Wednesday, November 05, 2014

For my Ethical Hackers. It's not just for lawyers communications with their clients.
From EFF:
In the face of widespread Internet data collection and surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products – but how can users know if these systems actually secure? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released its Secure Messaging Scorecard today, evaluating dozens of messaging technologies on a range of security best practices.
Read more of their press release here.
For the full Secure Messaging Scorecard:

Also for my Ethical Hackers and Computer Security students. Why spend (waste) time hacking when you can steal the whole (unencrypted) database so easily?
Jasmine Pennic reports:
68 percent of all healthcare data breaches since 2010 are due to device theft or loss, according to the 2014 Healthcare Breach Report from Bitglass. Despite the recent headlines of hacker attacks to hospitals, only 23 percent of healthcare data breaches were a result of cybercriminals compromising networks and exfiltrating data. The findings come from analyzing data on the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ “The Wall of Shame,” a database of breach disclosures required as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Read more on HIT Consultant.

The government loves Facebook users.
Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday released its third Government Requests Report that are meant to provide greater transparency over the amount of data authorities try to source from it.
According to its latest transparency report, the California-based company received 34,946 data requests during the first six months of this year.
… In addition, it also saw a 19 percent rise in the amount of data held back due to the local laws. [Interesting, but no details in this article. Bob]

Interesting roadblock. Will it reinforce the FBI's call for easier access?
Adam Klasfeld reports:
Just in time for Halloween, a federal magistrate gave the government a fright by restricting its prodigious power to surveil cellphones.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein’s five-page order Friday does not identify any information about the manufacturer, suspect or alleged crime at issue in the case of on his docket. But his ruling is nonetheless notable for the hoops it will make the government jump through to crack a cellphone in the post-Edward Snowden age.
Read more on Courthouse News.

Perhaps the next big privacy kerfuffle?
Taylor Armerding reports:
Parents expect schools to keep track of their kids. But in the digital era, keeping track is vastly different than it was a generation ago, thanks to Big Data analytics.
According to its advocates, this is a very good thing. Gathering individual information on students can lead to “personalized” and “adaptive” learning platforms. If technology can help students become more successful, what’s not to like?
A lot, say privacy advocates, since the collection of information on students goes well beyond data used to shape individual curriculums.
Read more on CSO Online.
[From the article:
In a recent blog post in the New York Times, Barnes said data collection is not just about attendance, grades, disciplinary records and learning aptitudes.
“Data gathering includes health, fitness and sleeping habits, sexual activity, prescription drug use, alcohol use and disciplinary matters. Students attitudes, sociability and even ‘enthusiasm’ are quantified, analyzed, recorded and dropped into giant data systems,” she wrote.

(Related) “It's for the children!” Clearly, anyone who thinks the government is wrong is mentally ill and needs to be medicated or institutionalized.
Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States. The maneuver was initially laid out on January 16, 2013 in President Obama’s executive policy, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence.
Professor James F. Tracy writes:
The document is partly devoted to articulating Obama’s proposed gun control measures that failed to move gain legislative traction in 2013. Yet an under-reported section of Now is the Timeis applied to “making schools safer” and “improving mental health services” for students. [1] While presented by the Obama administration as “commonsense solutions to gun violence,“ one is left to consider the long range implications of such an initiative, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act and the psychopharmaceutical complex’s never-ending drive to expand its clientele.
Read more on Global Research.
[From the article:
Introducing psychiatric explanations and methodologies into school environments guarantees a growing customer base for the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical industry. Alongside government’s increasing control of healthcare, the technocratic surveillance and management of everyday thought and behavior is likewise emerging as part of what is deceptively termed “wellness.”

Perspective. Technology addiction.
Are You Compulsive About Texting & Driving? Survey Says…You Could Be
… A new survey commissioned by AT&T* and Dr. David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, found that twice as many people as self-reported cell phone addiction are showing compulsive phone behaviors – with three-in-four people admitting to at least glancing at their phones while behind the wheel.
… The AT&T DriveMode** app for iPhone is now available on the App Store – making it the first free no-texting-while-driving application offered by a major U.S. wireless carrier that works on the iPhone. The app is easy to use. It silences incoming text message alerts, turns on automatically when one drives 15 MPH or more and turns off shortly after one stops. When activated, it automatically responds to incoming SMS and MMS text messages so the sender knows the text recipient is driving. It also allows parents with young drivers to receive a text message if the app is turned off.
To learn more about It Can Wait, please visit
The AT&T DriveMode app is available for free on the App Store for iPhone or at

About time someone learned to work the new technology! This article provides a good primer for marketers.
How Taylor Swift Rocks Social Marketing … And How You Can, Too
It's Taylor Swift's world, and we're just living in it. Not only is she taking over the pop charts with her new album "1989," she's taking the Internet by storm, too.
Celebrities are already known for their huge social media followings, but Swift's online presence is more than just a growing collection of fans. The 24-year-old country-turned-pop superstar has truly mastered the art of social networking, and her album and concert ticket sales aren't the only thing that will benefit from her online strategies — your business can, too.
Swift already has 46 million followers on Twitter, nearly 13 million Instagram followers and over 71 million Facebook fans. But where the star truly shines is on her latest social networking conquest: Tumblr.
Back in September, Swift joined Tumblr much to the delight of her fans (also known as #swifties). But to understand why this is such a big deal, first you need to understand Tumblr. Here's a breakdown:

(Related) Maybe. Perhaps in the next election, advertising on Facebook will determine our next president?
How Facebook Could Skew an Election
… To entice you to Vote (or, at least, click that button), Facebook listed a couple friends’s names and some profile pictures, and told me that 1.8 million other people had already done the same. (Which is a little staggering, since polls hadn’t even opened on the West Coast yet.)
… Facebook believes that in 2010, its election-day module was responsible for more than 600,000 additional votes.
In other words, to paraphrase Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain, the 2000 presidential election—where George W. Bush won Florida by 537 votes—could have been altered by a Facebook election button.
… A Facebook vice president told Sifry that the experiments were conducted primarily to find out if changing the text of the share button—from “I’m a Voter” to “I Voted” to something else—affected how many people clicked it. We won’t be able to confirm anything about those experiments, though, until next year, when the academic results of the experiment come out. And even then, it’s likely that Facebook conducted other user tests that it will never publish in an academic journal.

How things will populate the Internet of Things?
Nest announces deal with Irish utility to offer its learning thermostats for free
Nest announced a partnership today with Electric Ireland to provide its smart thermostat for free to customers who sign a 2-year contract with the utility.
Details of the partnership were not immediately available. Fadell said the Nest Learning Thermostat would be distributed by Electric Ireland which has 1.5 million customers.

Another interesting Internet of Things article. Will smart vehicles tell the driver what's happening, or just the manufacturer?
The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking
It’s happened to all of us. You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. It could be something simple, like time for an oil change, or it could be something bigger. What do you do? Lose your car for a day while you take it to a service station? Keep on driving and hope for the best?
If you’re a commercial truck driver, the stakes are higher. An unplanned repair visit means losing a day of revenue, and potentially hurting your delivery schedule, for a condition that might be very minor. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood.

Why Libraries [Still] Matter
… Librarians apprenticed to degrees in information science to know how to find things, and they coupled that skill with a professional commitment to neutrality, or at least absence of bias…libraries — real ones concerned with guarding and curating knowledge — remain crucial to free and open societies, and not simply because their traditional services within academia, from curation to preservation to research, remain in high demand by scholars. More broadly, they crucially complement the Web in its highest aspirations: to provide unfettered access to knowledge, and to link authors and readers in new ways. Here’s why….”

Interestinger... Learn to argue like a lawyer?
FreeLawProject Rolls Out Oral Argument Audio
Announcing Oral Arguments on CourtListener “We’re very excited to announce that CourtListener is currently in the process of rolling out support for Oral Argument audio. This is a feature that we’ve wanted for at least four years — our name is CourtListener, after all — and one that will bring a raft of new features to the project. We already have about 500 oral arguments on the site, and we’ve got many more we’ll be adding over the coming weeks. For now we are getting oral argument audio in real time from ten federal appellate courts. As we get this audio, we are using it to power a number of features:

The problem is, they gave Surface 3 tablets to users already trained/addicted to iPads. They should target users who are not already committed – like adjunct professors of computer security...
Despite its partnership with Microsoft, CNN commentators are more interested in using their iPad
Earlier this year, sports commentators in an NFL game kept on referring to the Surface as “iPad-like tools”. Now we have another such mishap happening. During the ongoing election coverage, the Redmond-based giant provided the CNN commentators with its Surface Pro 3 tablets, but many of them appeared to be more interested in iPads, which was concealed behind the Surface tablet.

Are we seeing a Putin who does not understand economics (or does not realize the importance of a strong currency) Or is this an undeclared economic war? (Dog-pile on Russia?) Reagan out-spent their military, is this Obama realizing that (with a few favors from oil producing countries) he can really sanction Russia for disrupting the Ukraine? (Probably no)
The Russian Rouble Is Getting Destroyed Again...
Russia's currency is taking another nosedive in early trading, hitting new record-lows against the dollar and the euro. Falling oil prices have compounded fears about the country's economy causing foreign currency to flood out of the country. The problem now is that the falling value of the rouble is itself causing problems for Russian companies, driving up import costs, squeezing profits and making foreign currency debt repayments hugely more expensive.
In short, Russia faces a death spiral of a falling rouble feeding fears of an economic collapse, which drive the rouble down further.

Dilbert illustrates the power of communication, miscommunication and ego, all in one cartoon.

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