Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Send a copy to your CEO immediately!
Does Your CEO Really Get Data Security?
… First off, if the company doesn't have a CSO and the chief executive thinks the "S" has something to do with sustainability, just fire him. If it does have a CSO and the CEO chooses to eliminate that position, do the same thing, because it's the wrong answer. While you're firing him, inform the CEO that data security is the number one critical need for U.S. corporations today, and that the CSO is kind of like the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. You wouldn't get rid of the chairman of the joint chiefs in wartime.

(Related) Not so sure I would endorse any of these...
Four Things the Private Sector Must Demand on Cyber Security

This Facebook App could become the next be “Piracy” tool.
Facebook App ‘Pipe’ Bets Big on File Sharing
After more than a year of beta testing, a Berlin startup’s sophisticated new Facebook app will launch today. The app, Pipe, melds peer-to-peer technology with your social graph to enable a cutting-edge new way to share… files?
Indeed, Pipe will be the only file transfer utility on Facebook. It allows two friends to send files of up to 1GB — 40 times the maximum attachment size on Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail — by simply dragging and dropping them into Pipe. If one of the friends is offline, Pipe can keep the file in an online locker.

The pendulum of justice swings back...
Declan McCullagh reports:
Jeffrey Feldman has won a reprieve from a federal court order that had given him until today to decrypt his hard drives for the FBI — or face contempt of court.
A federal judge in Wisconsin today granted an emergency motion filed by Feldman’s attorney for additional time to establish that her client’s Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination would be violated.
Read more on CNET.
[From the article:
Shellow also argued that the decryption order was improper because the previous proceedings were held before a magistrate judge with only prosecutors -- not defense counsel -- permitted to attend.
… Banner said agents did find evidence that suggested Feldman was using a peer-to-peer program called eMule to exchange files with titles suggestive of child pornography.
While the U.S. Supreme Court has not confronted the topic of the Fifth Amendment and encryption, a handful of lower courts have.
A federal judge in Colorado ruled last year that a woman accused of being involved in a mortgage scam would have to decrypt her laptop. A Vermont federal judge reached the same conclusion in 2009.
But in March 2010, a federal judge in Michigan ruled that Thomas Kirschner, facing charges of receiving child pornography, would not have to give up his password. That's "protecting his invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege against compelled self-incrimination," the court ruled (PDF).

What would be the point other than, “Maybe we can find something we didn't know about!” Do they look at every student's social media or do they just single some out for additional review?
Hannah Taylor reports:
Many employers request various social media sites before hiring a new employee, but should universities and colleges have those same liberties?
The Oregon House of representatives passed legislation on June 3 to protect the rights and privacy of college students. Senate Bill 344A, a bill that prevents colleges and universities from accessing private student and faculty social media pages. The House and Senate in Salem passed the bill with bipartisan support, and is now ready for a signature from the governor.
Read more on Daily Emerald.

Would the same argument apply to fingerprints and mug shots? Was there a similar argument when they were adopted or was that before we cared about such things? i.e. pre-Brandeis
There’s already been a lot of commentary around the Internet on SCOTUS’s ruling in Maryland v. King on warrantless DNA collection. But if you haven’t seen this, read this analysis by Hanni Fakhoury and Jennifer Lynch of EFF:
You lost some important Fourth Amendment protection when the Supreme Courtruled yesterday in Maryland v. King that the police can take a DNA sample from an arrestee without a search warrant for purposes of general law enforcement rummaging.
The court was reviewing the constitutionality of Maryland’s practice of collecting DNA from all arrestees — without a search warrant or any individualized suspicion that the DNA will lead to evidence of a crime.
Read more on EFF.

Missed the notice for this one...
Privacy Law Scholars Conference
The PLSC aims to assemble a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice.

Copyright kills another deal? Perhaps it is time for 'open source' journals.
"Disagreement between scientists and publishers has grown on a thorny issue: how to make it easier for computer programs to extract facts and data from online research papers. On 22 May, researchers, librarians and others pulled out of European Commission talks on how to encourage the techniques, known as text mining and data mining. The withdrawal has effectively ended the contentious discussions, although a formal abandonment can be decided only after a commission review in July. Scientists have chafed for years at limitations on computer-aided research. They would like to use computer programs to crawl over thousands or millions of articles and other online research content, extracting data to build up databases or to pick out patterns such as associations between genes and diseases. But in many parts of the world, including Europe (though perhaps not in the U.S. — the situation is unclear), this sort of use currently requires permission from the content's copyright owner. Even if an institution has paid to access a journal, its academics do not necessarily have permission to mine the text."

I seem to recall a “museum?” that keeps copies of old software. Could you access their software for a fee? Is there a viable business model here somewhere?
"Vinton Cerf is warning that digital things created today — spreadsheets, documents, presentations as well as mountains of scientific data — may not be readable in the years and centuries ahead. Cerf illustrates the problem in a simple way. He runs Microsoft Office 2011 on Macintosh, but it cannot read a 1997 PowerPoint file. 'It doesn't know what it is,' he said. 'I'm not blaming Microsoft,' said Cerf, who is Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist. 'What I'm saying is that backward compatibility is very hard to preserve over very long periods of time.' He calls it a 'hard problem.'"
We're at an interesting spot right now, where we're worried that the internet won't remember everything, and also that it won't forget anything.

For my graduating students...
Today, if you can just motivate yourself to self-learn, there are many ways to reach the promised land of knowledge. Free education is all around us.
Open Courseware Consortium is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials for colleges and universities. It also means free education from some of the best universities in the world.
Catch the entire list of participants.
Skilled Up is trying to position itself as an educational search engine as well as a portal to “portals of wisdom” that is accessible on the web today. Searching for online courses with the help of the engine gives you free and paid courses and tutorials. Skilled Up lists nearly 73,000 courses.
Redhoop You can go through the catalog of courses or use the educational search engine on the homepage.

Victims students in my Intro to IT class are getting a crossword puzzle midterm exam today, Maybe I'll use this for their final?
EQuizShow is a simple and free site that lets teachers design Jeopardy-type games online. This tool lives completely in the cloud, letting your create quiz shows and input your questions and answers within minutes.
Similar Tools: Quizmaker, Blubbr, and Quizslides

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