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Washington DC
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 security, censorship, privacy.

Facebook Boasts More Users Than Population of China — The social network Facebook reported this week in its 2015 first quarter financial report that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users, or MAUs, worldwide. That's 50 million more users than the entire estimated population of China, and over 188 million more users than India's population.

Iran Stepping Up Its Hacking Activities Against US, Study Says — The Iranian government is increasing the frequency and sophistication of its hacking attacks targeting the U.S. and its allies, according to a study released on Friday. The study, " The Growing Cyber Threat From Iran," was co-authored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Norse Corporation, a cyber-security firm.

Congressman Calls for Funding Body Cameras for US Law Enforcement — The recent shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in South Carolina has prompted new calls for the use of body cameras by US law enforcement. US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is sponsoring legislation in Congress to make this a reality.

Hacking Firestorm Rages Through Internet — First came reports that Lenovo's "Superfish" software was designed to intentionally break secure connections and steal users' private data. Then, Gemalto - the world's largest SIM card manufacturer - announced it had " reasonable grounds " to conclude British and American intelligence services stole the firm's encryption keys for billions of mobile phones.

'Internet of Things' Carries Privacy Risks — There's no need explaining to Adam and Heather Schreck how the Internet can threaten privacy in unexpected ways. They know first-hand. Last spring, the Cincinnati-area couple was asleep one night when Heather Schreck awoke to what sounded like a man's voice coming from their infant's bedroom.

Despite Snowden Leaks, Few Americans Curb Online Habits — Some two years after Edward Snowden revealed that he leaked classified documents about government snooping, some Americans say they have taken extra precautions to protect themselves online. But by and large, most seemingly have not changed their Internet or mobile phone habits.

Encryption Service Aims to Make Email Truly Private — Clicking through a clogged inbox overflowing with spam and unanswered messages, it may begin to feel that email is more nuisance than help in these days of instant texts and Snapchats. Still, email remains a primary communications tool both for global business and personal matters.

Iran's Next Step in Building a 'Halal' Internet — For years now, Iranian officials have talked about building a " Halal Internet " - essentially a giant Intranet for all of Iran that would seal off Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world. Whether or not they are actually doing so, or even can, continues to be a matter of debate.

Pakistani Cellphone Crackdown May Fuel Black Market — As Pakistani cellphone users face a deadline this week to match their SIM cards with their fingerprints, analysts say the move by the government could further a black market in illicit communications.

Pakistan Demands Cell Phone Users Get Fingerprinted — Pakistan is telling cellphone users they must register their identities by entering fingerprints in a national database, a move the government sees as a way to combat terrorism but one that has privacy experts wary. Mobile phone users have a deadline this week to match their SIM cards with their fingerprints that will be collected and stored by the government.
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Apr 23, 2015

The "Great Cannon" cuts both ways. Chinese Cyber Tool Poses Risks for Chinese Firms…

Apr 15, 2015

Well this is bad: GAO warns US air carriers could be hacked from the ground.… #cybersecurity

Apr 14, 2015

Do "CopCams" make police/public interactions more confrontational? Share your thoughts @HashtagVOA #bodycamerasnow

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