Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Worth passing along.
Dan Solove writes:
It is essential that children learn about data privacy and security. Their lives will be fully enveloped by technologies that involve data. But far too little about these topics is currently taught in most schools.
Fortunately, there is a solution, one that I’m proud to have been involved in creating. The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit group of policy leaders, educators, and various experts, has released the Privacy K-12 Curriculum Matrix.
Read more about this free resource on LinkedIn.

Includes some interesting math. Are they concerned about kamikaze drones? (If so, this is the wrong math)
FAA panel releases drone recommendations
The recommendations from an FAA task force released Monday would require all drones weighing a little more than half a pound — 250 grams or more — to contain an identifying number that can be traced back to an owner.
… The task force also recommended that the drone registration data be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.
… Kids would have to be at least 13 years old to register. People younger than that would have to get a parent or guardian to register.
Free registration would ideally be made online or through an app, according to the report.
After registering, people would receive a certificate with an ID number that would have to be affixed and visible on all drones they fly. In some cases, a drone’s serial number could be used as the ID number if operators choose to disclose that number.

Interesting. Does the FTC have anyone that looks outside of their own little world?
C. Ryan Barber reports that one week after the initial decision by Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell in FTC v. LabMD, Michael Daugherty and LabMD filed a civil suit against three FTC attorneys involved in the case. The suit, which names Carl Settlemyer, Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken as defendants, was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Barber writes:
Describing the FTC’s pursuit of LabMD as “illegal and unconstitutional,” Bailey & Ehrenberg partner Jason Ehrenberg based much of the suit on the agency’s interaction with Tiversa, a data security firm that came under congressional scrutiny last year over accusations that it hacked a LabMD computer and tried to blackmail the company.
“Every step of the way, the defendant FTC attorneys supported their actions with lies, thievery and testimony from a private company, Tiversa, whose business model was based on convincing companies to pay them to ‘recover’ files that, in truth, they hacked from computers all over the world,” Ehrenberg, who is representing LabMD and its owner, Michael Daugherty, wrote in the lawsuit.
Much of the complaint reiterates LabMD’s claims about Tiversa, Inc., and its CEO, Robert Boback, and takes the position that FTC complaint counsel knew — or should have known — that they were using fraudulent data. Further, the suit alleges, complaint counsel misled the commissioners to pursue what is described as a vindictive case and a conspiracy to deprive Daugherty and LabMD of their constitutional rights.
Read more about the lawsuit on National Law Journal. The FTC has not yet formally announced whether they will appeal Judge Chappell’s initial decision, although a statement made last week suggests that they are likely to.

I guess the court doesn't trust Google Translate.
Facebook privacy judgement 'waiting for translation'
The case, brought by the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC), required the social network to stop tracking non-users immediately or face a fine.
It was handed down on 9 November and Facebook was given 48 hours to comply.
Facebook said it was negotiating with the BPC.
"We met with the BPC and provided them specific solutions addressing their concerns about our security cookie. This cookie helped us stop more than 33,000 account takeover attempts in Belgium in the last month, and similar cookies are used by most major internet services.
"We look forward to resolving this without jeopardising people's safe and secure access to Facebook," said Alex Stamos, chief security officer, in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the BPC told the BBC the judgement had yet to be formally served to Facebook because it is "waiting for an English translation" of the 33 pages.
The case hinged on a tracking cookie that Facebook has used for the last five years.

This looks even worse than it did initially.
Lawyer reveals details of arrest of ‘clock kid’ Ahmed, plans to file suit
Two months after “clock kid” Ahmed Mohamed made international headlines, new details of his controversial arrest emerged Monday in a letter his attorney has sent to school and city officials in Irving, Tex.
As many as seven adults teamed up to interrogate the 14-year-old boy after a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb and pressured him to sign a confession, according to the “letter of demand” from his lawyer warning of plans to file a $15 million suit.

A Data Mining tool.
Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, & Collector Toolkit at Syracuse
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Nov 23, 2015
“STACKS is an extensible social media research toolkit designed to collect, process, and store data from online social networks. The toolkit is an ongoing project via the Syracuse University iSchool, and currently supports the Twitter Streaming API. Collecting from Facebook public pages and Twitter search API are under development. The toolkit architecture is modular and supports extending.”
You can cite this repository: Hemsley, J., Ceskavich, B., Tanupabrungsun, S. (2014). STACK (Version 1.0). Syracuse University, School of Information Studies. Retrieved from https://github.com/bitslabsyr/stack DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.12388

Dig Up Old Social Posts with These 5 Tools
… We’ve shown you how to time travel through the brief history of the Internet, and how to find anything in your Facebook timeline. Today we’re going to look at a few tools that make it easier to find old Twitter and Reddit posts, then show you a way to browse your own personal past every day.

Perspective. Before the Internet, this number was always zero.
Google Received More Than 65 Million URL Takedown Requests In The Past Month
The number of URL copyright removal requests sent to Google continues to climb at a rapid rate. According to its latest transparency report data, Google received 15,659,212 URL takedown requests based on copyright infringement during the week of November 19, averaging 2.2 million requests per day.

A better way to point to a page. Some of my students need this – the ones who think everything is TL;DR
How to Link to a Specific Part of a Web Page
… Genius and TLDRify are useful web apps that that let you annotate web pages much like the yellow highlighter pens that you would use on the printed page. The services let you highlight any paragraph or specific sentence on a web page and create direct deep links to the highlighted text. When people click the shared link, they see the original page but with the annotated text.
Genius is a music lyrics website but they also provide a web annotator to help you add context and commentary on any web page. The best part about Genius is that you don’t need to install any bookmarklets or browser extensions to use the annotator. Go to the browser’s address bar and add genius.it/ before the page URL.
… The next useful app in the category is TLDRify. Here you need a bookmarklet or a browser extension but there’s no need to sign-up for an account to annotate web pages. Also, unlike Genius which may show annotations left by other users on the same page, TLDRify links will only show your own highlights.
While you are on a web page page, select any sentence or paragraph, click the TLDRify bookmarklet and it will create a deep link to the highlighted text. When people click the link, the browser will automatically scroll to the annotated text.

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