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Daily Archives: December 8, 2013

BIS Quarterly Review, December 2013

Rolling Stone – Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets

Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets by Janet Reitman, December 4, 2013. This story is from the December 19th, 2013 – January 2nd, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone. “Early one morning last December, Glenn Greenwald opened his laptop, scanned through his e-mail, and made a decision that almost cost him the story of his life. A… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Calculating Justice: Mathematics and Criminal Law

Via – Calculating Justice: Mathematics and Criminal Law – Ken Strutin’s new guide on criminal justice illuminates the growing importance of math in the administration of justice, with an emphasis on the areas of proof and judgment. Ken raises the examples of how statistics (evidence) and probability (analytics) have been used and challenged in many criminal cases to… Continue Reading

Paper – Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations

Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations, by Gary Ruskin, November 20, 2013 “Many different types of nonprofits have been targeted with espionage, including environmental, anti-war, public interest, consumer, food safety, pesticide reform, nursing home reform, gun control, social justice, animal rights and arms control groups. Corporations have been linked to a wide variety of espionage tactics. The most prevalent tactic… Continue Reading

The Semantics of Cyber Warfare

The Semantics of Cyber Warfare, Jason Fritz, Bond University. East Asia Security Symposium and Conference. Beijing. Nov. 2013 “The study of cyber warfare in China suffers from the same excess of overlapping terminology as in English documents. This paper will analyze key cyber warfare terms from authoritative sources and show that all of them can be broken down into three fundamental branches… Continue Reading

Google Oxygen study on good management – research identifites 8 key factors

LA Times, Stuart Pfeifer – Google Inc., a company known for its nontraditional work environment, has determined something that’s long been accepted in the workplace: Managers matter. The company, which has 37,000 employees and 5,000 managers, spent several years reviewing employee exit interviews, manager and employee evaluations and other data to determine what makes a good leader,… Continue Reading

Commentary – Norway Decided to Digitize All the Norwegian Books

Alexis Madrigal – The Atlantic: “The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.  Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library’s holdings. By law, “all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway,” so when… Continue Reading

American Library Association gathering support to protect user metadata and privacy

The Hill, Kate Tummarello: “…You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file,” said Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association (ALA). Government snooping of libraries has a long history. Under the Patriot… Continue Reading

Biblioteca Digital del Real Jardín Botánico

“The Digital Library of the Royal Botanic Garden (CSIC) is an online information resource about botanical bibliography. It wants to be the reference botany digital library of the Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Islands, Macaronesia, North Africa, Mediterranean region and Latin America publications; and also to provide the largest possible collection of essential works, journals, and other botanical works (historical,… Continue Reading

December natural gas prices spike in Boston

EIA – “The average bidweek price of natural gas in New England for December settled at $14.52 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), well above prices in other U.S. regions, according to the IntercontinentalExchange monthly index. The bidweek price, shown in the chart above, sets in a price for natural gas over the entire month… Continue Reading