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More video surveillance catches crime on camera

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The increasing use of video surveillance in Hono­lulu led a group of alleged toy thieves to turn themselves in over the holidays, saw the return of a stolen Christmas wreath, exonerated a man accused of murder in January and led the Hono­lulu prosecutor’s office in February to reduce charges in a high-profile manslaughter case.
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Facebook Users Becoming More Privacy Savvy

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Percent of social networking users who have taken these steps to protect their privacy (Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project)

When it comes to social media privacy, there is some good news from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. It shows that Americans are increasingly thinking about their own privacy and reputation management. Which, at the end of the day, is the most protective factor of all.

A new report, Privacy management on social media sites, found that people were more likely to use basic privacy features in 2011 than they were in 2009.  The study also found that only 2% of Facebook users felt that it’s “very difficult” to use privacy controls. Forty nine percent say that it’s “not difficult at all,”  though 48% said they experienced some level of difficulty.

In general, teens and young adults are more privacy conscious than older people.

The study found that:

  • 37% untagged photos, up from 30% in 2009
  • 44% deleted comments, up from 36^ in 2009
  • 63% unfriended someone, up from 56% in 2009

It also found that 58% restrict access to their profiles and that women are significantly more likely to use privacy setting than men  (67% vs 48%).


Eleven percent said they posted content that they regret with males almost twice as likely (15% vs. 8%) to have regrets than women. Young adults (18-29) are three times more likely (15% vs. 5%) to say they’ve posted content they regret than users 50 or older.

Privacy is the norm & teens are leading the way

Privacy settings: Teens Vs. Adults

Users of all ages  are likely to use the service’s privacy settings, with teens leading the way. 62% of teens say they mostly post content to friends only compared to 59% of 18-29 year-olds, 60% of 30-49 year-olds, 52% of 50-64 year-olds, and 55% of people over 65.

Women and young adults more likely to prune their lists

Women are more likely to trim their friends lists than men (67% vs. 58%) as are young adults. Seventy one percent of young adults say they’ve deleted contacts compared to 63% of people between 30 and 49, 56% of 50 to 64 year-olds and 41% of people over 65.

The survey also found that young adults are more likely to delete comments, and remove tags.

Government regulation vs. personal responsibility

The Pew Report came out  the day after the Obama Administration released its Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World report (PDF) that includes a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that the administration plans to send to Congress.  As important as they are, these rights can’t completely protect user privacy.  Even the most stringent privacy policies and government regulations  won’t protect people from posting things they may regret if people are not thinking carefully about what they post. Regardless of the regulatory environment, media literacy and critical thinking remain the the most important factors when it comes to protecting our privacy and safety.

Emergency backup: Closing of 2 hospitals has ERs accepting more ambulances and urgent cases

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The shutdown of two Hawaii Medical Center hospitals on Oahu has resulted in longer waiting at hospital emergency rooms, longer travel times in ambulances, and the rerouting of noncritical EMS patients away from overcrowded hospitals.
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If We Can Serve the Same Amount of People, Bring in the Same Amount of Money, but Spend More the Program Will Be a Success

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

My LA County representative, Zev Yaroslavsky, who has never met a spending project he didn’t like laments the fact that ridership numbers are down on the Dogers Express bus service. He has all kinds of explanations for low ridership: a bad season, the beating of Giants fan Brian Stow, the team owners’ divorce, [...]
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Twitter – A Revolutionary Way for Kids to Text for Free, Cyberbully and More

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Everyone uses Twitter—or at least it seems that way. Major news companies use it to engage audiences from all over the world; politicians use it to leverage their outreach, and celebrities use it to let their followers know what kind of dressing is on their salad. But, you probably already…
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More public schools drop out of summer sessions

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

With fewer public schools offering traditional summer programs this year, some students might find themselves scrambling to get into classes.
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DEM Launches Online Continuity of Government Website to Make State and Local Disaster Planning Easier and More Efficient

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced today the launch of an online planning tool that will help state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental organizations create plans for the continuity of government during and after a disaster. This innovative tool will help ensure that all agencies and local governments can continue to meet the needs of its citizens after a severe emergency. Furthermore, this web-based planning resource makes it easier for state agencies and local governments to prepare for the potential needs of their citizens after catastrophic incidents.

Florida’s long experience with emergency situations teaches us that disasters can impact an organization’s leadership capabilities and ability to deliver crucial services. This interactive tool ensures that state agencies and local governments possess the necessary plans to provide continuous leadership and authority during a major event. A continuity of government plan reinforces an organization’s stability and legal authority to act in a crisis, and helps to ensure that the lifesaving mission of state and local agencies continue even after a severe disaster impact.

Planning for continuity of government operations maximizes the ability of state agencies and local governments to provide three critical services to residents during and after disasters, namely:

 Reducing and mitigating the disruption to essential government functions
 Ensuring that there are approved plans for the transfer of operational command and control
 Creating a pre-approved decision mechanism for delegations of authority

The Division conducted a series of BETA tests with several state and local agencies before officially launching the website. This testing enabled programmers to troubleshoot any potential problems with the system, and allowed agencies to provide valuable feedback to better the system.

To create your own family disaster survival plan, please visit Once there, you can develop an individualized plan to keep you and your family safe during an emergency.

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The Middle East: Democracies or More Terrorism?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The demonstrations shaking Arab governments raise questions not only about the political future of Tunisia, Egypt and possibly Jordan and Yemen but also the specter
of increased future terrorism that could trigger U.S. sanctions.

I describe the background and the possible impact on Lebanon, a potential Palestinian state and perhaps other governments, in this opinion piece on CNN’s web site today.

In Lebanon, Hezbollah, designated under U.S. law as a terrorist organization since 1997, apparently is in the process of taking over the government via a Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister. The “state within a state” fired large numbers of rockets against Israel in the 2006 conflict and, with Iran’s help, has built up a huge arsenal of thousands of missiles. Many are long range, capable of reaching Israel’s cities.

The group also has taken Americans hostages in the 1980’sand attacked targets as far as way as Argentina. Will a Hezbollah dominated government continue to engage in terrorist actions as well as giving sanctuary to other terrorists? If so, it runs the risk of being placed on the U.S. government’s terrorism list, which means cutting off foreign assistance and other sanctions.

Egypt has been the victim of terrorist attacks and the Mubarak government has tried, not entirely successfully, to prevent the smuggling of more missiles and weapons to Hamas which took control of Gaza after gun battles against the Palestinian Authority. It remains to be seen what kind of role the Muslim Brotherhood will play and whether the non-violence profile it adopted in recent years was a matter of pragmatism –because of the Mubarak regime’s police and prisons– or principle.

Jordan, like Egypt has done a good job of keeping the peace and preventing terrorists from using its territory for attacks on Israel. It also has been a target of militant Islamic fundamentalists. King Abdullah is trying to stay ahead of the wave of public unrest by replacing his cabinet. But if he loses control, and Islamic fundamentalist militants take over, that country could join Lebanon and Gaza in becoming a terrorist base. That would be a real tragedy irony as Jordan has taken a strong stance against terrorism and has even been helping train security forces from Iraq.

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More Essential Internet Safety Tips

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

No matter your age or Internet surfing experience following safety tips while online can keep every man, woman and child safe. There are online predators who search for times and places where children will be for the worst of intentions. Scam artists and Identity thieves who prey on personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers and banking information.

Any time you go online be sure not to provide detailed information about your child’s school or activities that could put them in unnecessary danger. You may be aware of this and if so make your kids aware of it to. Children are never to young to know how to protect themselves from strangers online or off. Make sure that you provide safety tips that are age appropriate. If you are too detailed or frightening with your information you may turn them your kids away from a fun and educational experience.

Set up your favorites with sites for your children. Teach them to open the favorites and click on an approved site link that will take them safely and directly to a kid friendly place. Using this technique is especially good advice for smaller school age children. Be sure to go over some ground rules prior to letting your youngsters online.

If you are really into keeping your kids safe, block inappropriate content from your computer and have your kids sign a safety pledge. Type up the information above and have your kids sign it. Keep this posted at the computer as a reminder. This actually works for a lot of families. Give your own mini safety course and even quiz your kids. Safety is first and fun follows, that’s the number one tip.

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Smartphones: More Vulnerable Than Ever

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

CNN Money made a valid point in their recent article when they said that the smartphone is quickly becoming one of your most dangerous possessions. Because of services that make our lives easier, like online mobile banking and online shopping via your phone’s web browser, your smartphone has surpassed your…
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