May 21, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Cell phone safety (or lack there of), Facebook privacy (or lack there of), video games for the disabled

Cell Phone Cancer Study Provides Few Answers

A long-awaited, 10-year study on cellphones and brain cancer was published this week. The conclusion? That depends on which headlines you read. One of the study's authors, a founder of an environmental health advocacy group and a

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A Case Against Leaking

We frequently celebrate government leakers and the news organizations that publish those leaks. But in his new book, Necessary Secrets: National Security, The Media and The Rule Of Law, Gabriel Schoenfeld argues that, historically, leaks of classified information have often been destructive, dangerous and illegal. Working backwards from a couple ...

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Facebook's Privacy Backlash

As Facebook quickly approaches half a billion users, it's become the target of growing criticism over the complexity and opacity of its privacy options. blogger Ryan Singel talks about Facebook's privacy philosophy and why users and privacy groups are concerned.


The Digital Divide of Disability

Knowbility is an organization that advocates for technology that allows blind, deaf and otherwise disabled people to use the net. Knowbility’s Sharron Rush and Desiree Sturdevant talk about the challenges they face in raising awareness and changing the laws surrounding online usability.

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The End of Braille?

Fewer than 10 percent of the 1.3 million legally blind Americans now read Braille, down from around half in the 1950s. Reporter Rachel Aviv wrote about the dying language earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine.

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Leveling the Playing Field

On, video games are rated not only for how much fun they are to play, but by how accessible they are to those with mobility, visual or hearing impairments. Mark Barlet, the site founder and host of the upcoming Game Accessibility Day, explains why game ...

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