“With the unfortunately increasing frequency and complexity of disasters, EU Member States need to cooperate even more closely. The new EU Emergency Response Centre provides a state of the art platform that allows them to coordinate under the most extreme circumstances, enables them to tackle these challenges even more effectively and thus helps to protect our citizens,” said Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
In some countries, computer programming might be seen as the realm of the nerd
A German high court has ruled that Google must remove automatically suggested search terms if they violate a person’s privacy. Editorialists at the country’s national newspapers see a defeat for the Internet giant and a victory for privacy law.
This morning, The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen. Kevin explains some of the background in his own post, including Swartz’s role and his survivors’ feelings about the project. (They approve, something that was important for us here to know.) The underlying code, given the name DeadDrop, will be open-source, and we are very glad to be the first to bring it out into the world, fully implemented.
Phi Beta Iota: NATO is missing the M4IS2 train — any Centre should be a joint EU-NATO endeavor open to all others. Estonia could become the soul of a new machine — the heart of the Open Source Everything concept. Google does not help to make sense, is predatory, and long overdue to be replaced. Europe — and Asia — and Russia — have nothing to lose and everything to gain from putting Google down.