According to a report in The New York Times this week, the presence of Russian spy ships near important trans-Atlantic data cables is causing consternation among American military and intelligence officials. What, if anything, are the Russians planning to do? Are they trying to see how easily they could cut the cables if war broke out?
All anybody knows for sure is that the game theory that we used to plot out provocations and responses during the Cold War is obsolete in a digital age.
On the one hand, concerns about acts of digital sabotage in wartime are silly. If war broke out between the United States and Russia, we'd have much bigger problems on our hands than spotty connectivity over the Internet.… Seguir leyendo »
In recent months, the issue of privacy has come to the forefront in a number of cases, including the latest revelation that the U.S. government has been secretly collecting Verizon customers' phone records. Here's a selection of CNN.com op-eds on related issues.
We're losing control of our digital privacy
The erosion of privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment, written to protect us against unreasonable search and seizure, began in earnest under President George W. Bush. The Patriot Act, passed overwhelmingly but hastily after 9/11, allows the FBI to obtain telecommunication, financial, and credit records without a court order. Moreover, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's 2008 amendment act grants U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their behavior.
I can no longer justify this arrangement.
Today, I am surrendering my Facebook account, because my participation on the site is simply too inconsistent with the values I espouse in my work.… Seguir leyendo »
Imagina que apenas estamos en el desarrollo del lenguaje hablado y a alguien se le ocurre una nueva palabra para describir una acción, pensamiento o sentimiento, como "magnífico" o "terrible". Pero en este mundo extraño, esa persona demanda que cualquiera que use el término le pague un dólar cada vez que la mencione. Eso nos dificultaría negociar nuestro camino hacia una sociedad que se comunica a través del diálogo.
Pienso que así son las guerras de patentes sobre la tecnología utilizada en los teléfonos inteligentes y las tabletas.
Como ser humano, no me interesa la reciente victoria de Apple en Estados Unidos en contra de Samsung por haber copiado la forma y características de sus iPhones y iPads.… Seguir leyendo »
This week's announcement that Yahoo is hiring away Google executive Marissa Mayer as its latest CEO has been met by both Wall Street and the tech industry with yawns or worse.
Yawners cite the fact that Yahoo -- by all measures, a company that has been in decline for some time =- has hired five CEOs in as many years. The fanfare with which they are brought in is matched only by the size of the failure they leave in their wake. Those who are excited about the new appointment seem to care less about what it means for Yahoo or the Internet than the fact that Mayer is a woman, pregnant, and a former girlfriend of Google chief Larry Page.… Seguir leyendo »