A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents wanting to know where […]View More A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data
One of the best and worst things about Google Chrome is the amount of browser extensions you can find in the Chrome store. It’s the best because it gives users almost limitless ways to improve their Chrome experience, but also it’s the worst because …View More These 10 Google Chrome extensions will make your life easier
Google unveiled its new Stadia game streaming service today and while we’re still waiting to hear more details about how (and when) consumers will be able to access the service, it’s clear that Google clearly kept game streamers in mind when it designed this new service. Indeed, it’s the first modern gaming platform that was […]View More Google’s new Stadia gaming platform is all about streamers
Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at […]View More Fifty years of the internet
Have you ever thought about how much of your personal data is relayed whilst you’re browsing the internet? If you haven’t, then maybe you should.
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Keith Wright Contributor Share on Twitter Keith Wright is a Villanova School of Business instructor of Accounting and Information Systems, founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC and former Senior Vice President for Global Sales Operations for SAP. There is no question that the arrival of a fragmented and divided internet is now upon us. The “splinternet,” […]View More The “splinternet” is already here
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the English scientist credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, isn’t too happy about where said web is going.
In an open letter published Monday — a day before the WWW’s 30th anniversary — Berners-Lee outlines the issues that plague the internet today, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix them.
“While the web has created opportunity, given marginalised groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit,” he wrote. Read more…View More Inventor of the web says the web needs to be fixed, and fast
The influential Massachusetts Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been a longtime critic of the consolidation of economic power by Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Now she’s making their break-up a key component of her Presidential platform. Warren has just released her plan for breaking up big tech, in what seems like a watershed moment […]View More Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook
Thailand’s government passed a controversial cybersecurity bill today that has been criticized for vagueness and the potential to enable sweeping access internet user data. The bill (available in Thai) was amended late last year following criticism over potential data access, but it passed the country’s parliament with 133 positives votes and no rejections although there […]View More Thailand passes controversial cybersecurity law that could enable government surveillance
Lightstream, a Chicago-based company which develops tools to augment livestreams, has raised $8 million in new funding as it looks to add monitoring, management, and monetization services to its suite of editing technologies. Last year, the company inked a partnership with Microsoft‘s live-streaming Twitch competitor, Mixer, to let streamers on the platform add professional flourishes […]View More On the strength of its Mixer partnership, streaming toolkit developer Lightstream raises $8 million
The internet is a wild and messy place. Thankfully, the folks at the nonprofit Internet Society are here to help make sense of it all with a detailed investigation into some of the thorniest problems facing the online world.
Namely, the group seeks to uncover how possible consolidation in the internet economy — as exemplified by the likes of Facebook and Amazon — is affecting the broader online ecosystem as a whole and to what degree that should concern us. Unfortunately, the organization’s findings aren’t all that encouraging.
The group, which was founded in 1992, determined in a Feb. 26 report that the current status of the corporate giant-dominated internet is so poorly understood that even government intervention might just further muck things up. Read more…View More What does consolidation of the internet mean for society? It’s complicated.
The internet’s address book keeper has warned of an “ongoing and significant risk” to key parts of the domain name system infrastructure, following months of increased attacks. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, issued the notice late Friday, saying DNS, which converts numerical internet addresses to domain names, has been the victim […]View More ICANN warns of “ongoing and significant” attacks against internet’s DNS infrastructure