Opinion

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    Is Russia Trying to Hack American Politics? Picks of the Week

    Powell emails were leaked on a site linked to the Russian government | The Washington Post World Doping Agency Says Russian Hackers Stole Medical Records of Olympic Athletes | The Wall Street Journal How the next President can get cybersecurity right | Passcode The latest edition of the (almost) weekly hacks that appeared on the front pages of the newspapers this week featured the personal emails of former Secretary of … Read More

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    Advice to the Class of 2020: Picks of the Week

      The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation | Oxford University Self-Driving Cars Endanger Millions of American Jobs (And That’s Okay) | Make Use Of   This week, I delivered keynote remarks at Salve Regina University’s academic convocation. An abridged version appears below. Sister Jane, Dr. O’Reilly, members of the board of trustees, University colleagues, distinguished guests, friends and especially members of the class of 2020: thank … Read More

  • Photo of Donald Trump speaking animatedly to the crowd at a campaign rally in St. Louis, Missouri

    Politics vs. Cynicism: Picks of the Week

    Old Trump: Mexicans Are ‘Rapists.’ New Trump: They’re ‘Great People!’ | The Daily Beast Trump Flip Flops on Immigration Again | Outside the Beltway First Read: Trump’s Stunning Flip-Flop on Immigration | NBC News I admire politicians—and that’s not a particularly popular point of view.  Still, I admire politicians, because the best among them understand how to move society forward.  They recognize that working together is essential to solving common … Read More

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    It’s Time for Both Parties to Get Serious about Cybersecurity: Picks of the Week

      U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System from Cyberattacks | The New York Times Political Campaigns need Chief Information Security Officers | Passcode How to Hack the Election in 7 Minutes | Politico Magazine   In the wake of hacks that infiltrated the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign, in addition to the political fallout and the multiple warnings from cybersecurity experts … Read More

  • Flyer of what appear to be JFK's mug shots above text that reads "wanted for treason"

    Stochastic Terrorism: Picks of the Week

      Unfiltered: Voices from Trump’s Crowds | The New York Times Donald Trump Calls Obama ‘Founder of ISIS’ and Says it Honors Him | The New York Times Trump’s Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think | Rolling Stone   Someone is going to get killed. That’s the thought that went through my head in bucolic Vermont this week as I looked out over the mountains at twilight and … Read More

  • Image of the American Flag covered in ones and zeroes and cracked in pieces to represent a cracked cyber code.

    Why the Democratic Party hacks should concern all Americans: Picks of the Week

    Dem party hacks shows neither side is serious about cybersecurity | The Hill Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback for the ‘Freedom to Connect’? | Net Politics – Council on Foreign Relations By November, Russian Hackers Could Target Voting Machines | Lawfare   The news that the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign were hacked—allegedly by Russian state-sponsored hackers or proxies—has generated … Read More

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    Patterns: Trump, Russia and the 2016 Election: Picks of the Week

    Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West—and it looks a lot like Donald Trump | Slate Is Trump a Russian Agent? A Legal Analysis | lawfareblog.com Putin, Erdogan mend ties as post-coup Turkey turns toward Russia | Chicago Tribune “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” In a remarkable week that saw the first polls showing a Donald Trump … Read More

  • Flags of the United States of America and the European Union Fading Together

    Picks of the Week: What the new EU-US Privacy Shield means for your company

    Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal | The New York Times EU-US Privacy Shield now officially adopted but criticisms linger | Tech Crunch EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement Goes into Effect | The Verge The recently-approved EU-US Privacy Shield—a new agreement for the legal transfer of personal data from the EU to the US—replaces the prior Safe Harbor agreement, which was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the EU … Read More

  • Two men ponder which states will end up Republican and Democratic in front of a map of the United States.

    Picks of the Week: The Most Important Election in 160 Years

      Terrorist Attack in Nice, France, Leaves 84 Dead and 202 Injured | New York Times Clinton Losing On Honesty In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds | Quinnipiac University Why Putin Loves BREXIT | New York Times Events in Nice, France, underscore the fact that the U.S. presidential election of 2016 may be the most important election since Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860.  At stake … Read More

  • Close up of a political map of Brazil focused on Rio de Janeiro with a blue push pin.

    No Fun and Games for Rio

    On October 2, 2009 celebrations erupted on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach as the International Olympic Committee confirmed the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. For Brazil, having the privilege to host the most high profile sporting event in the world was the final endorsement the country needed to prove its hard-fought rise to the top. At the time, the Brazilian economy was booming under its highly … Read More

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