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  • As in the real world, cyberspace has bad neighborhoods. But unlike the real world, risks in cyberspace are not easy to spot — and the location of those digital bad neighborhoods can change all the time.

    When security experts look back at 2010, they will see a major turning point in the world of cyberscares. The virtual and the real collided in new, dramatic ways during the past 12 months, and the Internet will never be the same.

    Gone for good is the glamour of annoying outages caused by hackers sending e-mail attachments and launching Web page attacks. Now, computer criminals are being credited with stalling a rogue nuclear power plant program, and with bringing world diplomacy to its knees. Things are getting serious.

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  • The Archives.gov website is the public face of a year-long series of changes: from an enhanced social media presence, a revamped Federal Register website and a new Archives researcher wiki space.

    * A new homepage selected by user feedback
    * Interactive map of Archives locations nationwide
    * Streamlined access to historical documents and military service records, which 81 percent of Archives website visitors said they were looking for
    * Sections organized by topic, which focused on the needs of both everyday browsers and experienced researchers
    * Links to social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Archives blogs

    The No. 1 goal, according to Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, was making the site more usable.

  • Several years ago, I was invited for lunch by a man named Wu Bin, who was the former martial arts coach of the kung fu movie star Jet Li. Mr. Wu and I did not know each other, and I had no idea why he invited me for lunch. I was more puzzled when I got there — Mr. Wu insisted that I be seated in the most prominent spot, and placed himself and all his associates at the table in lesser positions. With the ritual setting in order, he then humbly presented me a classic martial arts manual, and asked if I could explain the introduction of the book for him. “It is full of philosophical terms,” he said. “I have trouble understanding it.”

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links for 2010-12-25

  • Vim has offered built-in support for file encryption for a long time, as long as it is built with the cryptv compilation option. This made working with encrypted files incredibly easy and transparent — almost entirely unnoticeable, in fact. Unfortunately, Vim file encryption suffered one major problem: it used PkZip compatible encryption, which is not the strongest encryption available.

    As of Vim version 7.3, the editor now supports Blowfish encryption.

  • “Shellee Hale has worked with companies as a business and management consultant for over twenty years. As a Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (ATAB) and a Licensed Private Investigator with a focus on Cyber Security she participates as a member of Infragard and uses her skills to help individuals, corporations, and law enforcement on a variety of issues and cases.”

    I felt this was a perfect opportunity for me to get a different perspective on IT security. Ms. Hale was kind enough to share her thoughts by answering the following questions:

    TechRepublic: During our conversations, you mentioned how your interest in IT security started. Could you share that with the readers, along with why your company is named Camandago?

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links for 2010-12-23

  • The end of the year brings the wrapping up of crucial fundraising drives for many organizations. Looking back at events, several exciting developments occurred in the non-profit social media space. Consider the rise of mobile as a valid giving platform, the great debate about slacktivism and widespread industry belief that social media is moving the needle, crowdsourcing social good hit unprecedented levels, and several new tools arrived that offer grassroots activism and online fundraising.

    Moving forward, there are still many online challenges for the social good space. The coming year will see more developments as technologists, activists and online communicators work together to try to address issues such as cause fatigue, delivering return on investment and harnessing new and challenging media forms. Here are three social good trends to watch in 2011.

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  • Explainers often have lofty goals in their subject matter, but we know that different people have different styles of learning. Explainers utilize many tools to break down complicated subjects beyond just a block of text, and we’ve collected eight of the best. Some of them are visual, interactive, or entertaining, but all of them help users easily digest intricate topics
  • One thing about open government is that there's always more to learn. Carolyn Lawson, Director of eService, Technology Services Governance Division, in California, helped me learn a great deal about how open government efforts were creating jobs in the state of California. Since Carolyn is someone who understands how to balance the delivery of public services with the economic realities of doing business I reached out to her to hear her thoughts on what else California, and other states, should be doing to reduce cost swhile improving services.

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links for 2010-12-12

  • We love content strategy. Why? Because content strategy solves problems. Lots of problems. And during this week five leading content strategists from four countries will tackle a different set of challenges, just for you.
  • Within the organisation I work for we have a comprehensive set of content guidelines for content authors on the intranet. But pages of guidelines can be daunting to authors who are newly trained in writing for the web and using the CMS. As the web team have more and more demands placed on us, we need to find way to reduce the amount of support calls we deal with daily.

    We recently made various improvements to our CMS, which is based on a Microsoft product but has been customised in-house. We’ve also discussed ideas like using Cantasia to create small ‘how to’ videos and the possibility of setting up a content author community online to supplement existing offline groups. These are ideas we’ve toyed with but not turned into a reality yet.

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