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Paper – Cybersecurity, Identify Theft, and Standing Law

Chou, James C., Cybersecurity, Identify Theft, and Standing Law: A Framework for Data Breaches Using Substantial Risk in a Post-Clapper World (December 15, 2016). National Security Law Brief, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938692
“Since Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, many courts have shut the door on victims alleging a heightened risk of injury, particularly when the injury is identity theft, because Clapper does not permit standing based on a heightened risk of injury alone. But recently, the Seventh Circuit disagreed with that view when deciding Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, a case involving a breach of Neiman Marcus’ systems, holding that Clapper neither altered standing law nor did it foreclose all heightened risk injuries. This Article agrees and argues that Clapper did not alter the Article III standing requirements; it merely reemphasized the Court’s demand for a heightened scrutiny for constitutional challenges to government activity. Consequently, the Seventh Circuit correctly applied standing law in Remijas under a “substantial” risk theory. Part I will discuss large scale data breaches and its relationship with identity theft, Clapper, and Article III standing on imminent injuries. Part II argues that the minimum constitutional threshold should allow standing under a heightened-risk-of-identity-theft (HRIT) using a “substantial” or “reasonable” risk threshold. Part III applies Part II to data-breach cases, specifically, and suggests several factors the courts could consider when determining whether a victim faces a sufficiently imminent injury for Article III standing. Part III also demonstrates that the Seventh Circuit used similar factors in Remijas. I then conclude.”

AP style change: Singular they is acceptable ‘in limited cases’

Poynter: “For the first time, The Associated Press now permits journalists to use “they” as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about… Continue Reading

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

The New York Times – “Landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure [S.J.Res.34 sponsored by Senator Flake] passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the… Continue Reading

iNaturalist.org

“iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.  From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might… Continue Reading

Digital divide persists in America

Pew FACTANK – “Nearly 30 years after the debut of the World Wide Web, internet use, broadband adoption and smartphone ownership have grown rapidly for all Americans – including those who are less well off financially. But even as many aspects of the digital divide have narrowed over time, the digital lives of lower- and… Continue Reading

How WSJ visualized 500+ conflicts of interest of The Trumps

Storybemch explainer: “The Wall Street Journal recently published an interactive graphic showing the Trump family’s more than 500 potential conflicts of interest. In it, a galaxy of dots and lines show the complicated relationships between Trump, his children and a complex network of business holdings. Storybench spoke with Joel Eastwood, the reporter, and Julia Wolfe, the graphic designer,… Continue Reading

Social Media Info Guide to Tumblr

The Social Media Information Blog Investigator’s Guide to Tumblr – “Founded in 2007,  Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website. The platform, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, allows users to share text, images, quotes, links, video, audio, and chats. Tumblr’s appeal is that it allows users to be creative and build independent… Continue Reading

Organization & Structure of Open Source Software Development Initiatives

Berkman Klein Center – Development Initiatives – Challenges & Opportunities Concerning Corporate Formation, Nonprofit Status, & Governance for Open Source Projects. March 22, 2017 “Freely available and open to anyone to contribute to or use, open source software is regularly at the heart of exciting and impactful innovation. Much of this innovation is a result… Continue Reading

Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps

Google Blog: ““Where are you now?” and “What’s your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app.… Continue Reading

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce:

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here? (2017): “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business… Continue Reading

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting, GAO-17-247: Published: Feb 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2017. “How are federal agencies managing their 400,000+ teleworkers? The 4 agencies we reviewed (Ed, GSA, Labor & SEC) generally met the reporting requirements in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. However we found… Continue Reading

New study reports on growing polarization in media

Columbia Journalism Review – “The 2016 Presidential election shook the foundations of American politics. Media reports immediately looked for external disruption to explain the unanticipated victory—with theories ranging from Russian hacking to “fake news.” We have a less exotic, but perhaps more disconcerting explanation: Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between… Continue Reading