Friday, May 08, 2015

If the NSA can't gather and store these records we'll see requests for the providers (phone and internet) to keep the same records for X years in case the NSA needs to access them. FISA warrants required?
N.S.A. Collection of Bulk Call Data Is Ruled Illegal
A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal.
… In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, known as Section 215, cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records.

(Related) Local “bulk collection” is Okay. Because somewhere in all those records there might be something that related to an investigation.
Brian Melley reports:
Police don’t have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance was being used, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The unanimous ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected a California Public Records Act request for data compiled by the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments.
Read more on You can find the court’s opinion here (pdf).

For my Data Governance students. Naturally this comes out (again) in an election year, have they never heard of Murphy? What else do they believe they can slip by us and no one will notice? Or do they think no one reads this stuff? Or do they think?
White House documents found to be altered
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 7, 2015
Via FGI – Free Government Information, by James R. Jacobs – “Researchers at the University of Illinois say they have found evidence on the Whitehouse Web site that suggests “a pattern of revision and removal from the public record that spans several years, from 2003 through at least 2005. Instead of issuing a series of revised lists with new dates, or maintaining an updated master list while preserving copies of the old ones, the White House removed original documents, altered them, and replaced them with backdated modifications that only appear to be originals.”
Once again, our reliance on government websites for current information fails to preserve the historical record and yields an incomplete, unverifiable, and even altered record. We need government to instantiate information and actively deposit those instantiations outside the dot-gov realm (e.g., with FDLP libraries) to help guarantee a complete and accurate record.”

Perspective. Technology kills the school dance?
How Teen Media Consumption Has Changed Over the Years
Being a teenager in 2015 is very different than it was in 1995. While most teenagers spent their free time watching a little TV in the 90s, there were far fewer screens to put in front of their faces. A social network was the group of friends you hung out with at school.
Now, things have changed. Technology has opened all kinds of new things to teens, some good and some bad. So just how as being a teenager changed from the 90s? Are things better or worse? Take a look at the infographic below from TeenSafe that presents true facts about teens and media and decide for yourself.

If it matters to the Sales team, it will matter to management, which means I should teach my Data Management students that it matters to them.
The Technology Trends That Matter to Sales Teams
The convergence of mobile, analytics, context-rich systems, and the cloud, together with an explosion of information, is transforming sales, and enabling buyers and salespeople to engage with each other in more effective and efficient ways. Recently, information technology research and advisory company Gartner compiled a list of top 10 strategic technology trends. At least five of these trends have significant implications for sales forces, including:

Oh wow, there's an App for that?
5 Hilarious yet Useful Bathroom-Related Apps for Android

For all my students. (I found this one in the 2015 GeekWire Awards)
Recent college grads are dreadfully underemployed, yet many companies can’t find enough qualified applicants to fill key roles. That’s where Koru steps in. The Seattle company, co-founded by Onvia co-founder Kristen Hamilton, serves as a “coach and connector” for young people trying to break into the workforce.

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