Pete Recommends – weekly highlights on cyber security issues – March 20 2018

Subject: Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints
Source: Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday. The figure was cited by plaintiffs suing Microsoft for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women at the world’s largest software company. Microsoft denies it had any such policy. The lawsuit, filed in Seattle federal court in 2015, is attracting wider attention after a series of powerful men have left or been fired from their jobs in entertainment, the media and politics for sexual misconduct.

Subject: Laws on Erasure of Online Information
Source: The Law Library of Congress via BeSpacific

In November 207 the Law Library published a report on Laws on Erasure of Online Information: “This report describes the laws of twelve jurisdictions that have some form of remedy available enabling the removal of online data based on harm to individuals’ privacy or reputational interests, including but not limited to defamation.

[above links to a 62-page PDF] Subjects: Legal Research, Libraries

Subject: 3 free tools that’ll help you shop way smarter on Amazon
Source: Business Insider

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  • Most of us make several Amazon purchases a year, but using three free tools can help you make sure you’re getting the best deal, and a worthwhile item.
  • CamelCamelCamel can show you an item’s price over time, so you know whether or not it’s a good time to buy.
  • ReviewMeta take a look at an item’s reviews to make sure they’re coming from legitimate sources, and tell you whether you should feel safe buying it.

One of Amazon’s greatest strengths — its wide selection — can also be a major weakness. Besides being faced with general choice paralysis, it can be hard to know which companies and items to trust. It’s our job to help steer you in the right direction, but if you need to make a quick decision about something we haven’t covered, there are three free online tools you should consult first. We consult these tools, too, and taking the five or so minutes it takes to use them can save you from wasting money and being frustrated. To help you get the most out of them, I’ve run through an example of how to use each when researching something to buy, below. I chose a Sonos speaker for the purposes of this article, but you can run any item that’s available on Amazon through these free tools to see if it’s worth your time.

Subject: Code is used to send messages in and out of jail
Source: Business Insider

  • In jail, inmates often rely on secret codes to slip messages past corrections officers.
  • Cracking these codes is the specialty of the FBI’s cryptanalysis unit.
  • We compiled some of the most common jail codes, as well as one the FBI never solved.

In jail, corrections officers are constantly monitoring the mail inmates send and receive. They’re looking for any number of things hidden in the envelopes — drugs, money, or contraband items like cell phones, for example. But in many cases, they’re looking for something much harder to spot: secret codes. That was the case last year at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, when staff intercepted a letter from an inmate that looked innocuous, but actually contained an encoded message ordering a hit on a staff member. Cracking codes is the specialty of the FBI’s Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit, which details on its website the various types of secret codes, or ciphers, used by inmates. We’ve compiled some of the most commonly used codes below…

Subject: Here’s what Trump’s ‘Space Force’ could look like
Source: Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump suggested creating a branch of the military for space on Tuesday.
  • The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act originally called for establishing a Space Corps under the Air Force, and also a United States Space Command under USStratcom.
  • While the language in the bill was struck down, it did vaguely lay out what the new force would look like.

President Donald Trump suggested creating a branch of the military for space on Tuesday while speaking to US Marines in San Diego. While the language struck from the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was vague, it did offer some clues as to how the Space Corps would be organized and what duties it would fulfill. “My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump said, speaking at Miramar Air Station. “We may even have a Space Force.”

Subject: Could California Effectively Restore Net Neutrality for the Entire Country?
Source: Slate

If the legislation passes, California would follow Washington, which was the first state to pass its own network neutrality policy at the beginning of the month. Governors in New York, Montana, and Hawaii have issued executive orders that bar state offices from doing any business with internet providers that don’t adhere to basic network neutrality protections, like prohibitions on speeding up access to sites that pay to reach users at faster speeds. California’s might be the most significant—not just for the bill’s toughness and the state’s huge population, but also because it’s the home of the world’s largest internet giants.

Subject: DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Nearly 1 in 5 EU5 physicians use Siri, Alexa – Apple Watch sensor can detect dangerous levels of potassium – Fitbit app targets women’s health
Source: Business Insider

1 IN 6 EUROPEAN PHYSICIANS USING SIRI, ALEXA: As voice assistants continue to gain traction with consumers, doctors are also turning to them to free up more time for tending to their patients. More than half of physicians in EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) use or are interested in using voice assistants at work, according to new data from DRG Digital. And 17% are already using voice assistants, such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, in their clinical practice to look up disease information and treatment guidelines, and to check their schedules. A further 39% of EU5 physicians are interested in using voice assistants in the future.

Early adopters of voice assistants in a clinical setting have found the technology can help on two fronts: Easing the burden of inputting and retrieving patient data; Increasing physician and clinic productivity…

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