When Disclosure is better than Disaster

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| CNN just reported that NASA is refusing to disclose air safety data.
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| What does this have to do with Open Source software?
| Early on in my software development career I learned a shocking truth about
| the software industry: most software sucks. By now that revelation is no
| surprise—we becomed so accepting of bad software that we are surprised when
| software does not suck. The cost of all this bad software clocks in at $386B
| USD per year by my estimates, and if my fellow board member Matt Asay's
| numbers are to be believed, perhaps $1T USD is literally wasted each year.


When US-made 'censorware' ends up in iron fists

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| During Burma's short-lived uprising late last month, young dissidents risked
| their lives to smuggle news of their peaceful protest to the outside world.
| They may have been up against Internet censorship software designed in
| America, if a connection found to exist in 2005 still holds.



Dissidents Leap Myanmar's Firewall With Open Source

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| Cutting-edge technology -- much of it operated by amateurs -- has played a
| remarkably powerful role in documenting the bloodshed in Myanmar and helping
| to spark a global outcry. Video clips of the country's biggest political
| protests in nearly two decades, surreptitiously filmed and filed via the
| Internet, have made their way onto sites like YouTube. * *


Bloggers who risked all to reveal the junta’s brutal crackdown in Burma


Lone Remaining Burmese Blogger Uses Lightweight Messaging Service to Broadcast
to the World


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| 25 September 2007 (Urgent note)
| Boycott Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, and WebTV for political censorship.


Microsoft sued by Beijing student for privacy infringement

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| Lu argued that Microsoft had violated his legal rights by providing a formal
| contract which had to be accepted in order to proceed with the installation.


Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

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| Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government
| that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of
| bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an
| organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe. *


Microsoft, Yahoo Tailor Ads To Users' Behavior

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| Google will remain on the sidelines — at least for now. But its Web portal
| rivals are stepping up their efforts to use behavioral targeting to make
| display, or banner, ads more relevant to Web site visitors. *


New software can identify you from your online habits

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| That is the spectre raised by new research conducted by Microsoft.
| The computing giant is developing software that could accurately
| guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location,
| by analysing telltale patterns in your web browsing history. But
| experts say the idea is a clear threat to privacy - and may be
| illegal in some places.


Chinese Internet dissident committed to mental hospital

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| "It is not acceptable that Chinese authorities use such methods to silence
| citizens who have merely peacefully voiced their opinions", expressed the
| organisation in an announcement. Apparently authorities have not abandoned
| the practice of punishing those who have exposed the abuse of power and
| defied censorship by compulsorily committing them to mental institutions. * *


Yahoo! Answers is rejecting Open-Source options in answers

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| Someone got a computer from a friend that has some serious problems
| with Windows. S/he has none of the disks (XP or restore) and was
| asking for recommendations.
| [...]
| How is recommending freely available and legal alternatives abuse?
| ImgBurn is also a perfectly legal program, so are Ubuntu and Kubuntu
| (they're Linux).


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.


UK holds Microsoft security talks

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| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."