the world

November 22, 2016

Cambium Networks CEO Atul Bhatnagar One of the biggest challenges for broadband is the “last mile.” That’s the distance between a central distribution center and people’s homes, businesses and schools. It’s a big problem in rural communities and especially in the developing world, where running wires is unaffordable and impractical. Cambium Networks has technology [...]

Instagram adds live video and disappearing videos and photos

November 21, 2016

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is taking a cue from Snapchat by offering disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct along with a new live video feature that lets you share the moment with your friends.Users can comment and “heart” you while they watch the live feed. Unlike the live video on Facebook, it can’t be archived and viewed later. It’s for the [...]

How to print without breaking the bank

November 16, 2016

In the age of smartphones and tablets, printers may seem oh-so 20th century, but they still have their place. This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Many people still circulate documents and there are those labels you need to print when you return something you bought online. For some reason, I’m more likely to find typos in my draft articles if I read them on paper rather [...]
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