Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Crikey More thoughts, musings and tidbits about the Fox News-Dominion case

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
~ William James

We won’: Murdoch drops defamation suit against Crikey

2022 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Rankings

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 15, 2023 – 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: Privacy Violation by GoodRx and FTC Remediation; Does ChatGPT Have Privacy Issues?; Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to more users worldwide; Why Banks Are Suddenly Closing Customer Accounts; and A Real-Time Website Privacy Inspector.

 ResearchBuzz Search Gizmos: “Get the 100 most popular Wikipedia pages for a given date and sort them by type (human, film, video game, etc.) Searches must be 2016 or later.”

The Promise and Perils of Tech Whistleblowing

Bloch-Wehba, Hannah, The Promise and Perils of Tech Whistleblowing (March 3, 2023). Northwestern University Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

“Whistleblowers and leakers wield significant influence in technology law and policy. On topics ranging from cybersecurity to free speech, tech whistleblowers spur congressional hearings, motivate the introduction of legislation, and animate critical press coverage of tech firms. 

But while scholars and policymakers have long called for transparency and accountability in the tech sector, they have overlooked the significance of individual disclosures by industry insiders—workers, employees, and volunteers—who leak information that firms would prefer to keep private. 

This Article offers an account of the rise and influence of tech whistleblowing. Radical information asymmetries pervade tech law and policy. Firms exercise near-complete control over corporate information, shielding their activities from oversight and scrutiny by regulators and the public. 

Secrecy, however, begets leaks, and leaks have become the de facto source of crucial information for lawmakers, regulators, and the public. Today, whistleblowing is an important part of broader efforts to bring accountability and transparency to the tech industry. Yet existing frameworks for protecting whistleblowers are partial and haphazard. 

The law often permits firms to retaliate against internal critics, leakers, and organizers. The result is an informational environment shaped by selective disclosures on the part of tech whistleblowers, and enormous discretion for tech firms that can choose whether and how to respond. 

Whistleblowing is therefore an incomplete, but still significant, source of information in the absence of meaningful, rigorous, and systematic transparency rules. I make the case that broader protections for whistleblowing are a necessary component of systemic regulation of the tech sector.”

Who Will You Be After ChatGPT Takes Your Job? WIRED 


‘I’ve Never Hired A Writer Better Than ChatGPT’: How AI Is Upending The Freelance World Forbes

Notice the featured boss in the piece reveals herself to be stingy. $22 an hour? I paid my cleaning woman in NYC more on an hourly basis in 2019, and I pay the blue-collar helpers here in low cost of Alabama more too. 


Credit Suisse investors sue after facing billions in losses ABC 

US regional banks’ stability comes at a price after SVB’s collapse Financial Times

‘We may be looking at the end of capitalism’: One of the world’s oldest and largest investment banks warns ‘Greedflation’ has gone too farFortune. From early this month, still germane. Prices rise because firms raise them… 


Poverty in the U.S. should be considered a ‘major risk factor for death’ — and is associated with more fatalities than guns or homicides, study finds MarketWatch (tegnost). Tegnost: “Well, knock me over with a feather…” Lambert; “Everything’s going according to plan!”


Sand and Civilization (excerpt) Delancey Place

New Map of Dark Matter Validates Einstein’s Theory of Gravity Gizmodo