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Children are no more at risk online than off, a study says.

Last year, after the social-networking site MySpace found that its members included some 29,000 registered sex offenders, the nation’s top state prosecutors demanded a technological fix, asking that the industry “explore and develop age and identity verification tools for social networking web sites.” But a new study concludes that such…

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Can simulated handwriting stop the spambots from getting through?

In the battle to beat the spambots, a new weapon has been developed that exploits the difficulty that computers have with recognizing joined-up handwriting. The hope is that switching from text-based verification systems to systems that use computer-generated handwriting will make many Web services more secure. Developed by researchers at…

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The Year in Web Politics

Obama has transformed the use of the Internet in political campaigns–and he might do the same in governing. By David Talbot The Web played a huge role in this year’s presidential campaigns. On Election Day, Joe Trippi–a political consultant who deployed an Internet-centric strategy as Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign manager…

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The business of social networking, cloud computing, and a flaw in the fabric of the Internet top the most notable stories of 2008.

Socializing Networks Our collective obsession with social-networking sites continued in 2008, as did their search for a viable business model. (See “Social Networking Is Not a Business.“) Although economic conditions have been grim for the industry in the past few months (see “Are Social Networks Sinking?“), enthusiasm for the sites…

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