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Facebook Groups: double-edged sword for privacy

by Larry Magid This article first appeared on CNET News.com Last week, Facebook announced its new Groups feature, which is designed to limit some of your communications to a subset of your Facebook friends. But there is the danger that you could actually be talking to lots of people who aren’t on your Friends list […]

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Survey: Parents Worry About Kids Online Privacy: But are Worries Based on Facts?

 by Larry Magid Common Sense Media’s “Protect Our Privacy – Protect Our Kids” campaign Common Sense Media on Friday announced the results of a survey showing that “92 percent of parents are concerned that kids share too much information online, and 85 percent of parents say they’re more concerned about online privacy than they were […]

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92% of 2 year-olds have online footprint

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years […]

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Tyler Clementi’s death is a call to action

by Larry Magid This post originally appeared on CNET News.com 18 year-old Tyler Clementi took his own life after his roomate aledgedly live streamed his kissing another man The recent suicide of Tyler Clementi, which raised the visibility of cyberbullying and digital ethics, is serving as a call to action to end something much deeper […]

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Online safety & civility Report: 95% of Email is Spam: Threats Aimed at Facebook & Children’s Searches

55% of malware are Trojans (Source: Panda Labs) Panda Labs 3rd Quarter 2010 threat report (PDF) found that 95% of all email is spam.  It also said that Trojans constituted 55% of all new threats but infections via email are declining in favor of increased attacks via social networking sites including attacks associated with Facebook’s […]

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FCC Modernizes E-Rate for Schools and Libraries

by Larry MagidSeptember 23, 2010  It’s time to modernize school technology (Credit: London School of Economics, 1981 — via Flickr Creative Commons) The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to modernize E-Rate. E-Rate was established in 1996 to provide federal subsidies to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet access. Back then, many schools were […]

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FCC Chair on E-Rate for Schools and Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Credit: FCC) by Larry MagidOctober 22, 2010 As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski is playing a key role in what could turn out to be sweeping changes in the way the Internet reaches children in schools and libraries. He’s also the point man in a national debate on […]

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Location-Based Services can be Used Safety

As with any technology there can be some safety and privacy risks associated with location-based-services, but by paying attention to privacy features, they can be used safely.  

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Internet safety belongs at Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive” March

by Larry Magid If you’re reading, Stephen Colbert, please sign me up as a speaker at the March to Keep Fear Alive that you’re holding on Oct. 30 at the same time as Jon Stewart’s Sanity Rally. I want to tell the crowd how the Internet is endangering — no, destroying — our children. I […]

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McAfee: Our shortened URLs are safer (podcast)

by Larry MagidSeptember 21, 2010  Anyone who has used Twitter has seen those shortened URLs from TinyURL.com, Bitly, and other such services. The advantage of those shortened URLs is that they take up less space, which can be very important on Twitter, where messages are limited to no more than 140 characters, but the disadvantage […]

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