How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points

Samantha McDonald, University of California, Irvine focuses our attention on an increasingly critical issue – big technology companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google aren’t the only ones facing huge political concerns about using citizen data: So is Congress. Reports by congressional researchers over the last decade describe an outdated communication system that is struggling to address an overwhelming rise in citizen contact.

Subjects: Communications, Congress, KM, Legislative

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 28, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: ‘Perfectly real’ deepfake videos are 6 months away: report; ‘Nightmare’ for global postal system if Trump pulls out, U.N. body says; Most Health Data Breaches Expose Sensitive Information; and The Extended Corporate Mind: When Corporations Use AI to Break the Law.

Subjects: AI, Cybersecurity, Energy, Government Resources, Health, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 22, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies; A facial recognition ban is coming to the US, says an AI policy advisor; Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors; and Privacy Tips That Do Less Than You Think.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Election Law, Financial System, KM, Legal Research, Privacy

Emojis Have Unsettled Grammar Rules (and Why Lawyers Should Care)

Eric Goldman discusses a new article by three Dutch researchers on the grammar of emojis, or more precisely, the lack thereof. Their abstract concludes: “while emoji may follow tendencies in their interactions with grammatical structure in multimodal text-emoji productions, they lack grammatical structure on their own.” Goldman states, in other words, when emoji symbols are strung together, we don’t have a reliable way of interpreting their meaning. He goes on to discuss the impact of emojis and the law.

Subjects: Intellectual Property, KM, Legal Research

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 14, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Think your credit card is safe in your wallet? Think again; LinkedIn Can’t Block Analytics Company From Scraping Profiles; The Windows 10 Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now; and Safe Online Surfing Challenge Launches.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, KM, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 7, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Beware of web beacons that can secretly monitor your email; Study finds Big Data eliminates confidentiality in court judgements; and Threat of mass shootings give rise to AI-powered cameras.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Court Resources, Cybersecurity, Health, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 31, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Hijacked Reviews on Amazon Can Trick Shoppers; Google finds evidence of attempted mass iPhone hack; US waged cyberattack on database used by Iran to target tankers; and Career Services urges students to use caution to avoid fraudulent job postings.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Education, Privacy, Spyware

Libraries can have 3-D printers but they are still about books

Paulette Rothbauer, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, Western University discusses the consequences of the high value placed on each new technology or innovation of the moment that results in pushing books and reading to the margins in the commentary on the latest trends in public libraries. One such outcome might be the disavowal of public librarians’ unique, professional knowledge base related to books and reading. Another might be the abdication of a mandate related to the promotion of reading as a social good.

Today’s libraries do build community, support healthy living, promote knowledge and provide space for city sanctuaries. But it is critical that libraries continue to be about books and reading, and that Canadians understand the high value of well-staffed, well-stocked and well-funded libraries.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Gadgets/Gizmos, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Social Media, Technology Trends

Long Tail. Fat Risk. Why You May Want to Rethink Your “Platform” Strategy. Right Now

Tech savant, innovator and prognosticator – Jason Voiovich: “How many times in #marketing, #innovation, and #product strategy do we find ourselves looking only at the upside? In our TAM calculations, how often do we subtract out the “negative market”​ to account for risks? I’ve been doing this for nearly 25 years, and I never did. I suspect you haven’t either. I’m not sure I would have seen this as an obvious next step had I not spent the last year exploring the dark side of #platform strategies from Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s time to look at these business models holistically. “

Subjects: Big Data, Business Research, Competitive Intelligence, Data Mining, Economy, Information Management, KM, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 25, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Google adding autocorrect to Gmail; You Can Finally See All Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites; Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse; and In New Facebook Effort, Humans Will Help Curate Your News Stories.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Email, Government Resources, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media