Monday, July 03, 2017

How is war defined in the cyber age? 
On Saturday, Kevin Scheid, a Department of Defense veteran, was placed in charge of NATO’s cyber operations.  The appointment wouldn’t be big news if it weren’t for the fact that he’s joining the organization at a hair-raising point in history.  The vicious malware triggered NATO to announce on Friday that the attack is believed to be the work of a state actor and is a potential act of war. 

(Related).  How many drones would it take to shut down an airport completely for 24 hours?  How could we defend against such an attack? 
Drone causes Gatwick Airport disruption
A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.
An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods of nine minutes and five minutes on Sunday evening after the drone was sighted.

Russia, China, now the US. 
Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they want to do business.  Now, the US government is giving the same ultimatum and it’s getting what it wants.
On Sunday, the CEO of security firm Kaspersky Labs, Eugene Kaspersky, told the Associated Press that he’s willing to show the US government his company’s source code.  “Anything I can do to prove that we don’t behave maliciously I will do it,” Kaspersky said while insisting that he’s open to testifying before Congress as well.

Organizations seem to view all data as just bits and bytes.  Remembering which system impact people is hard to train into them.  (Why didn’t Google raise concerns?) 
From the Information Commissioner’s Office:
The ICO has ruled the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it provided patient details to Google DeepMind.
The Trust provided personal data of around 1.6 million patients as part of a trial to test an alert, diagnosis and detection system for acute kidney injury.
But an ICO investigation found several shortcomings in how the data was handled, including that patients were not adequately informed that their data would be used as part of the test.
Read more on the ICO’s site.

(Related).  Another country and a different type of organizations, but the same disregard for personal information.
Janene Pieters reports:
An investigation into the Tax Authorities‘ practices in handling confidential information revealed ten cases of “unauthorized data exchange”, State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finances informed parliament in a letter.  In one case, the State Secretary pressed charges with the Public Prosecutor, he wrote.
The investigation in the Data & Analytics department is still ongoing, but Wiebes thought it best to inform the Tweede Kamer of the preliminary findings.  All ten cases were reported to the Personal Data Authority, and the persons affected, as specified in the Personal Data Protection Act.
Read more on NL Times.

Interesting.  Also, a but on how education will change. 
IMF – Millennials and the Future of Work
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 2, 2017

Bad algorithm?  How about pogo sticks?  Leaping skateboarders? 
Autonomous Cars Can Handle Reckless Drivers, But Not Hopping Kangaroos
   In a statement earlier this week, Volvo admitted that its own self-driving technology has a problem; its “Large Animal Detection system” is bamboozled by kangaroos.  Volvo’s Technical Manager for Australia, David Pickett, told the ABC that its car can deal with deer and other similar animals crossing the road, but is confused by the hopping kangaroos.  “When it’s in the air, it actually looks like it’s further away, then it lands and it looks closer,” he said.” 
This is actually because Volvo’s system [AKA: algorithm  Bob] measures how far away objects are by their distance from the ground, which confuses the sensors when a kangaroo is in the air.

I admit, this snuck under my radar. 
With Panasonic’s help, Denver is building a smart city within a city
   While the receptive government was helpful, it wasn’t the only factor that brought Panasonic to Denver.  Near the airport, at the second-to-last stop off the commuter rail line is Peña Station.  Look at it now on Google Maps, and it’s just a big patch of dirt, about 10 miles from the Denver International Airport.  The 400 acres that Panasonic and its partners plan to develop aren’t subject to the typical processes that come with being part of a municipality.  “Ultimately because of the partnership and the fact that we’re land investors, we essentially have the ability to pull the trigger on new and emerging technology.”  Without having to wait for request for proposals, in 18 months, Panasonic has set up Colorado’s first microgrid, smart street lamps, and signed a partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to test self-driving vehicles on a stretch of Interstate 70.
The city has also found ways to automate some services and reduce wait times at the DMV.  If you go to the city of Denver’s website, you’ll see a list of things you can do online, from paying parking tickets, to adopting a pet, to checking recreational center hours.  “Denver has also launched a mobile app, Pocketgov, as a one-stop-shop to city services,” said Jenna Espinoza, spokeswoman for the office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  “With Pocketgov, residents can report problems, ask questions, and get information about vital city services like snow plowing, street sweeping, waste services, and more.”

Might be useful for our international students.  Note that English is missing, but Klingon is there. 
Language Links Database – Home of All The Free Language Resources
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 2, 2017
Welcome to the Language Links Database – “The purpose of this website is to list all the best free language links and language resources.  Knowledge should be easily accessible.  Day by day new language links are added.  If you don’t see language links for some of the languages you’d like to learn, please be patient.”

Definitely a keeper.
Just in time for summer – 1,704 free high-resolution national park maps
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 2, 2017
Via Matt Holly: “The National Park Service publishes tons of great free maps; I’ve collected them all for you.  Here on NPMaps you’ll find hundreds of PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map; you can view all parks alphabetically and sort by state.  Or use the menu above to navigate to the park of your choice.
If you’re looking for a single national parks map that shows all U.S. national parks, click the image to the left (2.7 mb) or download the PDF (21.2 mb).  The PDF map will take a while to load; please be patient!  Or, order a large poster of this national parks map from the NPMaps Store (links open in new window).
I created this site because I love visiting national parks and planning trips by poring* over a classic national park map.  However, I’ve always found it time-consuming to visit each park’s web page and use an embedded map viewer or muddle through the website to find a nice printable map.
So I’ve done the hard work for you and collected maps of each park and hosted them here.  I’ll be continually updating this site over time, adding more parks and including as many free downloadable maps as I can find.  I’ll post new pages in the Latest Updates section as I add more.
Besides hosting the main national park brochure maps, I’ve also endlessly paged through park newspapers, management documents, and other non-user-friendly PDFs in order to extract the maps and provide them here for you.  Enjoy the fruits of my labor! I cut out all the extra info to give you just the maps, straight up.”

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