Friday, September 06, 2013

I suspect more lawsuits based on failure to follow regulations and/or Best Practices. Clearly organizations are not learning from the failures of others.
Mitch Smith reports:
Advocate Medical Group, already under federal and state investigation after the theft of computers containing personal information on millions of people, is now facing a class-action lawsuit from patients who say the Downers Grove-based physician group didn’t do enough to protect their private data.
The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, says the health care nonprofit violated privacy regulations by failing to use encryption and other security measures on the four computers that were stolen from its Park Ridge offices in July. The computers contained information on more than 4 million patients.
Read more on Chicago Tribune.

This should be interesting.
In a major victory in one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the Justice Department conceded yesterday that it will release hundreds of documents, including FISA court opinions, related to the government’s secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the law the NSA has relied upon for years to mass collect the phone records of millions of innocent Americans.
In a court filing, the Justice Department, responding to a judge’s order, said that they would make public a host of material that will “total hundreds of pages” by next week, including:
[O]rders and opinions of the FISC issued from January 1, 2004, to June 6, 2011, that contain a significant legal interpretation of the government’s authority or use of its authority under Section 215; and responsive “significant documents, procedures, or legal analyses incorporated into FISC opinions or orders and treated as binding by the Department of Justice or the National Security Agency.”
Read more on EFF.

(Related) Dilbert explains the upside of NSA spying.

This shouldn't be so shocking.
This Russian Software Is Taking Over the Internet
… At a time when the world’s best-known web servers are losing marketshare, Nginx — pronounced “Engine X” — is growing, fueled by a no-frills philosophy and its knack for handling myriad web connections at the same time. Apache is still the king of all web servers, but use of Nginx has nearly doubled over the past two years, according to internet research outfit Netcraft.
It now runs about 15 percent of all websites, including everyone from startups such as CloudFlare and Parse (bought by Facebook earlier this year) to web giants such as Automattic and Netflix. “We use it for everything,” says Automattic’s Abrahamson. “We run as much of our software stack as possible on top of Nginx.”

A tool for stalkers.
– A geosocial footprint is the combined bits of location information that a user divulges through social media, which ultimately forms the users location “footprint”. For users, this footprint is created from GPS enabled tweets, social check-ins, natural language location searching, and profile harvesting. This website provides twitter users with an opportunity to view their geosocial footprint.

(Related) Another stalking tool.
– This app shows how people could use your social-media posts to find you in the physical world. It uses GPS data attached to Twitter and Instagram posts to create a map of where someone’s been posting from recently. Try to find yourself, your friends, or your favorite celebrity! Where are you most likely to be at 2:00 on a Tuesday? Then follow the links and find out.

Nothing ever dies on the Internet. This might become a valuable research tool.
Search For Tweets Since The Beginning Of Twitter With Topsy
… Topsy, the social analytics company gives you the ability to use it to search all tweets since the beginning of Twitter time. The ability to sift and search through an index of 540 billion tweets is an exceptional tool because Twitter’s real time conversation has become a huge storehouse of knowledge.

If you buy the book-book, (book2?) we'll give you (or heavily discount) the eBook too.
Amazon Soon To Offer Free & Discounted Ebooks Of Hard Copies Purchased Through Its Site

Something for that eGarage sale.
How To Be An Online Entrepreneur With Thrift Store Shopping On eBay
… With eBay, you can turn yourself into an online entrepreneur by flipping items you can find nearly anywhere — online or offline. Best of all, it’s pretty darn easy to do, and this means you can turn your weekend thrift store outings into a profitable hobby.

For my Math students: Targeted to K-12, but still potentially useful.
– presents math instruction and practice in a clear, manageable format that is complete with helpful hints, video lessons, and interventions. When a student doesn’t do well on a topic, TenMarks provides immediate and targeted intervention. The program analyzes precisely the areas in which the student is struggling, and assigns an “Amplifier” which diagnoses the root cause of the issue.

I try to use Wikis in my Security classes because students need to keep track of so much information. This might help my fellow teachers do the same.
Wikispaces Offers a Helpful Back to School Kit
Wikispaces, the popular and free wiki platform, has just released a new back to school kit for teachers. The kit includes a series of Google Slides presentations that offer step-by-step directions for every aspect of creating a classroom wiki through Wikispaces. The Wikispaces back to school kit also includes printable directions to distribute to students.

Keep learning. (NOTE: Not all of these are free)
9 Places To Find High-Quality Online Professional Development
Intel Teach Elements offers online continuing education courses for teachers that focus specifically on technology in 21st century classroom topics.
Modern Lessons is a free online learning platform designed for teachers and students looking to bolster their existing technology skills
PBS Teacherline offers a wide variety of online courses for teachers, many of which can earn you credit depending on how you choose to enroll in the class.
Annenberg Learner offers a wide variety of online courses and workshops that can count for continuing education credit, or in some cases, graduate credit
ScholasticU is the online PD for teachers arm of education giant Scholastic.
The Library of Congress offers its ‘Teacher Modules’ for free online. The courses are geared towards helping teachers learn how to use the huge collection of resources available from the Library.
ASCD offers over a hundred online courses in professional development for educators
Teachers First offers free courses in two formats – live sessions and pre-recorded sessions – on a variety of educational topics.

Classes I should learn to teach?
Six Classes Your Employer Wishes You Could Take
School is back amid growing controversy and cynicism. The quality, validity and economic value of college degrees and MBAs have rarely been under such sustained assault. Employability of graduates has never been so dismal. Machines are clearly getting smarter at many of the things people traditionally do on the job. That means people need to become non-traditionally smarter at things machines are not quite yet ready to think about or do. And that means educators worldwide must revisit how they want to make their most important product — their students — more valuable.
Multimedia Editing. Increasingly, knowledge workers won't simply be creating or generating information but assembling, reorganizing and prioritizing information from others. In other words, they'll be editing.
Scenarios. In addition to knowing how to create a compelling narrative out of reams of data, there will be a premium paid to those who can paint vivid pictures of possible tomorrows.
Fantasy Sports Competition. Understanding probabilities, statistics and analytics is increasingly vital to identifying and effectively managing high performing talent.
Reverse Engineering. This class looks at what makes experiments, inventions and artifacts tick and then takes them apart and rebuilds them. In other words, this is a hands-on class where students gain knowledge and skill by seeking to replicate and recreate things that work.
Comparative Coding. Another blog on this site asks, "Should MBAs Learn to Code?" Alas, that's exactly the wrong question. The better question is: What aspects of coding should MBAs (and university students) learn?
Cooking Science & Technology. Another hands-on course integrating fundamental scientific principles with real-world knowledge challenges students to transform their understanding of food.

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