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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.

'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.

11 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe Online — To read the headlines these days is to get the sense that the Internet has become a scary place. Cyber espionage and identity theft abound while organized criminals and national spies lurk.

Obama Cybersecurity Efforts Stir Privacy Debate — U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Friday aimed at encouraging companies and organizations to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other. The signing will come as part of a White House-sponsored conference on cybersecurity and consumer protection at Stanford University in California.

Jihadists Turn to Virtual Digital Money for Financing — Online appeals from the so-called Islamic State to wage jihad are nothing new. But now they're suggesting a very new tactic. Virtual digital money is increasingly being promoted as a way for money-needy jihadists to support their efforts, according to intelligence agency and media reports.

China's Net Blocking Signals Larger Web Crackdown — A recent move by Beijing to block access to several VPN services has angered some Chinese free speech activists who use the tools to get around China's formidable Internet firewalls. But now some analysts worry the move may signal a much larger and longer-lasting crackdown that could seriously cramp the Communist nation's struggling economy.
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Mar 25, 2015

No uncensored Internet for you! Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites via @reuters

Mar 24, 2015

Your home is now a hacking target. 'Internet of Things' Carries Privacy Risks… #privacy

Mar 19, 2015

RT @GreatFireChina: We have been facing an aggressive attack on our mirror websites over past 2 days. We need help to mitigate.…

Mar 17, 2015

Another example of US social media used in unanticipated ways. IS Uses Broadcast App to Spread Militant Message…

Mar 16, 2015

Worried about email hacks, like @HillaryClinton? @protonmail may have the solution: end-to-end zero-access encryption…

Mar 16, 2015

Majority US citizens familiar with #EdwardSnowden, but still unconcerned about US surveillance of email, cell phones…

Mar 16, 2015

60% Americans say it's OK to monitor communications of foreign leaders. Did #EdwardSnowden teach nothing?… #privacy

Mar 16, 2015

Majority of U.S. Internet users still don't know of tools to protect their privacy? Yikes.… @pewinternet #privacy

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