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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues December 22 2018

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. Note – five significant highlights of this week’s column: Market volatility: Fake news spooks trading algorithms; Hackers Find a Way to Bypass Gmail Two-Factor Authentication; It’s Time for a Bill of Data Rights; Turning Off Facebook Location Services Doesn’t Stop Tracking; and Russia and 2016: Troll group sought to recruit ‘assets’ through social media, Senate told.

Subjects: AI, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Email, Financial System, Privacy, Social Media

Will America’s libraries miss out while Harvard grows still richer? Library endowment could help.

David Rothman is an indefatigable advocate for a national library endowment. He states: “Just ten Americans are together worth more than half a trillion dollars, and the assets of the top 400 U.S. billionaires added up to a cool $2.7 trillion in October 2017. Charity-minded members of the super rich love to give to elite institutions such as Harvard. Its endowment is well north of $35 billion. The Gates Giving Pledge could free up countless billions in future years for prestigious institutions like Harvard. But will America’s libraries miss out while Harvard, Yale, and Princeton grow still richer? Very possibly, if the American Library Association and other good people in the library establishment fail to act in time.”

Subjects: E-Books, Economy, Education, Libraries & Librarians, Social Media

The Bullshit Algorithm

Jason Voiovich goes directly to the heart of the matter with his statements that are a lessons learned guide that no researcher can afford to ignore – “Wasn’t the promise of data-driven, search engine and social media algorithms that they would amplify the truth and protect us from misinformation by tapping the wisdom of crowds? The fact is that they do not. And cannot. Because that is not what they are designed to do. At the heart of every social media algorithm is a fatal flaw that values persuasion over facts. Social media platforms (as well as search engines) are not designed for truth. They are designed for popularity. They are bullshit engines.”

Subjects: Internet Resources, KM, Search Engines, Social Media

As a Matter of Fact: A New AI Tool for Real-Time Fact-Checking of News Using Voice Analysis

Alan Rothman suggests a new phrase for a growing subject matter area which he calls Fact-Check Tech. His article introduces to use a prototype TV news voice scanner and fact-checker called Voyc. The significance of this new technology will quickly become apparent to news consumers here in the U.S., and around the world, as we are increasingly confronted with endless charges of “fake news” and counter assertions of what is “real news.” The Voyc technology currently under development can assess the audio of live news media broadcasts to determine the veracity of statements made within seconds of being spoken.

Subjects: AI, Business Research, Communications Law, Competitive Intelligence, Congress, Internet Trends, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Resources, Social Media

Technology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place

This commentary by Zachary Loeb synthesizes the increasingly frequent calls for oversight, regulation and even breaking up giant tech companies who have strayed way beyond their initial mission statements of “don’t be evil” and “helping you connect and share with the people in your life.” Public opinion has decidedly changed on issues concerning Big Tech, and Loeb’s opinion piece distills user concerns into a concise review of the boundaries of “public trust.”

Subjects: Big Data, E-Commerce, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 18 2018

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. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: a new DHS report – Data Craft: The Manipulation of Social Media Metadata; Volunteer disaster response websites grow up; Firefox Quantum to Add Breached Site Alerts; and 10 tax scams you should watch for this season, and how to avoid them.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Education, Government Resources, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 11 2018

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. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: A Guide to Privacy Resources 2019; Billions of Robocalls – Industry & Regulatory Solution; Powerful Data Privacy Legislation Drafted by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden; and Midterms 2018: Who paid for that Facebook ad? It’s not always clear.

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

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues November 3 2018

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. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: As digital threats grow, will cyber insurance take off?; Twitter now lets you report accounts that you suspect are bots; Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices; and The Next Big Internet Threat.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Healthcare, Social Media

Guide to Privacy Resources 2019

This guide by Marcus Zillman is a comprehensive listing of free privacy applications, tools and services that users may implement across multiple devices. These applications are from a range of sources that include small and large tech companies as well as subject matter specific websites, consumer industry groups and organizations. The focus of this article is on leveraging the latest technology and information that allows users to: (1) identify privacy issues and (2) implement privacy protections specific to their requirements, that span email, phone calls, chats, text messages, web browsing, computer drives and files, networks, collaboration spaces, and your photos.

Subjects: Computer Security, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Encryption, Privacy, Social Media, Viruses & Hoaxes

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues October 28 2018

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. Note – four significant highlights of this week’s column: How Russian trolls manipulated American politics; How to Spot a Twitter Bot; Suspected explosive devices are hard for UPS, FedEx, USPS to detect; and Apple boss takes aim at ‘weaponization’ of customer data.

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, Government Resources, Privacy, Social Media