memnock writes "The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond digitized the atlas: 'Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps.'" top
Credo Mobile Releases Industry's First Transparency Report
memnock writes "Wired and The Washington Post both report that mobile service provider CREDO is the first telecom to release a report detailing requests from the government for customer information. From Wired: 'A small telecom believed to be at the center of a historic court battle over government surveillance published its first transparency report on Thursday, noting that it had received 16 government requests for customer data in 2013. But the report may be most significant for what it doesn’t say.'" top
Canadian Official Proposes "Privacy by Design" Principles
memnock writes "NPR covered Ann Cavoukian, the privacy commissioner for Ontario, Canada. "... She developed a framework for approaching privacy issues back in the 1990s that's been recognized around the world.
Her approach of seven principles, called 'Privacy By Design,' advocates that tech designers and engineers need to bake privacy provisions into their products and work from the start, not as an afterthought."" top
FEC will not allow bitcoins from campaign contributors
memnock writes "ABC new reports: 'Political organizations can't accept contributions in the form of bitcoins, at least for now, The Federal Election Commission said Thursday.
The commission passed on a request by the Conservative Action Fund, a political action committee, to use the digital currency. That group had asked the FEC recently whether it could accept bitcoins, how it could spend them and how donors must report those contributions. It was not immediately clear whether the same ruling would apply to individual political candidates.' Slashdot reported earlier this week that other federal agencies have taken positions that may recognize or regulate the currency." Link to Original Source top
Personalized Medical Technology Expected to Revolutionize Care
memnock writes "From Salon.com: "The information at our everyday disposal is growing at a breathtaking rate. From the beginning of civilization to 2003, the world accumulated 1 billion gigabytes of data. Today, we create 1 trillion gigabytes every year. These advances have transformed the way we think about knowledge, communication and countless aspects of our everyday life — and they have the potential to revolutionize the way we think about our own health."" Link to Original Source top
memnock writes "After a tip from Crowdleaks.org, The Tech Herald has learned that HBGary Federal, as well as two other data intelligence firms, worked to develop a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks. The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics.
Salon had this to say: A bizarre plan for an attack on the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks and journalists construed as sympathetic to it — first reported by the Tech Herald — clearly targets Salon's Glenn Greenwald, saying that his "level of support" for WikiLeaks "needs to be disrupted." The report (you can download the purported final draft here) is listed as an "overview by Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies," and according to a string of e-mails also leaked, was developed following a request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm that represents, among others, Bank of America." Link to Original Source top
The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they're training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.
memnock writes "Attorney General Mukasey gave a presentation to tech honchos in Silicon Valley about terrorists pirating intellectual property to make money.
From the article:
'Criminal syndicates, and in some cases even terrorist groups, view IP crime as a lucrative business and see it as a low-risk way to fund other activities,' Mukasey said. 'A primary goal of our IP enforcement mission is to show these criminals that they're wrong.'
Before Friday's speech, he met privately with representatives from companies including Apple Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc." top