Saturday, May 25, 2019

Just find another law that does apply.
Jason C. Gavejian and Maya Atrakchi of JacksonLewis write:
A district court in Tennessee recently concluded in Wachter Inc. v. Cabling Innovations LLC that two former employees who allegedly shared confidential company information found on the company’s computer system with a competitor did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The CFAA expressly prohibits “intentionally accessing a computer without authorization or exceeding authorized access, and thereby obtaining… information from any protected computer”.

How stupid is repeating stupid (and thoroughly debunked) ideas? Remember, If I can’t encrypt I can still encode.
Germany Talking about Banning End-to-End Encryption
Der Spiegel is reporting that the German Ministry for Internal Affairs is planning to require all Internet message services to provide plaintext messages on demand, basically outlawing strong end-to-end encryption. Anyone not complying will be blocked, although the article doesn't say how. (Cory Doctorow has previously explained why this would be impossible.)

Amazon files patent to record before you say 'Alexa'
Amazon has filed to patent a method for Alexa to start recording before anyone uses the wake word.
The patent filing, first spotted by BuzzFeed News, would capture and process incoming audio, detect long pauses, and send the data to a remote server while Alexa waits for the wake word.

I’m teaching my Architecture students to determine the right time to move.
What Boards Need to Know About AI
normally, boards don’t have to get involved with individual operational projects, especially technical ones. In fact, a majority of boards have very few members who are comfortable with advanced technology, and this generally has little impact on the company.
This is about to change, thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence.
More than half of technology executives in the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey say they intend to employ AI before the end of 2020, up from 14% today. If you’re moving too slowly, a competitor could use AI to put you out of business. But if you move too quickly, you risk taking an approach the company doesn’t truly know how to manage. In a recent report by NewVantage Partners, 75% of companies cited fear of disruption from data-driven digital competitors as the top reason they’re investing.

Someone thinks this is possible.
The rise of privacy preserving AI
Privacy-preserving AI techniques like federated learning are powering new systems that can benefit from multiple companies' data — without even having to know what the data is.
Perhaps the most obvious application for federated learning is in health care, where strict rules prevent sharing patient data — but the benefit of gathering lots is potentially very high.
  • Owkin, a French startup, has connected more than 30 hospitals and research centers to a system that learns from all of them, in the process rewarding the hospitals that contribute the best data.
  • Each institution's data stays on its own computers, rather than being sent elsewhere for processing.

I had not heard of these, but they make sense.
KCPD adds 'internet exchange' signs at stations for online sales
The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department now has official “internet exchange” areas at each of its six stations in the city.
Those who set up transactions online, such as through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, can meet at KCPD parking lots to complete the sale.
… Police warned that any buyer or seller not willing to meet at police stations “may have ulterior motives and could be unsafe.”

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