Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Category Archives: Wireless Web

FTC on Public Wi-Fi Networks

“Whether in a hotel or airport across the world, or in the coffee shop just down the street, chances are you’ve used free Wi-Fi hotspots. While convenient, they’re often unsecure. So how can you reduce your risk? Encryption — having your information scrambled into code — is key to staying secure online. Watch this video from OnGuardOnline.gov to learn the signs that a site and hotspot are encrypted so you can protect your personal information when using public Wi-Fi hotspots.”

FCC Implements Strict Rules to Halt Unwanted Telemarketing

EPIC: “The Federal Communications Commission has adopted new rules that impose strict limits on telemarketing practices. Under the rules, consumers can halt unwanted messages by telling companies to stop calling. The rules also allow phone companies to offer call-blocking services to screen out automated telemarketing calls. In 2014, the FCC received more than 215,000 complaintsContinue Reading

Fake mobile phone towers in UK track phone conversations

Privacy issues remain in the global new – via ars technica: Fake mobile phone towers discovered in London: Stingrays come to the UK – When will the Metropolitan Police stop pretending it doesn’t use them? “Fake mobile phone masts that can be used to eavesdrop on telephone conversations without users being aware have been discovered inContinue Reading

Disruptive Financial Technology Startup – Mobile Payments

Exponential Finance: Who Will Be the Instagram or Uber of Finance? – Jason Dorrier: “Abra is exemplary of what happens when several digital technologies converge in one product. Combining an Uber-like peer-to-peer network with smartphone technology and blockchain, Abra literally stashes the cash in your pocket on your smartphone. From there, users can send cash as easyContinue Reading

CISCO Visual Networking Index Forecast

“We are in an era where technological advances are happening at an exponential rate. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Forecast, in just four years you can expect to see the number of mobile devices skyrocket, non-PC devices to reign supreme, and online video to do a complete takeover of television. Head’s up—maybe it’s timeContinue Reading

U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015

Pew – Aaron Smith: “The traditional notion of “going online” often evokes images of a desktop or laptop computer with a full complement of features, such as a large screen, mouse, keyboard, wires, and a dedicated high-speed connection. But for many Americans, the reality of the online experience is substantially different. Today nearly two-thirds ofContinue Reading

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019: From the Summary – “Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014. Global mobile data traffic reached 2.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2014, up from 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013.Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 30Continue Reading

Report – Largest global manufacturer of SIM cards hacked

The Intercept – Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley – “American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security AgencyContinue Reading

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services, GAO-15-69: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. “According to Pew Research Center, in 2013, some demographic groups relied more on cellphones to access the Internet than others. Those who are young, earn more income, have a graduate degree, or are African American hadContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Subcontracting, Higher Education, 401(k) Plans, Government Mobile Devices

Federal Subcontracting: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Pass-through Contracts, GAO-15-200: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors, GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. 401(K) Plans: Greater Protections Needed for Forced Transfers and Inactive Accounts, GAO-15-73: Published: Nov 21, 2014. PubliclyContinue Reading

2014 Livability Index of the 35 best cities for people 35 and under

The Livability Index: The 35 Best U.S. Cities For People 35 and Under  Our semi-exhaustive, largely scientific guide to America’s most livable cities, updated for 2014 “To reach our top 35, we started with the 100 most populous cities in America and used open-source Internet data to measure vital stats like salary and employment rates,Continue Reading

Experian Data Breach Resolution releases second annual data breach industry forecast

“Preventing and managing data breaches have become two of the highest priorities facing businesses today. To help executives plan ahead, Experian Data Breach Resolution announces the release of its second annual Data Breach Industry Forecast, a complimentary white paper outlining key issues and trends to watch for in 2015. Many evolving factors such as new threats, regulatory changesContinue Reading