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New Tech Give Rise to Global Collaboration

Here’s a pretty amazing world wide collaborative project commemorating Johnny Cash. While I certainly believe the man deserves the accolade as a musical giant I’m rather more impressed with the globe-spanning participation that the Chrome medium allows.

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra was another such project as is the ongoing Playing for Change collaborations recording street musicians playing the same songs with the idea of creating a pastiche of the recordings.

Do you know of any other outstanding examples of collaborative projects that utilize the new internet/web technology? I’d love to know about it.

A unique crowd-sourced music video project honoring the legacy of Johnny Cash.


The Near Future?

Cornings Youtube video “A Day Made of Glass” [http://bit.ly/fcPMTo] has garnered 14 million hits and features the oh-wow-cool factor that Hollywood has brought us as the future of integrated computing. It’s certainly an enticing vision that I’d love to see developed and distributed as soon as possible.

Couple Corniung’s Gorilla Glass with Nsquared’s seamless computing applications and we just may be around the corner from seeing that future implemented.

Very cool stuff.


And here’s the Link to the rest of the article…

Tom Anderson – Google+ – Is Facebook scared of Google+? I think maybe that should…

A few weeks ago I asked if G+ was putting Facebook on the defensive (http://tcrn.ch/qSxa1n). After yesterday’s FB announcement (http://tcrn.ch/n6bQ0S), I don’t think there’s any question.

Presented without comment…

Star Tours

Just rode the new Star Tours attraction. You will NOT be disappointed!

Facebook Privacy – Not Even an Electron Microscope Can Find it


Facebook Privacy – Not Even an Electron Microscope Can Find it
by Randy Abrams
March 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm


Facebook wants you to believe that you gave them your mobile phone number for security reasons and important notifications. The truth is that they wanted your phone number and your address to be able to share it more.

The Huffington Post reports that Facebook is going to make your address and phone number available to “application developers”. Privacy and security experts are confident that sharing this information will expose users to greater risk of being scammed.

According to Facebook users will be alerted if an application is requesting access to their phone number and address, but if you trust Facebook then look here to see what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks about you.

I highly recommend that you do not make your address and phone number available on Facebook. Remember that your privacy settings do not apply to applications that ask permission. Personally I do not install any Facebook apps at all.  If a Facebook application asks to be able to access your personal information and you have your privacy settings set to only share information with your friends, then by installing the app you have just defeated your privacy settings. You have to remember that when you give an app permission to access your personal information you give it the freedom to publicly display every message you ever wrote to anyone… private or not.

Yes, let me make sure you understand this. If you give an app permission to access your personal information, it is out of your hands and it is out of Facebook’s hands. The new changes in Facebook allow you to allow unknown app publishers to share your address, phone number, and other information with anyone they choose to.

The “privacy policies” the apps come with are virtually worthless. You generally have no idea who is behind the app and virtually no recourse if the app publisher abuses your information.

If you have provided your phone number and address to Facebook you might want to go into your profile and delete the information so that if you accidentally give an app permission to access your phone number and address it will not find any information. Alternatively you can google the phone number and address of Facebook and put that as your phone number and address! Perhaps we all should do that!

The days of the search warrant are coming to an end. With Facebook people are making so much public that law enforcement simply will no longer need such instruments.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education
Cyber Threat Analysis Center
ESET North America


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