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July 3, 2007

Dummies at Westminister made it on BBC

Just had to share this story. Could not resist the headline about the Royal Society of Chemistry mannequins stunt near Westminster in spring which made it on to the BBC website.

Full details, about this PR stunt to draw attention to the cuts in research funding by the government, can be found on STEMPR's website. STEMPR is a science, technology, engineering and medicine public relations association.

June 28, 2007

Can't monitor and identify users? Ban it

Early in May, the Canadian government banned its Ontario staff from the popular social media site Facebook. Leaving many Ontario government employees, Liberal aides, cabinet ministers and a number of MPPs surprised.

Last week, Wall Street reconsidered of the use and abuse of BlackBerrys. Wall Street’s two self-policing groups, N.Y.S.E. Regulation and NASD, suggested guidelines to regulate written electronic communications. These guidelines address text sent through BlackBerrys among other things. The concern is over the spread of confidential information through unsecured devices.

Now on a different continent, even Paris and London are reviewing PDAs. Lawmakers in both cities might want to keep their PDA-using privileges, but reports from the two cities are drawing different conclusions.

French security experts have reported that keeping BlackBerrys in ministries and in the presidential palace, might open these places up to eavesdropping by American intelligence.

How?

Research in Motion, that makers of Blackberry, is a Canadian company. But according to Le Monde, information sent through BlackBerrys goes through American and British servers and hence have the potential to be intercepted by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Meanwhile the British seem to be pro-handheld devices in their report. The Commons Modernisation Committee's Revitalising the Chamber: The Role of the Back Bencher report was pro-handheld devices in its recommendations. It is believed, this will allow backbenchers to better use their time during debates.

For the want of a timesaver, security is lost.

Or should it be for the want of security, time is lost?