Sunday, April 28, 2019

Certainly hard to explain. Why would any client data be unencrypted?
Jason Bramwell reports:
Mexican authorities said KPMG Mexico could be fined as much as 30 million pesos (about $1.57 million) for exposing the confidential payroll data of employees at 41 of its clients, which was housed in an unsecured database that wound up on the Internet.
According to El Economista, the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) will decide whether KPMG was in compliance with the requirements of Mexico’s federal laws on personal data protection and, if not, whether the firm deserves a hefty penalty.

As expected.
F.B.I. Warns of Russian Interference in 2020 Race and Boosts Counterintelligence Operations
The F.B.I. director warned anew on Friday about Russia’s continued meddling in American elections, calling it a “significant counterintelligence threat.”
… The F.B.I., the intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security have made permanent the task forces they created to confront 2018 midterm election interference, senior American national security officials said.

Why the Washington law failed to pass?
How lobbyists rewrote Washington state’s privacy law
The latest battle between Big Tech and privacy campaigners is not in Brussels, Berlin or Washington, D.C.
It's in Washington state.
There, lawmakers have days to resurrect data protection rules aimed at giving local residents — as well as Microsoft and Amazon — some of the toughest privacy standards in the United States. The proposals borrow heavily from protections already available in the European Union, including the right for people to demand the removal of information from companies' databases, and may soon become the foundation for potential nationwide U.S. privacy rules.
consumer advocates and some Washington legislators complain that the process of writing the law — originally some of the strongest privacy rules to be proposed in the U.S. for decades — was co-opted by corporate interests, tech lobbyists and industry-friendly lawmakers.

Will overriding the autopilot become a crime?
… “What we’re going to see in the future is a general decrease in crashes, we’ll see improvements in safety across the board,” predicted Michael Manser, a researcher at the Human Factors Program at Texas A&M University with almost two decades of experience studying how human driver behavior changes with new technology. “But you’re going to start to see a secondary layer of problems start to crop up. And I think a big part of these are going to relate to these breakdown in partnership between the system and the driver.”
The big question facing the automotive industry, one nobody has the answer to, is whether this secondary layer of problems will, over time, end up causing more crashes than the automation prevents.

Does this mean the Terminator won’t be replacing Judge Judy?
Major tech companies want to remain anonymous while criticizing the automation of criminal justice
The Partnership on AI, a trade organization founded by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft to set best-practice standards on AI research and implementation, released a new report today (April 26) condemning the use of algorithms to assess bail in criminal justice.

Lots of talks (videos) to choose from.
Here’s everything you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

For my next class discussion.
AI won’t destroy us, it’ll make us smarter
Advanced AI is not on its way to ravage humanity. It’s going to inform the next era of human life, and I think that life will be good.
Your “busy work” will be automated
You’ll spend more time in creative flow state
Your human cognitive characteristics will become even more valuable
You’ll never forget anything
It’ll help us all get along (with ourselves and each other)

Cell phones rat out bus riders?
The old rules for building a transit network concentrate service between the places where the most people live and the places with the most jobs. But that's actually a bad approximation of how a modern American city works.
… “Traditionally we're trying to provide fast service for long-distance trips,” he says. That's something the Orange Line and trains are good at. But the cell phone data showed that only 16 percent of trips in LA County were longer than 10 miles. Two-thirds of all travel was less than five miles. Short hops, not long hauls, rule the roads.

This is NOT what I teach my architecture students!

No comments: