• Interesting analysis demonstrating yet again that analysis of online conversations and behavior has the potential to provide valuable insights into important, current policy challenges.

    tags: blogosphere analysis

    • comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital
      world, today released an analysis of changes in Americans’ searching behavior
      resulting from the economic downturn, based on December 2008 data from comScore
      Marketer, a search intelligence tool.


      for several terms related to the economic downturn showed dramatic gains during
      the past year.  Among the most notable
      increases were searches relating to the deteriorating job market, including
      searches using the term “unemployment” (up 206 percent to 8.2 million searches)
      and “unemployment benefits” (up 247 percent to 748,000 searches). Meanwhile,
      terms relating to personal asset situations, including “mortgage” (up 72
      percent to 7.8 million searches), “bankruptcy” (up 156 percent to 2.6 million
      searches), and “foreclosure” (up 67 percent to 1.4 million searches) also grew
      strongly. And Americans, resilient as they are, are seeking ways to save money,
      as evidenced by the increase in the number of searches for “coupons” (up 161
      percent to 19.9 million) and “discount” (up 26 percent to 7.9 million).


  • tags: cyberwar

    • The FBI announced recently it considers cyber attacks to be the third greatest threat to the security of the United States. The only two preceding it are nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This was recently stated by Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division.
    • In February 2009, while speaking at the United Nations in New York, I called upon the UN to take a much more pragmatic and prominent role in protecting against the imminent threat of cyber attacks, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. I went on to state that without immediate action it is just a matter of time before the world experiences a new global threat — the threat of a massive cyber attack or war!
    • On February 18th,2009 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that this year the Board will be considering cyber warfare and its impact on international security, as well as the equally critical issue of verification.
    • First Five Steps:

      1. The United Nations needs to define what constitutes a cyber attack, what constitutes an act of cyber war is and define what constitutes an act of cyber terrorism and as well as a uniformly accepted definition of a cyber weapon.

      • So, let me get this straight. We’re sure that cyberwar is the next worst thing to nuclear attack, but we still don’t know exactly what it is? Not a convincing argument. – post by TransTracker
    • We live in dangerous time and it appears many areas of the world are becoming more and more unstable. The global nature of the Internet demands that the United Nations take a lead role and a proactive approach for dealing with the cyber threats that appear to be escalating at an accelerating pace. Failure for the United Nations to accelerate their efforts could further intensify friction caused by these cyber skirmishes and increase international tensions.

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