Sunday, May 05, 2019

Our technology is more fragile than we realize.
Mystery in North Olmsted solved: Source of key fob, garage opener problems identified
After weeks of speculation, sleepless nights and confusion, the mystery of the key fob and garage door opener problems in North Olmsted has been solved.
The cause was a custom, man-made device inside a resident’s home.
So as to not identify the homeowner, Glassburn would only say it is a notification system which allows the resident to know if there is movement in the house/someone is in the house.
There is no malicious intent of the device, Glassburn noted.
Glassburn and Bill Hertzel, a retired communication employee, found the device after a resident agreed to allow them inside a home.
The device, which ran on a battery backup, was identified and disabled,” Glassburn wrote in a statement. “There will be no further interference and the resident has agreed to not make such devices in the future.

Should it be personal?
Facebook Faces a Big Penalty, but Regulators Are Split Over How Big
The F.T.C. chairman seems to have the votes to approve a settlement. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.
Along with disagreement about the appropriate financial penalty, one of the most contentious undercurrents throughout the negotiations has been the degree to which Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, should be held personally liable for any violation of a 2011 agreement, according to two of the people.
… “This is a hugely important decision because it will be watched by all these big companies to see if there is actually going to be a new day on the enforcement front,” said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has pushed for Mr. Zuckerberg to be held personally liable in any settlement.
But the settlement probably won’t include limits on Facebook’s ability to track users and share data with its partners, mandates that privacy advocates have raised as important for regulation in the United States, and that Facebook has fought. Mr. Simons has argued that the settlement proposal sets a new bar for enforcement of privacy violations and wants to avoid litigation that risks losing that opportunity.

Does the existence of the GDPR change the environment enough to encourage this type of lawsuit?
Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data
On Thursday, lawyers filed lawsuits against four of the country’s major telecommunications companies for their role in various location data scandals uncovered by Motherboard, Senator Ron Wyden, and The New York Times. Bloomberg Law was first to report the lawsuits.
The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.
Through its negligent and deliberate acts, including inexplicable failures to follow its own Privacy Policy, T-Mobile permitted access to Plaintiffs and Class Members’ CPI and CPNI,” the complaint against T-Mobile reads, referring to “confidential proprietary information” and “customer proprietary network information,” the latter of which includes location data.

Perspective. As a non-lawyer, I need all the perspective I can get. Could this just be jealousy?
The push to break up Big Tech, explained
There’s a pervasive feeling that the tech giants are too powerful ... but they’re also really good for consumers.
Technology companies based in Seattle or Silicon Valley now account for five out of the five most valuable companies in America, leading to a spate of commentary last year from lawyers like Columbia’s Tim Wu to economists like Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff arguing that Big Tech has, in some sense, gotten “too big.” And in 2019, politicians are starting to listen.

Even academics can write interesting papers.
Teaching AI, Ethics, Law and Policy
The cyberspace and the development of new technologies, especially intelligent systems using artificial intelligence, present enormous challenges to computer professionals, data scientists, managers and policy makers. There is a need to address professional responsibility, ethical, legal, societal, and policy issues. This paper presents problems and issues relevant to computer professionals and decision makers and suggests a curriculum for a course on ethics, law and policy. Such a course will create awareness of the ethics issues involved in building and using software and artificial intelligence.
… 6.1 Why to Teach Ethics?
Following are justifications to teach ethics: (1) Employers are not looking only for technical skills but they prefer to hire persons with good soft skills that include work ethics and responsibility. (2) Many cases of unethical behavior suggest that ethics education is important. (3) Law develops slower than new technologies and often does not provide a solution to many dilemmas. Law presently has difficulties to assign responsibility for problems that emerge from software. (4) Acts can be legal, but not appropriate from an ethical point of view (5) Ethics provides tools helping to make better decisions for the benefit of a person and society.

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