Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Antipodean Cybercrime Centre: Ginni Rometty and Kevin Zuccato

Tech giant IBM has unveiled plans to open up a new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in Canberra, appointing a former AFP   tech chief to lead its initiative. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty announced the operation at the company's Think Summit in Sydney on Tuesday, saying it tied in well with the government's recently announced $230 million Cyber Security Strategy.

The centre will be located in IBM's existing Canberra site and be run by former head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre Kevin Zuccato, and will essentially be used by the company to sell into government and corporations. IBM: Ginni in a cyber bottle of innovation

Kevin Zucatto has 30 years’ experience in law enforcement, cyber security, national security and intelligence, including at the Australian Federal Police for more than five years as Assistant Commissioner and five years leading the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. He was also part of a team which established the Vietnamese High Tech Crime Centre and served as the Australia Policing Liaison Lead in Washington.

*Turnbull promises $50m myGov reboot ...

A former head of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has said the criminal conviction of former state Labor minister Eddie Obeid vindicates the work of the corruption watchdog and strengthens the push for a similar body to be set up federally.

Obeid conviction strengthens push federal ICAC David IPP says

Outsourced Medicare paymentscould be handing companies a "licence to steal" taxpayers' money, one of Australia's leading health finance figures has warned. Claims processing must be in the hands of public servants who are not motivated by profit, medical billing services pioneer Margaret Faux has written in a passionate defence of Medicare, which, she says, is "too precious to be preyed upon by corporate greed" Medicare outsourcing a licence to steal says billing pioneer Margaret Faux 

"Supreme Court Complicates Corruption Cases From New York to Illinois": Eric Lipton and Benjamin Weiser have this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
And in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeremy Roebuck has a front page article headlined "Could Monday's Supreme Court decision on ex-Virginia governor help Fattah?"

"Supreme Court to Hear Case on ATM Fees; Visa, MasterCard and several banks are challenging lawsuits alleging they conspired to set anticompetitive ATM fees": Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal has this report

Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, who is known well for his longtime feud with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, isn’t going to let a little thing like death keep him from lobbing “posthumous swipe[s]” at the deceased jurist. Constitutional historian David Bernstein was quick to call Judge Posner’s comments “revolting.” [WSJ Law Blog]

More Perfect, a podcast bringing the stories behind the highest court in the land to life. [RadioLab]

Tony Villegas was convicted of the murder of Melissa Britt Lewis, a former partner at Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s firm. Villegas blamed Lewis for the breakup of his marriage thanks to her friendship with his ex-wife, who once served as the Rothstein firm’s chief operating officer. Villegas was sentenced to life in prison. [Sun-Sentinel]

“That was the whole point. I did not wish that my book were Eat, Pray, Love. As the only journalist to live undercover in North Korea, I had risked imprisonment to tell a story of international importance by the only means possible. By casting my book as personal rather than professional—by marketing me as a woman on a journey of self-discovery, rather than a reporter on a groundbreaking assignment—I was effectively being stripped of my expertise on the subject I knew best. It was a subtle shift, but one familiar to professional women from all walks of life.” The New Republic   

This Bookstore Will Serve You An Espresso While You Wait Five Minutes For Your Printed-To-Order Cold River Book 

“The pronounced stock shortage inside the Librairie des Puf” – that’s for Presses universitaires de France – “is not the result of an ordering mistake, but the heart of the shop’s business model.” New York Times 

The Full Court of Appeal has given the ­Australian Tax Office its first scalps under penalty provisions for tax promoters – from a scheme that saw plantation funds from Tasmanian timber giant Gunns end up with an alleged Ponzi scheme. Investment advisers Andrew Ludekens and Peter Van de Steeg had been cleared by Justice Middleton in the Federal Court in March of civil charges under Section 290-50(1) of the Tax Administration Act. It was the first time tax promoters were ­targeted under new provisions introduced in 2006 following Project Wickenby, the international tax fraud investigation. However, in a comprehensive judgment, the court overturned much of Justice Middleton’s ruling, setting new benchmarks for defining tax promoters and their role in attracting investors to a tax scheme even though they do not operate the scheme. 2013: Ponzi link to Gunns investors

2016: Commissioner of Taxation v Ludekens (No 2) [2016] FCA 755 (28 June 2016)