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North Korea & the Internet

North Korea first gained access to the Internet in 2000.  At this time, it was available for government purposes only.  It is unclear when it was made available to the public however; in 2010, their main news agency site was … Continue reading

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Penn Guardian: Mobile Safety App

Considering recent events, I thought it would be a good idea to promote a service, known as Penn Guardian that is available to all Penn students, faculty and staff. This allows you to communicate and share information with Public Safety’s … Continue reading

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How social media is fighting terror

Social media is changing the world in both good and bad ways.  It is changing the way government communicates with its citizens, it allows them to manage disasters and gives people the ability to easily communicate across the globe in … Continue reading

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Blockchain & Electrical Health Records

There is a lot more to it but at a high level, Blockchain is a decentralized encrypted database that keeps records of digital transactions.  These databases are distributed across many hosts with high computing power and kept in synchronization via the Internet. Access can be restricted and require membership or … Continue reading

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Communication apps: Security vs. Privacy

With the wave of smartphones, came communication apps.  These apps often bundle many existing types of communication such as text messaging, group chats, video, etc. in to one application that was designed with privacy in mind.  There are dozens of messaging/communication … Continue reading

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IoT is under attack

2017 is expected to be the year of exploiting the Internet of Things.  The past few years have had their share of hacks but it is only the tip of the iceberg. As more and more IP enabled devices flood … Continue reading

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Smart Cities: IoT and 5G

There are billions of IP enabled devices such as cameras, generators and home automation systems on the Internet today.  By the year 2020, it is expected that there will be roughly 20 billion of these objects online.  This will bring … Continue reading

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