Who Can You Trust with Your Data? (Infographic)

With everyone very concerned about which governmental agencies can access your data, which companies are giving away or selling your data to others and general privacy concerns, having a presence on the internet might end up being more trouble than its worth.

So what data can people get access to and how can you protect yourself? We have this handy infographic to help you out.

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Where Will the Internet Grow in the Future? (Infographic)

Since 2006, the number of internet users worldwide has doubled to about 2.4 billion people online. That’s over one-third of the global population connected to the internet and there’s still room to grow.

So where will the next group of internet users come from and how quickly are they expected to go online? We have a handy infographic about the future of the internet.

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Sunday Link-Off: Wrestling with Technology

rachelle-goulding-lavieenrose13-03Well, another year of E3 has come and gone and now I have to put together a week’s worth of blog posts without all the great content that E3 affords. If you were following E3 over at et geekera, we had 17 posts with E3 news and analysis and a total a record-high 27 posts on the blog last week. I think we’ll have at least one game review this week and a second one if I have time, along with a recap of this week’s IndyCar race and news.

But first, let’s start today’s set of links with Canadian model Rachelle Goulding.

If you’re a high school football player that rapes a girl, you get one year in prison. Uncover evidence of rape through hacking? You get a nasty visit from the FBI and face up to 25 years in prison. (The Plain Dealer)

Speaking of data hacking, the US government has taken it upon themselves to avail themselves of your info. You should be concerned. (The Guardian)

Intel is trying to make the next-generation of internet TV but cable companies would rather that Intel didn’t try something new. (The New York Times)

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Wednesday Link-Off: The Actual Story

kim-cloutier-3suisses13-04It’s the middle of the week which means it’s time for some links. We’ve been hard at work prepping some E3 preview coverage that will start next week. Between Formula One, IndyCar and E3, it’ll be a busy week on the blog next week. Anyway, let’s start today’s links with the return of Canadian model Kim Cloutier.

Martha Stewart may have gone to prison for insider trading but nowadays insider trading is almost the rule rather than the exception. (New Yorker)

The Rob Ford crack video “is gone” according to the video’s owner. I wonder who bought it to hide it forever… (Gawker)

Rob Ford says that his crack scandal has been good for the city… Because it’s increased tourism interest. I don’t think that making your city a laughing-stock is a good way to increase tourism. (The Atlantic Wire)

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Wednesday Link-Off: Reframing the Discussion

kelly-brook-newlook12-25‘Twas middle of the week before Christmas and all through HQ,
not a blogger was blogging. Not even… using undo?

Okay, I’m never going to make it as a poet. Maybe I’ll just stick to the links for today. Don’t worry, though. We’re still busy plugging away on posts. I’ll have a couple of video game posts to close out the week. Still working on next week, though. Next Wednesday will be our year-in-review set of links. I’ll probably have a best games of 2012 post next week, too. For today, it’s normal programming. Let’s start with English model Kelly Brook.

A lot of the hate after the Sunny Hook Elementary School Shooting was focused on the NRA and the so-called gun nuts. However, this has allowed the gun companies who make these guns to get away without any criticism or scorn. Maybe it’s time for that to change. (Gawker)

Contrary to some of the excuses people grasp at when tragedies like this occurs, part of the problem of why mass shootings is that easy access to excessively destructive firearms to very much engrained in American culture. (CBC News)

The NRA made a statement yesterday saying they won’t make a statement until Friday. They’ve been extremely silent since the Newtown shooting. (Ad Week) Like the Magary column up top said, maybe we should focus on Big Gun instead.

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The World Without The Internet (Infographic)

Have you ever wondered what our world would be like without the internet? It’s both a scary and compelling question. About one-third of the world’s population are on the internet. It has completely changed how the world interacts with each other compared with just ten years ago.

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What Kind of Geek Are You? (An Infographic)

A lot of people self-identify as nerds. Most of these are celebrities who are pandering to the internet crowd in the hopes of making more money. Beyond the “nerds” is a subcategory which I include myself in: The geeks. Geeks are better than nerds in every possible fashion, especially in terms of knowledge in their chosen field of geekdom. But do you know what kind of geek you are? Find out by using this handy infographic. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: Game Breaker

It’s the Wednesday before a long weekend… Well, a long weekend in Canada, anyway. So I suppose it doesn’t really count since our biggest contingent of visitors is the Americans. Anyway, here’s new Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin.

The most controversial man in the media is now on network TV. Here’s a profile of the newest judge on America’s Got Talent, Howard Stern. (New York Times)

Remember when Flickr was cool? Well, it was an important website for photos until Yahoo killed it by forcing the corporate mentality upon it. (Gizmodo)

Guess who might be coming to the Toronto Raptors? The Raps are rumoured to be planning a run for Jeremy Lin. It’d be Linsanity 24/7 for Toronto. (Sports Grid) Coincidentally, 24/7 is roughly the price that scalpers can get for Raps tickets: 7 tickets for $24.

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Wednesday Link-Off: Mind Over Matter

I don’t know if you’ve heard but Kate Upton is kind of a big deal. I think that’s a case of matter over mind, actually.

North Korean media thinks the President of South Korea has a brain capacity of 2 MB. They’ve misunderestimated him a bit. Scientists believe that the human brain is capable of capacity in the terabytes. (Slate)

Want to ramp up your processing power? In your head, I mean. I’m still not done with your brain. Here are nine ways to make yourself smarter. (Gizmodo)

Looking for a real-life spy thriller? An inquest into the death of an MI6 agent has all the elements you would expect from a classic British spy novel. (New York Times)

After the jump, Deadspin exposes another ESPN employee, stories about the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the stories of some of most famous hackers of today. Continue reading