Countries Beef Up Their Cyber Security Creds: Japan, US, Australia

All courtesy of ZDNet:

  • US President Barack Obama signed an executed order yesterday, hinted in his State of the Union address, to crack down on cybercrime. Although, not everyone is convinced.
  • The Japanese Police Agency plans to compile a handbook on cybercrime investigations and create more specialist staff position. This follow their enactment of the Convention on Cybercrime last year.

Robot Morality, Anonymous, Sarin in Syria and Myths of the Chinese Internet – An FC Round Up

  • The New Yorker has a piece on the vexing questions raised by automated machines – from driverless cars to drones – and how we can “teach them” to act ethically. 
  • Bloomberg has a free-market argument against restrictive Copyright.
  • Wired has an opinion piece by Sally Wentworth of The Internet Society – providing great commentary on the possible changes to international arrangements for telecommunications networks coming out of the¬†World Conference on International Telecommunications. Wentworth’s concerns are very serious, indicating that large telecommunications providers could be undermining open education goals of the internet.
  • Foreign Policy has a great piece busting the myths about the ‘Great Chinese Firewall‘ and just how restrictive its reach is.
  • A terrifying post on Wired about the risk of sarin chemical weapons finding themselves into terrorist cells in Syria.
  • Another Wired piece on Anonymous Spokesperson¬†Barrett Brown’s arrest for hacking Stratfor credit card numbers.

US Supreme Court to Decide DNA Privacy

The US Supreme Court is set to measure whether taking DNA swabs and samples from criminal suspects amounts to an unlawful search in seizure, in violation of the Fourth Amendment (source Wired).