Monday, June 05, 2017

Something for my Ethical Hacking students.
Google Announces CTF Competition
Google announced on Friday the dates and prizes for the company’s second annual capture the flag (CTF) competition.
The qualifying round, for which nearly 200 teams have already signed up, will take place on June 17 and 18.  The top 10 teams will be invited to one of Google’s offices for the final round.
The prize pool for Google’s CTF is more than $31,000, which includes $13,337 for the first place prize, $7,331 for second place and $3,133.7 for third place.  The tech giant will also cover travel costs for up to four members of each finalist team – up to $8,000 per team.

A guide to resources.
New on LLRX – Automatic Justice: Shaping the Legal Mind of Tomorrow
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 4, 2017
Via LLRXAutomatic Justice: Shaping the Legal Mind of Tomorrow – Smart computing is changing the nature of legal work even as the profession struggles to understand its scope.  Machines sophisticated enough to communicate intelligibly and naturally with human hosts, technology with the processing power to wrangle big data are enhancing the way attorneys do their jobs and affecting the way they think.  Law practices are now set up in paperless offices, cases litigated in hi-tech courtrooms, research done almost exclusively online, demanding higher levels of technical competency and professional responsibility.  
The vocabulary of technology is filling the legal landscape: algorithms, analytics, artificial intelligence (A.I.), automated decision-making, avatars, big data, cloud computing, code, cognitive computing, computer-aided, computer-generated, creative computing, cyborg, data driven, data mining, data science, data trails, deep learning, electronic discovery (e-discovery), expert systems, machine learning, metadata, mobile technology, mosaic theory, natural language, neural networks, paperless and virtual offices, pattern matching, predictive analytics, robotics, self-replicating technologies, smart data, smart technology, source code, and supercomputers.
So, time worn lexicons and practice libraries are infiltrated with the latest computer terminologies and technical manuals.  The work of lawyers, judges and government officials increasingly relies on the processing power of microchips.  So, the Bartleby of tomorrow is taking shape today.  From document assembly to document drafting, the borderlands of decision-making, data analysis, and communication will mark the progress of law and raise new questions for the administration of justice.  And the breadth of information competence will need to expand with each new generation of technology.  This article by Ken Strutin is a significant, comprehensive and expert guide to recent and notable works on the automation of lawyering, the administration of law and legal thinking.

“We gotta do something?”  Any chance we could out-argue them? 
British prime minister calls for internet regulation after violent attack
The British PM said in a statement on Sunday that technology serves as a breeding ground for terrorism and extremism.  
“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” May said.  “Yet that is precisely what the internet and big companies that provide internet-based services provide.  We need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.”

Perspective.  Why would you want to stop remote work?
When Dell recently surveyed its 110,000 employees about their work habits, it discovered something surprising: While only 17% of Dell’s employees were formally authorized to work wherever they prefer, 58% were already working remotely at least one day a week.  That’s good news, says Steve Price, chief human resources officer at Dell.  In 2013, the company had said it wanted half its employees to work remotely for at least part of their week… by 2020.
In contrast, International Business Machines recently gave thousands of its home-based employees a choice: Start working at one of IBM’s regional offices or take a hike.
   Surveys done by Gallup indicate that in 2016, the proportion of Americans who did some or all of their work from home was 43%, up from 39% in 2012.

You need to look for the resources that can help you, but there is gold in this list.
New on LLRX – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 4, 2017
Via LLRXSabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2005 and has updated yearly since that time.  A wide range of free sites with expertly sourced content specific to researchers focused on business, finance, government data, analysis and news from the US and around the world, are included in this article.  The resources in this guide are the work of corporate, government, academic, advocacy and news sources and individuals or groups using Open Source applications.  This guide is pertinent to professionals who are actively engaged in maintaining a balanced yet diverse group of reliable, actionable free and low cost sources for their daily research.

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