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TRUMP ADMIN: THE U.S. GOV'T WANTS REFUGEES' SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORDS
[RELATED: US could ask visa applicants for social media passwords]


FEBRUARY 10 -IN BRIEF
•Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has proposed requiring social media account passwords from any immigrants and refugees seeking entry into the U.S.  •Because social media accounts are very easy to create and, therefore, easy to fake, it's unclear how this requirement will make the country any safer. Recently confirmed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has proposed adding a requirement that all individuals looking to enter the country must give authorities their social media passwords. Secretary Kelly was discussing the President’s executive order on immigration with the House Homeland Security Committee when he said, “We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say? If they don’t want to cooperate then you don’t come in.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Study Discovers Millennials Aren’t the Biggest Users of Social Media


FEBRUARY 1 -Shutterstock IN BRIEF  •Millennials are most often associated with social media but don't spend the most time on it, compared to another generation  •Time Well Spent, along with others, is working to make our smartphones meaningful tools, rather than time-sucking distractions
Millenials, or those aged from 18 to 34, are often saddled with a lot of unfair and unnecessary blame. Thanks to a new Nielson report, they just got some ammunition against those who’d scold them for being glued to social media. According to the report, Generation Xers, or those between the ages of 35 to 49 spend more time on social media than their younger peers. The numbers boiled down to an average of 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks for Gen X, compared to 6 hours 19 minutes for the Millennials. READ MORE...

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The U.S. Government Wants Refugees’ Social Media Passwords


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CYBERSPACE, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 (FUTURISM) WRITTEN BY Patrick Caughill February 10, 2017 = IN BRIEF •Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has proposed requiring social media account passwords from any immigrants and refugees seeking entry into the U.S.  •Because social media accounts are very easy to create and, therefore, easy to fake, it's unclear how this requirement will make the country any safer.

Recently confirmed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has proposed adding a requirement that all individuals looking to enter the country must give authorities their social media passwords.

Secretary Kelly was discussing the President’s executive order on immigration with the House Homeland Security Committee when he said, “We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say? If they don’t want to cooperate then you don’t come in.”

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This is not the first time vetting through social media has been considered as a part of the immigration process. Obama’s administration proposed an optional field for applicants to enter social media information, but a password requirement was not included.


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Kelly went even further to state that his agency may even go after financial records. “We can follow the money, so to speak. How are you living, who’s sending you money?” he said. “It applies under certain circumstances, to individuals who may be involved in on the payroll of terrorist organizations.”

Information gathering from social media accounts is not likely to be an effective method of rooting out individuals with the intent of doing harm while in the country.

Because fake social media accounts are as easy to create as opening a new email account, it’s unclear how requirements such as these will make the country safer, but they would most definitely erode privacy and civil liberty protections for countless innocent people.

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US could ask visa applicants for social media passwords  Friday, 10 February 2017 | MYT 3:09 PM


Stringent checks: Social media passwords were one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own. — AFP Relaxnews

US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday. Kelly said the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening," Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We may want to get on their social media, with passwords," he said.

"It's very hard to truly vet these people in these countries, the seven countries... But if they come in, we want to say, what websites do they visit, and give us your passwords. So we can see what they do on the Internet." "If they don't want to cooperate, then they don't come in" to the United States, he said.

Kelly stressed that no decision had been made on this, but said tighter screening was definitely in the future, even if it means longer delays for awarding US visas to visitors.

"These are the things we are thinking about," he said.

"But over there we can ask them for this kind of information and if they truly want to come to America, then they will cooperate. If not, next in line."

The seven countries were targeted in president Donald Trump's Jan 27 immigrant and refugee ban order, which has sense been at least temporarily blocked under court order. — AFP Relaxnews


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Study Discovers Millennials Aren’t the Biggest Users of Social Media WRITTEN BY Patrick Caughill February 1, 2017 #facebook#millenials#smart phones#social media


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IN BRIEF 

•Millennials are most often associated with social media but don't spend the most time on it, compared to another generation

•Time Well Spent, along with others, is working to make our smartphones meaningful tools, rather than time-sucking distractions

Millenials, or those aged from 18 to 34, are often saddled with a lot of unfair and unnecessary blame. Thanks to a new Nielson report, they just got some ammunition against those who’d scold them for being glued to social media. According to the report, Generation Xers, or those between the ages of 35 to 49 spend more time on social media than their younger peers. The numbers boiled down to an average of 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks for Gen X, compared to 6 hours 19 minutes for the Millenials.

READ MORE...

Regardless of who is using Facebook a few more minutes a day, it is clear that the noses of either demographic are too often stuck in front of a screen. Smartphones should enhance our lives, not dictate who we talk to, what we devote attention to, and monopolize how we interact with the world.

The Time Well Spent movement was formed to make people more conscious of how large a part social media is playing in their lives. The tenents of the movement are to “Live better with more empowering settings for our media and devices.; change incentives so media competes to improve our lives, not get eyeballs,” and to “invent new interfaces that help us to make room for what matters.”

So whether you’re a Millenial, Gen Xer, Boomer, or otherwise, we should all work to allow our devices to enhance our lives.

References: NYTimes - Tech, Nielsen, Time Well Spent
https://futurism.com/?p=69963&post_type=post
WRITTEN BY Patrick Caughill February 1, 2017 #facebook#millenials

 
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