Book Review

History Predicts the Consequences of Today’s Digital Revolution

Economist Carl Benedikt Frey offers a refreshingly human-centered analysis of technological progress inThe Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Review By Oscar Schwartz Fall 2019 The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation Carl Benedikt Frey 480 pages, Princeton University Press, 2019 Buy the book » In The Technology […]

cybersecurity Education

Cybersecurity, Data Protection and the Digital Future of the BRICS

Friday 30 August, at FGV we will host the CyberBRICS Seminar “5G and New Digital Infrastructures in the BRICS” The event will start at 14:00 (GMT-3) and live streaming will be available using this link The debate is particularly relevant in light of the recent Joint Declaration of the BRICS Ministers for ICTs, calling for “increased […]

Net Neutrality

Wireless carriers slow streaming video content even in off-peak hours

Researchers say that wireless carriers “throttle” streaming video content around the clock — not just during times of peak congestion. AT&T throttled YouTube and Netflix content, but not Amazon Prime video, they found in a recent study. Experts say that the FCC’s 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules enables broadband companies to play favorites with […]


Internet Society weighs up the cost to business of cyber security breaches

The financial impact of ransomware rose by 60% in 2018, losses from business email compromise (BEC) doubled, cryptojacking incidents – the unauthorised use of others’ computing resources to conduct cryptomining – more than tripled, and there continued to be a steady stream of high-profile data breaches, according to a report from the Internet Society’s Online […]


How are households actually using internet connectivity, and why does it matter?

More than a hundred million US households have fixed-line broadband access, generating tens of billions of dollars in yearly access charges, but there is surprisingly little reliable knowledge about online user behavior. Nonetheless, copious amounts of attention — not to mention subsidies and other government resources — are applied to Universal Service policies and other […]


Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa- Free Course

We want to let you know that registration is now open for a free six-week Wits University online course, “Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa”, aimed at empowering activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and anyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media. The course begins on Friday 4 October, 2019. […]


By 2021 Cost of Cybercrime to Top Annual Natural Disasters and Global Drug Trade Costs, Says Report

By 2021, it is estimated that cybercrime will cost the global economy more than $6 trillion in damages, exceeding annual costs for natural disasters and the global drug trade. In a report released on Monday, Arkose Labs says it analyzed over 1.2 billion transactions including account registrations, logins and payments from financial services, e-commerce, travel, social […]


The Internet is for End Users- Call for Comments by IAB

Internet Architecture Board (IAB) M. Nottingham Internet-Draft August 23, 2019 Intended status: Informational Expires: February 24, 2020 The Internet is for End Usersdraft-iab-for-the-users-latest Source Abstract This document explains why the IAB believes the IETF should consider end-users as its highest priority concern, and how that can be done. Note to Readers The issues list […]