US Govt proposal to classify Security Tools as Weapons of War w/ Export Regulations.

This would be devastating to US business and security products.

In 2013, WA agreed to add the following to their list of dual-use goods: systems, equipment or components specially designed for the generation, operation or delivery of, or communication with, intrusion software; software specially designed or modified for the development or production of such systems, equipment or components; software specially designed for the generation, operation or delivery of, or communication with, intrusion software; technology required for the development of intrusion software; Internet Protocol (IP) network communications surveillance systems or equipment and test, inspection, production equipment, specially designed components therefor, and development and production software and technology therefor. BIS, the Departments of Defense and State, as well as other agencies have been discussing the best way to add these items, which we have named “cybersecurity items,” to the Commerce Control List (CCL) (Supplement No. 1 to part 774 of the Export Administration Regulations) without reducing encryption controls and while balancing the national security and foreign policy. For resource planning purposes, as well as license requirements, license exceptions, license submission requirements, and internal license reviews and processing planning purposes, this rule is published as a proposed rule.


Racial segregation of South Africa

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Adrian Frith has done a really nice job looking at the racial segregation of South Africa. It is interesting to see the distribution across the country. It is also interesting to note that the Indian or Asian population is spread through out the county and not concentrated in a few locations. I also find it interesting how racial divided the country is between coloured (defined in the South African 2011 Census) and black African (also defined in the Census).

Zoomable dot-distribution map of South Africa’s population by race

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Aadhaar-linked accounts to be basis for mobile payments

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I do find it interesting that everyone in the development community is focused on mobile payments and yet the attachment of a higher level of verification using biometrics and a randomly generated 12 digit number and it is a target at every turn.

Over 30 million linked accounts to start DBT payments in most countries would be considered a resounding success. M-Pesa still only has 17 million accounts and a very very low level of security but is considered the gold standard for mobile payments. Praveen Chakravarty, chief executive, Anand Rathi Financial Services, says, the application sounds great conceptually and is in line with the government’s current thrust on financial inclusion. “Of the 600,000 villages in the country, banks are present in only 40,000.”

Now, Aadhaar-linked accounts to be basis for mobile payments | Business Standard.

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Syria refugees home free in Sweden

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For Syrian refugees in Sweden, an announcement that they will be granted permanent residence is a blessing. Will other EU countries follow Sweden’s example? And what about refugees who come thereafter? Sweden has become the first European Union country to send a positive signal to Syrians who have fled their country due to the ongoing civil war: permanent residency for those who have already made it into Sweden. The decision, says Anders Danielsson, the director-general of Sweden’s Migration Board, stems from the EU’s failure to act on growing numbers of refugees. “The conflict in Syria has heated up, to put it mildly,” he said. “And we can assume that it’s not going to be resolved in the foreseeable future.” Since 2012, 14,700 Syrians have fled to Sweden. Eight thousand of them are to receive permanent residency. The remaining 6,700 – as well as subsequent arrivals – may follow. Danielsson knows the new rule may spur more Syrians to seek refuge in the Scandinavian country. And those refugees, too, are to benefit from the change in policy.

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More than 400 mn Indians have Aadhaar numbers

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued more than 402.9 million Aadhaar numbers till date and the body will achieve the target of 600 million enrolments by 2014. “UIDAI has reiterated that the target of 60 crore Aadhaar enrolments will be achieved by 2014. More than 40 crore 29 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been issued till date and the process is continuing at a healthy pace,” the Planning Commission said in a release. “Nearly seven months after the launch of Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT), the government has allocated about Rs.250 crore on various welfare programmes and made around 32 lakh payments through Aadhaar Payment Bridge.”

More than 400 mn Indians have Aadhaar numbers: Govt – Livemint.

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Global Cyber Security Market to Reach $120.1 Billion by 2017 at a 11.3% CAGR

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The global cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $63.7 billion in 2011 to $120.1 billion by 2017, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 11.3% from 2012 to 2017, according to the report. “Cyberspace today is powered by a gamut of devices and applications that have made it vulnerable to threats from all kinds of users or miscreants such as students, spies, hackers, propagandists, and terrorists. Cyberspace is being used for all kinds of activities be it to gather information, raise funds, communications, or public relations, all of which have been digitized in the current globalized economy”, according to a release about the report. Cyber security or information security is a crucial aspect of information technology market, which is booming with each passing day. Securing computer environments has become a priority for the businesses across the globe. This is driving the global cyber security markettowards inventing innovative techniques for strengthening business environments. These efforts are evident in the past and future growth in the industry. It has also diversified the market with great segmentation. Basic segmentation in the market is based on the types of security, services solutions and technologies that are offered by the businesses in the industry. Geographical segmentation also plays vital role in the results and facts about forecasting trends in the security market.

Cybersecurity is really evolving. Civergy and BiON Smartfile help address these issues.

Global Cyber Security Market to Reach $120.1 Billion by 2017 at a 11.3% CAGR – New Report by MarketsandMarkets | Virtual-Strategy Magazine.

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Russian Military Creating Cyber Warfare Branch

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“Cyber space is becoming our priority…the decision to create a cyber-security command and a new branch of

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the armed forces has already been made,” said Andrei Grigoryev, the head of the recently-created Foundation for Advanced Military Research. The Foundation for Advanced Military Research, similar in its purpose to America‘s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was set up in October last year to boost the development of advanced weaponry and help streamline the arms procurement process in Russia.

Russian Military Creating Cyber Warfare Branch | Defense | RIA Novosti.

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