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How many NSA spy hubs are scooping up your Internet data?...

Not that knowing NSA's sigint locations will actually help you much...

Streaks on Martian slopes might not be caused by water

An alternative hypothesis invokes a weird air pressure phenomenon.

ETELM tackles remote and harsh environments with latest 4G linked Picocell...

ETELM adds new Picocell LTE to 4G Linked family as part of its fully integrated networks concept Paris, France, 22 March 2017 – ETELM, a leading manufacturer of advanced Mission Critical communications systems, has today announced the launch of its new Picocell LTE base station, which is the latest offering in its 4G Linked portfolio.Complementing and fully interoperable with the other products of the family including; LTE Macrocell, TETRA and DMR, as well as other... Source: RealWire

Mirakl Introduces a New Platform to Transform the Services Sector

Marketplace platform specialists Mirakl, launch a new product to allow any business to launch their own services marketplace.BOSTON, PARIS, LONDON, March 20, 2017 - Mirakl, the leading Online Marketplace Management Platform provider, has today announce...

MapR and Outscale partner on big data PaaS

At the Big Data Paris event in Paris, France, today, MapR Technologies and French enterprise-class cloud provider Outscale announced that they have joined forces to provide a big data platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering built on the MapR Converged...

Uber’s “Greyball” tool helped company evade authorities in Portland, Paris

Uber says the tool helps drivers avoid dangerous riders, potential competitors.

French Frequency Regulatory Authority ANFR selects LS telcom for the provision...

Paris France, Lichtenau / Baden, Germany - February 28, 2017 - LS telcom announces that the French National Frequency Agency ANFR has selected its automated spectrum management platform SPECTRA to build, in stages, a new unified spectrum management sys...

Patent troll that sued Apple Watch and 80 other fitness products...

CEO defends patent lawsuits: "We will slingshot our IP at all the offenders."

Climate negotiators update their beliefs better when shown uncertainty

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Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism'

The families of three Americans killed in ISIS terror attacks are suing Twitter for allegedly knowingly providing support for the terrorist group and acting as a “powerful weapon for terrorism.” The suit was filed over the weekend in a federal court in New York City on behalf of the relatives of three U.S. nationals who were killed by ISIS in the March 22, 2016, terrorist attacks in Brussels and the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris.

At least 32 people died in the Brussels attack and about 130 in the attack in Paris. The suit alleges that Twitter has violated, and continues to violate, the U.S.

Anti-Terrorism Act.

The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial and monetary damages to be determined at trial. Twitter did not reply to a request for comment. “Twitter’s social media platform and services provide tremendous utility and value to ISIS as a tool to connect its members and to facilitate the terrorist group’s ability to communicate, recruit members, plan and carry out attacks, and strike fear in its enemies,” the suit alleges. “ISIS has used Twitter to cultivate and maintain an image of brutality, to instill greater fear and intimidation, and to appear unstoppable ...” The lawsuit also contends that specifically for the Brussels and Paris attacks, ISIS used Twitter to issue threats, as well as to announce and celebrate the attacks. The lawsuit was filed by the family of siblings Alexander Pinczowski and Sascha Pinczowski, who were killed in Brussels, and the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in Paris. Last year, another lawsuit was filed by Gonzalez’s father against Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for allegedly knowingly allowing ISIS to “use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits.” In December, the families of three victims of the June shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, sued Facebook, Twitter and Google, the owner of YouTube, for allegedly ”providing support to the Islamic State.” Forty-nine people were killed in the attack. The question, if either case goes to trial, is whether a social network can be held responsible for the actions of any of its users. “While I certainly can sympathize with the families, it’s hard for me to see how Twitter can be held responsible for the rise of ISIS and their terror activities,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. “Let’s imagine the world a few decades ago, before the internet. Would someone try to hold AT&T responsible for criminal activities that were planned over the telephone? Or is the printing press manufacturer responsible for magazines that encourage terrorism that were printed using presses they built and sold? “ In response to the attacks, Twitter took steps to prevent terrorists from using its network. In August, the company reported that in the previous six months, it had suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies related to the promotion of terrorism. That was in addition to 125,000 accounts that been suspended since mid-2015, bringing the total number of terrorist-related suspended accounts to 360,000. “We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform,” the company said in a blog post at the time. Judith Hurwitz, an analyst with Hurwitz & Associates, said it would be a significant challenge for Twitter to keep terrorists completely off its site. “Perhaps Twitter could do a better job identifying users who are terrorists,” she said, saying the company would likely need advanced machine learning tools to weed out the bad players. “Of course, it would have to be advanced… Remember that terrorists are very good at adapting.
If they are thrown off of the system, they can come back with a different persona and try to game the system.” Brad Shimmin, an analyst with Current Analysis, said social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google can’t be held responsible for their users’ actions. “There is no way of effectively policing those sites based upon affiliation or behavior,” Shimmin said. “Twitter itself has gone to some extreme measures to single out and remove accounts engaged in this sort of thing.

That will help, and I think such efforts are a moral responsibility for Twitter and other social networking vendors, but those actions can’t rule out future misuse.” Olds said it would be impossible for Twitter to keep terrorists from using its site 100% of the time, but the company could do a better job of curtailing it. “Terrorist messages should be able to be rooted out with some solid language processing software,” Olds said. “I’d like to see them do more along these lines.

The technology is there, they just need to adapt it to anti-terrorist tasks.” If Twitter loses the lawsuit and is ordered to pay significant damages, the impact on other social networks would be chilling, he said. “Social networks would be forced to keep a much closer eye on user activities and crack down on anything that could be interpreted as ‘bad,’ “ Olds said. “The end result would be self-imposed censorship on the part of the nets, which would greatly upset many users.

But I just don’t see this happening—at least not with this case.” This story, "Families of ISIS victims sue Twitter for being 'weapon for terrorism' " was originally published by Computerworld.

Obama in Science: Clean energy will happen whether you like it...

Lawrence Berkeley Labreader comments 20 Share this story In Science’s Policy Forum column, President Barack Obama has penned an article arguing that the world is quickly replacing fossil fuel-based energy with clean energy.

That momentum, he asserts, will not be stopped by “near-term” policy changes from Donald Trump’s incoming administration. The current president writes that, although climate change is undeniable, the incoming administration might do nothing about it.

That would be a political mistake, but it might not effect on the economics of clean energy, Obama argues. “Mounting economic and scientific evidence leave me confident that trends toward a clean-energy economy that have emerged during my presidency will continue,” he wrote, adding that “the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.” The president cites recent studies from national and international agencies showing that energy emissions are decoupling from economic growth, a trend that “should put to rest the argument that combatting climate change requires accepting lower growth or a lower standard of living.” And the potential damage to the economy is vast: a 4°C increase in global temperature could “lead to lost US federal revenue of roughly $340 billion to $690 billion annually.” Despite Trump’s baseless denial of climate science, local governments and businesses will be the ones dealing with climate change in the coming years. Obama predicts that these organizations will continue making the investments necessary to protect people and investments from the effects of climate change. He cites Google, Walmart, and GM as companies that have promised to move large portions, or all, of their energy consumption to renewable power. The president notes that momentum is also found on the labor side of the energy equation.

Approximately “2.2 million Americans are currently employed in the design, installation, and manufacture of energy-efficiency products and services,” he writes, as opposed to “roughly 1.1 million Americans who are employed in the production of fossil fuels and their use for electric power generation.” The president adds that fossil fuel industries receive nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies a year, “a market distortion that should be corrected on its own or in the context of corporate tax reform.” Obama then turns to the Paris Agreement—a global agreement to reduce emissions such that the globe stops short of a 2°C increase in global temperature.

Donald Trump has promised to back out of the Paris Agreement, but Obama argues that such a folly would only harm the US rather than help it: Were the United States to step away from Paris, it would lose its seat at the table to hold other countries to their commitments, demand transparency, and encourage ambition.

This does not mean the next Administration needs to follow identical domestic policies to my Administration’s.

There are multiple paths and mechanisms by which this country can achieve—efficiently and economically—the targets we embraced in the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement itself is based on a nationally determined structure whereby each country sets and updates its own commitments. Regardless of U.S. domestic policies, it would undermine our economic interests to walk away from the opportunity to hold countries representing two-thirds of global emissions—including China, India, Mexico, European Union members, and others—accountable. This should not be a partisan issue.
It is good business and good economics to lead a technological revolution and define market trends.

And it is smart planning to set long-term emission-reduction targets and give American companies, entrepreneurs, and investors certainty so they can invest and manufacture the emission-reducing technologies that we can use domestically and export to the rest of the world. Ultimately the message is: deny climate science if you want, but regions, states, and businesses will still be moving to eliminate greenhouse gases to protect their own futures.

IT Policies New U.S. Administration Should Consider in 2017

There are still plenty of opportunities for the U.S. to remain an innovation leader, but the government and private sector have to see eye-to-eye on more things. A new U.S. president will be taking office on Jan. 20 with an agenda a few virtual miles long. One of the most pressing problems he will face is the growing cyber-security threat from nation-states and private entities that neither the government or the private sector has been able to mitigate for more than a decade.The IT business continues to present large growth opportunities in the U.S., but these internet-borne threats to consumers and businesses that involve both internal/external hacking and system outages can and will destroy companies, data and reputations.

Destruction can happen quickly; look at what happened to Sony Pictures, Yahoo and dozens of other high-profile companies during the last few years.While we face technology job shortages and talent gaps, there are still plenty of opportunities for the U.S. to remain an innovation leader.
Silicon Valley certainly isn't going to shrink from these responsibilities, but it is also incumbent upon the federal and state governments to offer full-fledged support for these purposes whenever it is necessary.

This is all about protecting the public.To this end, eWEEK consulted with Lev Lesokhin, Executive Vice President for CAST.

CAST, based in New York and Paris, is a well-established independent software developer and an international market leader in enterprise software analysis, measurement and risk prevention. Here are Lesokhin's 10 policy suggestions for the new administration to improve the outlook for the U.S. tech sector in 2017 and beyond: Give the Federal Government's CTO More ResponsibilityWe need to more closely align the national chief technology officer with the U.S.

Cyber Security officer to increase visibility and transparency across the top leaders at the White House.

This will give the CTO a more visionary role and will ensure government technology adoption and advocacy is more secure and aligned with cyber policy.Appoint a Cyber Security Official Who Will Institute Effective PoliciesThese new policies should should always be based on industry best practices, such as CISQ (Consortium for IT Software Quality) standards.
It's clear that our administration needs to better understand cyber risks that lurk at home and abroad while developing effective strategies and practices for combating them.Create and Enforce Policy for Anyone Selling Software CommerciallyThis is needed so that commercial software no longer remains a black box full of potential threats but also that we know that the components inside are not dangerous.

This will become increasingly important as the Internet of Things and Machine to Machine communication grows. More connected devices mean more opportunity for disaster. We label our food to describe "what's inside"; why not do this with software? Bad software causes the U.S. government alone millions on reworking.   Lead by ExampleDepending on the sector and the budget, a significant portion of government programs still run on legacy systems, holding the sector down in slow and outdated services. Why should public sector lag behind the technology industry it regulates? Our government must conduct system-level analysis and modernize its core systems to provide better services to tax payers and stay current on the biggest technology risks and challenges. Tax ReformThis is to encourage the technology companies with significant offshore income--including companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google--to bring money back into the U.S., so they can carry out activities such as M&A to advance the state of tech in our country. Without reducing the negative financial consequences of repatriating money to the U.S., offshore cash levels will continue to rise and investment declines. Open Up More Visas for Top Technology Developer TalentWe also need to invest in more STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and training to get young people interested in technology careers and comfortable with the complexity of the systems and tools.

The talent shortage is hurting America productivity, and visas are needed to keep the U.S. moving forward. With the shortage of tech workers, the need for foreign skilled workers will increase. Collaborate with Other Countries Leading in InnovationThese include countries such as Sweden, Germany, Finland and others.

The U.S. also needs to work closer with the world's biggest and fastest growing economies, such as China, India and the EU to establish effective learning opportunities and create coalitions that support talent sharing and the acceptance of global quality standards.

This will bring best practices to the home front while leaving the door open for IT sourcing agreements where it makes sense. Offer New Tax Incentives for Tight SecurityThese would be identified as those who institute a two-pronged technology security program: both perimeter and application security.

This will require companies to invest more in application security (to combat risks from cyber-attacks driven by digital business and IoT) while effectively maintaining their external defenses. Reform Regulation and Reporting RequirementsThis is necessary for enterprises to keep up with today's technology issues, putting a greater focus on cyber risk--both security and reliability.

The latter of which is estimated to cost the U.S. economy nearly $100 billion per year.
It's widely considered that the banking industry's position on security is still too reactive. Listed companies should be required to show that their most mission-sensitive IT systems are engineered according to the best-known standards of software practice in order to prevent security-related risks. Improve Software Engineering Education, CertificationSoftware engineering is the civil engineering of the 21st century.
It's one thing to train computer scientists, but the best engineering talent continues to be snapped up elsewhere, leaving the majority of the U.S. industry with moderately skilled workers. Much like civil engineers need to have P.E. (professional engineer) certification to design and supervise construction, software engineers who work on mission-critical systems should also be certified as competent on the latest standards of software engineering.