Friday, July 21, 2023

Triple 7: In Defense of Independent Opinion Journalism The ‘hack gap’ between right and left has been closing

A former Deloitte partner leaked confidential Australian Defence Department documents he obtained while working at the consulting giant to associates at a new business he founded and which was seeking to win its own military contracts.

In Defense of Independent Opinion Journalism The ‘hack gap’ between right and left has been closing. By Jonathan Chait, who’s been a New York political columnist since 2011.

In Defense of Independent Journalism

Greener than the Opera House, the Rabbhitos Heffron Park was pumping the atmosphere last night

Women Soccer ⚽️

Who Pays For Right-Wing Media? Important Context

The ritual humiliation of the consulting firm bosses by the Senate finance committeeresumed on Tuesday in Canberra. Best of all, they’re doing it to themselves.

Remember, the Australian government is carrying $550 billion of net debt. The Department of Parliamentary Services should be selling tickets to these hearings. If they encased the visitors’ gallery in glass, so instead of observing in silence we could eat choc tops and LOL freely, who wouldn’t pay $100 for that?!

EY’s David Larocca positions for advantage

Disturbing to see the fawning by the IPAA audience & then Campbell’s insolence in front of the Senate, clearly feeling untouchable

The jokes, the giggling turds in the IPA audience - revolting people

Kathryn Campbell: From her own mouth: please watch this revealing/distressing video compilation contrasting 2018 Institute of Public Administration speech and her examination at Robodebt royal commission.

Institutional Flexibility In Tax Law And Enforcement

🔕 Saito: Context, Purpose, And Coordination in Taxation

‘Not for Machines to Harvest’: Data Revolts Break Out Against A.I.

The New York Times [free to read]: “Fed up with A.I. companies consuming online content without consent, fan fiction writers, actors, social media companies and news organizations are among those rebelling…Fan fiction writers are just one group now staging revolts against A.I. systems as a fever over the technology has gripped Silicon Valley and the world. 

In recent months, social media companies such as Reddit and Twitter, news organizations including The New York Times and NBC News, authors such as Paul Tremblay and the actress Sarah Silverman have all taken a position against A.I. sucking up their data without permission. Their protests have taken different forms. Writers and artists are locking their files to protect their work or are boycotting certain websites that publish A.I.-generated content, while companies like Reddit want to charge for access to their data.

 At least 10 lawsuits have been filed this year against A.I. companies, accusing them of training their systems on artists’ creative work without consent. This past week, Ms. Silverman and the authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey sued OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, and others over A.I.’s use of their work…”

Cybersecurity Labeling Program for Smart Devices to Protect American Consumers

‘The Biden-Harris Administration today announced a cybersecurity certification and labeling program to help Americans more easily choose smart devices that are safer and less vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

The new “U.S. Cyber Trust Mark program proposed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel would raise the bar for cybersecurity across common devices, including smart refrigerators, smart microwaves, smart televisions, smart climate control systems, smart fitness trackers, and more. This is the latest example of President Biden’s leadership on behalf of hard-working families—from cracking down on hidden junk fees, to strengthening cyber protections and protecting the privacy of people in their own homes.  

Several major electronics, appliance, and consumer product manufacturers, retailers, and trade associations have made voluntary commitments to increase cybersecurity for the products they sell.  Manufacturers and retailers announcing support and commitments today to further the program include Amazon, Best Buy, Google, LG Electronics U.S.A., Logitech, and Samsung Electronics. 

Under the proposed new program, consumers would see a newly created “U.S. Cyber Trust Mark” in the form of a distinct shield logo applied to products meeting established cybersecurity criteria. The goal of the program is to provide tools for consumers to make informed decisions about the relative security of products they choose to bring into their homes.”