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    Game of ‘pwns’: Cybersecurity Lessons from the latest HBO Hack – Picks of the Week

    Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom for stolen HBO Data | Associated Press Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood | Variety  The HBO Hack Was Reportedly up to Seven Times Larger Than the Sony Hack | Vanity Fair It seems that no one can escape cyber threats or data breaches these days – everything from political parties to the King in the North – appear vulnerable to attack. The latest victim in a string of embarrassing … Read More

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    Emma Lazarus and American Exceptionalism: Picks of the Week

    Statue of Liberty Caught in White House Immigration Row | BBC Trump Advisor Stephen Miller Undermines Poem’s Connection to Statue of Liberty | NPR New York Today: The Politics in Poetry | The New York Times The stories we tell ourselves shape the way we think about ourselves—read any self-help book and you know that “self-talk,” is a common refrain. When you tell stories about yourself where you are always … Read More

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    America’s Fading Pastoral: Picks of the Week

    Who Wants to Run That Mom-and-Pop Market? Almost No One | The New York Times What happened when Walmart left | The Guardian When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents | The New York Times Rural divide | The Washington Post Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware | Motherboard Doctor Shortage In Rural Arizona Sparks Another Crisis In ‘Forgotten America’ | NPR Walt Disney had Marceline, Missouri. A … Read More

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    As U.S. States Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity, Federal Government Slashes U.S. Leadership in Cyberspace

    “38 Governors Sign ‘a Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity’” | Government Technology “Tillerson to Shut Cyber Office in State Department Reorganization” | Bloomberg “Top State Cyber Official to Exit, Leaving a Myriad Questions” | Politico Rhode Island recently hosted the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting, during which 38 state governors pledged to make cybersecurity a top priority and agreed to further develop statewide plans to enhance cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend their states from cyber incidents, … Read More

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    Trump, de Tocqueville, and Loyalty: Picks of the Week

    The Emails of Donald Trump, Jr. | New York Times Conspiracy or Coincidence: A Timeline Open to Interpretation | The New York Times Trump Revives his Playbook for Fighting Government Probes | Politico In late January of 2017, just a week after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump invited then-FBI Director James Comey to dinner at the White House.  In private accounts and in public testimony, Comey described his … Read More

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    When Ransomware Becomes the Smoke Screen for Real Disruption: Picks of the Week

    “Ransomware Remixed: The Song Remains the Same” | Lawfare “Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons” | The New York Times “Global Cyber Attack Likely Cover for Malware Installation in Ukraine” | Reuters In the past month, malicious actors have twice used cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) against countries around the world in a series of escalating cyber attacks that have targeted hospitals, banks, transportation systems, and even nuclear … Read More

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    Our Automated Life: Picks of the Week

    California’s would-be governor prepares for battle against job-killing robots | The Guardian How automation is going to affect jobs in pharma, core, auto and consumer sector | The Economic Times One of Europe’s most influential investors gave a brutal example of how AI could wipe out white-collar jobs | Business Insider   Last week, YouTube channel Kurzgesgat (German for “in a nutshell”) released a video titled “The Rise of the … Read More

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    Easy Hack May Spark Next Middle Eastern Conflict: Picks of the Week

    The Hack that Caused a Crisis in the Middle East Was Easy | Motherboard News Agency Hack Blamed for Diplomatic Meltdown in Qatar | CSO Online US Suspects Russian Hackers Planted Fake News Behind Qatar Crisis | CNN Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War? | Foreign Policy A cybersecurity incident at the Qatar News Agency (QNA) may have been the cause behind the sudden diplomatic break between Qatar and multiple Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, … Read More

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    Welcome to the Chinese Century: Picks of the Week

    America First Doesn’t Mean America Alone | The Wall Street Journal The most extraordinary op-ed of 2017 | The Washington Post China’s One Belt, One Road: An Ambitious Strategy Challenging the U.S. | American Security Project Last week, the President of the United States returned from his first trip abroad in office, with his staff loudly proclaiming the trip a huge success.  Of course, such assessments all depend on how … Read More

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    ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack was a Wake-up Call: Picks of the Week

      New WannaCry Cyber Attack Could Target Tens of Thousands of Home Computers | Newsweek Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout | The New York Times Services Interrupted as Hospitals Push Fixes to WannaCry Ransomware Exploit | Forbes Governments, companies, and security experts from around the world raced to contain the fallout from last week’s audacious global cyberattack amid fears that if they did not succeed, data … Read More

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