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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Don’t rush to rip out your landline – it could pay you to WAIT for the wireless 5G revolution

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For better and for worse, our lives have been revolutionised by the internet. But a new high-tech innovation known as 5G is set to transform everything once again.

The internet plays a pivotal role in our lives thanks to broadband piped through our homes. But ‘fifth generation’ 5G will take this a giant step forward.

It will enable mobile phones to use wireless broadband that matches the best fibre optic speeds. We will be able to rip out old phone lines and internet cables that clutter the house – and instead use mobile reception for all our needs.

Experts believe 5G will lead to an explosion of new ‘smart’ gadgets that talk to our mobile phones through more reliable superfast signals – offering everything from fridge cameras that order groceries when the contents are running low, to robot chauffeurs that can take us around in a self-driving car.

The possibilities of this connection of gadgets – known as ‘the internet of things’ – seem almost limitless.

The 5G technology will start by making pin-sharp video phone calls the norm so we can ditch our landlines, if we haven’t already.

And with broadband download speeds of perhaps 200 Megabits per second (Mbps) – which is more than four times faster than the current average home broadband speed – the technology will also help us economise, clean the home and be more secure.

Smartphone apps controlled by 5G will monitor our heating and lights – turning gadgets off when not needed – while providing 24-hour security with cameras viewed from our phones.

They will also run robotic vacuum cleaners and lawn-mowers when we are away on holiday.

But 5G is not without its critics. Last week, the Government came under fire when it announced Chinese firm Huawei would be allowed to be a major player in the building of the UK 5G network.

Experts fear it could allow Chinese spies to eavesdrop on private conversations and install ‘a Trojan horse’ – holding communication networks to ransom with the threat of a cyber war.

Ernest Doku, a technology expert at comparison website uSwitch, says: ‘5G has the potential to transform the way we live – but at this stage it is no silver bullet as we still need to ensure everyone has access to the connection before it can change the world.

‘Last year, it started to be rolled out in major cities such as London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – though connectivity is still small and patchy. And you need an expensive new smartphone such as the £800 Samsung Galaxy S10 to gain access.

‘So far Apple devices cannot connect to the 5G network and the revolution cannot begin in earnest until they do – which may happen when the latest iPhone models come out in September.’

Download speeds are at least ten times faster with 5G than on the previous best 4G technology – far better than most people’s home broadband and in line with top fibre optic speeds.

It means not only lightning fast access to the internet but the ability to download music and movies much quicker. Downloading a feature film on 4G can take a quarter of an hour – but with 5G it might take just 90 seconds.

BUT WATCH OUT FOR STINGRAYS! 

New 5G technology offers an exciting opportunity to improve our networks – but it also opens a new door for fraudsters.

One of the key concerns is the threat of so-called ‘stingrays’. This is where a criminal intercepts your mobile signal with a copycat aerial that tricks it into sharing encrypted identifying data about the phone.

Using this information, the fraudster knows what handset you are using, can track your exact whereabouts and might even be able to hack into your phone operating system’s software.

If this is achieved it might be possible to break into your apps that control and monitor 5G ‘smart’ gadgets. By cracking such codes criminals can eavesdrop on phone conversations and even spy on what you get up to from security cameras you place around the home. Harvesting information that can be seen when you tap into a mobile phone could also enable a fraudster to steal identities, using your personal information to go on an online spending spree or using personal details to empty your bank account.

Cyber security expert Colin Tankard, of Digital Pathways, says: ‘The public needs to be aware of the dangers of this new technology – and with more gadgets being hooked up to 5G it increases the risk of problems if you should get hacked.’

Tankard believes those that embrace 5G must ensure they add a layer of security to their smartphones by downloading ‘virtual private network’ software on to their handsets via an app. Such free software is available from security specialists such as Avira, Symantec and Sophos. Decrypting your phone signals to spy on private conversations is one of the key concerns of the critics of the Chinese 5G manufacturer Huawei. The Government is adamant that it has addressed such security issues by only allowing it to have a maximum 35 per cent stake in any projects – with sensitive areas such as military bases and nuclear facilities strictly off limits.

But this has not stopped the National Cyber Security Centre – the cyber war combat arm of the Government’s intelligence service – from voicing concern. The NCSC has listed Huawei as a ‘high-risk’ firm for security.

NCSC technical director Dr Ian Levy says: ‘The level of security in our networks needs to improve as our reliance on them increases. The threat for UK operators ranges from hostile states to organised crime and petty fraudsters.’

There are just a handful of main providers of the technology that supply 5G to customers of mobile networks such as EE, Vodafone and O2. These include Finnish phone giant Nokia, Swedish company Ericsson, South Korean firm Samsung and Chinese part-state run ZTE. But the most controversial is Huawei.

Last week, it was licensed to have up to a 35 per cent market share in 5G projects – supplying masts, antennae and cables. But it was banned from participating in 5G provision for military bases and nuclear plants.

The mobile market leader in 5G is EE. Even though 5G reception at the moment is almost non-existent outside cities (though EE claims it is available in 50 UK locations), signing up to the new technology is not cheap.

You pay £54 a month to EE for its best-selling Samsung Galaxy S10 5G deal – which includes 10GB of data a month, enough for 500 hours of internet browsing. You then pay a further £30 upfront for the device and must sign up for two years. Vodafone has slightly less 5G nationwide coverage and costs £56 a month with £49 upfront for the same phone and 5GB of data each month if you sign up for two years.

Another company that recently joined the fledgling 5G party is O2. It charges £54.64 a month plus an upfront £30 for a Galaxy S10 5G phone and 15GB of data usage a month – but only if you are willing to sign up for at least 36 months.

If you are using your phone in an area with no 5G reception then the mobile automatically reverts to the previous fastest-speed service 4G – or goes on to 3G or 2G if this reception is not available either.

THE way the technology works is by using a new radio bandwidth that allows more information to be packed into a broadcast than previously possible. But it also requires older 4G masts to be adapted so they can send and receive data on the new wavelength.

The 5G technology will also require small transmitters to be positioned on streets outside people’s homes to ensure ‘smart’ devices in the home can be connected with no interference or loss of signal.

Such building work will cost many millions of pounds and because it is still in the early stages, the ‘smart’ gadgets that can use it are not widespread.

Although we might expect 5G to become more popular this year – so far it has a geographical coverage of less than 5 per cent – it could take a decade before devices other than mobile phones catch up with this super-fast broadband wireless technology.

Doku says: ‘Although it may be exciting to be among the first people to embrace this new technology, prices for 5G phones and access to the 5G network should fall if you hold on for at least 12 months.

‘Also, as a newbie, you may initially be disappointed as national coverage is still poor and the number of gadgets connecting to 5G is limited.

‘But the potential for 5G to transform the way we live and manage our homes is really exciting.’ 

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#deepweb | How Heather Corinna Started the Online Sex Education Revolution – Ms. Magazine

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Information on sexual health permeates the contemporary Internet—from Instagram moguls with a sex ed agenda to crowdsourced Wikipedia entries on gender identities to Netflix original series on the joys and perils of adolescent sexploration. Unfortunately, much of this information is far from comprehensive, and at times unreliable.

But it could be worse: Heather Corinna remembers a time when this wild west of resources was nothing more than a desolate wasteland. That is, before 1998, when they founded pioneering sex education website Scarleteen to answer the questions of tech-savvy and body-curious youths.

Over two decades later, Corinna opened up to Ms. about how much has changed since they pushed through the tumbleweeds of an early Internet—dishing on the origins of their career, their freshly minted graphic novel and the fickle state of sex education.

Tell me a little bit about the original website you hosted that prompted you to start Scarleteen.

Just to backtrack a little bit: starting Scarleteen: It was not something I meant to be a full-time job! [My original website], Scarlet Letters, was meant mostly to focus on women’s experiences with sexuality; it had some smut, some advice, some literary pieces. And because it was one of the few things about sex and sexuality that was on the web at the time, I presume that’s why young people were ending up there, because they were looking for anything on sex and sexuality. So they started to write in.

This was before abstinence-only education and purity pledges, and because it was then and not now, what they were writing in was not particularly complex stuff. Like: “How do I take the birth control pill properly? How do I figure out what I like with my boyfriend?”

My mother was in public health my whole life, my dad was an activist and I’d been a teacher already for a while, so I could answer their questions. The nature of the questions wasn’t very complicated, so putting together Scarleteen I figured I would put up five or 10 pages as a supplement and that would be fine.

Of course, what I wasn’t aware of is that even by that point in the mid-90s a lot of people were not getting sex ed in school or anywhere else. So I put up those pages and it kind of exploded and everybody started writing letters. So, naturally, the questions coming in didn’t necessarily stay so fast and easy. I had to basically stop teaching in person. I had to make a decision to do Scarleteen full time and once it took off it kind of ate my life.

What went into that decision to choose Scarleteen and make that your full-time passion?

Well, it certainly wasn’t the ability to support myself! For me, it was just that I already liked working in sexuality with adults but the need did not feel as compelling. I’m not sure if I would have made the same decision if there had been other sites that appeared to be serving this need. A lot of my nature as a person has to do with service—if somebody needs a thing that I have the ability to provide, then it seems like I should do it. And a lot of the feedback that I was getting when I started doing Scarleteen was young people saying that they had a hard time finding other adults who had [sexual health] information who they could talk to, who wouldn’t shame them, who didn’t have innate problems with sex, who talked to them with respect, who talked to them like they were people who are becoming adults and who weren’t embarrassed.

When you were growing up, did you see anything like a pre-Scarleteen?

I can’t think of anything like [Scarleteen] when I was growing up, but I’d definitely say it has forbearers and parents. I remember as a young person being buried in “Our Bodies, Ourselves”—there’s no way I could do this without that book and all of the little legs of the feminist, self-help health movement in the 70’s.

I think about growing up reading Judy Blume; she wrapped quite a bit of really excellent sex and body information into what she did. I think about “Free to be You and Me;” there’s a lot of stuff about gender equity and fairness in relationships. I think about the initial initiatives to provide information about HIV and AIDS, which were very grassroots and street, because health care providers and the whole government in America was denying what was happening. So I think there are a lot of organic parents of Scarleteen.

How would you say sex educators have changed since you entered the field?

About five years ago, we had an intern start who was 19 and who was talking about how she knew she wanted to be a sex educator since she was 12. It was lovely, because when I was 12, that wasn’t a job! There was no way I would have ever gotten the idea that was a job, whereas someone who’s 12 now, if they’re just watching YouTube, they can see that it’s a job.

I do think that one of the biggest changes is that you have young people, when they are still young people, identifying that this is an area of work that they want to get started in and get involved with. And that’s a massive difference.

If you were to compare the sexual education climate when you started Scarleteen to the climate today, what would you say has changed or stayed the same?

It’s interesting because there’s definitely some things that have gotten worse in the interim and some things that have gotten better. Adults in general are still scared of speaking to their kids about sex and sexuality but you know, the 80’s and 90’s was kind of the hay day for really good sex information. It wasn’t very highly policed and massive conservatism in the United States was kind of at a low. When I first started Scarleteen in ’98, I wasn’t answering questions from people who were in deep, deep shame from having been sexual because you didn’t have all of this “purity” culture.

Then, of course, when the Bush administration came in, and you had billions of dollars going to abstinence-based initiatives—the opposite of sex education. So right now, we’re still at a point where people are fighting to get back good sex ed. But now that fight includes people saying: “Oh, and by the way, we want our sex ed to include queer people, we want it to include trans and gender nonconforming people and we want it to recognize that not everybody is going to get married and have babies.”

What are some of the biggest challenges at Scarleteen?

One of the biggest challenges right now is that I’m the oldest person at Scarleteen by a very serious long shot, but that’s by design. Coming from a generational place that was very, very sex positive and really sexual to a generation that is full of purity culture and has a lot of shame and extra fear is definitely challenging. It’s not the easiest thing for me to relate to. I had a lot of things that I was scared of growing up, but sex was one of the few things that I wasn’t scared of. From a personal perspective, I need to work a little bit harder to connect.

What are some aspects of traditional classroom sex ed that you’ve consciously brought into Scarleteen, versus ones that you’ve consciously ditched?

My teaching background is Montessori and Unschooling, so I’m not a fan of compulsory education. One of the things I like best about Scarleteen is that nobody is forced to be here. So nobody’s suffering through an education that they’re not ready for, that they don’t want or isn’t relevant to them. Having things be opt-in, rather than compulsory is a really big thing for me.

So, we try to make sure that what we’re doing is based on what young people are asking for, whether that ask is super explicit, or whether that ask is based on a trend that we’re noticing. In a lot of any education, what’s being presented is being decided by the educators. One of the things I’ll often hear as a sex educator is, “when I was a teenager, I wanted [to learn] ‘X’”—which would be great if we were going back in time, but generally, that’s not a good basis for figuring out what somebody who’s an adolescent now wants. They could be a radically different person from you, so what you wanted or needed 20 or 30 years ago is not necessarily helpful in figuring out what an adolescent right now wants.

Are there any projects or programs that you really feel fulfilled by right now with Scarleteen?

On September 3rd, our comic, Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up came out! The comic is for middle readers and what we wanted to focus on is how young people—10 to 11- or 15-year-olds—can talk with each other about basic issues, so that readers in this age group can see a good model of how to be supportive of each other. For example, how to talk about gender roles, boyfriends and girlfriends, crushes and feeling awkward in bodies. There’s absolutely some sexual anatomy [in the book]; there’s some stuff about gender identity, orientation, how to build a support group, how people use virginity constructs to make other people feel bad… for 75 pages, there’s a lot! For example, there’s one character who says he’s worried that his genitals are weird, and our approach is to say that genitals are weird—so, we have two pages of illustrations of different ways genitals can look!

Separate from Scarleteen, I just got a contract to write a guide to perimenopause and menopause: What Fresh Hell is This: Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You–A Guide. By and large, a lot of [the perimenopause and menopause literature] out there assumes that you’re cisgender, assumes that you’re straight, assumes that you had kids, assumes that you’re married to a man. It’s meant for a very different generation than Gen Xers.

[This book]’s pretty much going to be: you’re in this, this is going to be terrible, this is what’s going to happen, this is how we’re going to keep from killing people and hopefully come out on the other side. I want to make a list of everyone that’s been in perimenopause and hasn’t killed anyone. Just as a little inspiration just to be like: see, if they did it, you can do it. YOU can not kill anyone through this process.

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Divorce rate at lowest level in 40 years after cohabitation revolution

Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level for 40 years amid signs that the growing acceptance of couples living together before getting married has ultimately strengthened marriage. The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 130,473 couples divorced across the UK in 2013 – down almost three per cent in a year. Read More….

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