Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Perfect for my Security Compliance class.
The Essential Guide to Legislation
PoliticoPro – “During a single Congress, hundreds of bills are enacted into federal law – but the initial legislation proposed by lawmakers in the House and Senate can number well over 10,000 bills per session of Congress. With so much proposed legislation flowing through the standard processes, tracking can quickly become difficult. This guide breaks down each step of the legislation proposal process in the House and Senate, the steps that can result in changes to legislation before it becomes law, as well as how the two houses resolve legislative differences. A key difference in the legislative process between the two chambers is that majority leadership wields more legislative power in the House than in the Senate, where individual senators have more control throughout the process, especially on the floor.”
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Give us a few years and we’ll figure this out.
GDPR Compliance Since May 2018: A Continuing Challenge
Companies must automate and streamline, or the challenge of GDPR compliance will overwhelm them.
McKinsey research shows that few companies feel fully compliant: as many as half, feeling at least somewhat unprepared for GDPR, are using temporary controls and manual processes to ensure compliance until they can implement more permanent solutions. Broader organizational challenges persist as well – particularly honoring and protecting the rights of data subjects and ensuring that impact assessments, reporting of breaches, and audit organizations are functioning properly. With numerous stopgaps still in place, companies struggle to implement sustainable, long-term solutions.

Can we trust the antitrusters?
EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation
The EU’s Competition Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon to investigate whether the company is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. The Commission says it will look into Amazon’s agreements with marketplace sellers, as well as how Amazon uses data to choose which retailer to link to using the “Buy Box” on its site. The announcement comes on the same day that Amazon announced changes to its third-party seller service agreement in response to a separate antitrust investigation by German regulators.

(Related) No doubt they will get to the bottom of that nagging question: How can you make money if Facebook is free?
Facebook Denies App Changes to Avoid Breakup: Antitrust Update
U.S. technology giants are headed for their biggest antitrust showdown with Congress in 20 years as lawmakers and regulators demand to know whether companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. use their dominance to squelch innovation. The House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee is holding a hearing Tuesday on the market power of the largest tech companies. Executives from Apple Inc., Inc., Google and Facebook are testifying. Here’s the latest from the committee room:

Perspective. It’s what companies are doing outside of Africa that caught my eye.
What do automation and artificial intelligence mean for Africa?
the latest round of technologies seems to be dealing Africa’s economic prospects a serious blow. Adidas, the German sporting goods company, has established “Speedfactories” in Ansbach in Germany and Atlanta in the U.S., that use computerized knitting, robotic cutting, and 3D printing to produce athletic footwear. Foxconn—the Taiwanese firm known for producing Apple and Samsung products in China’s Jiangsu province—recently replaced 60,000 factory workers with industrial robots. By reducing the importance of wage competitiveness, robots in “smart factories” can completely change what it takes for a place to be competitive in the global market for manufactures. If high-income economies are reshoring production, this could slow down and even reverse the migration of newcomers from Africa in global value chains.

Perspective. Since everyone now caries a portable device…
Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks
The world's largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources "digital first".
Pearson said students would only be able to rent physical textbooks from now on, and they would be updated much less frequently.
The British firm hopes the move will make more students buy its e-textbooks which are updated continually.
"We are now over the digital tipping point," boss John Fallon told the BBC.

A simple tool for creating “fake news.” Also a simple introduction to webpage coding?
See What's Behind Any Webpage With Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles
One of the topics that we talked about during the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp was digital literacy and critical thinking. To that end, I presented Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles as a tool that can be used to create a modified version of real news story from legitimate sources. Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles lets you see the code behind any web page and change that code to display anything that you want in place of the original text and images. After you have made the changes you can publish a local copy of the web page.
Watch the following video that I created to learn how to use Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles.
Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles provides a good way for students to see how the code of a webpage works.

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