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  • The Future of Digital Security: Will Your Devices Soon be Obsolete?

    The rapid rise in the availability of ever smaller, inexpensive, and increasingly powerful networked devices has revolutionized how—and how quickly—we create, process, store, and share information.  These developments have transformed our world to such an extent it’s hard to recall what life was like before.  Despite their rapid growth, however, the security challenges that have been created as a result of their expansion—password hacking, phishing emails, Internet fraud, identity theft, … Read More

  • Pell Center Wins Major Grant Award from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

    Award will Support Initiative to Examine the Role of Storytelling in Politics and Public Life Newport—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has won a major grant award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The grant, announced by RICH on Monday, January 14, is to support Story in the Public Square, a project to examine and … Read More

  • Department of Homeland Security to Java Users: Beware of Cyber Attacks!

    Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber division, called US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) issued a warning to users of the popular Java programming language—a coding platform that has existed for decades—because of vital security holes it may create. The alert said that Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions of the software contain a critical vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands … Read More

  • Study Reveals College Graduates Were Least Harmed by Great Recession

    There have been many foreboding headlines for college graduates since the Great Recession. Last April, The Atlantic wrote “53% of Recent College Grads Are Jobless or Underemployed—How?” Last May, WTVM.com of Colombus, Ga. reported “One in two College Graduates not finding jobs.” NBC News, in August, described how the “Economy leaves many returning students disappointed, deep in debt.” As we enter a new year, college grads can know there is an upside. … Read More

  • Make It Stop: Shootings of 2012 Still In the Headlines in 2013 (Op-Ed)

    The mass shootings in 2012 were horrific reminders that gun control and mental health are two fields that need to be researched, re-evaluated, and re-addressed on Capitol Hill. As time goes on, I fear that politicians will overlook these issues in the midst of heated debates over the decision to raise the debt ceiling in February. The headlines are keeping gun control and mental health in the spotlight, but they’re … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces Fellows Program

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy today announced the creation of a fellows program designed to drive the intellectual agenda and on-going research of the center located at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Drawing from faculty at the University and seasoned policy professionals across the United States, the Pell Center is assembling a team whose members understand issues, are gifted communicators and teachers, and who have … Read More

  • Online Holiday Shopping & Cyber-Security: How to Stop a Digital Grinch

    With only two weeks remaining in the holiday season, online shopping sales—which have already reached new records this year—may peak even higher as consumers rush to complete their online shopping in time for shipments to arrive before the holidays are over. In early October, the National Retail Federation projected that more than 52% of consumers would purchase a holiday gift online. Shoppers, however, appear intent on making Santa’s Elves work … Read More

  • South Carolina Government Agency Hacked!

    “Just one look: That’s all it took for an attacker to compromise South Carolina state systems.”[1] In what appears to be the largest cyber attack yet against a state government agency,  hackers stole millions of documents from the South Carolina State Department of Revenue this summer. The stolen bounty includes almost four million social security numbers and over three million bank account numbers. Hackers stole the information by placing a 21st … Read More

  • Tracing the Origins of the “Fiscal Cliff”

    Shortly after the re-election of President Barack Obama, there was an immediate and pressing concern to address the termination of tax cuts by January 1, 2013. The expiration of several tax cuts worth billions of dollars—the Bush tax cuts, the payroll-tax holiday, the alternative minimum tax, and tax credits—would result in raised expenses across the board, from the middle class to the affluent “one-percent.” The phrase used to define this … Read More

  • Presidential Election 2012: Obama Re-elected (Op-Ed)

    Last night and early this morning, it was clear America had spoken. President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term in office, despite the delayed rescindence of Governor Mitt Romney and the very disappointed Karl Rove as seen on Fox News. The president won the Northeast, the West Coast, and most of the swing states–Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico, and New Hampshire. President Obama was earned votes … Read More