Thursday, January 18, 2018

The unexplored country? Every new technology must re-learn security from scratch?
Some Basic Rules for Securing Your IoT Stuff
Most readers here have likely heard or read various prognostications about the impending doom from the proliferation of poorly-secured “Internet of Things” or IoT devices. Loosely defined as any gadget or gizmo that connects to the Internet but which most consumers probably wouldn’t begin to know how to secure, IoT encompasses everything from security cameras, routers and digital video recorders to printers, wearable devices and “smart” lightbulbs.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, attacks from massive botnets made up entirely of hacked IoT devices had many experts warning of a dire outlook for Internet security. But the future of IoT doesn’t have to be so bleak. Here’s a primer on minimizing the chances that your IoT things become a security liability for you or for the Internet at large.

Another resource for my Data Management students!
Research Data Management at Harvard
Releasing in 2018
•Harvard-wide research data management website: (Q1)
•Single contact: (Q1)

Should we require software like this to go through testing like the FDA uses for new drugs?
Mechanical Turkers may have out-predicted the most popular crime-predicting algorithm
Our most sophisticated crime-predicting algorithms may not be as good as we thought. A study published today in Science Advances takes a look at the popular COMPAS algorithm — used to assess the likelihood that a given defendant will reoffend — and finds the algorithm is no more accurate than the average person’s guess.
… Reached by The Verge, Equivant contested the accuracy of the paper in a lengthy statement, calling the work “highly misleading.”
COMPAS has been criticized by ProPublica for racial bias (a claim some statisticians dispute), but the new paper, from Hany Farid and Julia Dressel of Dartmouth, tackles a more fundamental question: are COMPAS’ predictions any good? Drawing on ProPublica’s data, Farid and Dressel found the algorithm predicted reoffenses roughly 65 percent of the time — a low bar, given that roughly 45 percent of defendants reoffend.
In its statement, however, Equivant argues it has cleared the 70 percent AUC standard for risk assessment tools.

I’m kind of collecting tools like these.
Loom 2.0 - Create and Edit Screencasts
Loom is a free screencasting tool that works in the Chrome web browser. In addition to using it on a Chromebook, you can use Loom on a Mac or Windows computer as long as use the Chrome browser. Loom will let you create a recording of anything on your computer's screen. There's also an option to use your webcam while recording.
This week Loom announced the launch of version 2.0. Loom 2.0 includes the option to trim sections out of your videos. Initially, Loom limited recordings to ten minutes. That restriction has been removed in the latest version of Loom. Learn more about Loom 2.0 by watching the video that is embedded below. Watch for the bit about how you can use emoji reactions with your videos.

Denver is still in the hunt.
Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities, moving to next phase in contest for $5B economic prize
Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity.
The cities, named by the company a few moments ago, are Toronto, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Miami.
… The company employs more than 540,000 people worldwide, taking into account its Whole Foods acquisition, up from just 20,000 a decade ago.
During that period, Amazon has expanded beyond its roots in e-commerce and digital reading into cloud computing, logistics, drones, brick-and-mortar retail stores, artificial intelligence and many other parts of the technology world.

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