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Cybersecurity, Encryption and United States National Security Matters

Cybersecurity, Encryption and United States National Security Matters, Senate Armed Services Committee, September 13, 2016 (published September 2017), via FAS.

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News: “What constitutes an act of war in the cyber domain? It’s a question that officials have wrestled with for some time without being able to provide a clear-cut answer. But in newly-published responses to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon ventured last year that “The determination of what constitutes an ‘act of war’ in or out of cyberspace, would be made on a case-by-case and fact-specific basis by the President.” “Specifically,” wrote then-Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence) Marcel Lettre, “cyber attacks that proximately result in a significant loss of life, injury, destruction of critical infrastructure, or serious economic impact should be closely assessed as to whether or not they would be considered an unlawful attack or an ‘act of war.'” Notably absent from this description is election-tampering or information operations designed to disrupt the electoral process or manipulate public discourse. Accordingly, Mr. Lettre declared last year that “As of this point, we have not assessed that any particular cyber activity [against] us has constituted an act of war.”

FCL: A Formal Language for Writing Contracts

Farmer W.M., Hu Q. (2018) FCL: A Formal Language for Writing Contracts. In: Rubin S., Bouabana-Tebibel T. (eds) Quality Software Through Reuse and Integration. FMI 2016, IRI 2016 2016. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 561. Springer, Cham “A contract is an artifact that records an agreement made by the parties of the contract.… Continue Reading

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on Blockchain

Special Report: Blockchain World – When Bitcoin was unleashed on the world, it filled a specific need. But it wasn’t long before people realized the technology behind Bitcoin—the blockchain—could do much more than record monetary transactions. That realization has lately blossomed into a dazzling and often bewildering array of startup companies, initiatives, corporate alliances, and research… Continue Reading

Women are more concerned than men about gender discrimination in tech industry

Pew – “Women in the U.S. are substantially more likely than men to say gender discrimination is a major problem in the technology industry, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in July and August. The survey comes amid public debate about underrepresentation and treatment of women – as well as racial and ethnic… Continue Reading

NBC – Tracking President Trump’s Visits to Trump Properties

NBC News investigative report: “President Donald Trump frequently uses his luxury properties for government business and leisure, prompting ethics concerns over a president appearing to promote his private enterprise at public cost. NBCNews.com and the NBC News White House unit are tracking Trump’s visits to his properties and golf courses since his inauguration…The president’s trips… Continue Reading

Deloitte – The legal department of the future

The legal department of the future – How disruptive trends are creating a new business model for in-house legal – “Over the past 10 years, unprecedented disruptions—including the deregulation of the practice of law and advancements in technology—have been changing the face of the legal sector. Rigid silos are being replaced by more fluid structures.… Continue Reading

Enigma Public – Helps Connect You To Free Public Data

The world’s broadest collection of public data. By India Kerle, Associate Product Manager, Enigma “Data released by federal departments, state agencies and the like can reveal trends or anomalies that are in the public’s interest for data journalists to cover. From housing and pricing to hiring and the environment, public data can be critical to piecing… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases Common Pay Patterns and Extra Earnings Brief

“The U.S. Census Bureau released a new brief on “Common Pay Patterns and Extra Earnings: 2013,” highlighting earnings through different types of payments. These data come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. This brief examines the different types of pay received during calendar year 2013, including wage and salary, and extra earnings (which… Continue Reading

Paper – Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network

Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network October 5, 2017. Download from DASH – Download from SSRN. Authored by Paddy Leerssen and David Talbot “This case study of Ammon, Idaho’s city-run fiber-optic network describes an unusual strategy for encouraging retail Internet service competition and innovation. Cities, towns and counties seeking to help their… Continue Reading

Wildfire Suppression Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 115th Congress

CRS report via FAS –  Wildfire Suppression Spending: Background, Issues, and Legislation in the 115th Congress, October 5, 2017 “Congress has directed that the federal government is responsible for managing wildfires that begin on federal lands, such as national forests or national parks. States are responsible for managing wildfires that originate on all other lands.… Continue Reading

Women in the Workplace 2017 – McKinsey

Women in the Workplace 2017 – “More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo. Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for 30 years… Continue Reading

IMF World Economic Outlook October 2017

“The global recovery is continuing, and at a faster pace. The picture is very different from early last year, when the world economy faced faltering growth and financial market turbulence. We see an accelerating cyclical upswing boosting Europe, China, Japan, and the United States, as well as emerging Asia. The latest World Economic Outlook has… Continue Reading