Busting Egypt’s web blackout

The Egyptian government ordered a digital crackdown Friday in an effort to quell protesters, shutting down internet access and cellphone services, but some Egyptians are still finding ways to connect with others.

“This is certainly not unprecedented in type, but it is unique in scope and size,” said Ron Deibert, director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Many countries monitor and filter their citizens’ communications and online activities. But Egypt’s decision to simply cut its people off from the internet in an attempt to keep protesters from organizing underlines how worried some governments are about the threat the internet and social media can pose to them. Full Story >  http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2011/01/28/f-egypt-web-blackout.html



Facebook launches new profile

There is no longer any way to avoid opting in to the new profile, you must.  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/about/profile/ For those that have Facebook accounts, it is recommended that you take the Tour of the new profile as you are upgrading to it. Your security settings assuming you have secured your account sufficiently should not be altered other than some annoyances such as a carosell of your images being paraded on top of your new profile. These may be removed by mousing over the images and X them out. Facebook will complain but do it anyway if you choose not to showcase pictures of yourself. Other issues, but not excluding would be showcasing your Friends List. This can be fixed by going into your privacy settings and changing your Friends List visibility to ONLY ME.