Barbara Larson

Barbara Larson

Google is now showing six-second video previews in the search results delivered on Android devices.

Google announced they have added video previews to the video carousel that shows up in the search results. Currently, this only occurs when you are using the Google app for Android or using Chrome on Android.

When you toggle through the videos in the carousel, it will show you a six-second preview of the video. Here is a GIF of it in action:

Google said this will only be the default behavior when the user is on a Wi-Fi connection. But users can enable video previews on mobile networks or opt-out of this feature entirely by going to the settings menu within the Google app or adjusting settings for Android Chrome.

Not too long ago, Google was caught testing auto-playing videos in their search results. This implementation isn’t as significant a change as people were seeing in that test, but it still adds a lot more interactivity and motion to the search results.

Source: This article was published searchengineland.com By Barry Schwartz

Only the smartest of tech geeks would have found Apple’s latest job ad (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

If you want to work for one of the world’s biggest and most creative companies, you need to demonstrate an ability for original thought.

tech geniuses from herd than to bury a secret https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/topic/careers">job ad on your site and see if anyone tracks it down?So what better way to filter potential tech geniuses from herd than to bury a secret job ad on your site and see if anyone tracks it down?

That’s what Apple appears to have done – and it was rumbled by Zack Whittaker, the security editor of US tech website ZDNet.

He wrote: “Cool. If you find this hidden Apple page, you’re offered a job!”

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The listing for a “talented engineer” sought someone boasting a “strong attention to detail” and “excellent analytical capabilities”.

The advert reads: “Hey there! You found us.

“We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem.”

It then goes on to ask: “Do you love designing & architecting highly scalable, distributed web services?

“Would you want to work on Exabytes of data, tens of thousands of servers, and millions of hard drives?”

Applicants were asked to get in touch by sending their CVs to Apple.

Whittaker told the BBC he found it by chance while analysing data being sent from iPhone apps. “It’s remarkable to see these companies taking innovative ways to entice people to work for them,” he said.

Unfortunately, for those talented engineers out there, the URL has since been taken down and leads to a simple error message.

Or maybe that’s another challenge thrown out there by Apple to test the mettle of job hunters…

Source: This article was published uk.finance.yahoo.com By Mark Dorman

Invading your privacy without your permission is essentially theft, yet it happens every day on the internet and without consequence. Large corporations, law enforcement, the government, and just about anyone who knows how to use the internet, can easily obtain your personal information in a matter of seconds.

It comes as no surprise that anything you intentionally post online can be used to your detriment, but did you know that information brokers are collecting your personal information regardless of what you’ve decided to share yourself?

They use information such as your phone number, address and even your social security number to line their pockets. Details about you that can’t be found for free are provided by information brokers in exchange for a small fee, allowing them to get rich on the invasion of peoples’ privacy.

To see how easy it is to obtain someone’s address, try running a Google search of your name and the city you live in. The results might surprise you but what’s truly shocking is that they serve as only one example of why you need to care deeply about internet surveillance.

Here are some other reasons you should be concerned:

Using an Alias Isn’t Effective

Even if you decide to use an alias online, it won’t be very effective at hiding your identity or protecting your data. At some point or another, you’ll probably have to make a payment online or sign up for something that requires you to provide your address and phone number anyways.

Websites, as well as advanced users, can also track your IP address, which provides your location. By knowing your location, they can ultimately determine who you are, so using an alias won’t help. You can try to use public Wi-Fi so your home address can’t be determined by your IP address, but there’s still the issue of surveillance.

Hackers can use unsecured networks, such as public Wi-Fi, as an access point to spy on your online activities and obtain your personal information. They can see your files on your computer, cell phone, or tablet, which may provide clues about your identity.

Criminals Use the Internet

The invasion of your privacy online isn’t just a violation of your personal freedoms; it can also put you at risk. Criminals often use the internet to their advantage because the ease of retrieving information about people makes it easy for them to commit crimes and even stalk people. Identity theft is one of the main issues you need to be concerned about since your social security, full name, address, and phone number are within anyone’s reach.

As mentioned above, other personally identifiable information can also be located by those who know enough about technology to hack into your data. For example, if a hacker is spying on your online activities and you visit a website and enter your debit card number, they now have those details. Account logins are especially vulnerable and accounts tend to contain enough of your personal data for a criminal to commit identity theft.

Another concern is that information about you listed on the web is sometimes linked to your family members, making it a possibility for them to be targeted as well, even if they don’t use the internet.

Digital Freedom

Though internet surveillance is common and not entirely avoidable, there is a way you can maintain your digital freedom. A proxy service is one of the best ways to protect yourself, as it’ll hide your IP address and at the very least provide a level of anonymity you won’t have otherwise.

When you use a proxy service, you’re able to connect to a remote server that’s encrypted, essentially securing your internet connection while masking your IP address. Since the same remote server is used by a number of other users, your identity can’t be traced.

Any data about you that is already present online (for example, that which has been collected by information brokers) will still exist, but you’ll be able to put a halt to the majority of future surveillance efforts.

Source: This article was published beinglibertarian.com By Carla

New to Google Search Console? Columnist Dianna Huff provides a handy guide for gleaning actionable insights from the Search Analytics report.

In my last column, I covered how you can use Google’s Search Console to learn about the health of your website.

Search Console has another helpful report, called Search Analytics, which gives you an overview of how your website is performing in Google’s organic (non-paid) search results — namely, it shows some of the search queries people used to click through to your website.

In this column, I’ll explain how to read the report. I’ll also share a few simple strategies on how small business owners can use it to improve a website’s non-paid Google search results and website marketing in general.

How to read the Search Analytics report

To access the report, log into Search Console, and then click “Search Traffic” in the left-hand navigation. Search Analytics is the first report listed within this menu option. If you’re not able to access Search Console, it may be because you have to verify your website first.

The Search Analytics report enables you to see search data from various perspectives. As you can see in Figure 1, you can filter by Queries, Pages, Countries, Devices and Search Type (Web, Image or Video). Within each of these, you can filter more granularly: Click the radio button for Devices, for example, and you can filter by Desktop, Mobile or Tablet.

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Figure 1: Search Analytics report filters

You can also customize the date range. Unlike Google Analytics, which archives data for years, Search Console only shows the last 90 days of search query data.

At the top of the report, you can check four boxes: Clicks, Impressions, CTR and Position. Once you check these, the data then appears in the rows below. (Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Search Analytics report showing Clicks, Impressions and more.

Search Console data differs from what you see in Google Analytics, and if you’re a new user, it can be a little confusing, as the terms aren’t the same. In Google Analytics, for example, visits to a website are called “Sessions” — and one person can have multiple sessions.

Analytics also shows Sessions data by Channel, meaning the source of the searcher: Organic (non-paid search, including non-Google properties), Paid, Referrals, Direct and Social.

Search Console, on the other hand, provides click data, which refers only to the people who clicked through from the Google search engine to your website.

What I like about Search Console is that it lets you see the actual search queries people used when clicking through to a website. Before you get too excited, however, you should note that Google gives you only a small percentage of these queries — and the way it presents this data can be a little confusing at first.

If you use AdWords, the terms Clicks, Impressions, CTR and Position should look familiar to you, but if you don’t, here’s what they mean:

Clicks

This is the number of clicks to your website per search query. Caution: Google does not provide search query data for each of the clicks to your website for the selected time range.

In Figure 2 (above), you can see that this particular website had 177 clicks for the last 28 days. The actual search query data, however, only shows 49 of those clicks (i.e., 28%).

Impressions

This is the number of times your website listing appeared in the Google search results for various searches. In Figure 2 (above), you can see Search Console shows 12,061 impressions. Caution:Google counts impressions any time your website (including images) appears for a search result — even if your listing is on page 8 (where no one sees it).

Google also counts impressions for search queries that may not be relevant to your business. For example, if you have client names listed on your website, your client list page could show up for a search result for one of the companies listed. Google counts this as an impression.

For the Search Analytics report, Google tracks impressions for hundreds of search queries, whether or not they resulted in clicks. For the report in Figure 2, Google provided impression data for 500 queries, but Google will provide more. The amount of impression data provided generally depends on how much traffic you get.

CTR

CTR stands for click-through rate. To calculate the CTR, take the number of impressions and divide it by the number of clicks.

For the report in Figure 2, the CTR is 1.47% — which can look a little disheartening at first. But, since we already know the impressions data includes hundreds of search queries (many of which may not be relevant), you have to do your own number crunching to determine the CTR for the actual queries showing in the report.

To do this, you can download the Queries report into Excel or Sheets — see Figure 3 (below). Note: I created sums for the Clicks and Impressions columns for the 16 queries that had clicks, which is all the data Google provided. So, 16 queries resulted in 49 clicks and 1,464 impressions: 1,464/49 = 30% CTR.

Remember, the 49 clicks represent 28% of the 177 total clicks, so the 30% CTR is simply a glimpse into how your website might be performing.

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Figure 3: Search Analytics data in Excel

Position

Looking again at Figure 2 above, Position refers to where your website listing appeared on the search engine results page (SERP). Generally, Google shows 10 organic listings per page, and these listings include Shopping, images, video, Answer Boxes and Map Packs — and don’t include the up to four AdWords listings at the top (and sometimes bottom) of the SERP.

A Position of 9.4 means page 1; a Position of 17 means page 2.

Now that you know how to read the Search Analytics report, you can use the data to help improve your SEO and content marketing efforts. Since the report lets you filter data any number of different ways, I’ve listed a few simple strategies on how you can put it to use.

Strategy #1: Analyze search query data once per quarter

Although Google doesn’t give you 100 percent of the your website’s query data, the Search Query report is still is a goldmine of information — if you take the time to sift through it.

What our agency, Huff Industrial Marketing, does is go through the full report for clients every quarter. We delete non-relevant queries, highlight relevant queries, and then group them by theme: e.g., by individual products and services.

Using this information, we then do a number of different things, depending on the client.

For example, you could use search query information to determine which types of content pages to create that might be missing from your website. For our manufacturing clients, this content includes FAQs, tech tips, app notes, case studies, resources, FAQs, glossary additions, blog posts and so on.

TIP: To easily handle the data, download it into Excel or Sheets (look for the Download button at the bottom of the report — Figure 4). To prevent overwhelm, it pays to delete the non-relevant queries before you begin your in-depth analysis.

You can also filter query data by keyword without having to download the full report: click the Query radio button, then type in the keyword.

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Figure 4: Search Analytics report download button

Strategy #2: Improve SEO/CTR

Once you’ve downloaded the query data, you can skim through it to determine which queries had a relatively high CTR and which had low CTR — and why.

It could be that a search query is highly specific and thus has a low number of impressions but a high CTR.

Or the search query can be more generic in nature, so it had a high number of impressions and low CTR — which could mean the query is competitive, your page needs SEO work (or both), or any number of other factors.

We like to run searches for the more high-value queries to see how the client website listing appears on the Google SERP. What we’re looking for:

  • How does the listing read?
  • Any typos in the title/meta description tags? Do they need tweaking?
  • What other listings appear on the page?
  • Does the client have other items that appear, such as images? (You can filter the Search Analytics report to home in on Images search results data, too.)

What we’re really trying to determine is if a search query is appropriate for the client, because as smart as the Google search engine is these days, it doesn’t necessarily think the same way we or our clients do when it comes to their products and services. It also means we’re more efficient with regard to SEO tasks — important when budget is limited.

When you’re analyzing a SERP, pay attention to the listings on the page:

  • What does Google think is the intent of the searcher based on the information you see?
  • If your listing appears for a particular SERP, is it the right one?
  • Put yourself in your prospects’ shoes: Once they arrive at a SERP, would they look at the first few listings and think, “I’m in the wrong place,” and then refine their search?

Tip: When doing this kind of keyword/SERP analysis, use Search Incognito so that Google doesn’t use your own search history when displaying results. To open an Incognito tab in Chrome, click the three little vertical dots to the the right of the browser bar. You can also use the Search Incognitosearch engine.

Strategy #3: Determine search queries for specific pages

At the top of the Search Analytics report, click the radio button for Pages. This brings up a report that shows data by landing page. Click on one of the pages listed in the rows data. This opens a new view with nothing on it. Then click Queries (Figure 5).

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Figure 5: Search Analytics — queries filtered by page

You now have filtered query data for this specific page. For the page I chose in Figure 5, I can see 60 search queries.

Again, you can download this query data to Excel or Sheets to see if the queries are relevant to the page content — or if you’re getting too many non-relevant queries (which may indicate you’re targeting the wrong keywords). Or you can sift through the data to determine if query data is showing you need to create a new page to capture additional searches.

In addition, If you’re a small business owner managing your own AdWords campaign, you can use this data to help improve campaign CTR. When you sort your query data into themes, as I suggested in Strategy #1, you’re basically creating your Ad Groups with associated keywords.

For small manufacturers and their sometimes esoteric, low-search-volume keywords, this data is a lifesaver because it’s highly relevant and based on your website and its content — which helps eliminate some of the trial and error.

In conclusion

Although Google doesn’t pass along 100 percent of query data in Search Console, the data you do get is quite helpful. It just takes some time and thoughtful analysis to use it.

I’ve listed three things you can do with the data, but depending on your business and search marketing goals, and your website and the traffic it generates, you can do a whole lot more. For example, I didn’t cover image search or mobile. To get started, begin by asking yourself a few questions you want answered — then play around with the report to see the data in different ways.

Source: This article was published searchengineland.com By Dianna Huff

"Everyone’s a little bit racist,” sing the foul-mouthed muppets in the musical Avenue Q. They might, had they read the extract published yesterday from a new book about Google searches, have added the lyrics: “And lots and lots of people are a lot racist too.”

Cripes, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are makes for glum reading. But it’s glumly compelling. The author’s notion is, basically, that people lie to surveys but they tell the truth to search engines. And that truth isn’t pretty. 

Very few people, for instance, admit to being racist. It’s widely argued that “implicit” or unconscious prejudice among the basically well-meaning is at the root of most discrimination. But Stephens-Davidowitz can show that seven million Americans (or, conceivably, one very busy one) search for a phrase including the n-word every year, with 17 times as many searches for “n***** jokes” as for any other racial jokes. The word is searched as often as “migraine” or “economist”. 

Charmingly, there’s a 30 per cent uptick in those searches each year on Martin Luther King Day. The map of where these searches come from, just as charmingly, correlates closely to  the map of the strongest electoral support for the now President in the Republican primaries. 

There were some dismaying results, too, during President Obama’s well-received speech after the San Bernardino shootings in 2015 calling for calm and tolerance towards Muslims. Did it increase calm and tolerance? Er, no: “searches calling Muslims ‘terrorists’, ‘bad’, ‘violent’ and ‘evil’ doubled during and shortly after the speech”. As Obama denounced the idea of religious tests for refugees, “negative searches about Syrian refugees […] rose 60 per cent, while searches asking how to help Syrian refugees dropped 35 per cent”. In fact, the speech correlated with a threefold rise in searches for “kill Muslims”. 

It’s not just racial or religious prejudice that Google searches can tell us about. “Digital truth serum,” as Stephens-Davidowitz calls them. “Google searches are the most important dataset ever collected on the human psyche.” Some things, mind you, may not come as a complete surprise. Men ask Google about their willies more than “their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat and brain combined”. 

Google funding 'robot journalism' to help produce 30,000 local stories

But complaints from women about men refusing sex come at twice the rate of complaints from men about women refusing sex. And “Is my husband gay?” is asked 10 per cent more often than “Is my husband cheating?”; eight times more often than “an alcoholic?” and 10 times more often than “depressed?” (Which is making me wonder, nervously, whether all this data was gathered from my own ISP.) 

If you gaze for long into an abyss, said Nietzsche, the abyss gazes into you. Likewise, if you ask Google to give you information about the world, you give Google an awful lot of information about yourself. And it shows us to be, well, abysmal. No man, as Mme Cornuel almost said, is a hero to Silicon Valley. 

But it’s not all bad. Stephens-Davidowitz offers grounds for cautious optimism. In our neuroses and anxieties, Google’s giant dataset tells us: you are not alone. It tells us where people need help and how — it can tell epidemiologists where diseases are spreading; and it can help outreach workers identify communities with high numbers of closeted and fearful gay people. And, a most intriguing finding: when President Obama talked about Muslim sportspeople in that speech, the hate-searching dropped for a bit. Distracted by curiosity, people started Googling Muslim athletes. 

So Google searches are a window into boundlessness — and not just of human hatefulness and sex-obsession. They are also a window into the boundlessness of our species’s greatest asset, the asset that may save us: curiosity. On which count I note that if you type “Do mid” into your Google search box, autocomplete will still offer as its first option: “Do midgets have night vision?” There’s hope for this wicked old world.

Ivanka is the lesser of the Trump stupids

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Ivanka Trump's critics say she is unqualified to stand in for her father, President Donald Trump (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

If it were not so serious, Donald Trump’s colossal disregard for all the norms of political propriety and human decency would, you have to admit, be as funny as all hell. I mean, the absolute insouciance with which the leader of the free world let his unqualified, unelected 35-year-old daughter Ivanka, pictured, stand in for him at the G20! Between Mrs May and the Chinese President, if you please! Armando Iannucci, genius though he is, would have struggled to script anything quite as hilarious as the last few months in American reality. 

I suppose there is a point that bears making in her defence, though — Ivanka is not noticeably more unqualified to sit at that table than her tangerine-coloured old dad. Plus, she seems to be sane, isn’t likely to start a war, knows how to shake a world leader’s hand properly and never boasted of sexually assaulting  a member of the opposite sex. I’m not quite saying Ivanka should take over as POTUS, but if she did, it certainly wouldn’t make things any worse.

Source: This article was published standard.co.uk By SAM LEITH

Short Bytes: Is there are a difference between internet speed and internet bandwidth? Yes, there is. Internet bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can pass through a network link in a given time and internet speed is the actual data that passes through. It gets affected by various physical and software-related factors.

All this long, we have been using the terms bandwidth and speed interchangeably when talking about how fast is an internet connection. Did you ever think about the fact that the two of them could have differences, although, using one in place of the other doesn’t do any harm or confusion?

What is the bandwidth of an Internet connection?

Internet bandwidth or network bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in Kilobit, Megabit or even Gigabit) that can be transferred per second over a network link between two computers.

The actual meaning of the term bandwidth is entirely different than the one promoted for computer networks. Bandwidth finds its use in the field of signal processing where it denotes the difference (measured in Hertz) between the lowest and highest frequency in a continuous set of frequencies.

Internet Bandwidth Vs Speed –  Is bandwidth same as download speed?

Now, talking about internet speed or throughput, it’s nothing but a way to show the quickness of the data transfer. When doing normal things like web browsing or downloading a file, we could use speed and bandwidth in place of another.

However, there can be situations when you have a higher bandwidth, but your internet connection still works like a snail. Let’s say your ISP has allocated you a bandwidth of 50Mbps – means 50 megabytes of data can be downloaded in one second on your machine. You start downloading a file from a web server, and the download manager maxes out somewhere at 18 Mbps.

In this case, your actual bandwidth is 50 megabits per second, but the speed you’re getting is only 18 megabits per second. Your internet speed could be more or less than 18Mpbs, and it could even match the bandwidth if all things are right.

Varying internet speeds can be due to various factors. They can be physical, like the capacity of the infrastructure, the distance, the number of subscribers connected to the ISP, or it might depend on the type of protocol used for the connection. For instance, I have a 40 Mbps broadband, but I usually get around 25 Mbps due to the incapacity of the router and copper line the internet guys have installed.

A contribution is also made by the crappy DNS servers used by the Internet service provider, eventually slowing down the speed or the overall throughput of the connection at your end.

Connection latency can be one of the causes of low internet speeds. Latency is measured in milliseconds, and it’s the time taken for the data packets to reach from source to destination, hopping through different networks and routers.

You might have seen lags during live streaming and multiplayer gaming sessions even if your network bandwidth is tens of megabits per second, that’s because latency is too high.

In a nutshell

The difference between internet speed and bandwidth can be summed in one line: Internet bandwidth is about how much data can be download or uploaded from your computer, while internet speed is how fast can the data be uploaded or downloaded on your computer. Many ISPs allow different bandwidth limits for downloading and uploading. The upload bandwidth is less than the download bandwidth in most cases as most of the activities done by users require downloading of data from the internet.

Source: This article was published fossbytes By Aditya Tiwari

Posted June 27, 2017, at 7:21 a.m.

 

Google just went under the knife with its removal policies.

On Thursday, the search engine added private medical records to its small list of things it won’t include in its search results, according to Bloomberg. While the company has yet to release a statement on the decision, “confidential medical records of private people” is now listed under the search engine’s Removal Policies page, which confirms the decision.

Credit card numbers, images of signatures and bank account numbers are some of the other select things Google elects to keep out of its search results to prevent identity theft. The company usually doesn’t remove dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers but will do so depending upon the situation, according to its removal policies.

“In the medical space, though, there is nothing more invasive towards one’s privacy than having a medical record indexed in a Google search that millions of people can see,” said Hemu Nigam, the chief executive of SSP Blue, a company that specializes in cybersecurity affairs. “This is a great move, but why did it take so long?”

Health records can show up on the Internet without patients’ consent. According to Bloomberg, in December, an Indian pathology lab accidentally uploaded the blood test information of 43,000 patients, which included names and HIV test results. Google indexed them all.

Google usually takes a hands-off approach with its content. It manually removes URLs on a case-by-case basis if there is a complaint about something that may fall under its removal policies.

But the search giant has made some adjustments the last few years. In 2015 the company bent its well-established approach and said it would accept requests to remove “revenge porn” — nude images uploaded to the internet without the subject’s consent — from its search results. Google explained that, though it believes its search should reflect the entire web, revenge porn is highly personal and emotionally damaging.

In another move, Google released a set of new tools in April to help combat “fake news,” allowing users to flag misleading or disrespectful content to help improve search results that come from its algorithm.

“I think there’s a definite shift happening in Google, albeit very slowly,” Nigam said. “That’s being driven by advertisers who pull their ads when they don’t like certain policies their brand. When customers complain, advertisers listen, and therefore Google listens.”

Google declined to comment for this story.

Source: This article was published bangordailynews

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Google’s camera-equipped Street View cars have mapped and remapped millions of miles of road around the world, allowing anyone with an internet connection to enjoy a virtual drive through a plethora of countries.

While we might sometimes wish we could be there in person, some of those places are probably best viewed from the comfort of an armchair considering current pollution levels, especially in urban areas.

With constant exposure to foul air endangering the health of those who live with it, Google decided a couple of years ago to make more use of those Street View cars as they tour U.S. roads, fitting them with devices that gather pollution data.

This week the Silicon Valley, California-based company shared the first results of this ongoing project, which it’s conducting with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) using measuring equipment built by Aclima.

The new maps show data for the Californian city of Oakland, revealing levels of harmful pollutants such as nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and black carbon released from cars, trucks, and other sources. High exposure to such pollutants is linked to heart attacks, strokes, and some cancers, Google wrote in a blog post.

As you’d expect with a Google map, you can zoom in to each street for more accurate data, and see how pollution levels change within very short distances, often block by block. Added notes (below) also explain why some parts of a city are worse than others when it comes to pollution.

Google says the data can be used locally by environmental groups and regulators to improve air quality, as well as by other cities that are currently trying to get a handle on their own pollution levels as they search for ways to clean up the environment. The overriding goal is to “understand how to live healthier lives, build smarter and more sustainable cities, and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases in both urban and rural areas.” Scientists can already request access to the validated data.

The Street View cars have helped to gather one of the largest air quality datasets ever published, Google said, helping to make the invisible visible and offering an excellent opportunity for city planners to enact changes to improve environmental conditions for one and all.

Source: This article was published ca.news.yahoo.com By Trevor Mogg

Two major grassroots campaigns show not only the depth of public concern about protecting the Internet from the FCC under Ajit Pai, they’ve reaffirmed EFF’s ongoing work to push back and make sure the Internet remains free.

In March, Congress sparked widespread outrage by voting to repeal the broadband privacy protections set in place with the FCC’s Open Internet Order, which established net neutrality. Abolishing those privacy safeguards opened the door for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner to monetize Internet users’ data and expose private communications while restricting options for recourse. The resulting frustration led to several widely-reported calls to turn the tables on lawmakers and expose their data.

Let's turn that attention to defending the open web while we still can.
Two large campaigns launched on GoFundMe to crowdfund the purchase of Congress’ web histories. Activist Adam McElhaney’s Purchase Private Internet Histories campaign sought to obtain information on “legislators, congressmen, executives, and their families and make them easily searchable” raising over $200,000 from concerned supporters. Actor Misha Collins, known for his role on the television series Supernatural, raised over $85,000 with his Buy Congress' Internet Data campaign in response to lawmakers granting ISPs permission to share and commodify private information. While EFF does not condone doxxing individuals, the sentiment was clear: if Congress members casually strip away rights, Internet users are eager to take them to task.

Though Mr. McElhaney’s efforts continue, he directed the proceeds of that campaign to EFF’s work fighting for net neutrality and innovation. Similarly, Mr. Collins divided the proceeds from Buy Congress' Internet Data between EFF and the ACLU to help support our digital privacy work. We are grateful to both of the organizers and all of the participants for helping to ensure that EFF can continue fighting for online civil liberties utilizing our legal workactivism and technology expertise.

Our fundamental ability to explore ideas and communicate with one another is shaped by the future of the Internet, and we are in the midst of a major battle to protect it. Shortly after the repeal of the broadband privacy rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made the first moves to dismantle net neutrality itself. The response to the broadband privacy vote proves that we as a community are motivated to protect rights online, so let's turn that attention to defending the open web while we still can. Submit comments to the FCC through EFF’s tool at DearFCC.org. Talk to your peers about the open web and why it's so important; perhaps John Oliver can help. And of course, consider donating to support organizations working on the front lines!

EFF has already begun efforts to rebuild ISP broadband privacy protections at the U.S. state level; we're working on more than a dozen state bills right now including significant moves in California, we've submitted a letter to Hawaii's lawmakers, and we've testified before the Oregon state legislature. This is just the beginning and we need your help. It took a major online uprising to win net neutrality and the privacy protections that came with it in 2015, but we did it once and we can do it again.

Source: This article was published eff.org By AARON JUE

Hospitals across the world were forced to pay out $121m (£94m) in 2016 as hackers have started targeting healthcare institutions in ransom attacks.

The figure, revealed by computer security specialist McAfee in a report, shows how cybercriminals are viewing hospitals as one of the most lucrative avenues for generating an income in today's technological environment.

Hackers reportedly view hospitals as a "soft target" because their reluctance to update IT infrastructure makes them vulnerable to attack, while the necessity of saving patients' lives makes them more likely to pay.

Commenting on the £94m figure, Roland Moore-Colyer of IT publication Silicon said: "More organisations like hospitals are being targeted as they are seen by hackers to have legacy IT systems that cannot effectively defend against ransomware attacks.

"As these organisations have not historically been targets of ransomware, they have not had the impetus to have robust cyber security, which now means they are 'soft targets' for hackers and cyber criminals.

"With the need for rapid access to information, hospitals in particular are more likely to pay the hackers to release them from the ransomware, making healthcare organisations a lucrative target."

It comes as the NHS became the biggest victim of a global ransomware attack in which as many as 45 hospitals across England and Scotland were compromised.

Hospital staff were frozen out of their computers and could only regain access if they paid a ransom of $300 worth of Bitcoin. According to images of affected computers, staff have been told that the payment amount will rise on Monday (15 May) and, if payment is not received, all data will be lost by Friday (19 May).

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Prime Minister Theresa May has stressed that the NHS was not directly targeted in this attack, but has instead been swept up in an international effort.

However, it has been revealed that the NHS was more likely to fall prey to such an attempt as up to 90% of hospitals still use Windows XP – an obsolete 16-year-old operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned why NHS IT systems were not replaced in 2014, when Microsoft officially ended support for XP.

Source: This article was published ibtimes.co.uk By Tareq Haddad

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