Monday, August 31, 2015

Digital Archaeology

A company called Digital Archaeology is creating digital documentation of historic sites in an attempt to preserve, in a new way, the historic physical record of structures and sites for the future. Due to the record of increasing ISIS destruction, DA has sped up their pace significantly, racing to document before the structures and sites are gone. More power to them!  Read more about it here

Friday, August 28, 2015

FB 1 billion users

Facebook has reached a record billion users in 1 day. Amazing. What will it be like when all the nations are connected to the Internet and can access FB? Will they find relatives lost to war, offer memories of events the rest of know little or nothing about? It could have a major impact on history and documentation. Hopefully it will also have a positive impact on moving forward into the future. Read more about it here

Thursday, August 27, 2015

There are really no secrets in the Internet world.

The site for married people engaging in infidelity, Ashley Madison, experienced a massive dump of personal data involving about 6800 senders and 3600 recipients. Now there is an investigation of the CEO Noel Biderman and his emails which were among those released. Names and information (some fake) have been released. People are freaking out over their private data being released. Apparently, they are afraid that someone will find out they are a cheater and that may impact both their lives, marriages, families and maybe their careers. Too bad they didn't consider this sooner. Read more about it here

Update: at least two people have killed themselves. The parent company is offering a large reward for information on the hackers. Additionally, names of some high profile people have shown up in the revealed data. The potential for lawsuits is huge here. Read the updates here and here

Update: Ashley Madison site is allowing users of its cheating for married people website to pay to delete some of their data, but not all of it. So, you still can't hide yourself completely from your spouse, you cheaters. Read more about it here

Speaking of deleted data reminds me of hidden or suppressed data. Agora has shut down its site which deals in black market commodities of an illegal nature including drugs. It has also prohibited now the sale of guns. This is because a recent MIT report on its security system noted flaws which could be used to expose accounts of users who wish to operate in secret. The site owners were smart enough at that point to shut down.  I'm sure there are a lot of unhappy drug dealers today. Read more about it here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Google ordered to remove news links

In the ongoing "forgotten" link saga, Google has been ordered by the courts to remove some links to news stories about people whose links were removed.  Google wanted the links to the news stories to document what had happened. The people whose links were removed and the courts do not want the news links. Will Google continue to fight this or decide to spend its energies and time elsewhere? Read more about it here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Do you want to live on in the internet forever?

Do you want someone to post online for you after you die? Do you want to leave enough info behind so a machine can do it for you? Do you really care? Does anyone care what your responses or interests are once you are dead? I think this concept panders to those who believe they are the center of the universe. Some people do care and want to express themselves on earth after they leave it. Really bossy, controlling people would love this idea. They would eternally get to express the last word much to the dismay of their families.

There is a new site called Eter9 which will respond for you after you die. You provide a profile and select preferences. There was a prior system called Virtual Eternity in 2010, but it ceased after 2 years. Still, 10,000 people signed up for it. I wonder how many of them died in that 2 year span and got anything out of the system. FB and MIT are both working on means to improve artificial intelligence to be "better than humans"  or to continue for you somehow after you die. Currently, FB allows a specified person to manage your account after you die. How much space will eventually be occupied by the dead? It will just be dead air....Ha ha. Read more about it here

Monday, August 24, 2015

Salute to those working to save history from ISIS

I was off most of last week for various reasons and during that time a lot of the information news was negative and ISIS related. The terrorists beheaded the former general manager for antiquities and museums in Palmyra, Khaled al-As'ad. He was 82 and had spent 40 years dedicated to his profession. I hope a fund and honor is established in his name. I feel terrible for him and his poor family. He was so dedicated in trying to save some of the artifacts and historical treasures for humanity that he was killed. It is absolutely appalling. Today I read the terrorists have likely blown up another temple. The cost of their attempt to rule humanity and denigrate parts of it is even more appalling than their mass destruction of history and the culture of nations and, ultimately, the history and early culture of the world.  Many of these early antiquities pre-date divisions of nations or religions, showing our shared history and culture. I salute those professionals and volunteers working in very difficult situations to save the treasures not just of their nations but of all the world from destruction. Some 35,000 historical antiquities have been removed from sites and museums, cataloged, photographed, and packaged to be moved to safety. Interestingly, 400 statues and busts and some 600 vases stolen from Palmyra, a World Heritage and UNESCO site, were smuggled out, probably ISIS attempted to sell them on the black market for antiquities, were found, and have been returned to Syria and are now being cared for. It is clear that ISIS is selling some items to get funding for their activities. Read more about it here

Monday, August 17, 2015

Confidential CC

There is a new email app, Confidential CC, that the creators say can send an encrypted confidential email that only one designated person can access only once. The email has two layers of protection so it can't be printed off or forwarded or have a screen shot taken of it. It sounds like a Mission Impossible directive. The creator sees personal and professional use potential for this app. I could also see criminal use for it. Read more about it here