First they came for the mugshot websites, but I said nothing…


As described in a New York Times story on the weekend — one that for some reason chose to save this information until the end — Google (s goog) has tweaked its search algorithm and downgraded the Page Rank of so-called “mugshot” websites, which post police snapshots of random people and in some cases charge to have them removed. MasterCard has also taken steps to cut such sites off from using its online payment systems.

Everyone seems pretty happy about this turn of events so far (except the mugshot site operators, of course), but I confess that I find the whole thing a little disturbing.

Obviously, Google tweaks its algorithms all the time to boost or lower the ranking of different types of content. And both it and MasterCard are private corporations that can do whatever they wish — within reason — when it comes to their business. We may…

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Cyberspace insecurity

Diplo Learning Corner

Cyberspace is inherently insecure. Achieving acceptable information security requires building awareness of what it takes to achieve it, mitigating vulnerabilities in people, processes and technologies and constant adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.

Ed Gelbstein’s ‘Information security for non-technical managers’, downloadable for free at, provides a concise overview and some useful suggestions covering the information security “problem”.


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#BYND2015 – Inspiring young people to ensure a better future for everyone

The ITU Blog

Bynd2015BlogWe are living through one of the most exciting times in human history thanks to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Never before has any generation been so connected instantaneously.

Undeniably, technology and the internet have accomplished much more than anyone first imagined, but there is still so much we can achieve if we use ICTs for positive outcomes that everyone in society can benefit from.

As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is committed to connecting the world through innovative technology solutions, it is using an online crowdsourcing platform developed by a start-up called  Crowdicity, the official crowdsourcing partners for BYND2015. 

The concept of online crowdsourcing allows for the creation of a platform that enables us to engage and interact with individuals from around the globe; a place where people can come together to discuss and share ideas. It is all inclusive and therefore allows for a more…

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