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The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work

The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work, Phillip Rogaway, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, USA. December 1, 2015
“Cryptography rearranges power: it con figures who can do what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension. The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and moral positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our inability to effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a failure of our eld. I believe that it does. I call for a community-wide e ort to develop more effective means to resist mass surveillance. I plea for a reinvention of our disciplinary culture to attend not only to puzzles and math, but, also, to the societal implications of our work.”

Library of Congress Literacy Awards Publishes 2015 Best Practices

“The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program, now in its third year, has just published “Best Practices 2015,” a review of the outstanding work in the field of literacy being done by the three 2015 Literacy Awards award winners and 14 additional organizations that are successfully implementing best practices in literacy and reading promotion. TheContinue Reading

Chinese Renminbi to Be Included in IMF’s Special Drawing Right Basket

News release: “The Chinese currency renminbi (RMB) is to be included in the basket of currencies which make up the IMF’s Special Drawing Right, or SDR. This is the first time in over 15 years that the list of currencies comprising the SDR has been altered. The change was agreed by the IMF’s Executive BoardContinue Reading

3.2B People Now Online Globally TechCrunch Reports

“The 2015 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched on 30 November, 2015, on the first day of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2015, in Hiroshima, Japan. Parallel launch events took place in Addis Ababa, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva and Moscow. The Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICTContinue Reading

Testimony on CBO’s Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2016 Shipbuilding Plan

Testimony by Eric J. Labs, Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons, before the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, December 1, 2015. The submitted statement reprises CBO’s report, An Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2016 Shipbuilding Plan, which was released on October 29, 2015. ThatContinue Reading

A November 2015 Thank You From beSpacific to My Readers

Thank you for reading beSpacific, for supporting beSpacific and for engaging my research in your work and your lives. I am grateful for and to my friends, colleagues and readers, near and far. I appreciate your support now and as we move into the new year. I will continue to remain focused on issues andContinue Reading

Want to Obtain FBI Records a Little Quicker? Try New eFOIA System

“The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population. This new system allows the public to make online FOIA requests for FBI records and receive the results from a website where they haveContinue Reading

Oversight Committee Announces FITARA Scorecard

“Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a scorecard assigning letter grades to federal agencies on their implementation of the bipartisan Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted in December 2014. Full Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), IT Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL), and GovernmentContinue Reading

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Kaiser Family Foundation – “HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The first cases were reported in 1981 and today. There are approximately 36.9 million people currently living with HIV and tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causesContinue Reading

Creating New Pathways to Justice Using Simple Artificial Intelligence and Online Dispute Resolution

Thompson, Darin, Creating New Pathways to Justice Using Simple Artificial Intelligence and Online Dispute Resolution (June 30, 2015). International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution, 2015 (2) 1. Available for download at SSRN: “Access to justice in can be improved significantly through implementation of simple artificial intelligence (AI) based expert systems deployed within a broaderContinue Reading

Business Journals – What your salary is really worth across America

“The cost of living varies considerably across the nation, which is why we devised this interactive map. Choose an area and enter a salary. Then scroll across the map to see how much you’d need to earn in other areas to have the same purchasing power. As part of the How Far Your Money GoesContinue Reading

Final Report of the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel

Via FAS – House Committee on Homeland Security, Final Report of the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, October 2015. “Today we are witnessing the largest global convergence of jihadists in history, as individuals from more than 100 countries have migrated to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq since 2011. SomeContinue Reading