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Daily Archives: April 4, 2018

Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time

“The Berkman Klein Center is pleased to announce a new publication from the Privacy Tools project, authored by a multidisciplinary group of project collaborators from the Berkman Klein Center and the Program on Information Science at MIT Libraries. This article, titled “Practical approaches to big data privacy over time,” analyzes how privacy risks multiply as large quantities of personal data are collected over longer periods of time, draws attention to the relative weakness of data protections in the corporate and public sectors, and provides practical recommendations for protecting privacy when collecting and managing commercial and government data over extended periods of time. Increasingly, corporations and governments are collecting, analyzing, and sharing detailed information about individuals over long periods of time. Vast quantities of data from new sources and novel methods for large-scale data analysis are yielding deeper understandings of individuals’ characteristics, behavior, and relationships. It is now possible to measure human activity at more frequent intervals, collect and store data relating to longer periods of activity, and analyze data long after they were collected. These developments promise to advance the state of science, public policy, and innovation. At the same time, they are creating heightened privacy risks, by increasing the potential to link data to individuals and apply data to new uses that were unanticipated at the time of collection. Moreover, these risks multiply rapidly, through the combination of long-term data collection and accumulations of increasingly “broad” data measuring dozens or even thousands of attributes relating to an individual…”

Infographic identifies worst rated countries for internet surveillance

betanews: “…Consumer security site Security Baron has created an infographic showing the best and worst, along with those named by Reporters Without Borders as, ‘enemies of the internet’. There are many results you might expect, China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia being on the list of ‘pervasive’ sensors for example. Russia, Burma and Pakistan among others… Continue Reading

‘Malicious actors’ collected data on 2 billion Facebook users worldwide

It is not surprising to now today from Facebook that the debacle of Cambridge Analytica harvesting data on 87 million people has escalated monumentally to the level of 2 billion users worldwide per the Washington Post: “Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them… Continue Reading

HHS Releases a New Resource to Help Individuals Access and Use Their Health Information

“The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records, a new online resource for individuals, patients, and caregivers.  This new resource supports both the 21st Century Cures Act goal of empowering patients and improving… Continue Reading

Variety – Facebook Under Fire: How Privacy Crisis Could Change Big Data Forever

Variety: “…The scandal in a nutshell: Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data analytics firm, illicitly procured the data of 50 million Facebook users — without their knowledge or consent — and then enlisted that to inform voter-targeting strategies for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. It wasn’t a hack per se. But both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica… Continue Reading

Generational conflicts gain spotlight at The New York Times

Vanity Fair: “Journalism Is Not About Creating Safe Spaces”: Inside the Woke Civil War at The New York Times: Catalyzed by the Trump presidency, roiled by flash points like Glenn Thrush, Bret Stephens, and Bari Weiss, a generational conflict not seen since the 60s is besetting the Times.” “For most of its history, the Times has… Continue Reading

Teaching Law: A Framework for Instructional Mastery

Miller, Nelson P., Teaching Law: A Framework for Instructional Mastery (March 20, 2018). Teaching Law: A Framework for Instructional Mastery, 2nd eds, ISBN: 978-0-9980601-8-7; 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3144445 “This text for law professors has fourteen sections following a typical law school term. Section topics include Course Objectives, Syllabi, Lectures, Socratic Method, Differentiating Instruction, Integrating… Continue Reading

Copyright Office Virtual Catalog

About the Virtual Catalog [Proof of Concept]: “The U.S. Copyright Card Catalog provides an index to copyright registrations and other public records pertaining to ownership of intellectual property. The catalog enables users to identify original copyright registration records and other U.S. Office records from 1870 through 1977. The information in these records typically includes: author(s),… Continue Reading

LC Copyright Modernization Office is Open

“The Copyright Office strives to provide high-quality services to its users. Therefore, the Office must develop an innovative and robust technological infrastructure that will provide these services in a streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective manner. IT modernization has been a top priority since 2011, beginning with a detailed analysis and review of the Office’s systems. The… Continue Reading

Lawyers Who Code: The Coder-turned-Barrister

“In this series, Legal Geek is speaking to Lawyers Who Code about why and how they learned to code, what the benefits have been and how long would it take to re-create the Matrix (OK, so we didn’t ask that last one). Next up is Simon Gittins…Simon Gittins is a former coder who became barrister… Continue Reading

Brookings experts reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brookings experts reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years after his assassination. Gary Burtless, Amy Liu, Jonathan Rauch, Carol Graham, Hady Amr, Marcus Casey, Jenny Schuetz, Anthony F. Pipa, Andre M. Perry, and Nicol Turner-Lee Tuesday, April 3, 2018. “To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s… Continue Reading