Why Facebook’s Long Reign May Be Coming To An End

Sears and Blockbuster fell because neither was able to adapt and grow with its consumer base. Is Facebook making the same mistakes?

Over the last several years, Facebook has gone from facilitating the free flow of information to inhibiting it through incremental censorship and account purges. What began with the ban of Alex Jones last summer has since escalated to include the expulsion of hundreds of additional pages, each political in nature. And as more people become wary of the social media platform’s motives, one thing is absolutely certain: we need more market competition in the realm of social media….

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China Is The Top Long-Term Threat In Cyberspace

Here’s what we can do about it.

China is rising in economic and military might and presents the greatest long-term challenge to U.S. national interests—including in cyberspace. Three weeks ago, the current U.S. national security advisor, John Bolton, for the first time publicly attributed the hack of the Office of Personnel Management to China.

China is investing in military cyberspace forces and today’s cyber theft could be tomorrow’s influence operation or disruptive attack on infrastructure. So what should the United States do to prepare for the rise of Chinese power in cyberspace…?

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Yet Another Reason Not To Monopolize Government Data: China Hacks And Spies

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has for the last several months been considering private sector bids to provide the DoDs club backup computing services.

It’s a big deal.  Upwards of $10 billion for ten years’ worth of backup server service.

Why Pentagon Cloud-Computing Contract Is a Huge Deal

Ok – it’s a huge deal.

We have highlighted a great many red flags during the DoD bidding process….

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Porn-Watching Employee Infected Government Networks With Russian Malware, IG Says

Government auditors traced a malware infection back to a single porn-watching employee within the U.S. Geological Survey.

An Interior Department watchdog recommended the U.S. Geological Survey ratchet up internet security protocols after discovering its networks had been infected with malware from pornography sites.

The agency’s inspector general traced the malicious software to a single unnamed USGS employee, who reportedly used a government-issued computer to visit some 9,000 adult video sites, according to a report published Oct. 17….

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Chinese Infiltration In US Reaches ‘Extreme’ Levels, Says Security Expert

Hundreds of thousands of foreign operatives have already infiltrated the United States at “extreme” levels, an intelligence and cybersecurity think tank has warned.

Blackops Partners, which enhances intelligence and protective cyber, organizational, and legal practices around the world, estimates there could be at least 400,000 Chinese spies operating in the United States, most of whom hold influential positions in the education sector.

“There are a minimum of 50,000 Chinese Communist Party [CCP] spies at U.S. companies, government agencies, and U.S. military. It is extreme infiltration,” Blackops CEO Casey Fleming said….

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Saudi Arabia’s Twitter Troll Army Is Lethal

The Kingdom’s vast operation of authoritarian social media control and weaponization isn’t confined to people who live there.

A recent article in The New York Times headlined “Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider” highlights the danger of undemocratic countries in the Middle East exploiting new media platforms to eliminate activists and dissidents.

That such cyber campaigns are prevailing only underscore how the Arab authoritarian regimes have fully grasped the importance of social media’s impact on politics in the post-Arab Spring period. Indeed, the Arab uprisings in 2011 shook the region in no small part because of social media’s ability to streamline communication and mobilize opposition….

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Facebook To Ban Misinformation On Voting In Upcoming U.S. Elections

Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s U.S. midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service.

The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would likely increase its expenses and leave it open to charges of censorship.

The latest move addresses a sensitive area for the company, which has come under fire for its lax approach to fake news reports and disinformation campaigns, which many believe affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, won by Donald Trump….

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