Rerouting of Internet Systems in Different Countries Causing Balkanization

After Edward Snowden’s revelation of US NSA Spying activities, many countries in South America and Europe had re-routed their internet cables from passing into the US soil and into other areas with trustworthy countries.  Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff said that their $185 million fibre-optic cable project with EU, which stretches between Fortaleza and Lisbon, will “protect freedom” as it bypasses Miami, where American spies could monitor Brazilian internet activities.

According to, it is highly likely the spying activities are increasing stellar re-routes of internet connections from the United States. Services offered by American internet and technology companies are affecting foreign and local users, who are increasingly shunning Google and AOL.

The movement of re-routing is fragmenting the internet’s once-unified network of computers. Brazil’s new system can filter out or block data coming from the United States. Other countries are also moving to the same goal of censoring or blocking certain websites to avoid the spy activities of other countries within their own networks.

Spying activities involve surveillance of anonymous data coming from billions of users, collecting information and keystrokes using malware specifically developed for the purpose of espionage.

Many technology companies have already sent an open letter to US President Barack Obama to change the surveillance laws in the US or else they risk having a large economic setback in the technology industry.


Project Outernet: Internet Access for Anyone in the World

The Media Development Investment Fund has announced that it will make an attempt to provide an internet access for the entire world through the use of miniature low earth orbit satellites that will transmit data streams from hundreds of ground stations in different countries.

The new network, according to the MDIF, will provide ready-internet access to everyone with an internet-ready device.

The MDIF plans it as a countermeasure against governments and countries with immense censorship regulations. The organisation wants the internet to be the source of news and information about everything that happens all over the world, including agriculture, education and current events. It will also be a source of free applications to facilitate the exchange and reception of data.

The project is slated to have all its miniature satellites deployed within 2015. It is indeed a very expensive feat.

Its project description reads “Imagine four billion additional participants in the global marketplace of ideas. Imagine the avalanche of creativity, innovation, and invention.”

However, critics say that it could propel the world further into the domination of ideas and the erosion of unique cultures. It is also possible that it may propel the world into total surveillance without enough regulation.


Is the World Slowly Advancing to a Total Surveillance?

Total surveillance is when governments know everything about you aside from the official files and documents you have in government offices, which we provide them to obtain financing and other ventures involving business and tax. This means they know your personalities, your medical history, disorders, children, if you have affairs and your current activities

It is similar to having a camera watching you every day, with someone behind the camera noting what you are doing currently.

With the cases of the NSA and GCHQ pushing technology companies to condemn the western world’s laws on privacy and international spying, even a new law will not suffice to protect the individual simply because the people themselves submit to total surveillance.

People do it willingly because, first, technology is a magical tool. Imagining a device that could perform so many tasks with brilliance and efficiency is something similar to a miracle and while expensive, is seen as a luxury together with the car and other new-born equipment.

Technology has also shown its capabilities to expand a user’s freedom to share themselves through the use of the internet. People, sharing their talents, their abilities, using services that allow people to find people with similar interests and even love, is just too much temptation for any normal person not to risk.

This is why it is inevitable that the world, regardless of laws, will continue to progress towards total surveillance. Even if technology companies claim the recent NSA and GCHQ illegal sleuthing could damage sales, people will still clamour for connection and sharing parts of themselves just to find people who can understand them.

Cybersex Now Reaching New Technological Heights

According to observers and experts, the internet is reaching new heights in communication as sexual intercourse through the use of next-generation sex toys designed for long distance intercourse between two people.

One of these technologies are RealTouch. Powered through USB, it features both the male and female anatomy paired with a webcam. It captures sensations through the use of touchscreen technology and transmits it digitally to the other person, virtually making the person on-camera in front of the other person.

Limon is a vibrator created by Minna Life, which can record and customize couples’ intensity levels during sexual activity.

LovePalz is similar to RealTouch, except that it is wireless and manufactured by a Taiwanese company under the same name its product has.

Durex has also endorsed its own Fundawear, which is a pair of underpants that have vibrating nodes controlled like RealTouch, which triggers the partner’s set of special pants based on location.

According to the research of the Museum of Sex entitled “The Future of Relationships”, augmented artificial intelligence and interactivity between technology and humans will reach higher stages as attachment and real relationships with their hardware and software materialize.

Experts said that dating-simulation games, which had reached all gaming platforms, had allowed many people to enjoy genuine emotions with their personal technologies as game artificial intelligence modifies its character based on the likes and dislikes of their owners.

Technology Leaves Handwriting Troubles for Children

The age of touch-screen technology and keyboard-typing had made many school reports neater and easier to submit. But when it comes to the actual manner of handwriting, researchers have warned that many children trying to use the pen and pencil before going to school are having trouble adjusting to the new methods.

The “technological creep” disabled pre-schoolers in using a pen or pencil to write. According to DayNurseries.Co.Uk ‘s studies, only one in four people think that technology used in nurseries are actually beneficial. According to their survey of 806 people, only 26% said that they agree it is beneficial for youngsters using information and communications technology in their early years.

According to the researchers, the exposure of children to such advanced technologies was replacing physical activities which also contribute to their learning capabilities. A majority of parents and people want to safeguard the young against the negative effects technologies could have on their children.

According to Sue Palmer, a literacy expert in the United Kingdom, children below the age of 7 need real space, real time and realistic experiences, not those experienced online or playing online. Instant gratification with information technology reduces the patience of children to diligently work on their handwriting and other cognitive functions they need.


NSA’s Spying on Google Data Centres Considered Outrageous

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google finds NSA spying on its data centres to be outrageous and disappointing. The Internet giant had recently filed complaints against the NSA, the US Government and Congress because of their previous intelligence gathering operations.

Schmidt said that NSA’s surveillance activities are possibly illegal.

According to the chairman, the NSA along with its British counterpart GCHQ, had penetrated Google and Yahoo data centres by breaking into fibre optic cables that carry the transfer of data all over the world.

Schmidt said that the NSA’s activities “were not OK” and it was a mission to violate people’s privacy.

The entire Silicon Valley in California is growing its own fangs against the US Government and Congress. While a few months ago, Schmidt was not willing to comment on the actions of the government, today, his statements showed the immensity of the NSA spying activities to the technology industry.

The publishing of Edward Snowden’s documents regarding the NSA’s activities had shown that the NSA had intercepted communication links Google and Yahoo both use to move vast amounts of information between international data centres. The document showed that the interception point was on British territory.

However, it was not clear how the NSA and GCHQ actually penetrated the data centres. Google stands by its statement that it did not provide the government and its agencies access to Google’s systems. Google also added it was developing better encryption through other Google services and links.


Search Engines Battle Out for The Best

Microsoft’s Bing versus search engine pioneer Google is probably the biggest news for many Internet marketers and search engine optimization experts. The two technology companies duke it out as Microsoft unveils its “Bing It On!” search challenge against the Internet giant.


“Bing It On!” is the tagline of Microsoft’s new marketing campaign, which is currently the second best search engine next to Google. With the new improvements in its systems, namely its integration with Apple iPhone’s Siri, iPad and Facebook’s search functions, it became the second top choice for search engines.

The media and experts have experimented on Microsoft’s new campaign and many said that it performs greatly. However, Google’s advantage is in its mobile effort.

Internet marketers and SEO experts know that link-building is the best way to gain search engine attention and indeed, spiders work to add information for websites from different online databases. But Google has its own Knowledge Graph, which is a knowledge database with 570 million items that is connected in 18 billion ways, which helps their search algorithms better. This is evident when you see suggested searches after your initial search, or even while you are entering data in the search bar.

However, many users prefer Bing because it does not make use of their personal information, unlike Google, which uses its own social network Google+ to get information and metadata from their users for faster Internet searching.

UK Broadband Providers Asked to Keep Tabs on Illegal Downloads

Music and film companies are asking leading UK broadband providers BT, Virgin Media, BSKYB and TalkTalk to sign a code that would allow authorities to access a database of customers who illegally download music, films and books and have them disconnected and prosecuted.

The new move is a measure that aims to combat digital piracy. Several music and film companies have approached British Prime Minister David Cameron regarding the issue including BPI and the British Video Association.

Communications regulator Ofcom said that 18% of Internet users in their early teens have downloaded pirated content and only half of the number fear being caught.

From November 2012 to January 2013, at least 280 million music have been pirated in the United Kingdom. At least 29 million films and 18 million ebooks were pirated as well.

The Digital Economy Act, which aims to combat piracy, is yet to be implemented and the act’s delays might make it come into full force by 2014 or 2015.

Broadband providers would warn customers downloading illegal software and will direct their users to websites where they could buy the music, videos and books. Once a customer receives three warnings, the customer could face sanctions.

However, the move received great criticism from other media companies, who said that the proposal was unworkable and unrealistic.

Iowa Soon To Implement “No-Texting” Driving App

Parents could soon keep tabs on their kids who drive vehicles to prevent accidents through an application made by the Iowa Department of Transportation itself. The application, to be named “TXTL8R” will allow parents to prevent their driving kids to use their mobile phones and avoid texting while driving.

Expecting heavy negative reactions from kids, the app will not completely block off text messaging. Instead, it has the phone’s texting capabilities reduced once the vehicle reaches a speed above 15 mph. Iowa DOT’s Spokeswoman Andrea Henry confirmed the creation of the app and that the department is in the process of finding the right company to develop the driver safety application.

Texting while driving is the biggest cause of driving accidents in Iowa for 2011 and 2012. With teen drivers having their eyes off the road, the risk increases double or triple than when they have their focus while driving.

In the entire America, young drivers are the highest in the number of distraction-related car crashes. Their insufficient driving experience combined with distractions is more likely to cost them thousands of dollars in repairs and even their lives if they’re not too careful. The app was to be developed as a response to the increasing number of texting drivers in the area.


Camping With Serious Internet Mobile Devices

Today’s campers don’t only carry a backpack, sport rugged footwear and have a flashlight and walkie-talkie; today they also have the Internet. However, a conventional smartphone could be very fragile especially when environmental conditions are hostile. If you’re camping but you want to check the latest on your Facebook, here are a few things you need to try.

1. Google Earth
If you don’t mind bringing a conventional smartphone with you, at least download the Google Earth application. Google Earth could help campers find geographic locations that maps wouldn’t show. It provides details about fishing holes, hiking trails and even campsites with Wi-Fi access.

2. Ruggedized Laptops
Manufacturer Dell’s Ruggedized laptops allow these mobile devices to handle any situation of dust, dirt, sand, water spills and rain, and even semi submerges. The Latitude XFR could actually handle heat, has sunlight readable displays and a mobile broadband option.

3. Ruggedized Cameras
Pentax actually sports a powerful WG-3 mobile camera that has a built in compass and an external clock. It is also water-resistant, allowing you up to 46 feet of submerging, cold resistance of 14 degrees Fahrenheit and you could drop it up to six feet without breaking it.

4. WiMAX
WiMAX devices are very effective because they enable you to take your mobile Internet service wherever you are headed. These small hubs could power multiple devices. However, the coverage is still a problem as it could be limited.