When we think about West Africa and the Internet, we often think of all the crazy Nigerian e-mail scams that often plague our hapless spam filters and occasionally hornswoggle the gullible.
But now, something of real value is coming out of the region's computers. A Ghanaian software developer is popularizing Semacode, a combination of Internet technology and shoe-leather gumption that he helped create.
Here's how it works: A black-and-white barcode is printed up and affixed to buildings, street lamps, or other landmarks. When people walk by and wonder, "Hey, what's that clock tower?" they can just whip out their camera phones and scan the barcode. Instantly, their Internet-enabled phones tell them they're at the University of Ghana, which was founded in 1948 and has nearly 24,000 students. The idea of using cellphones to read barcodes is not original; Japan has had the technology for years. But in Africa, where streets and buildings are renamed quite often, this tool can be particularly helpful.
Although Africa's IT industry is still minuscule, more and more African IT professionals are developing technologies for the digital age, often using open-source software due to Western copyright restrictions. "We are offering the big boys some competition," boasts one Ugandan IT developer.
With all the depressing news that comes out of the continent, this example offers hope that anyone with a good education and an Internet connection can be the next IT superstar. And who knows? Perhaps all those $150 laptops will fuel the next Web boom—this time in Africa.
China is not known for its moderation. From mammoth construction projects to extreme public health measures, the government's reaction to perceived problems or obstacles is usually big, fast, and mildly frightening to outside observers. So, it should come as no surprise that official concern about overly-enthusiastic Internet use by teenagers has come to its logical conclusion in teen bootcamps. This week's Thursday Video, via China Digital Times, is a look inside one of the camps:
There are two possible interpretations here. One is that this is a classic overreaction to a small-scale social problem. The Chinese government reflexively distrusts the chaos and independent nature of the Internet, and it's a small step from there to equating the medium with dangerously substances like alcohol and heroin. (On Monday, Passport noted a host of other ways China is showing its fear of the online world.)
A more menacing possibility lurks, however. China has recently proclaimed a new military doctrine dubbed "informationalization," which basically means dragging the military into the Internet age. It is also actively seeking ways to counter U.S. technological superiority. What better way to do this than to recruit obsessive and accomplished online gamers? The military will give these kids purpose, discipline, and exposure to sunlight for the first time. In return, they may be able to draw on their talents in a future cyber conflict.
As China's Internet-savvy population grows larger each day, government officials there are worried about the detrimental effects of the Internet on both society and the economy.
One Chinese website, tencent.com (and its subsidiary QQ.com), is especially troubling for the Chinese leadership. Tencent’s messaging service, which boasts usage by over two-thirds of China’s Internet users, has its own virtual economy with currency counted in "QQcoins". The online currency is so ubiquitous that it is now accepted by some other Chinese companies as legal tender. Fearing that the QQcoins are being used to circumvent China's strict anti-gambling laws and the potential for the virtual economy to negatively affect the real Chinese economy, the government banned the use of virtual currency for anything other than virtual services.
Meanwhile, the Internet has become such a terrible social ill that China has indefinitely postponed approval for any new Internet cafes, according to a notice issued by 14 different government entities.
China is in the throes of a campaign to "purify" the Internet, and most of the content of the notice was aimed at tightening controls over the country's estimated 113,000 Internet cafes. It blamed the cafes for fostering "internet addiction," banned approval of new ones this year, and toughened penalties for those that admit minors.
If you still aren't convinced of the Chinese government’s proposition that the Internet is harmful, check this out:
An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
Turkey has again put itself in the news in an unflattering light and inadvertently demonstrated the absurdity of its censorship laws. For some reason, a Turkish court found it necessary to intervene in a video feud, of sorts, between Turkish and Greek posters on YouTube, by banning access to the site. The Greeks alleged that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, harbored homosexual proclivities. Patriotic Turks retorted that this was untrue, and that in fact the Greek nation itself bore these characteristics. Of course, they didn't use such high-falutin' language. The debate would be pretty familiar to any twelve-year-old, though.
YouTube has bowed to Turkish pressure and removed the original inflammatory post. What remains are a large number of strangely overwrought Turkish defenses of their hero—one of the less offensive of which is this week's Thursday Video:
Ordinarily, a ridiculous exchange like this stays in the schoolyard. Those posting may actually still be in grade school, for all that anyone knows. With the global commons that is emerging online, however, governments prone to meddling with free speech no longer know what to leave on the kiddie table and what to treat as dangerous. Which just serves to illustrate how ridiculous government concern over "insulting Turkishness," as the law phrases it, are. Adults in a free society should not be so delicate as to require government protection from juvenile insults to their nationality or religion. Taking these taunts so seriously only brings them greater attention and dramatizes a deep insecurity in those who feel so insulted.
The U.S. State Department released its 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices yesterday. Tucked away in all the jargon in the report on Kazakhstan was this gem, filed under the section titled Internet Freedom:
In December 2005 the government deemed as offensive the content of a satirical web site controlled by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and revoked the .kz domain."
Sacha Baron Cohen, is, of course, the British actor who plays a fictional Kazakh TV reporter in the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Shortly before the revocation of the ".kz" domain, a Kazakh government official had threatened to take "legal measures" against Cohen. Responding in the character of Borat, Cohen—who happens to be Jewish—said:
I ... fully support my government's position to sue this Jew."
In reality, Cohen didn't skip a beat, moving his site to www.borat.tv. As Nurlan Isin, president of the Association of Kazakh IT Companies, explained at the time, "We've done this so he can't badmouth Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name." So it's a stretch, to say the least, for the U.S. State Department to lump Cohen's case in with the very real and serious human rights abuses that permeate the rest of the report.
Editor's note: Passport blogger Preeti Aroon also contributed to this post.
It may not land Turkish blogger Ozgur Alaz the job of his dreams, but his unorthodox resume sure makes for great Tuesday Map fodder:
Inspired from MemoryMaps, i prepared a resume using Google Earth for me. How did i prepare? Firstly, i grouped my googleEarth Cv into six sections. They are; personal, education, work experiences, trend reporting, awards and interests. Secondly, i assign different colours of placemark to each group. Then, i placemarked and add some description to related locations. Final step is exporting my placemarks. That’s all.
(Hat tip: Gizmodo)
PC World has just released its ranking of the 50 most influential people on the Internet—the people who are "shaping what you read, watch, hear, write, buy, sell, befriend, flame, and otherwise do online." Some highlights:
His Web site has no ads, charges absurdly low fees to a small fraction of its visitors, has a ".org" domain, and employs 23 people. Yet despite its humble appearance, Craigslist racked up 14.1 million page views last December and was the 52nd most viewed site last December according to comScore Media Metrix ... Most importantly, it has almost singlehandedly demolished the offline classified advertising business.
Don't call Cyworld a Korean MySpace; MySpace is an American Cyworld. In South Korea, an estimated 25 percent of the population (and 90 percent of people in their teens and twenties) have Cyworld accounts, where individuals design miniature animated avatars to represent them in its unique online space. In 2006 CEO Henry Chon brought Cyworld to U.S. shores. Though Cyworld hasn't yet achieved comparable success here, MySpace shouldn't rest easy if Chon's track record is any indication of future competition.
20: Jack Ma, COO, Alibaba.com:
Want to do business in China without springing for a plane ticket to Shanghai? Alibaba.com is your best bet. Founded by Jack Ma in 1999, this massively successful business-to-business e-marketplace is the best place online to meet people and trade proposals and product offers.
What's one of the best sections of any newspaper or magazine? The corrections section. In the case of the New Yorker, these come under the heading of the Editors' Note. And the most recent issue has quite the doozy:
The July 31, 2006, piece on Wikipedia, "Know It All," by Stacy Schiff, contained an interview with a Wikipedia site administrator and contributor called Essjay, whose responsibilities included handling disagreements about the accuracy of the site's articles and taking action against users who violate site policy. He was described in the piece as a "tenured professor of religion at a private university' with "a Ph.D. in theology and a degree in canon law." ...
Essay now says that his real name is Ryan Jordan, that he is twenty-four and holds no advance degrees, and that he has never taught.
Whoops. If only it ended there. Wikipedia, always one to get a little sensitive over questions about the credibility of its editors, initially stood by its man. But his Wikipedia user page now says he's "no longer active on Wikipedia."
In a farewell message, Essjay wrote, "it's time to make a clean break." Though he claims to have received "an astounding amount of support," the site's user forums had become awash in harsh comments for Essjay, calling him a fraud and worse. There was talk of reviewing the thousands of articles he edited to see if he used his false credentials improperly while acting as one of the site's few officially empowered moderators. At least one instance came to light right away:
In a discussion over the editing of the article with regard to the term "imprimatur," as used in Catholicism, Essjay defended his use of the book "Catholicism for Dummies," saying, "This is a text I often require for my students, and I would hang my own Ph.D. on it's credibility."
Perhaps that errant apostrophe should have been a tip-off.
Looking for a way to kill 10 minutes at work before 5 o'clock strikes? Check out http://andys.org.uk/countryquiz/ for a fun game. A timer will count down 10 minutes, while you type in as many of the 192 member states of the United Nations as you can.
The site's not perfect, so I'll give you a hint. For the most part, countries are listed as they are commonly known, as opposed to their official names. For example, North Korea is listed as "North Korea," and not as "Democratic People's Republic of Korea." It's a lot harder than it sounds. I got 120, then saw which ones I missed and slapped myself silly upside the head. Remember ... no cheating!
(Hat tip: Kottke)
An effort by the Israeli government to mitigate the concerns of Muslims around the world might also spark the interest of web-surfing archaeology buffs.
Muslims from Gaza to Kashmir are protesting excavations to repair an entry way at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, because of concern about damage to Islamic Archaeological remains and fears that Israeli excavators are trying to weaken the structural foundation of Islam’s third holiest site. In response, Israel’s Antiquities Authority set up a live web video stream from the dig site to allay fears about the nature of the dig. You can watch the excavation for yourself here.
Having been to the area as recently as December, I can assuredly say that any construction work is an extremely delicate endeavor. Thousands of years of Jewish, Islamic and Christian history are, quite literally, sitting on top of each other. The entry way in question, which leads to the area containing the Dome of the Rock (where the prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven), is adjacent to and above the Western Wall (the area Jews consider the holiest on the planet). Certainly, any work in this area has the potential to arouse tensions, but Israel is hoping that their webcams have the opposite effect. The odds, however, don’t look good: three webcams versus worldwide outrage.
Will the traffic information be truly useful or just sit idly on Google's servers as a fun novelty item? It probably depends on how detailed the data gets in future months. A quick check of two areas I know well—my current location in Washington, DC and my hometown outside of Orlando, FL—didn't reveal much.
So far, the traffic info looks as if it is only for major highways. As you can see above, in Washington, it showed heavy traffic for the beltway and the highways leading into the city center. For Orlando, it showed heavy traffic on the only highway leading into downtown. No surprises there, but if the data gets more detailed, Google Maps could change the way drivers view the road ahead. I imagine the service could be very useful on web-enabled mobile phones, as Google is already claiming it is.
As venture capital reporter John Cook notes, Google is being coy about its data sources. The likely reason? Microsoft is working some mapping initiatives of its own, and the company could get into the traffic business to compete with Google.
Editor's note: Kyle Spector is a former researcher for FP. He's now finishing his undergraduate degree at the George Washington University, where he serves as the senior opinions editor for The GW Hatchet. Kyle will be guest-blogging for Passport as time allows.
Last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the hottest tech gadget in the room wasn't Steve Jobs' iPhone. It was Nicholas Negroponte's $100 laptop. Everyone from Michael Dell to Vint Cerf was seen playing with the small green and white computer that Negroponte, the former head of MIT's Media Lab, wants to distribute to poor kids in the developing world. Negroponte, who has developed a cult of personality nearly as powerful as that of his bargain basement laptop, has a simple theory. Get kids "making music and playing and communicating," he says, and development will follow.
Simple, yes. But also controversial. A point that came to a head at a Davos session on bridging the digital divide, where Negroponte found himself in a heated row with Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. Intel has developed an inexpensive laptop of its own. And Negroponte has charged that Barrett, who also happens to be the United Nations' point man on this issue, "has to look at this as a market, and I look at this as a mission."
Now, in an interview with FP released today, Barrett is firing back:
[I]f you listen to Nick [Negroponte] and the constructionist approach to life, they take the attitude that most teachers in the emerging economies have a fourth- or sixth-grade education, that they’re only competent to lead students in song and dance. And if you give kids computers, they will set up their own communities, their own content; they’ll learn collectively. That is what drives Negroponte and the One Laptop per Child approach. That is not the unanimous position of educators around the world. It has not been the position of companies like Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco, who recognize that technology is just a tool....
The race for wired global geriatric supremacy is ON! Over the last few months, the media speculated that 93-year-old Don Crowdis of Ontario, Canada was the world's oldest blogger. Then it was supposedly 94-year-old Allan Lööf of Finspång, Sweden. Then came news that Spain's 95-year-old Maria Amelia was given a blog for her birthday by her "stingy" grandson. But now there's someone who's beat them all, and who's likely not to get beat herself.
Olive Riley, who lives north of Sydney, Australia and was born in 1899, just started her blog this month. The 107-year-old great-great-grandmother was born in the British Colony of New South Wales under the rule of Queen Victoria, two years before Australia became a nation. She loves to drink shandy. The latest:
Good afternoon everyone. This is Olive here. First, I want to thank all of you who visited my blob. Gerard says there’ve been 192,000 visits but that can’t be right.
- It’s a blog, Ollie. Not a blob.
- Oh, really?
(Hat tip: my brother Ted)
Wondering if your website is blocked in China? Plug your URL into www.greatfirewallofchina.org, and you'll know instantly if your page is reaching the Middle Kingdom's 125 million Internet users. The slick site is the work of a group of artists and journalists who want "to make the censorship system transparent and keep open the discussion on censorship." The site keeps a record of every URL tested and the result, revealing that the status of many blocked sites changes almost daily. If your site is available, you can even see a preview of how it appears to Chinese surfers.
Here are some blocked and available sites, according to the Great Firewall:
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FP is not blocked. For more on Chinese censorship, don't miss Mike Boyer's interview with Li Wufeng, China's top Internet censor.
UPDATE: Robert Mayer over at Publis Pundit points out that Chinese bannination doesn't just happen on a site-wide scale. While FP Passport's main page is available in China, some individual pages, such as our previously mentioned interview with China's top internet cop are blocked. Could China's filters be so sophisticated that they can whittle down websites to knock out individual, offending pages? Looks like it.
Is Al Gore hip? Not exactly, judging by the playlist he has co-posted on Apple's iTunes with Melissa Ethridge (is it cool to post your own song?), but at least he's trying:
(Hat tip: Gristmill)
Two years ago, former Harvard President Lawrence Summers had women fuming when he said that innate differences between the sexes might explain why there aren't many women in science and engineering careers.
As a female with a degree in chemical engineering, I've wondered a lot about the nature vs. nurture debate myself, and a recent piece in FP may have scored one point for the "nurture" camp. The piece notes that an estimated one half of all software engineers coming out of Iran's universities are women, and at least one half of computer coders in Syria are estimated to be female. (In the United States, women received only 25 percent of computer science bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2004.)
So, maybe Summers was partially right, but it's only American women who are "stupider."
Seriously though, the broader point is that social constraints influence our decisions. For women in the Middle East, computer work is ideal. It can be done from home, which is compatible with the restrictions they face when outside the home. Plus, working from home probably makes it easier to balance job and family responsibilities.
It all makes me wonder what's holding back American women.
We may not know when the next Iranian revolution will occur, but we can say with confidence that it will certainly be blogged. There were reportedly 40,000 to 100,000 blogs based in Iran in 2005, and that number has undoutedly grown immensely since then. Blogs in Iran can serve as a balance to state-controlled media, and let people both inside and outside the country know what is truly going on.
And don't forget, there's always Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's blog.
The man who gave us the "series of tubes" metaphor for the Internet now wants to take away MySpace, Wikipedia, and other social networking websites. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens's Senate Bill #49, introduced in January, would effectively ban any social networking website from public schools and libraries because of their potential to harbor online predators.
A similar bill was introduced by Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) last year, and passed the House, but died in the Senate. The problem with Stevens's bill (apart from the hail mary attempt to censor content available at public libraries), is that its language is so general, nearly any website could fall under the ban. Critics are especially concerned that Wikipedia would be off limits.
But what I find most disconcerting is the bill's requirement that every website enforce "a policy of Internet safety for minors that prevents cyberbullying."
Sounds like we would have to shut down the FP Forum, for sure.
Matt Drudge may not believe in global warming, but at least he's recycling. Nico Pitney catches the Internet maven using the same joke he made back in 2004. Basically, it's cold and snowy outside, so therefore the climate isn't warming! Ha, ha, right?
Of course, as Nico points out, weather and climate are different beasts. The overall trend is clear: The planet is warming, and nobody serious argues with that. What the weather is like on any given day is neither here nor there, and in fact extreme weather events could be part of the show.
I wouldn't say that it's indisputable that climate change is caused by humans, however, but we're getting close to that point. Here's the gist of what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in its fourth assessment report (pdf), according to the scientists at RealClimate.org:
[T]he report concludes that human influences on climate are 'very likely' (> 90% chance) already detectable in observational record; increased from 'likely' (> 66% chance) in the [Third Assessment Report of 2001]."
So where's the real debate among climate scientists?
The uncertainties in the science mainly involve the precise nature of the changes to be expected, particularly with respect to sea level rise, El Niño changes and regional hydrological change - drought frequency and snow pack melt, mid-latitude storms, and of course, hurricanes.
That doesn't sound so funny to me.
If you're an Iraqi in Baghdad who's just trying to stay alive—and you have access to a networked computer—where do you turn for advice? The Internet: Web sites are now offering up tips on how to not get killed. Here's a digest of some of the best recommendations:
Special advice for Sunnis
The boundaries between the real and virtual worlds are fast blurring. Nowhere is this more evident than in the rapid corporate colonization of Second Life. No self-respecting CEO went to Davos without an "avatar" or online alter-ego, a sure sign that Second Life has entered the mainstream. The likes of Reuters, Nissan and Adidas are buying up virtual real-estate and setting up store fronts. Alan Court at the Financial Times reports that IBM has 1,000 of its employees spending time in Second Life. American Apparel hires cyber sales clerks to test new merchandise before it hits stores in the real world. And there's even a conference coming up next month for Fortune 500 companies who need helping devising a virtual worlds strategy.
Why the rush to a place that isn't even real? It's a chance to test new products and strategies (Starwood runs a virtual hotel), get marketing buzz, even find new talent. Fortune reports that people have already found real life work based on their performance in Second Life. The virtual "Linden Dollars" can also be converted to real cash, so the chance to make money is already there. Above all, this represents a fast growing market and a young demographic. There are already nearly 2 million users in Second Life, and while the virtual world is still way behind more traditional social networking sites like MySpace (see FP's related piece on YouTube, Second Life, and other hot Web 2.0 properties), that number is rising fast.
Most coverage of Second Life has focused on Western brands, but it cannot be long before firms from India or China join them. Like with any emerging market, there will be rising competition and new risks.
And firms won't be immune from criticism for their actions on Second Life (such as running virtual sweatshops). How long before there are calls for codes of conduct for virtual activities? Some firms are jumping ahead and aligning cyber ventures with a responsible image, which is why you can visit Mokitown, where every kid learns to cross the road safely—thanks to the good folks at Daimler Chrysler.
A group of prominent lawyers in China has cried foul over censorship by a popular Chinese blog host, Sina.com. In an open letter to the Internet company, they ask:
Sina.com, please tell us: Why did you violate our freedom of speech over and over again?
Sina.com, please tell us: Why did you feel that it is your right to delete blog posts? Or even your power?
Sina.com, please tell us: Why do you feel that you do not need to negotiate with (or even notify) us before you delete a blog post?
The letter writers are all well-respected advocates for human rights in China. Their decision to publicly confront Sina.com now seems calculated to draw attention and spark a reaction. The Chinese government has long relied on a tacit understanding with large media companies that they self-censor in order to avoid overt government interference; Western companies like Google have agreed to police themselves along the same lines. If the public opposition voiced by the lawyers spreads, media companies in China may find themselves forced to choose between the demands of their customers and their overseers.
Earlier today, Hillary Clinton's
official MySpace page mysteriously disappeared, and surfers saw this message:
Now, the presidental candidate is down to a mere 12,198 MySpace friends, from a peak of over 24,000. Micah Sifry promises to find out whether this was a malicious prank by Rupert Murdoch, whose NewsCorp owns MySpace, or just an accident.
That day happened to be Tuesday, which, hilariously, was also Safer Internet Day. Three of the Internet's 13 root servers—the brain stem of the World Wide Web, controlling traffic and site identification—came under sustained attack from a massive network of zombie computers. Hackers essentially tried to overwhelm the system with massive amounts of data, targeting servers operated by the U.S. Department of Defense and ICANN, the Internet's overseer. Analysts say the fact that the vast majority of Internet users barely noticed shows the resiliency of the Web. Meanwhile, computer scientists all over the globe were racing to overcome the threat and trying to track down its origins. It's still unclear where most of the remotely controlled computers used in the attack were based, but initial evidence puts many of them in South Korea.
Bringing down a few root servers would be catastrophic for the web, the global economy, communications, you name it. What's troubling about this attack was its size; it's the biggest sustained attack on the Internet since 2002. But the fact that the servers kept humming in the face of tidal waves of data designed to bring them to their knees is also reassuring. Hackers will need to up the ante next time.
(Hat tip: Security Fix)
The world's oldest continuously-operating newspaper, Post-och Inrikes Tidningar, is dropping its dead-tree edition and going exclusively digital. (Judging by their spartan website, I'd say they're in a heap of trouble.) The paper had long since ceased to be a real force in Swedish journalism (I mean, it's no Aftonbladet). So, in and of itself, it's no big loss.
Of course, the larger trend of newspapers struggling to make ends meet is worrisome. With the rise of the Web, news has become a commodity, and information consumers have more choices than ever. And people who want to sell their junk or rent their property don't need the classifieds section anymore—there's eBay and craigslist. If newspapers don't figure out how to adapt soon, my dystopian media nightmare could become a reality. It's not hard to imagine a future limited to colorless wire stories, Doppler radar flyovers, and 24/7 manhunts for missing teenagers.
We weren't sure how this whole blogging thing would go when we launched Passport 10 months ago. But, apparently, it's going pretty well. We learned yesterday that Passport has been named a finalist for best blog in MIN's Best of the Web awards.
We couldn't be more honored, particularly because we're up against some real heavies: Newsweek.com's On Faith blog, New York magazine's Grub Street, RetailDesignDiva.com, Infoworld.com's Gripeline, Janemag.com, PCWorld's Techlog, and Time Inc.'s The Parenting Post, winners all.
Big thanks are obviously owed to YOU. Whether you're with us day after day, or it's your first time visiting, please keep reading Passport. We love cranking it out.
Perhaps it just seems like there's a rash of celebrity activism in recent weeks. We of course all know it's hardly a new phenomenon. But the most meta I've come across has to be Kevin Bacon's new SixDegrees.org, a charity website premised on the eponymous game involving everyone's favorite Footlooser. The theory goes: If you can be three degrees removed from someone halfway around the world, why not close the gap and introduce those people to your favorite charities? You can even get a little closer to the favorite charities of celebs like Kanye West and Nicole Kidman, throwing the Six Degrees game into total chaos in the process. The site has raised more than $80,000 since its launch launch this month, but it remains to be seen whether the "small world effect" can actually increase the likelihood people will donate money or whether visitors will simply go for the privilege bestowed by Bacon of being just one degree removed from the man who can be connected to just about anyone.
(Hat tip: Grist)
Compete.com has an interesting chart showing the websites where Americans spent the most time during the month of December. Just 20 sites, shown below, accounted for nearly 40 percent of the time Americans spent surfing. MySpace and Facebook are predictable winners, though I'm surprised Google isn't higher (I suppose its rank is proof it does its job well of taking you elsewhere on the web, and quickly). One item that doesn't shock me: Bank of America. My credit card's bank was recently purchased by Bank of America, so I've been doing my bill payments with them. And BoA gets the Carolyn O'Hara award for worst, most user-unfriendly banking website ever. No wonder people spend so much time there. It's impossible to navigate.
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