Exposure: Sinking To A Despicable Low

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 3, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Many will already have caught this story, which hit the news media and the world of literature yesterday: Claudio Gatti, an Italian ‘journalist’ claims to have discovered the identity of the writer Elena Ferrante, and has had no reservations in revealing it. I do not doubt for one moment that many will view this revelation […]

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Privacy Issues: The Slow Reaction Of Internet Sites

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on August 14, 2015 in Internet |

If someone bothered going through a database of all the newspaper and magazine articles about privacy issues and Internet security published online, I suspect they would find a new article, possibly even a new threat, every single day of the week. It is a theme which attracts not only the privacy advocates, the hackers and […]

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Between You And Me

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 6, 2014 in News & Opinion |

If there is one thing we Americans are good at, it is getting up on our high horse, seeking the moral high ground, and pointing our fingers at other people, other nations for their actions. Thereby we often forget, and are reminded by revelations not long after, that we do exactly those things we accuse […]

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On Privacy

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on August 4, 2013 in Guest Writers |

This last Friday, Germany ended a spy pact with the United States and the United Kingdom. The recent disclosure of the American NSA’s activities and the ensuing protests forced the hand of foreign minister Westerwelle who declared the 50 year old pact had to be ended as “necessary and proper consequence of the recent debate […]

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Hiding Away

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on August 3, 2013 in Internet, Personal |

What about school photos? The question is a very simple one but, at first glance, not necessarily easy to understand; there is a little background story which needs to be explained. We are discussing the publication of photographs on the Internet and how someone can prevent their image from being seen by others. It is […]

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Land Of The Free

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 21, 2012 in Internet |

The chances are you’re not all that interested in political themes, at least, not if you’re a really regular reader of this blog! According to Alexa you’re likely to be female, between the ages of 55 and 64 with a college education and viewing from home. A pinch of salt in that, if you please! […]

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Private Identities.

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 9, 2012 in News & Opinion |

It’s a strange world we live in. It seems that, for some, official identification papers are no longer the best way of checking to see who a person is and whether they are old enough to enter a club or to drink alcohol. The BBC – and a few followers after the fact – tells […]

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