Privacy

A visual representation of the sites supporting "counter narratives" and other conspiracy theories online. (Image courtesy of University of Washington.)

Podcast: Facebook Makes a Stand. But can Fake News be stopped?

In-brief: Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new initiative to stamp out disinformation and ‘fake news,’ but University of Washington researcher Kate Starbird, who is studying online ‘counter narratives’ says that conspiracy theories and ‘truthers’ may be here to stay. 

The Online Trust Alliance said it was merging with The Internet Society (ISOC), bringing its consumer focused privacy and security efforts to the home of the IETF. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Online Trust Alliance to merge with Internet Society

In-brief: The Online Trust Alliance, which has focused on issues related to privacy and security on the Internet of Things, is merging with The Internet Society, home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the groups said in an announcement Wednesday.

The Eview 07 GPS tracker is used to protect activists in Columbia. An investigation found that it could also be used to spy on them, or reveal their whereabouts. (Image courtesy of Eview.)

GPS Tracker Used as Anti-Kidnapping Device Leaks Users Location, Info

In-brief: research into GPS tracking devices used by the government of Columbia to help protect journalists and activists reveal a raft of serious security and privacy holes:  more evidence of endemic insecurity in the connected device space. 

Most U.S. adults had trouble identifying key cyber security concepts including what data was secure online and the definition of a botnet.

You Don’t Know Hack: Public Struggles with Cyber Security Concepts

In-brief: U.S. adults may be able to identify a strong password when they see one, but on many questions of how to identify and protect themselves from online threats, they are worryingly ignorant, according to a new survey by The Pew Center.