Saturday, January 31, 2015

“Stupid is as stupid does.” F. Gump But don't worry. The DoJ insists that encryption will protect you. Please believe these straight talking politicians.
Jihadists Increasingly Wary of Internet, Experts Say
After having used the Internet profusely for propaganda and recruitment, jihadist organizations have realized that investigators are gleaning crucial information online and are increasingly concealing their web presence, experts say.
Apart from recent orders given to fighters to limit their exposure, erase the footprint of their online activity and avoid revealing too many place names or faces, the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front groups are increasingly using the "Dark Web" -- the hidden part of the Internet protected by powerful encryption softwares.
In November, Flavien Moreau, a 28-year-old jihadist who travelled to Syria and then returned to France, was jailed for seven years exclusively on the basis of what he posted online.
And those who just months ago had happily posted videos, photos of themselves holding Kalashnikovs or of beheadings on Facebook have now realised that they were single-handedly building a case against themselves, if they ever decided to come home.
"We are starting to notice the beginnings of disaffection with Facebook -- they have understood that's how we get incriminating evidence," said Chadrys.

I was surprised it took six weeks, then I realized it was conducted by lawyers not auditors. They reviewed policies and procedures. Did they look at how those procedures worked in the field? Don't get me wrong. Good policies and procedures are the basis for good privacy, but that's only the start of an audit.
Devindra Hardawar reports:
The results from Uber’s six-week-long external privacy audit, spurred on by several high profile security controversies, are in. And, surprisingly, the final report looks positively rosy for the on-demand taxi company. “Uber has dedicated significantly more resources to privacy than we have observed of other companies of its age, sector, and size,” auditors from the law firm Hogan Lovells said in a statement.
Read more on engadget.

Government privacy?
Google, Twitter, Yahoo nabbing data
Companies including Google, Twitter, Yahoo and automatically obtain information from people visiting, according to analysis by congressional staffers.
The finding builds on news last week that dozens of data-tracking companies were able to obtain information about people visiting the federal healthcare website, potentially including information about their age, location and pregnancy status.
… According to the staff analysis, the information about visitors to is in some cases not transferred to outside companies until “long after” their visit, due to the site's use of cookies that can stay in a visitor's browser for years.

Follow-up. Still lots of questions. Was this sexting gone wrong? Is this a common occurrence?
Palatine Police Charge Fremd Student For Allegedly Sending Offensive Email
An 18-year-old Fremd High School senior from Schaumburg was charged by Palatine police today (Friday) with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for sending an offensive email.
According to police, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, an email message containing an offensive image was sent to student email accounts at both Fremd and Palatine high schools. Police did not disclose what type of image was sent out.

Perspective and history. I may be ready for a 6G phone.
The Ultimate History Of Cellular Technology

Sounds like a great tool for student papers at a Technical University.
America’s oldest news agency wrote 10X more articles by having robots do what reporters used to do
… AP produced roughly 3,000 articles on company earnings last quarter, 10X more than it used to, by using automated technology.
According to The Verge, AP has been able to do it by partnering with Automated Insights, a company that specializes in “robot journalism.” Automated Insights uses artificial intelligence and Big Data analysis to automatically generate data-heavy articles, such as earnings reports.

Strange, my female students wouldn't even look at the KickStarter page.
Here's Why and How Exploding Kittens Set a New Kickstarter Record for Most Backers
… Since the launch of the card game's crowdfunding campaign on Jan. 20, Exploding Kittens has now raised almost $5 million as of the evening of Jan. 30, well beyond the initial goal of only $10,000.

How lucky am I to work in an industry that so amuses itself...
Hack Education Weekly News
A proposed bill in Texas would allow teachers to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator” – that is, to kill a student. [Was this not politically correct before this law? Don't interfere with little Johnny's expression of rage! Bob]
Proposed legislation in Colorado would teach schoolchildren about sex abuse (although it’s anticipated that Republicans in the legislature will kill the bill). [Because there are some things man was not meant to know? Bob]
A proposed bill in Kentucky would allow computer science courses to count as a foreign language requirement.
… The Department of Justice has agreed to pay Nicholas George $25,000 after detaining him at an airport for 5 hours because he had Arabic language flash cards in his pocket.
… Still struggling with its technology implementation – you guessed it – LAUSD, which this week announced it would delay distribution of some 19,000 laptops.

Fun for students?
Google Earth Pro is Now Free for Everyone
Google Earth Pro has been available for free to teachers with GAFE email accounts for quite a while. Now it is available for free to anyone who wants to upgrade to Google Earth Pro. Google announced this yesterday on the Google Lat Long blog. To get a license key for Google Earth Pro you just need to complete the form found here. \
Google Earth Pro offers at least nine features that are not available in the standard version of Google Earth. Those features include importing GIS data, mapping multiple points at once, measuring areas of polygons and circles, and automatically geo-locating imported GIS images.

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