Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Considering the challenges that face shuttered newspapers with decades or even centuries of material to preserve

Considering the challenges that face shuttered newspapers with decades or even centuries of material to preserve - Tedium – Dead on Archival: “…Newspapers and print journalism in general have been dying a slow death for more than 20 years now. While causes and the current state of the industry are very much in debate, there is little argument that print journalism is currently in a dire state. The Hussman School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill counted some 1,800 American newspapers that have closed since 2004. The corresponding loss of readership has been shocking, totaling nearly 50 million with unclear evidence whether those news audiences have moved online. For example, Nieman Lab examined the aftermath of The Independent, a British newspaper, choosing to close its print operations in favor of online-only distribution. 

When the paper made the decision in 2016, its print circulation was only 40,000, compared to more than 58 million online readers. However, those print readers accounted for more than 80 percent of the consumption of The Independent’scontent. The consequences of these closures have not been evenly distributed geographically in the U.S. California lost the most daily publications; New York and Illinois lost the most weeklies. 
More than 70 percent of closures were in metro areas that served hyperlocal communities, like suburbs and urban neighborhoods “where residents have historically relied on community weeklies to keep them informed.” Rural communities have seen closures too, of course, but surprisingly, only around 500 of these papers have closed or merged since 2004. The study went on to note that the vast majority of daily newspapers in America have a circulation of less than 15,000 issues. What happens when a newspaper closes really depends on where it happens. Most major cities still have at least one print publication but closure can be devastating in rural areas. The lack of information can have devastating effects too numerous to list here. However, John Oliver did a pretty great deep dive into the consequences of all this in 2016…”

  1. “The broadening of personhood to include some nonhuman entities is not so much a recent adaptation of an old legal concept as it is a return to an even older one” — Justin E.H. Smith (Université Paris Diderot) on the personalization of nature
  2. Making discussions of cosmopolitanism more cosmopolitan — short reflections from nine philosophers initiate a project to draw upon Chinese philosophical traditions in order to explore alternative understandings of the nature and future of cosmopolitanism
  3. Part of his legacy is the motivating of “a history of political philosophy that does not cleave to exclusionary conceptions of the discipline” — an appreciation of Charles Mills by Sophie Smith (Oxford)
  4. “Almost every person has reason to avoid subjection to digital recording whenever possible” — Elizabeth O’Neill (Eindhoven) on the “spectacular set of new threats” we face owing to the combination of digital recording, the internet, and artificial intelligence
  5. “Living in the now does not entail a refusal to care about the future, only a refusal to condition happiness and meaning on it” — John Martin Fischer (UCR) on a common insight of Stoicism and Buddhism
  6. “Just as we would be loath to dictate what art people must engage with, we should be wary of social pressures that decree what they can’t” — Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley) on consuming the art of immoral artists
  7. “Ten Propositions of Baruch Spinoza for Tenor and Piano” by British composer Michael Zev Gordon has been shortlisted for an Ivors award — you can listen to the 21-minute song cycle sets of texts from Spinoza’s Ethics at the link

 The End of Trust
The Atlantic
 The makers of EyeDetect promise a new era of truth-detection, but many experts are skeptical
 Apple sues NSO Group over Pegasus spyware
 The Car Key of the Future—is still in your pocket
 Locked Out of God Mode, Runners Are Hacking Their Treadmills
 Sorry I'm late, my car had a 500 error.
 Israel and Iran Broaden Cyberwar to Attack Civilian Targets
 India to ban almost all private cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin in new clampdown
 Dutch Tax Office algorithm targeted low-income households
Kees Huyser
 Crowd-Sourced Suspicion Apps Are Out of Control
 GoDaddy says data breach exposed over a million user accounts
 He Leaked U.S. Missile Secrets. It Turned Into ‘a Dark Comedy of Errors.’
 Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
 The Zelle Fraud Scam: How it Works, How to Fight Back
Krebs on Security
 Wikipedia Tests AI for Spotting Contradictory Claims in Articles
New Scientist
 Apple, Facebook, privacy, voter turnout efforts, and differential privacy
Rob Slade
 Google hacking
 Devious *Tardigrade* Malware Hits Biomanufacturing Facilities
 The unbearable fussiness of the smart home
 YANCV: Yet Another New CoVID Variant
Rob Slade
 Re: Unconsidered automatic filtering creates damaging side-effects
John Levine
 Re: Scammers impersonate guest editors to get sham papers published
Martin Ward
 CISA Should Assess the Effectiveness of its Actions to Support the Communications Sector
GAO Critical Infrastructure Protection
 Info on RISKS (comp.risks)

Duck Duck Go

 Debt collectors can now text, email and DM you on social media NPR

Cybersecurity risk to NSW Electoral Commission unanswered weeks out from council elections

Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum Labor Notes


What is ‘The Great Resignation’? An expert explains World Economic Forum


Loving Lies Air Mail

The Best History Books: The 2021 Wolfson Prize Shortlist Five Books

Hampstead’s heaven: 150 years of the Heath FT

Country diary: The underground secret by Hadrian’s Wall Guardian

The masterpieces stolen by the Nazis BBC

Surveillance, Companionship, and Entertainment: The Ancient History of Intelligent Machines MIT Press Reader

Hope ‘rabbit hotels’ can help Britain’s decimated population bounce back Guardian

Mel Brooks Writes It All Down New Yorker

Owlet Stops Selling Its Baby Monitoring Smart Socks After Receiving Warning Letter From FDAGizmodo

This quick trick deletes your embarrassing Google search history for good

CNET – Did you just search something embarrassing on Google? Whatever your reason for searching may be, Google has a quick and easy way to delete those last search queries. (You can check out how to stop Google from tracking you and how to automatically delete your location and activity history, too.) The feature, which the search giant unveiled at its Google I/Odevelopers conference in May, is among a handful of options designed to protect user privacy.  While Google didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of the various reasons why someone might want to expunge the record of their search history, the company did demonstrate how to do it, along with hiding select pictures from Google Photos.  You can watch in the video below, or scroll down for instructions on how to delete your recent search history…” [Or just use DuckDuckGo!]

Stop being afraid! Data Governance and Data Management

 Stop being afraid!

China fights a financial fraud explosion FT

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies Wall Street Journal

Enterprises that dont embrace data or are late to the party face serious consequences compared to early adopters. As to talking about good data practices, most people associate the word with only a few of the multitude of practices that constitute a successfully run, data-driven enterprise.   

Data Governance and Data Management

TRUST THE SCIENCE:  Nature: When scientists gave 1,000 vulnerable people hepatitis over 30 years: What sort of system nurtures a decades-long programme of deliberately infecting children and prisoners with a dangerous disease? “There was a time when we could have casually looked down our noses at mid-twentieth-century ignorance about infectious diseases. But with the world still in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic, I was struck by the parallels. Witness how efforts have been focused on the acute impacts of disease (hospitalization, death) without much thought to long-term consequences (disability). Or think of how those with the least agency — children, people in prison, people with severe mental illnesses — have been put at risk by those with the most power.”

Lesson From The Tax Court: Taxpayer 'Filed' Return Even Though IRS Could Not Process It

The List No One Wants To Be On: The Biggest Australian Data Breaches of 2021

Rantanen, Jason, Missing Decisions and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (September 20, 2021). University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Forthcoming, U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-46.

“Merritt McAlister’s Missing Decisions is an important contribution to our understanding of civil procedure, judicial decision making, and the law itself. McAlister’s study demonstrates that many merits terminations by federal appellate courts aren’t readily accessible to the public, nor do they show up in major legal research databases like Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg. 

Another ‘Sokal’ Hoax? The Latest Imitation Calls an Academic Journal’s Integrity Into QuestionChronicle of Higher Education 


Playing the Bullshit Game: How Empty and Misleading Communication Takes Over Organizations Organization Theory. From 2020, still germane. From the Abstract: “Why is bullshit so common in some organizations? Existing explanations focus on the characteristics of bullshitters, the nature of the audience, and social structural factors which encourage bullshitting. In this paper, I offer an alternative explanation: bullshitting is a social practice that organizational members engage with to become part of a speech community, to get things done in that community, and to reinforce their identity. When the practice of bullshitting works, it can gradually expand from a small group to take over an entire organization and industry. When bullshitting backfires, previously sacred concepts can become seen as empty and misleading talk.”

Give Me Slack Cory Doctorow, Medium. “My parental worries, ca. 2021.” This is very good.

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash NYT

Crime on L.A. trains, buses rises as riders return: ‘Poor people are suffering the most’ Yahoo Finance

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Australian man Craig Wright wins US court battle for bitcoin fortune worth billions

  • The Kleiman v. Wright case has come to a close with the jury siding with defendant Craig Wright on all but one count.
  • The jury ruled that David Kleiman’s relationship to Craig Wright did not constitute a business partnership, meaning the Kleiman estate was not entitled to a share of the Satoshi Nakamoto fortune, which Wright claims to have control over as the self-purported creator of Bitcoin.
  • The jury ruled against Wright on the conversion count, awarding $100 million to Kleiman and Wright’s shared business, W&K Info Defense Research

  • Wright will not have to pay up the billions that the Kleiman estate hoped, but he was hit with a $100 million judgment against him for the unauthorized use of funds from Kleiman and Wright's shared venture, W&K Info Defense Research LLC.

Australian man Craig Wright wins US court battle for bitcoin fortune worth billions

Florida jury finds Wright, who claims to have invented the cryptocurrency, did not owe half of 1.1m bitcoins worth $50bn to another family

Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who claims to be the inventor of bitcoin, has prevailed in a civil trial against the family of a deceased business partner that claimed it was owed half of a cryptocurrency fortune worth tens of billions of dollars.

A Florida jury on Monday found that Wright did not owe half of 1.1m bitcoins to the family of David Kleiman. The jury did award US$100m in intellectual property rights to a joint venture between the two men, a fraction of what Kleiman’s lawyers were asking for at trial.

“This was a tremendous victory for our side,” said Andres Rivero of Rivero Mestre LLP, the lead lawyer representing Wright.

David Kleiman died in April 2013 at the age of 46. Led by his brother Ira Kleiman, his family has claimed David Kleiman and Wright were close friends and co-created bitcoin through a partnership.

At the centre of the trial were 1.1m bitcoins, worth approximately $50bn based on Monday’s prices. These were among the first bitcoins to be created through mining and could only be owned by a person or entity involved with the digital currency from its beginning such as bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Craig Wright 'incredibly relieved' after jury orders him to pay $100 million in billion-dollar bitcoin lawsuit


ATO officers leaving Wright’s home in Sydney. Photo: John McDuling / Twitter

What We Know: Alleged Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright's Tax Troubles

Authorities are investigating Craig Wright, the man believed to be bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, but the reasons why remain murky.

REVEALED: The ATO’s $1.7M penalty on a company owned by the Australian ‘Bitcoin mastermind’

US Senate proposes doubling fines for fake caller ID’s

Scammers now calling claiming to be the bank, claim your account has been hacked, and you need to move money over to Zelle, crooks then steal it; also, if transactions are unauthorized banks must refund victims under Reg E; CFPB looking into payment apps
Note of the week:  I hope all will have a great time with your families and those you love as the US celebrates Thanksgiving. Though these are trying times, we have much to be grateful for.
BBB Studies. Here are links to the study topics of my studies: puppy fraudromance fraudBEC fraudsweepstakes/lottery fraud,  tech support fraudromance fraud money mulescrooked moversgovernment impostersonline vehicle sale scamsrental fraudgift cards and job scams.

The Australian Taxation Office and AUSTRAC could be handed sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to bug people’s phones and online communications, as part of an overhaul of telecommunications intercept laws.

The federal government could also seek to harmonise the states’ patchwork of laws regarding listening devices, which has complicated regulators’ attempts to prosecute corporate crime.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews on Monday released a discussion paper about potential updates to surveillance laws, which have failed to keep pace with advances in telecommunications and rely on “outdated technology assumptions”.

Parts of the existing framework date back to the 1960s to cover the privacy of fixed-line phone calls and telegrams, with the government previously owning these networks.

“The government’s proposed reforms will better protect individuals’ information and data, ensure law enforcement and security agencies have the powers they need to investigate serious crimes and threats to security, and clearly identify which agencies can seek access to specific information,” Ms Andrews said.

In an attempt to keep up, governments have amended telecommunications intercept laws more than 100 times. Legislation runs across more than 1000 pages, covering 35 different warrants and authorisations.

Former spy chief and senior public servant Dennis Richardson flagged the need to modernise and streamline the existing regime in his 2020 review of Australia’s intelligence framework.

Currently, 21 Commonwealth, state and territory agencies can use electronic surveillance, such as police, anti-corruption bodies and ASIO…

Tax Office could be given phone bugging powers


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