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Governments Share Data

- The United States and Germany will share access to databases with personal data, including fingerprints and DNA information, of people suspected of terrorist activity.

Locked in Combat

- Record oil revenues are making Nigeria's conflicts harder to solve.

Dengue Fever Infects 55,000 in Rio

- The mosquito-borne virus has killed 67 in Rio de Janeiro state, as the public and some government officials blame authorities for a flat-footed response.

Russia's Dangerous Hangover

- Dmitry Medvedev will face some unpleasant political, military, and foreign policy choices when he takes over as president in May. (online exclusive)

Safer Imports from China?

- A new agreement looks to bolster the safety of Chinese exports to the United States.

U.K. May Axe National Fingerprint Registry

- A leaked Home Office document obtained by The Observer cites cost concerns for the government's loss of enthusiasm.

African Airport Aims for TSA Clearance

- Ivory Coast has hired a Canadian company to help it win TSA certification

Preserving the Lost Art of War

- Find out how one security expert worked with the U.S. team sent in to advise the Iraqi National Museum.

Software Pirates

- In 2003, more than $50 billion was spent globally on commercial software. However, almost $80 billion worth of software was actually installed. The difference represents the size of the software piracy market. The results of a Business Software Alliance (BSA) study show that China, Vietnam, the Ukraine, Indonesia, and Russia are the top five pirating countries. The U.S., New Zealand, Denmark, Austria, and Sweden are at the other end of the spectrum. Stronger copyright laws have been countered by increasing online piracy via spam, auction sites, and peer-to-peer systems, the report concludes.

The Young and the Restive

- The question was recently asked by the World Health Organization to determine the extent to which youth violence is a normal aspect of human development and the extent to which it is influenced by culture. As to how often they got into scrapes with other adolescents, the teenagers from the United States, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and Sweden had basically the same rates. But the prevalence of school bullying in the five countries varied greatly. SM Online has a summary of the study.

Jargon Watch: Snakehead

- Someone who smuggles Chinese nationals into the United States or other countries.

Quick Bytes: Shutting down spammers.

- A U.K. group of Internet service providers (ISPs) has taken steps to stop spammers with a new "get tough" antispam policy. The 150 members of the London Internet Exchange (LINX)--which also includes major ISPs from Europe, the United States, and Asia--agreed to target and shut down the sites of "spammers who host their e-commerce Web sites with a reputable ISP while sending spam from another network," according to a release from the group. LINX is also calling on ISPs to shut down Web sites that sell spamming tools including CDs "containing millions of illegally collected e-mail addresses."

Libel

-  The Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that a libelous posting on the Internet causes more damage than a similar statement that appears in traditional print media. The appeals court increased the trial judge's damage award from $15,000 (Canadian) to $75,000 and added $50,000 in punitive damages. In increasing the damage awards, the court noted that Internet defamation is more pervasive and more dangerous to the reputation of those maligned because it is interactive and immediately available world- wide. (Barrick Gold Corporation v. Jorge Lopehandia, Court of Appeal for Ontario, No. C39837, 2004)
 




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