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cryptowizard.bizUS Exchange Takes a Step Toward Crypto: Nasdaq Bids for Cinnober - Crypto Wizard - Cryptocurrency NewsNews wires buzzed this week when the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (Nasdaq) announced its pending purchase of Swedish crypto-friendly stock exchange technology company Cinnober. Nasdaq made “an USD 190m all cash recommended public offer” to the company,1
spreaker.comFallout continues from Bolton speech attacking ICC, PalestineNational Security Advisor John Bolton said in a speech yesterday that the US would not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and, indeed, would sanction judges if the ICC moved forward on a war crimes trial against American soldiers in Afghanistan. The ICC said today that it would not be deterred by American threats. Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist who is the co-founder of Code Pink, joins the show.
mudabure.comAuburn vs. Washington odds: Week 1 college football picks and lines by expert on 8-1 rollTwo teams with their eyes on the College Football National Championship kick off their 2018 seasons in a huge Week 1 contest. The sixth-ranked Washington Huskiestake on the No. 9 Auburn Tigers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET from Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The hungry Huskies want to prove their 2016 College Football Playoff appearance, in which they were crunched by Alabama 24-7, was no fluke. This is the first-ever matchup between the Pac-12 and SEC squads, who are well aware that the winner gets the inside track to securing one of the four coveted College Football Playoff slots. Auburn, which went 10-4 last year, ended the season on10
aclu.orgCongress Is Poised to Give Trump Administration Powerful New Spying PowersThe Trump administration wants more spying power — and Congress appears poised to give it to them. Touting national security to justify spying powers that jeopardize our constitutional rights is a strategy that we have seen before. It happened with the Patriot Act after 9/11, and members of Congress and government officials are now employing similar arguments again. This time it involves a drone bill that some in Congress are pressing to be sneakily inserted into a larger piece of legislation that could be considered this month. According to news reports, members of Congress are lobbying to add the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 to the Federal Aviation Agency Reauthorization Act. Proponents of the bill claim that it will make our country safer. But, in reality, the drone legislation will give new surveillance powers to the Trump administration to spy on journalists, activists, and other Americans without a warrant. According to bill sponsors, the bill’s intent is to arm the “Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department with the ability to act quickly and effectively when a drone poses a risk to large-scale events and government facilities.” This goal may be admirable, but the bill does not achieve it. Instead, the bill empowers these agencies to warrantlessly spy on Americans without complying with existing US laws — including the Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Generally, these laws require the government to get a warrant if they want to wiretap or access other types of stored communications. The drone bill, however, exempts DHS and DOJ from these restrictions anytime it deems a drone a “threat” to certain covered areas. The bill defined covered areas so broadly — including areas where there may be emergency responses or federal investigations— that it will inevitably sweep in areas where media organizations have a legitimate interest in reporting. As we have noted before, this surveillance could ultimately sweep in communications of media organizations using drones to report on disaster areas or seeking to uncover details of children being held in immigration detention centers. It can also include information about private companies or even just drone hobbyists. Indeed, in a June hearing, a DHS representative admitted that surveillance was a benefit of the bill. In response to questioning, David Glawe, undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said that using drones “for law enforcement purposes to conduct surveillance on criminal suspects, terrorist, foreign intelligence is going to be an absolute benefit in how we develop these powers and procedures.” The bill also authorizes more than just collection of communications and other information from drones. It will also likely be interpreted to allow the agencies to hack or interfere with radio signals, without any court approval. While the agency has not specified what “counter drone” surveillance techniques it intends to purchase, we know that companies are developing and marketing products that can hijack drones, jam signals within a given area, and more. Jamming of signals could impact the ability of individuals on the ground to use WiFi or cellular networks, jeopardizing public safety by limiting the ability of hospitals, first responders, and other medical professionals to function. Similarly, there is no guarantee that the government only hacks drones that are in fact malicious or that efforts to hijack a drone do not result in unintended consequences. These risks are precisely why in July 2018 the FAA itself sent a letter to several stating that counter-drone technology was not ready for use in civil airports given the dangers it poses. Among other things, the letter noted that this technology has “safety implications,” including the risk of “false positives.” As a result, the technology could create greater “hazards” than it intends to mitigate. Despite these warnings, the proposed drone bill would give DHS and DOJ virtually carte blanche to use these counter-drone techniques without any judicial oversight or sufficient civil remedies in cases where individuals are harmed. Moreover, once collected, similar to other national security authorities, the bill creates a backdoor allowing this information to be used for purposes that have nothing to do with protecting individuals from drone threats. This sensitive and private information can be retained and used in broad circumstances, including supporting a “safety or security” function of DHS or DOJ. This could include general law enforcement, border security, or immigration enforcement. Exempting the government from following existing laws is entirely unnecessary to protect against drones that may pose a threat to public safety. In cases where a true emergency exists, the Wiretap Act and other federal law generally allow the government to quickly intercept and gather information and only seek a warrant after-the-fact. This carefully balances the government’s need to gather information quickly in an emergency, with the judicial oversight that is necessary to ensure that the government doesn’t falsely claim an emergency to avoid the Constitution’s warrant requirement.1
theedadvocate.org3 Ways Standardized Testing Hurts the Classroom - The EdvocateSpread the loveAssessment has become a central part of education. While lifelong learning should always be the main focus of a classroom, the pervasive knowledge that at some point, there will be testing, from the local scale to the national, has also become a backdrop in curriculum development. Standardized testing has long been part of the K–12 scene, but since the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2001, student results have been used by the federal and state governments to determine the level of funding schools receive. The salaries and job security of teachers and administrators are also …
cnn.comTrump's most trusted national security adviser? Himself.Earlier this summer, National Security Council experts were working to implement harsh penalties against Chinese technology behemoth ZTE when President Donald Trump caught them off-guard with a tweet about making deals with the foreign company.
cnn.comMichael Flynn set to be sentenced after midtermsFormer national security adviser Michael Flynn is ready to be sentenced, prosecutors and his defense team told a federal judge Monday. Flynn's sentencing had been delayed four times since he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last December.
theedadvocate.org4 Ways Americans Can Love Education Again - The EdvocateSpread the loveMost patriotic Americans agree education should be the most important issue in the country. After all, a country that lacks knowledge lacks power… right? Common sense tells us that in order to secure a thriving future for our nation’s children, we must become high achievers in the areas of math, reading and science. Unfortunately, the collective concern for education continues to wane. This may explain why education in the United States is considered average when compared to the rest of the world. Often employed by public officials looking for a platform, the issue of education continues to make …
theedadvocate.orgRespect for Teaching: Why is Education So Low on the Priority List? - The EdvocateSpread the loveBy Matthew Lynch Most patriotic Americans agree education should be the most important issue in the country. After all, a country that lacks knowledge lacks power…. right? Common tells us that in order to secure a thriving future for our nation’s children, we must become high achievers in the areas of math, reading and science. Unfortunately, the collective concern for education continues to wane. This may explain why education in the United States is considered average when compared to the rest of the world. Often employed by public officials looking for a platform, the issue of education continues …
mudabure.comsusan Rice mocks UK Prime Minister Theresa May for awkward dance moves: 'Somebody help her, please'Obama-era diplomat Susan Rice on Thursday took a rather undiplomatic swing at British Prime Minister Theresa May’s clunky dance moves in Africa, saying her groove “takes the cake.” “Somebody help her, please,” the former National Security Adviser and U.N. ambassador tweeted late Thursday. May’s antics on a trip to Africa began in Cape Town this week where she met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and was greeted by a group of dancing students. https://youtu.be/sDSsuccH8GU May was filmed woodenly dancing with some children, which quickly led to mockery by press and the Twitterati alike. THERESA MAY BUSTS OUT DANCE MOVES16
mudabure.comJames Ricketson: Australian filmmaker found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prisonAustralian filmmaker James Ricketson has been found guilty of espionage and sentenced to six years in a Cambodian prison. A trio of judges ruled Ricketson, 69, had for more than 20 years used documentary projects and humanitarian work as cover while collecting information that could jeopardise Cambodia's national security, despite a prosecution that offered little evidence to support the charge. When the verdict was delivered shortly after 10:00am (local time), Ricketson turned to the gallery and asked a question that has thus far gone unanswered: 'Which country am I spying for?' Then, from the window of the prison van taking8
theedadvocate.orgTeaching the next generation of cybersecurity professionals - The EdvocateSpread the loveNasir Memon, New York University Each morning seems to bring new reports of hacks, privacy breaches, threats to national defense or our critical infrastructure and even shutdowns of hospitals. As the attacks become more sophisticated and more frequently perpetrated by nation-states and criminal syndicates, the shortage of defenders only grows more serious: By 2020, the cybersecurity industry will need 1.5 million more workers than will be qualified for jobs. In 2003, I founded Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) with a group of students, with the simple goal of attracting more engineering students to our cybersecurity lab. We designed …2