Saturday, July 21, 2018

 Smart Cities and IoT -- a new report from the Georgia Institute of Technology on progress being made.



https://gcn.com/articles/2018/07/17/smart-city-iot-use-cases.aspx

Friday, July 20, 2018

"Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm on Concerns About Sharing of Public User-Data" -- Wall Street Journal

This Wall Street Journal story helps us understand how far we are in the world of judgment now, where Facebook is responsible not only for auditing how its data is used, but also for determining when to pull content from the site, setting up a First Amendment discussion for most of us.  Does Facebook have an editorial responsibility?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

 An administration at odds with its national intelligence agenciesEdit


https://breakingdefense.com/2018/07/pentagon-rolls-out-major-cyber-ai-strategies-this-summer/

As the president continues to obfuscate on what he might have agreed to with Putin, our national defense agencies continue their drive to block further cyber incursions into the country's critical infrastructure.  In this effort, the public and private sectors are united.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New resolution

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Inset at the National Academy of Science, Washington DC





Happy New Year, everyone!  This update comes with a firm resolution to post here more often.  I've gotten in the lazy habit of only describing the national environment when I write my monthly column for ASA News & Notes.  I'm resolving to post here at least once a week going forward -- probably from my UW office in the hour or so before I start to teach at the end of each week.

I'm happy to be teaching information ethics and policy this quarter, as the president continues to try to erase Barack Obama's eight years in office.  There are three branches of government, designed to provide checks and balances on one another; one branch, Congress, should be thinking of what is best for the country (rather than for their particular political party) when they vote on consequential issues like DACA, or review actions by federal agencies (FCC and net neutrality).  Then there is the judicial branch, soon to be weighing in on consequential issues like the immigration order and surveillance via data to be found on one's smartphone, for which they have already ruled that a warrant is necessary to examine.

Outside these three branches is the Special Prosecutor, investigating ties between the Russians and the Trump campaign team; and examining instances that may turn out to be obstruction of justice -- which we remember in detail from (for example) President Nixon's actions that led him to resign before he could be impeached.

As we move further into my information ethics and policy course, I'll be sharing some of the students' reflections on the questions they answer each week.