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

New laws give victims more time to report rape or sexual assault – even Jeffrey Epstein’s

Jane E. Palmer is a scholar of gender-based violence currently studying the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault. In this article Palmer examines why someone might wait decades to report a sexual assault, why sexual offenders are often not held accountable, and why so few resources are devoted to rape prevention. She believes that increasing – but not eliminating – time limits will not help most victims heal or access justice.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Legal Research

The Mindful Lawyer: Apps and Other Resources

Nicole Black discusses practical ways for lawyers to combat work related stress. One of the most effective ways she suggests that colleagues may can consider is to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. Fortunately, there are lots of mindfulness apps and tools available for lawyers seeking to reduce heir stress levels through mindful thinking. Black shares some of her favorites, all of which are low-cost or free resources designed to get you on your way to a more stress-free existence.

Subjects: Communications, Continuing Legal Education, Education, Gadgets/Gizmos

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 17, 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: More than 1 million people had their fingerprint data exposed by a huge security hole; IRS Security Summit Series for Tax Professionals: Create a Data Theft Recovery Plan; Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons; and Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States.

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Government Resources, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 11, 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: How to make a VPN in under 30 minutes – and which services leak your data; How to Find Spyware Your Employer Installed on Your Computer and What to Do About It; Users can sue Facebook over facial recognition software, court rules; and When Robots Make Legal Mistakes.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, KM, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware