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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)

Quick Bytes: IT important, problematic

- More than half of the organizations polled by the IT Governance Institute revealed that they regularly include IT subjects on their boards' agenda. That may indicate IT's increasing profile, but it also may reflect the fact that all but 7 percent of respondents said that they had experienced IT problems in the last year. @ The IT Governance Global Status Report is available for $100. Find out more, and download an executive summary, by visiting SM Online.

No More Corporate Cash for Militias

- U.S. companies must be cautious in dealing with foreign militia groups as the government cracks down on payment schemes.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

- Almost one-third of companies outsource application-development tasks, as well as Web-site development and management, according to a new survey of 744 organizations carried out by Enterprise Systems, a provider of business and technology information for IT managers.

Human Rights Law

- Read the complaint from an international rights law firm, suing Chiquita Brands International, Inc., for paying nearly $2 million to paramilitaries to murder and intimidate individuals in Colombia’s banana growing region.

What’s the Verdict on Digital Evidence?

- The Canadian experience shows that many issues related to the admissibility of digital images in court proceedings remain unresolved.

Did You Know That?

- On a single day during the summer, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries conducted more than 90 searches around the world to crack down on illegal trade and distribution in software, games, movies, and music on the Internet. Investigators seized more than $50 million of pirated works during the raid, part of Operation Site Down.
 




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