In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Narrowing The Digital Divide
2. Today's Top Story
- Sony Suspends CD Copy Protection
- Trojan Exploits Sony CD Copy Protection
- Keystroke-Logging App Supplier Challenges Anti-Spyware Vendor
3. Breaking News
- U.S. Awards Contracts Totaling $18.6 Million For E-Health Projects
- Customers To Get View Of New CA At Conference
- RealNetworks Patches Pair Of Critical Bugs In Player
- Research Board Co-Founder Named To Oracle Board Of Directors
- Dell's Rollins Eyes Growth Despite Earnings Dip
- FTC Pulls Plug On $100 Million Adware Business
- Apple Bundles Cover To Stymie iPod Nano Scratching
- Microsoft Readies Office 12 Beta
- Mozilla Rolls Out Final Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate
- Coalition Reports Wide Adoption Of E-Mail Authentication
4. In Depth: Mobile Security
- Good Technology Moves To Lock Down Smart Phones
- Homeland Security Funds Advanced Cybersecurity Projects
- Protect Yourself Against Rogue Wireless-Access Points
- Mobile Application Security: Options For Keeping Your Data Safe
- Telecom On The Go
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- New Linux Venture: Open-Source Hero Or Patent Troll?
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1. Editor's Note: Narrowing The Digital Divide
There's no shortage of data about the "digital divide"--the chasm
that exists between the haves and have-nots in the computer
realm. In at least one regard it seems to be getting a bit
smaller, but by most other important measures it's still a large,
First the good news: There has been an increase in the number of
older bloggers (age 65-plus). It's true that
digital media is still primarily a younger person's game, but
it's great to see this gap narrowing even if by just a little
Unfortunately, though, we're a long way from universal access to
the Internet. Many of us in the tech field, and particularly in
the United States, sometimes forget there are large numbers of
people both here and around the world who don't have ready access
to computers or the Internet. According to the Pew Internet &
American Life Project, some 43% of people with household
incomes of less than $30,000 per year use the Internet, but 84%
of households making more than $75,000 are online. A
significantly higher percentage of whites and Hispanics are
online compared with African-Americans.
These types of gaps don't exist only in the United States, of
course. A new survey of the 25-nation European bloc reports a digital divide
there, too, with age, income, and education determining whether
the continent's citizens use the Internet. And the chasm gets
even wider in developing countries.
There are Internet-access projects going on both here and around
the world, and a new program specifically targets Native Americans.
Despite some of these success stories, it's been painfully slow
progress to get everyone wired up. Private companies don't have a
financial incentive to put wireless hubs in economically
disadvantaged areas, and the volunteer force (and I truly do
applaud their efforts) is just too spotty.
So what to do? Those of us who "have" may need to help those who
"have not." One suggestion: Every time anyone buys a PC, there's
a $20 Net-access fee. Similarly, if anyone signs up for a cell
phone or with any cable, telecom, or VoIP company, there's
another $20 fee. (That includes yearly contract extensions.)
What's more, the PC vendors and cable/telecom providers match the
fees, dollar-for-dollar. All the money is put into a pot managed
by a nonprofit, with board members from the community-activist,
telecom/cable, and local/state government arenas. (That should
make for some interesting discussion.) The money goes toward
paying for broadband and PCs, akin to what San Francisco is doing
in its citywide access project, with bids awarded to the
This won't solve the entire problem, of course, but it would take
us further than we are right now.
What do you think? Weigh in at my blog entry, where you can also read more
about this issue.
Sony said it will, "as a precautionary measure," suspend
manufacturing CDs using controversial XCP technology and
re-examine its content-protection initiative.
Related Stories: Trojan Exploits Sony CD Copy Protection
Three infections have so far been identified by antivirus
companies. The software triggers the cloaking feature of Sony's
anti-piracy technology to remain undetected.
Four groups of companies will develop an architecture and
prototype network for the secure sharing of patient information
among hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and physicians in the selected
participating regional markets.
Customers To Get View Of New CA At Conference
CA has reorganized around security, storage, enterprise systems
management, and business-service optimization, all of which have
been bolstered by acquisitions valued at $1.2 billion.
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