Friday, May 20, 2022

62 world-changing ways companies are addressing the climate crisis

 Confidential reports detail rampant incompetence, identity theft at KDOL

Simon York, Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC said:

I am absolutely delighted have been asked to host this J5 International Tax Enforcement Summit, the first face-to-face meeting in over two years, and first meeting of our J5 Public Private Partnership.

This is a big moment for the J5 and a key step forward in realising our aim of becoming the international voice of tax enforcement.

We’ve done fantastically well to work virtually over the last two years but getting together has enabled us to significantly strengthen our relationships and plan the next phase of this ground-breaking alliance.

Tax fraud is a perennial and persistent threat to all our nations, minister tells tax chiefs

A Critical Review Of Tax The Rich! And The Patriotic Millionaires

62 world-changing ways companies are addressing the climate crisis - Fast Company: “The climate category of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards recognizes projects designed to mitigate the impacts of climate change, limit emissions, help build resiliency to climate disasters, or otherwise help solve issues of climate crisis. 
See the finalists and honorable mentions below, and read about the winner, a startup helping turn old buildings green—and making decarbonization affordable for everyone.…”

Exclusive: Report urges greater use of biometrics, face verification.

Identity verification in Australia needs an overhaul to make better use of biometrics, according to an independent review the government has kept secret for three years.

The formerly secret review also recommends the government make its facial verification system available to the private sector.

Commissioned in 2018, the review was led by former Attorney-General's Department secretary Roger Wilkins and IDCARE managing director David Lacey. It was handed to the government in 2019, but never released

How To Make Good Ideas Successful In Teams

The ideas that made it shared a process we came to call “voice cultivation”: the collective, social process through which employees help lower-power team members’ voiced ideas reach implementation. - Harvard Business Review

Washington Post: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify and catalogue videos from the war the day Russia’s invasion began. This work is now searchable in a database that will be updated. The videos have been uploaded in raw format; graphic content is clearly marked. [This database allows you to use a calendar to pick a specific day(s) to view available videos as well as filter the videos using tags and location metadata.]

  • Little has been spared. Houses, apartment buildings and playgrounds have been destroyed across Ukraine. 
  • Patients seeking care became victims of war. A maternity hospital, a cancer ward and a children’s dental clinic are among dozens of health facilities that have been struck. 
  • The port city of Mariupol has been largely cut off from the world. But some inside have managed to document the horrors of Russia’s deadly siege.
  • Bombardments are routine. Citizens filming from their windows and security cameras capture moments when strikes reduce structures to rubble…”

CRS Legal Sidebar – Is Unauthorized Dissemination of a Draft Supreme Court Opinion a Federal Crime? May 10, 2022 – “…Although federal law does prohibit the dissemination of certain kinds of government information—such as “classified” information related to national security—there does not appear to be a federal criminal statute expressly prohibiting unauthorized sharing of Supreme Court documents like draft opinions. Several laws that have been publicly referenced in connection with disclosure of non-public Supreme Court information could apply to particular disclosures depending on the underlying facts, which remain unclear in this instance, but there would be legal hurdles associated with seeking to use any of the referenced laws to prosecute the person or persons who shared the draft opinion in Dobbs. 

The provenance of the disclosure is unknown, so the laws addressed in this Legal Sidebar may or may not apply depending on the facts.Further developments in the Supreme Court marshal’s investigation could also make additional laws relevant (for instance, 18 U.S.C.§1001, which prohibits knowingly and willfully making a materially false statement “in any matter within the jurisdiction of the . . . judicial branch of the Government of the United States,” among other things). 

As relevant to the disclosure itself, this Legal Sidebar will briefly describe three federal criminal provisions that have been cited by commentators in the context of apparently unauthorized Supreme Court information dissemination and identify some of the potential issues that application of each of those laws could raise…”

 Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 14, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Five highlights from this week: Survey: 93% of Americans Fear Cyberwarfare Against U.S.; ICE Has Assembled a ‘Surveillance Dragnet’ with Facial Recognition and Data, Report Says; Thousands of Popular Websites See What You Type—Before You Hit Submit; EV Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Put Cars, the Grid at Risk; and What exactly is Web3?