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Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex

By Larry Magid I got a call recently from a woman who works for a company that makes an app designed to “keep kids safe” by enabling parents to monitor their texts and social media activities. The pitch included some dire statistics such as “70% of kids are cyberbullied” and — like other companies that […]

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Author behind ‘Mean Girls’ focuses on ‘boy world’ (podcast)

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com Rosalind Wiseman is known for writing “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” a book about teenage girls that was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” But now she’s focused on boys. Her new book, “Masterminds and Wingmen,” is something of a user manual for parents of […]

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Cybersecurity is everyone’s business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News/CNET Tech Talk on Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Michael Kaiser I wish it were possible to simply delegate cybersecurity to the “big guys.”  Why not just let the government and big companies handle it? If only it were that easy.  While it […]

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ADL and Facebook sponsor panel on free speech, civility and the challenge of cyberhate

Facebook on Wednesday hosted an  Anti-Defamation League program on “Free Speech, Civility and the Challenge of Cyberhate” to  address the issue of hate online hate speech. The panel was moderated by ADL Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter and included privacy and Internet law expert Christopher Wolf, Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for […]

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Cyber Security Awareness Month’s Michael Kaiser: ‘We’re all connected’ (podcast)

(This post first appeared on CNET News.com) October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month — a time when the tech industry, government, businesses, and consumers focus on staying safe online. I admit that there are lots of of days, weeks, and months on the calendar to recognize just about anything laudable, but October is as […]

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Can Google kill the tracking cookie?

I usually don’t write about rumors, but reports that Google may be working on a replacement for tracking cookies is worth speculating about because it can have enormous implications when it comes to our online privacy. There are reports that Google is working on something called AdID which would transmit anonymous user data to advertisers who agree […]

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Most online adults know they’re not anonymous but take steps to protect privacy

A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found at the more than a fifth (21%) of adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and more than a tenth (11%) have had information important information stolen, such as a social security number, credit card or bank account numbers. The report, Anonymity, Privacy, and […]

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Hands-on with Samsung smartwatch — is it coming to a kid near you?

Are your kids about to get a smartwatch?  Probably not if they have their heart set on the new Samsung Galaxy Gear watch that was unveiled this week.  It costs a whopping $299 and it only works with a single phone — the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  But, as a category, it could catch on […]

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Guarding against hacker attacks

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The recent hacker attacks against The New York Times and Twitter are a reminder that the Internet has become a battleground for global conflict with businesses and consumers as collateral damage. It doesn’t matter whether the “Syrian Electronic Army,” which took credit for the […]

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Kids engaging in ‘distracted walking’

  You’ve heard about distracted driving but what about distracted walking?  Research from SafeKids Worldwide* found that one in five high school students and one in eight middle schoolers were crossing the street while talking or texting on a cell phone. The study also found that 39% of teens were wearing headphones while crossing the […]

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