By Amy Gahran, Special to CNN, September 22, 2011
(CNN) — In an emergency, do you know how to best use your cell phone to stay safe, informed and in touch? Recognizing that Americans have been getting mixed messages from many sources, this week the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Administration teamed up to publish a new list of tips for communicating before, during and after a disaster. … For full text of the article, visit FCC, FEMA offer new tech tips for emergencies – CNN.com
- Will Irene kill cellphones again? (politico.com)
by Nancy Scola, Tech President, June 3, 2011 – 4:35pm
Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it.We saw it with last January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the rollout of the U.S.’s long-awaited National Broadband Map in February, the personalized maps that accompanied April’s iPhone tracking story. We see it every election. And with the increasing availability of free and open-source or simply cheap mapping tools, and the growing footprint of the open data movement, democratized mapping is likely only getting started. …
- iRevolution | Patrick Meier ||| Crisis Mappers: Mobile technology helps disaster victims worldwide (surflightroy.net)
- PBS Video: Crisis mappers: Mobile technology helps disaster victims worldwide (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Tsunami Mapper – Visualize a Tsunami in Your Area (freetech4teachers.com)
…The courts aren’t sure whether so-called “geolocation” data taken from GPS devices or cellphones is covered by the Fourth Amendment, as Wired.com’s blog Threat Level has extensively reported. That ambiguity has largely enabled law enforcement to snatch it up without getting a warrant or showing probable cause. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, want to make things crystal clear: no warrant, no geolocation info. …
Full text of the article, via Bill Would Keep Big Brother’s Mitts Off Your GPS Data | Danger Room | Wired.com.
by Kevin D. Pomfret, LeClairRyan, Executive Counsel Magazine, April/May 2011
Geolocation technology enables devices like smart phones to collect data “about where people go and what they do,” the author explains. “This information can be aggregated with other information to determine ‘who they are’ with precision and accuracy.” Geolocation technology raises concerns in part because significant benefits of the technology often are overshadowed by sensationalized media accounts of real or perceived privacy breeches, according to the author.
For full text of the summary, visit Executive Counsel » Lawmakers Eye Geolocation Apps. For full text of the article, you will need to subscribe to Executive Counsel or purchase this month’s magazine.
- The Future of Social Networks and Geolocation (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Creepy Shows Just How Much Geolocation Data You Broadcast Online (makeuseof.com)
- Jim Steyer: Why We Need “Do Not Track Kids” (huffingtonpost.com)
- New Bill Would Update Digital Privacy Law (blogs.wsj.com)
From Politico Playbook, May 15, 2011
FIRST LOOK – Google’s Eric Schmidt, on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” today: “Today, your phone knows who you are, where you are, where you’re going, to some degree, because it can see your path. And with that and with your permission, it’s possible for software and software developers to predict where you’re going to go, to suggest people you should meet, to suggest activities and so forth. So ultimately what happens is, the mobile phone does what it does best, which is remember everything and make suggestions. And then you can be just a better human and have a good time. …”
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Mobile First (lukew.com)
- Eric Schmidt’s Exemplary Sweetheart, Britney Spears (theatlantic.com)
- Eric Schmidt Caught By Surprise At Rate Of Mobile Growth (kwiksocial.com)
- Google’s Eric Schmidt Pours $1.5 Million Into An Online Ad Startup (businessinsider.com)
- The 10 Biggest Blunders Of Google Under Eric Schmidt (GOOG) (businessinsider.com)
- Eric Schmidt’s Mobile World Congress Speech: Full Video (webpronews.com)
PBS, May 13, 2011
There are now 6.8 billion people on the planet. And about 5 billion cell phones. This extraordinary ability to connect has turned a modern convenience into a lifeline through a system called crisis mapping. It first gained prominence after the earthquake in Haiti, when people used their cell phones to send text messages to a centralized response team. Since then, crisis mapping has been used to help victims in emergency zones following the tornadoes in the Midwest, the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East. Today, there are hundreds of volunteers in more than 50 countries creating maps of crises around the world, using a system that incorporates the lessons learned in Haiti. Alison Stewart reports on this worldwide network of volunteers – regular people — using a breakthrough technology to help others.
For link to video, visit Video: Crisis mappers: Mobile technology helps disaster victims worldwide | Need to Know.
Posted by SaferMobile onMobileActive, May 10, 2011
Activists, rights defenders, and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing, and documenting. Mobiles provide countless benefits — relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach — but they also present specific risks to rights defenders and activists. Additionally, information about other mobile uses, such as your photos or video, your data, the Internet sites you visit from your phone, and your physical location, are stored on your device and often logged by your mobile network. How much is this putting you at risk? This Overview will help you evaluate your level of risk in regard to your mobile communications
For full text of the article, visit Mobile Security Risks: A Primer for Activists, Journalists and Rights Defenders | MobileActive.org.
by Edward Wyatt, NYT, May 9, 2011
WASHINGTON — The emergency broadcast system is coming to cellphones. Updating the national emergency alert system, federal officials planned to announce on Tuesday in Manhattan that some cellphone users in New York and Washington will soon be able to receive alerts by text message in the event of a national or regional emergency. … Text messages will be sent to customers of participating cellphone companies who are in an area affected by the emergency. Users can opt out of any of the alerts except the presidential messages. …
Full text of the article via Cellphones to Get an Emergency Alert System – NYTimes.com.
- National emergency alert system set to launch (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert (mobile.slashdot.org)
- Emergency Text Messages Coming to Cellphones (pcworld.com)
- Feds, Carriers Unveil Mobile Emergency Alert System (informationweek.com)
- Emergency alerts coming to cell phones in NYC and DC (news.consumerreports.org)