tell FTC to Protect Consumers from Online Advertising

Richard Cleland Bureau of Consumer Protection 202-326-3088 FTC seeking public comment on possible revisions to the guidance document, the staff is interested in the technical and legal issues that marketers, consumer advocates, and others believe should be addressed. https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/dotcomdisclosures/

FTC Seeks Input for Revising Its Guidance to Businesses About Disclosures in Online Advertising

Needed Revisions Will Reflect Dramatic Changes in Online World Since Guidance Was Issued 11 Years Ago

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Privacy /Google / anyone gets 36 million database that includes YOU.

Epsilon Fell To Spear-Phishing Attack

Breach apparently lasted for months despite warning of targeted attacks against email service providers.
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35 Million Google Profiles Captured In Database

Caveat poster: A security researcher has assembled a single database
containing 35 million people’s Google Profiles information, including
Twitter feeds, real names, and email addresses, among other data points.
Google bills Profiles as a way to “decide what the world sees when it
searches for you.”
But Matthijs R. Koot, a privacy and anonymity researcher at the
University of Amsterdam, also found that because of the nature of Google
Profiles–it’s meant to be indexed by search engines–he was able to
easily save available information into a SQL database. Doing so required
about a month’s effort “to retrieve the data, convert it to SQL using
spidermonkey and some custom Javascript code, and import it into a
database,” he said in a blog post.
 

1 Database Containing 35.000.000 Google Profiles. Implications?

In February 2011 it showed trivial to create a database containing ALL ~35.000.000 Google Profiles without Google throttling, blocking, CAPTCHAing or otherwise make more difficult mass-downloading attempts. It took only 1 month to retrieve the data, convert it to SQL using spidermonkey and some custom Javascript code, and import it into a database. The database contains Twitter conversations (also stored in the OZ_initData variable) , person names, aliases/nicknames, multiple past educations (institute, study, start/end date),multiple past work experiences (employer, function, start/end date), links to Picasa photoalbums, …. — and in ~15.000.000 cases, also the username and therefore @gmail.com address. In summary: 1 month + 1 connection = 1 database containing 35.000.000 Google Profiles. 

My activities are directed at inciting, or poking up, debate about privacy — NOT to create DISTRUST but to achieve REALISTIC trust — and the meaning of “informed consent”. Which, when signing up for online services like Google Profile, amounts to checking a box. How can a user possibly be considered to be “informed” when they’re not made aware 1) about the fact that it does not seem to bother Google that profiles can be mass-downloaded (Dutch) and 2) about misuse value –or hopefully the lack of it– of their social data to criminals and certain types of marketeers? Does this enable mass spear phishing attacks and other types of social engineering, or is that risk negligible, e.g. because criminals use other methods of attack and/or have other, better sources of personal data? Absence of ANY protection against mass-downloading is the status quo at Google Profile. Strictly speaking I did not even violate Google policy in retrieving the profiles, because http://www.google.com/robots.txt explicitly ALLOWS indexing of Google Profiles and my code is part of a personal experimental search engine project.

Mexico Tribal Music and Pointy Boots

Tribal Monterrey music, super-pointy boots Matehulala, Mexico Bellavista Dance Crew, the botas vaqueras exóticas phenomenon has overrun the rodeo dance floors.

Tribal Music Brought The Best Pointy Boots Ever!
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEiMA3QtYWc ]
Spreading North into Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and any place where big groups of immigrant Mexicans have taken root.
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2011 Google 4 Doodle Winner gets $25 Grand for his elementry school

Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, California for his logo named “Space Life.” featured on U.S. Google.com homepage tomorrow, May 20, 2011.

Matteo Lopez Wins The 2011 Doodle 4 Google Competition

Google has announced the winner of the 2011 Google 4 Doodle, “What I’d like to do someday.” The winner is Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, California for his logo named “Space Life.”

He won a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for his school, Monte Verde Elementary School. Plus his doodle will also be featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage tomorrow, May 20, 2011. In addition, the three national finalists, each of which will receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

PROTEST OF GRAMMY TRAVESTY NARAS ERASES 31 CATEGORIES FROM GRAMMYS

Protest NARAS Sunday, May 22, 2011 — 1 PM Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 East 3rd Street Open to the Public
GRAMMY WINNERS Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Hawaiian, Polka, Traditional World, and certain gospel, Blues, R&B, and Mexican categories, among others, have all been unceremoniously erased.

RESS CONFERENCE IN PROTEST OF GRAMMY TRAVESTY
PROTEST NARAS – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sunday, May 22, 2011 — 1 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
between Avenues B & C
New York City
(212) 780.9386
Bobby Sanabria
May 9, 2011
Phone: 917.539.4647
nujackrican@yahoo.com
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The Great Google Book Grab

Google Books Digital Library and Bookstore and the monetiztion of libraries conflicts with copyright law.

                                  Boston Globe, July 24, 2009
Dan Clancy
Now that the settlement is dead, the Justice
Department should ask Google to stop all
scanning of in-copyright works, and place all
previously-scanned, in-copyright works that
were scanned without express permission
of the rights holder, in a dark archive. Google
can use them when opt-in permission of the
rights-holder is obtained, or when Congress
or the Supreme Court resolves copyright
infringement issues.

So what if we’re evil:
“We’re going full steam
ahead, no matter what happens with the settle-
ment.” —Dan Clancy, Google Books executive

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Library of Congress Teacher In Residence Program

K12 Applications now available to serve as Teacher-in-Residence during the 2011-12 school year

Applications now available to serve as Teacher-in-Residence during the 2011-12 school year
Since 2000, the Library of Congress has recruited teachers to work with Educational Outreach staff to help teachers incorporate the Library’s collection of over 16 million digitized primary sources into high-quality instruction. Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops for teachers in Washington, DC, and across the United States. They have represented the Library at various conferences and meetings and developed teaching materials and lessons that use the Library’s digitized primary sources for national distribution.
The successful Teacher-in-Residence candidate will be innovative and collaborative, be fluent with the Library’s digitized primary sources with experience using them in instruction, and have a history of leadership and staff development. The Library will give preference to applicants who teach students considered to be underserved based on ethnicity, socio-economic status or geography.
The selected teacher will participate in this program via an intergovernmental personnel agreement between the Library and his or her home school district. The Library will reimburse the district for salary and benefits paid to the teacher during the school year, and will release the Teacher-in-Residence for all district holidays and vacations.
The teacher will receive a $1,500 monthly housing stipend if he or she teaches outside of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The Library cannot pay for travel or moving expenses.
In addition to assisting Educational Outreach staff, the Teacher-in-Residence will undertake a project to benefit his or her home school or district to be implemented during the following academic year. This project could be a workshop on teaching with primary sources for fellow teachers, a unit using Library of Congress primary sources, or some other product or activity using Library of Congress digitized primary sources that can be implemented with students or fellow teachers. As part of the application process, teachers should propose projects that were designed in collaboration with teacher colleagues and have the support of appropriate school and or district administrators.
To be considered, teachers should fill out and submit the attached application with an accompanying letter from a school or district administrator authorized to approve an intergovernmental personnel agreement. Applications will be evaluated based on the teacher’s creativity and willingness to contribute to the educational community as evidenced by his or her description of past activities and recommendation letters, and the feasibility and value of the project that the applicant proposes.
The Deadline for applications is June 17th. Please direct any questions to edoutreach@loc.gov
Educational CyberPlayGround

Bin Lauden DEAD

Details are beginning to emerge of the painstaking detective work that led to the raid, and one fact that has caught my attention is this: The property where he was hiding, while valued at $1 million, had no phone service, nor any Internet connection. This turned out to be a key red flag that helped bring an increase in scrutiny that in time led to the attack on the compound that PreDetails are beginning to emerge of the painstaking detective work that led to the raid, and one fact that has caught my attention is this: The property where he was hiding, while valued at $1 million, had no phone service, nor any Internet connection. This turned out to be a key red flag that helped bring an increase in scrutiny that in time led to the attack on the compound that President Obama ordered yesterday. A report in The National Journal mentions that it was the National Security Agency, which gathers America?s electronic intelligence, which determined, in some secret manner that didn?t tip off the government of Pakistan, that the compound had no phone or Internet.  Obama ordered yesterday. A report in The National Journal mentions that it was the National Security Agency, which gathers America’s electronic intelligence, which determined, in some secret manner that didn?t tip off the government of Pakistan, that the compound had no phone or Internet.
In the End, a Lack of Tech May Have Helped Bring Bin Laden Down
I did a little searching for “3G in Abbottabad” and found lots of ads selling 3G capable devices.  For example:
http://abbottabad.olx.com.pk/apple-ipad-64gb-3g-wifi-iid-166405314

News of Bin Laden’s death spreads via Twitter, New Yorkers take action