Sunday, January 15, 2017

Still trying to define an ‘act of Cyber War.’ 
Ayako Mie reports:
Last November, chilling news made headlines nationwide — the internal communications network of the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces had been hacked in September, possibly by another nation.
According to Kyodo News, the Defense Information Infrastructure, the high-speed, high-capacity communications network linking SDF bases and camps, was compromised.
Following the report, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada declined to confirm whether the hacking took place but quickly denied that information had been stolen.  An official knowledgeable with government cybersecurity matters, however, admitted there had been a breach.
Read more on Japan Times.  If you haven’t paid much attention to how Japan deals with cyberattacks or some notable attacks there, you may find this article a good backgrounder for you.
[From the article: 
The government says “Japan can defend itself” if a cyberattack launched by a foreign government constitutes use of force or a military strike against Japan.  But the relationship between self-defense and cybersecurity is tricky, and this bureaucratic jargon provides wide latitude for interpretation.  It is also unclear what kind of countermeasures Japan can take because the Constitution restricts the use of force to self-defense.

Think of this as the technical equivalent of the EpiPen?  Exactly the opposite of my suggested strategy.  No clear benefits identified. 
Virginia “Broadband Deployment Act” would kill municipal broadband deployment
Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill called the "Virginia Broadband Deployment Act," but instead of resulting in more broadband deployment, the legislation would make it more difficult for municipalities to offer Internet service.
The Virginia House of Delegates legislation proposed this week by Republican lawmaker Kathy Byron (full text) would prohibit municipal broadband deployments except in very limited circumstances.  Among other things, a locality wouldn't be allowed to offer Internet service if an existing network already provides 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds to 90 percent of potential customers.  That speed threshold is low enough that it can be met by old DSL lines in areas that haven't received more modern cable and fiber networks.
   The bill, which is being pushed by the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association lobby group, would also make it hard for localities to offer lower rates than private ISPs.

Inevitable.  How could they hope to compete with President Trump?
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to close after 146 years

An interesting but simplistic attempt at an opposite view.  Perhaps this will stir a debate among my students, but then none of them are preparing for minimum wage jobs.
The Curse of Econ 101

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Bob’s fact #6: When in Washington he won’t have to stay at the Trump Hotel (or the White House)
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