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The so-called Heartbleed security flaw has revealed every user’s worst nightmare about security on the Internet. If we’re already vulnerable now, what’s going to happen when electrical grids and driverless cars are operated online? Should somebody take charge, or is it better when nobody can?

Also, NATO establishes military patrols along the eastern borders of NATO countries, and the NYPD shuts down its controversial surveillance program that targeted Muslim communities following 9/11.

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Making News NATO Searches for Options in the Ukraine 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Since Russia first moved to seize Crimea from its neighbor, Ukraine, NATO has warned about threats to peace. Today, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that military patrols will be established on the eastern borders of NATO countries, saying, “we are not discussing military options.” Luke Baker is Brussels Bureau Chief for the Reuters news service.

Luke Baker, Reuters (@LukeReuters)

Main Topic Heartbleed Bug Reignites Debate over Net Security, Governance 35 MIN, 59 SEC

Every Internet user has now been warned: change all your passwords. Two thirds of all websites could be vulnerable to a security flaw called Heartbleed. Then again, they might not. Few examples of hackers exploiting Heartbleed have been reported so far. But its discovery has revealed how much online security depends on free software maintained by a few volunteers. There are predictions of global disaster. Can governments create rules of order, or should openness be the rule? Meantime, what’s an Internet-user to do?

Since Heartbleed was made public early last week, tens of millions of Android devices are now said to be vulnerable. In Canada, 900 social insurance numbers have been reported stolen. On the British website for parents, called Mumsnet, cyberthieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before the site was repaired.

Rob Pegoraro, Yahoo! Tech (@robpegoraro)
Jason Healey, Atlantic Council (@Jason_Healey)
Daniel Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (@castrotech)
Milton Mueller, Syracuse University (@miltonmueller)

Networks and States

Milton L. Mueller

Today's Talking Point NYPD Scraps Program that Surveilled Muslims 7 MIN, 23 SEC

After 3000 people were killed and the World Trade Center was brought to the ground, the New York Police Department established a special unit to conduct non-stop surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods. Now it appears that such stereotyping has done more harm than good for national security, and the so-called Demographics Unit has been disbanded. The NYPD’s Demographics Unit has been the subject of two federal lawsuits and criticism by civil rights groups, as well as the FBI. The new Police Commissioner, William Bratton, says it will be no more. Washington Post reporter Adam Goldman is author of, Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America.

Adam Goldman, Washington Post (@adamgoldmanwp)

Enemies Within

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