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Producer and Editor — Voice of America
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Doug Bernard - VOA journalist, webnerd, exploring what happens when real world meets digital life. Particularly interested in circumvention and privacy.

Study Suggests Social Media Use May Decrease Stress — A new study suggests that frequent users of social media experience no greater stress in their lives than non-users and some groups may benefit from their use. The results are contrary to several previous studies that found a link between social media use and negative conditions, such as depression.

Obama to Tout Cyber-Security Plans in Congressional Address — In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to focus on several new cyber-security and privacy proposals recently announced by the White House. Building on talks last week with his British counterpart David Cameron, President Obama is expected to spend time telling Congress his views on a number of Internet-related topics, including measures to broaden high-speed web access, tighten cyber-security protections and bolster consumer privacy.

Obama to Highlight Cybersecurity Proposals in State of the Union — In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to focus on several new cybersecurity and privacy proposals recently announced by the White House. The measures call for greater information sharing between the federal government and private companies, and new security initiatives to prevent high-profile hacks.

More Governments Using the Internet to Enforce Blasphemy Laws — Dozens of governments around the world, most notably in majority-Muslim nations, are turning to anti-blasphemy laws to aggressively punish alleged transgressions, especially against Islam. And while in the past blasphemy charges were most often brought against people for something they said in public, these days governments are turning their attention to what people say and do while online, analysts say.

Sony Incident Sets Dangerous Precedent, Cyber Expert Fears — When cyber journalist and author Shane Harris heard that President Barack Obama was promising the United States would make a "proportional response" against North Korea over the recent hacks at Sony Pictures Entertainment, his first response was alarm.

Circumventing Censorship | VOA Special Report — Illustration by Steve Fuchs At its best, the web can turn your computer or mobile device into a research library, a movie theater, a medical tool or a means to connect with just about anyone else on the planet. It's an open, safe place to be who you are and grow into something new.

Is North Korea Really Responsible for Sony Hack? — On December 19, less than one month after Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered one of the worst computer hacks in history, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had found the culprit: North Korea.

Column: How Much of Your Privacy Does Facebook Own? — If you spend time on Facebook, it's a good bet you've seen something like this in at least one of your friend's timelines - perhaps even this week. "Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information..."

On Encountering Racism in College — Today's post comes to us from Simbarashe Runyowa, an Oberlin student from Zimbabwe. The topic is a delicate one - racism that Simbarashe encounters here in the U.S., and in his home nation. Throughout, he refers to "the n-word." For those unfamiliar, there's a racist slur beginning the the letter "n" used to refer to [...]

What Is WikiLeaks? — The military trial of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning began Monday. He is charged with violating the Espionage Act by knowingly leaking thousands of classified documents to the Wikileaks whistle-blower website. The documents, including sensitive State Department cables and classified military logs from Iraq and Afghanistan, comprised one of the largest breaches of security in U.S.
Jan 20, 2015

.@michael_lipin great story from a colleague VOA Exclusive: Hong Kong Envoy Urges US Congress Ease Off on Reform Push…

Jan 20, 2015

Well this isn't good: GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media #privacy

Jan 20, 2015

Obama to Highlight Cybersecurity Proposals in State of the Union…

Jan 19, 2015

Security, or privacy? Obama to Highlight Cybersecurity Proposals in State of the Union… #privacy #websecurity

Jan 16, 2015

RT @jayrosen_nyu: Twitter for journalists: So friendly, so deadly. Jim Clancy Leaves CNN After Controversial Charlie Hebdo Tweets.…

Jan 13, 2015

When is blasphemy more about #freespeech? More Governments Using Internet to Enforce Blasphemy Laws… #jesuischarlie

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