North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is 'begging… for… war', South Korea… branded 'scabby sheep'
Toxic and Predatory Barrowing millionaire factory: Macquarie staff victims of upskirting predatory behaviour
Can Government Keep Up with Artificial Intelligence?
Austrac built a big data platform for DHS to fight welfare fraud via Tony Tannous
RISE OF THE MACHINES: This Automated Sewing Robot Can Make Shirts Basically By Itself
Reid Hoffman - the Future of Artificial Intelligence - Extended Interview
AI is developing faster than experts imagined
Queensland fraud squad raised $800k three years project synergy
Following up on last week's post, Oei, Hemel On 'Robot Taxes': MIT Technology Review,San Francisco Will Consider a Tax on Robots
- Digital Journal, San Francisco Could Start Taxing Robots to Save Jobs
- Quartz, California’s Legislature Is Being Asked to Consider Taxing Robots
- Silicon Beat, Taxing Robots: SF Supervisor Wants California to Talk About It
- Wired, Tax the Rich and the Robots? California's Thinking About It
SUZANNE VENKER: The Whistleblower At GoogleUniversal Robots’s devices are designed to work directly alongside humans without being confined to a cage for safety, as with many other industrial models. But IOActive was able to remotely hack the software that controls the robot and disable key safety features. This could result in them being programmed to injure the humans around them.
Imran Awan’s still-active email address is linked to the name of a House staffer who specializes in intelligence and homeland security matters for Indiana Democratic Rep. André Carson. Court documents and emails obtained by TheDCNF show Awan used the address firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to his standard email@example.com account.He and two of his Pakistani-born brothers, as well as his wife, are at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Democratic congressional offices. Authorities shut down Awan’s standard email account Feb. 2, and he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles International Airport trying to board a flight to his native Pakistan on July 25.Authorities apparently did not realize Awan has a second account that is not linked to his identity. While his main email address began rejecting mail after it was shut down, the 123 address was still accepting mail Tuesday.Mail sent via Gmail fills in the name of the account-holder of 123 as Nathan Bennett, whose LinkedIn profile says his individual legislative portfolio covers “national security and foreign affairs” and includes work on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will be available for researchers, students or the generally curious anywhere in the world to explore, zoom in and read at loc.gov/collections/alexander-hamilton-papers/
Spying on the Smart Home: Privacy Attacks and Defenses on Encrypted IoT Traffic, Noah Apthorpe, Dillon Reisman, Srikanth Sundaresan, Arvind Narayanan, Nick Feamster,arXiv:1708.05044 [cs.CR]
“The growing market for smart home IoT devices promises new conveniences for consumers while presenting new challenges for preserving privacy within the home. Many smart home devices have always-on sensors that capture users’ offline activities in their living spaces and transmit information about these activities on the Internet. In this paper, we demonstrate that an ISP or other network observer can infer privacy sensitive in-home activities by analyzing Internet traffic from smart homes containing commercially-available IoT devices even when the devices use encryption. We evaluate several strategies for mitigating the privacy risks associated with smart home device traffic, including blocking, tunneling, and rate-shaping. Our experiments show that traffic shaping can effectively and practically mitigate many privacy risks associated with smart home IoT devices. We find that 40KB/s extra bandwidth usage is enough to protect user activities from a passive network adversary. This bandwidth cost is well within the Internet speed limits and data caps for many smart homes.”
“login.gov offers the public secure and private online access to participating government programs. With one login.gov account, users can sign in to multiple government agencies. Our goal is to make managing federal benefits, services and applications easier and more secure. Because login.gov is a shared service, users need fewer passwords and learn fewer interfaces. Also, security experts protect one service instead of many. Dedicated teams of design and security experts also will continuously improve it. Saving time and money – login.gov handles software development, security operations, and customer support. This frees up government departments to focus on their missions while reducing costs and improving security. Built cooperatively – login.gov works with the private sector and nonprofits to identify and implement best practices and new standards. login.gov builds on groundwork laid by the National Institute for Standards in Technology, the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, and the Federal Acquisition Service.” [h/t Pete Weiss]
How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence
The individual merit principle has produced public service leaders that look and talk the same, think alike and mix in the same circles. Heads of service are hatching plans to overturn decades of affiliation bias.
News Release, Former IRS Official Karen L. Hawkins to Chair ABA Section of Taxation:
They only loaned me the Steinway
Jacob Zuma’s Son, “Im not corrupt”, “I’m just a likeable guy”.
Do not stuff up this institution
It's a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs The New York Times - Op-Ed
Report: Corporate Tax Cuts Boost CEO Pay, Not Jobs Institute for Policy Studies
Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion: New United Kingdom Corporate Criminal Offence The National Law Review
Nairobi Tax Haven A Step Closer Tax Justice Network Africa
Negative ramifications foreseen with enactment of NIFC Bill
Chinese oil giant Sinopec probed by the U.S. over Nigeria bribery allegations Bloomberg
Too late, too little? The IMF and international tax flight UNU-WIDER Blog
See also: Policy diffusion within international organizations - A bottom-up analysis of International Monetary Fund tax work in Panama, Seychelles, and the Netherlands UNU-WIDER Working Paper
Trump wants to cut US corporate tax to 15pc to compete with Ireland silicon republic
Read about Tax 'Competition', or Tax Wars, here.
Challenging us to think big at Oxfam on gender and extractive industries The Politics of Poverty Blog“How can more equitable tax policy help eliminate gender injustice and increase women’s agency over their own lives and livelihoods?”
Aussie Tax Avoidance Taskforce – Trusts: ‘What gets our attention' International Investment
Germany is willing to give Netherlands access to Panama Papers DutchNews.nl
France's tax authority demands €600 million in tax from MicrosoftThe Local
Venezuela’s Ex-Prosecutor accuses President Maduro of Corruption OCCRP
Pakistan National Assembly passes bill to protect ‘whistleblowers’ in corruption cases Dawn
Bangladesh: Owner of Collapsed Building Jailed for Corruption OCCRP
Bank propagandists play hide and seek Michael West
'They have wailed long and hard about the dastardly injustice of bank taxes but peak body, the Australian Banking Association (ABA), is still yet to respond to questions about its own murky disclosures and secretive financial status ...'
UK: How big firms avoided up to £25bn in taxes Daily Mail
Court Grants Billionaire Rybolovlev’s Request for Sotheby’s Documents in Ongoing Feud With ‘Freeport King’ artnet
Is Hong Kong's Reputation for Financial Secrecy About to Change? The Diplomat'Hong Kong commits to identifying companies’ beneficial owners – or does it?'. Cites TJN's Financial Secrecy Index.
The Anonymous Companies That Protect Human Traffickers FACT Coalition
United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S., Caught on Email finews Asia
A Swiss private bank has reportedly handed over to authorities nearly 900 pages of paperwork related to a client allegedly linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal
Liechtenstein's LGT Bank plays up princely ties to woo Asian clients Reuters
Malawi, others lose $50 billion in tax evasion The Times Malawi
Apple Gets $208 Million in Tax Breaks to Build Iowa Data Center Bloomberg Technology / Associated Press"Critics questioned the wisdom and fairness of giving such tax breaks to one of the world's richest companies"
Australian Taxation Office's Tax Avoidance Taskforce sets out strategy against trust schemes STEP
Why Britain must end its role as Europe's offshore secrecy haven Herald Scotland
Exposed: the Scottish firms busting sanctions for Russia Herald Scotland
U.S. watchdog may fine Habib Bank, Pakistan's biggest lender, up to $630 million Reuters' ... for “grave” compliance failures relating to anti-money laundering rules and sanctions'
Ex-Banker Gets 7 Years in Prison for Taking Bribes While African Minister BloombergSee also: Ex-Guinea Minister Imprisoned for China Bribery OCCRP
UK: Big companies’ tax underpayment rises 14% to £24.8bn Financial Times' ... heightened scrutiny of multinationals’ tax affairs is partly a response to a public backlash against tax avoidance'
Commonwealth Bank of Australia hit with second regulatory probe after money laundering claims Reuters
Shell companies: Feds widen hunt for dirty money in Miami real estate Bradenton Herald