Around the IT Industry 4/1-4/5

by Modis on April 5, 2013

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Anonymous Stands Up to North Korea

The controversial group of hackers known as Anonymous has gone after child molesters, possibly your local bank, and the most corrupt of governments. Its next conquest? Abolishing the dictatorship that reigns in North Korea. Anonymous has held over 15,000 memberships from hostage, and is demanding that North Korea unblock access to its Internet  for all its citizens, as well as demanding that dictator Kim Jong-un resign as the country’s leader. Whether or not Anonymous will succeed remains a mystery.

Comcast Infuriates Users Again. News at 11:00.

It’s no secret that Comcast has done things that irk its users in the past. The conglomerate hasn’t made itself popular among some of its users, due to frequent outages, poor customer service, and more. Recently, Comcast has upped the ante by hijacking web traffic and injecting its own script into browser pages. This phenomenon is not unheard of; however, it remains invasive and unwelcome.


Social Media: Not Just for Games

It’s no secret that people are using social media to do more than ever: banking, keeping in touch with friends, but what about catching criminals? That’s right. The NYPD failed to catch a man charged with a brutal mugging on March 9, 2013. After posting a video of the suspect to their site, which got picked up by Gawker, Internet users had tracked down the man’s Facebook profile and subsequently led to his capture. Social media connects people more than they are often willing to admit, to things both good and bad.

Want Untraceable Texts? Get an iPhone.

iPhone’s iMessage chat service is giving the FBI a run for its money. Its encryption has left the feds baffled, and more than a bit frustrated. iMessage texts are impossible to intercept, leaving the government unable to read iMessage conversations if need be without lengthy investigations, special warrants, and lost man hours. The FCC has yet to issue a ruling on how far the reach of the government should be in regards to peer-to-peer communications.

National Digital Public Library? Coming Soon!

You read that right. The Digital Public Library of America launches on April 18. Offering the nation’s research libraries, archives, and museums for all to see, this ambitious undertaking is embracing digital communication to the fullest. We have the technological capabilities to enable all American citizens—and eventually the world—to access our libraries from anywhere, anytime. Drawing on our nation’s rich artistic history, research databases, and journals—the library has something for everyone.

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