Friday, May 9, 2014


As the former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, said “unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent”.  For this reason, we spend our lives always negotiating, always trying to reach that point of mutual benefit which is not always possible.

In Colombia, for instance, the government is not able to get a definitive agreement with the FARC. The peace process initiated in November 2012 is suffering constant attacks by opponents of the current Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Now it has even been arrested a hacker who was allegedly spying talks between the guerrillas and the government in order to sabotage the process.

Meanwhile, in the UK, debate es focused on piracy of music and films. Such industries have long complained about this problem since many years ago, but their claims are still on the table. After 4 years of discussions with UK internet service providers they have reached a very decaf agreement: telcos will send letters to their customers believed to be downloading pirated content and alert them about it..

However there are sometimes some deals very easy to close, although their consequences are not always positive. In this sense, two young Chinese women have been arrested after hacking their college’s website and changing the grades for up to 200 of their mates on its database, after achieving an economic agreement.

From time to time we find deals which were driven by a force majeure situation, implicit pacts reached when the parties have no other option. For example, the popular URL shortener service Bitly urged its users to change their passwords, after suffering a security breach that has compromised users’ credentials. If any of the users does not agree, he or she takes the risk of stranger accessing his or her Bitly account. For its part, Twitter has implemented a few security measures to avoid such situations. On the one hand, it improved the password recovery security box and on the other, it has introduced a historical list of user’s logins.

But when it is impossible to reach an agreement between the parties, it is sometimes necessary to resort to a third one. For example, regarding spam issues (of any nature), this is the function of the Robinson list. Today in PC Actual, you will find a step by step explanation on how to register on the list.

The CIGTR’s team hopes you can rest this weekend from the intensity of your daily negotiations. Enjoy it!


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