Come on, Ted Cruz and Rob Maness even wear the same Ostrich Skin boots...it's a sign.

Both men went to Harvard--Cruz to Harvard Law and Maness to the Kennedy School of Government. Maness even wears black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, just like Cruz’s. And he decries political ambition. “Actually, I don’t want to be a senator,” he told me when we met for coffee recently near Capitol Hill. Read more.

Fundraising programmes – direct mail to digital

As far as the public is concerned, donating to charity is simply a transaction from one party to another. Behind the scenes, however, lie a multitude of fundraising channels, ranging from direct mail to major gifts to digital. Read more.

US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very interesting. In a discussion of how to secure the "critical infrastructure" of the United States he described the phenomenon of compromised computer hardware – namely, chips that have hidden "back doors" inserted into them at the design or manufacturing stage – as "the problem from hell". Read more.

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. Read more.

Google pays coders to improve open-source security

"Quite a few vulnerabilities trace back to preventable coding mistakes, or are made easier to exploit due to the absence of simple mitigation techniques. We are hoping to address this to some extent," Google said in an FAQ about the program. Read more.

Iran To Mull Unblocking Social-Media Sites

Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is to set up a working group to consider a decision on unblocking Facebook and Twitter. Read more.

How to Know What To Write About: The Key to Successful Content Marketing

Are you looking for ways to achieve success with content marketing? Do you struggle to come up with ideas for things to write about? Read more.

IT Experts: Obamacare Website Is Designed To Attack Itself

Days after the launch of the federal government's Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity. Read more.

Symantec takes on one of largest botnets in history

Symantec has seized part of the 1.9 million-computer strong ZeroAccess, one of the largest botnets in existence. In a blog post Monday, the security firm said the ZeroAccess botnet is primarily used to deliver payloads to infected computers, which is aimed at two illegal, revenue-generating activities: click fraud and bitcoin mining Read more.

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal. Read more.

Companies to spend an average $19 million on social media in 2013

Companies across the globe, including India, will spend an average $ 19 million (Rs 119 crore) on social media this year, a global study by IT services major TCS said today. Read more.

John McAfee reveals details on gadget to thwart NSA

John McAfee lived up to his reputation Saturday as tech's most popular wild child, electrifying an audience with new details of his plan to thwart the NSA's surveillance of ordinary Americans with an inexpensive, pocket-size gadget. Read more.

Millennial Media CEO Says Mobile Will Supplant Digital Ad Spending And Become The 'Real' Digital

In a speech to kick off the Smarter Mobile Marketing conference this morning, Millennial Media CEO Paul Palmieri trumpeted mobile advertising's rise in the marketing ecosystem and suggested it might be the pre-eminent place for brands to spend their digital advertising budgets — supplanting traditional digital budgets. - See more at: http://politicalmedia.com/articles/millennial-media-ceo-says-mobile-will-supplant-digital-ad-spending-and-become-the-real-digital#sthash.A4BeQoAM.dpuf Read more.

Astroturf: 2,000,000 (37%) of Michelle Obama’s Twitter Followers are NOT Real Twitter Users

According to the Twitter analytics application Status People, 37 percent of Michelle Obama’s 5,290, 506 Twitter followers — or approximately 1,957,487 followers — are considered fake. Thirty-five percent of her followers are inactive, and 28 percent are considered “good,” or real. Read more.

Is being addicted to social media such a bad thing?

There's a good chance you'll not read the end of this article. Nothing to do with your staying power or because it's dull enough to euthanise an ox (I hope it won't be). No, chances are there simply won't be an end because, before I get there, I'll have seen some funny link on the internet and will have waddled off after it like a gleeful child chasing some bubbles. Read more.

The Political Media Report


Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible
Saturday, October 26, 2013 | www.rt.com/usa | www.rt.com/usa
A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests. Read More...
Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web
Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Adam Sherwin | www.independent.co.uk
Just who is looking over your shoulder when you browse the Internet? Tomorrow, web users will be given a new tool to shine a light on the commercial organisations which track your every movement online.  Read More...
Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with U.S.
Friday, October 25, 2013 | John O'Donnell & Luke Baker | Reuters.com
(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Thursday that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped. Read More...
Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Pseudo Name
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Josh Rogin | TheDailyBeast.com
Jofi Joseph, an official in the National Security Staff at the White House, was fired last week after being caught as the tweeter behind @natsecwonk, a feed that’s been leaking internal information since 2011. Josh Rogin reports.  Read More...
Aaron's computer rental chain settles FTC spying charges
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Dara Kerr | CNET.com
The rent-to-own computer company settles a complaint that accused it of secretly taking Webcam photos of users in their homes and recording keystrokes of Web site login credentials. Read More...
Controversial cyberthreat bill CISPA may return to Congress: Updated legislation aims to curb privacy concerns
Monday, October 21, 2013 | Jacob Kastrenakes | www.motherjones.com
his summer, when Edward Snowden dropped his bombshell about PRISM, the NSA's vast Internet spying program, the House had recently passed a bill called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Widely criticized by privacy advocates, CISPA aimed to beef up US cybersecurity by giving tech companies the legal freedom to share even more cyber information with the US government—including the content of Americans' emails, with personal information intact. CISPA supporters, among them big US companies such as Verizon and Comcast, spent 140 times more money on lobbying for the bill than its opponents, according to the Sunlight Foundation. But after Snowden's leaks, public panic over how and why the government uses personal information effectively killed the bill. Now that the dust has settled a bit, NSA director Keith Alexander is publicly asking for the legislation to be re-introduced, and two senators confirmed that they are drafting a new Senate version. Read More...
Novel brain-monitoring technique lets scientists spy on minds
Friday, October 18, 2013 | Dante D'Orazio | www.theverge.com
Scientists are now able to study brain activity in the real world with enough precision to know if a subject is thinking about anything related to numbers or quantities. New research out of Stanford University, published this week in Nature, demonstrates the ability to determine when a subject either read, heard, spoke, or thought about quantities.  Read More...
Social Media and The Future of Advertising
Monday, October 14, 2013 | Gregory Yankelovich | www.businness2community
“Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.”  Read More...
This just in: why news is Twitter's next frontier
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Casey Newton | www.theverge.com
Twitter is moving more aggressively into the world of journalism, building a new alert system for breaking news and hiring someone to build new partnerships with the media industry. Together, the moves point to a service that is as much a broadcaster as it is a social network, owning live events with a core product that predicts its users’ interests without having to ask for them. Whether it realizes that vision remains anyone’s guess — but if its latest experiment proves successful, Twitter will have gotten a lot closer to it.  Read More...
Fundraising programmes – direct mail to digital
Monday, October 7, 2013 | Gareth Jones | www.theguardian.com
As far as the public is concerned, donating to charity is simply a transaction from one party to another. Behind the scenes, however, lie a multitude of fundraising channels, ranging from direct mail to major gifts to digital. Read More...

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