April 19, 2007

The Onion on Chinese Piracy [12:08 pm]

From the April 18, 2007 Issue (43-16): Fighting Chinese Piracy - pdf

The United States recently filed several complaints with the World Trade Organization against the Chinese government for its failure to clamp down on media piracy and counterfeiting. Here are some other measures the U.S. has taken to combat the problem:

  • [...] Implementing new security algorithm on all CDs and DVDs that slows down hackers for up to three hours

  • [...] Tracking all citizens, thereby creating a draconian hellscape to protect Resident Evil: Extinction from profitless consumption

  • Suimg pants off college kids

  • Fighting never-ending, futile court battles rather than adapting to new technological paradigm

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An Evolving Approach To Online Privacy [8:24 am]

And a demonstration that we can learn! Most teenagers with social network profiles online are taking steps to protect themselves from the most obvious risks - the press release for the report Teens, Privacy & Online Social Networks

A new survey and a series of focus groups conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project examines how teens understand their privacy through several lenses: by looking at the choices that teens make to share or not to share information online, by examining what they share, by probing for the context in which they share it and by asking teens for their own assessment of their vulnerability. For many online teens, particularly those with profiles, privacy and disclosure choices are made as they create and maintain social networking profiles. Of course, material shared in a profile is just one of many places where information is shared online – but it provides a snapshot into the choices that teens make to share in a relatively public and persistent online environment. Further, we went on to examine the interactions teens have with people unknown to them on social networking sites, exploring the nature of new friendships created on the networks, as well as unwelcome, and some times uncomfortable or scary stranger contacts.

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