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Reporting Badware from the Trenches

My colleagues at, a Berkman Center project, report:

Thousands of visitors to have shared their badware experiences with us since we launched. From their stories, we’ve identified and tested four applications that contain annoying or objectionable behaviors.

The idea here is that people — perhaps we can call them citizen journalists for this purpose — have told what is happening to them, information that others then analyze for everyone’s good. This approach would be useful in traditional newsrooms if organizations cared to try.

I am so glad I don’t run Windows at this point. Of course, the Mac will soon be a target of the slimeballs, but so far we’re relatively safe.

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