President Obama

  • Picks of the Week | The Impact of Cheap Oil; SOTU and Cybersecurity

    Cheap Oil and Security Falling oil prices hit Venezuela, Iran and Russia hard | The Washington Post Russia ends US Nuclear security alliance | The Boston Globe Americans are thrilled with the drop in gas prices over the last six months—I know I am.  Every time I fill my car up for $35 instead of $55, I smile.  But the drop in oil prices that underlies the drop in gasoline … Read More

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    United We Stand?: Brief Thoughts on the SOTU

    Some of the strongest moments in last night’s State of the Union speech came when the President returned to a basic theme that helped propel him to the White House in the first place – that we are one nation, and that our shared interests are more important than our differences. This hopeful, unifying – not to mention constructive and accurate – perspective was most explicitly highlighted towards the end … Read More

  • President Obama’s State of the Union Echoes Recommendations from the Pell Center

    The Pell Center’s work on cybersecurity has proven to be a step ahead when these topics reach the national stage. President Barack Obama has previewed some of the key issues he plans to discuss during his State of the Union address, especially new cybersecurity initiatives in areas from ID theft to consumer privacy. One of the more notable proposals is the creation of a national data breach notification law that … Read More

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    Pell Center at the Forefront of the National Discussion on Data Breach Notification Law

    By Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership Obama calls for data breach notification law, privacy bill of rights | Computer World Obama: Hackers pose a ‘direct threat’ to families | The Hill Pell Center Cybersecurity Workshop Discusses Necessary Updates to the RI Data Security and Breach Notification Law | Pell Center President Barack Obama recently announced that he plans to propose new cybersecurity initiatives—in areas from ID theft to consumer … Read More

  • “Emperor Obama” named the 2014 Pell Center National “Story of the Year”

    Newport, RI—“Emperor Obama” has been named the 2014 National Story of the Year by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  The designation goes to the public narrative with the strongest impact on public understanding in the previous 12 months. “The story of presidential over-reach has been repeated for years, but in 2014, Republican opponents of President Barrack Obama used it successfully to gain control of both houses of Congress,” … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Slavery and Seafood Supply Chains, Future Negotiations with Iran

    Cheap Fish, Slavery, and Supply Chains Era of cheap fish is over, says expert, as industry forced to tackle slavery and overfishing | South China Morning Post Slavery and the Shrimp on your Plate: Thai Seafood Is Contaminated by Human Trafficking | The New York Times Senate Bill No. 657 [California Transparency in Supply Chains Act] For most of us, most of the time, the “supply chains” that bring us … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Credit Card Security, Wage Stagnation

    Chip-and-Pin as latest move to fight identity Why America has been slow to adopt modern credit-card technology | The Economist Is The US Finally Accelerating A Move To Chip And Pin? | Forbes    Obama calls for greater credit card security in light of data breaches | The Washington Post President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order requiring the federal government to issue new “chip-and-PIN” credit and debit cards, which … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Dealing with Extremists, Racial Misperception, and Apple Pay

    Apple Pay: revolutionary innovation or new security breach target? How Safe Can Apple Pay Really Be? | Gizmodo Retail Experts See Hurdles to Apple Pay Adoption | Forbes After nude celebrity hacking, Apple’s Tim Cook says company will improve security | The Washington Post Apple finally unveiled its latest smartphone—the iPhone 6—and its much-anticipated Apple Watch this week. While the first outside look at these products may be big news, the … Read More

  • Quick Hit: The President’s Strategy for ISIL Assessed

    In 15 minutes of remarks tonight , President Barrack Obama laid out his strategy to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL.) The president’s much awaited strategy can be condensed to this: Train and equip local forces—whether Iraqi or Syrian—to fight ISIL on the ground. Provide additional American advisors to support these local forces. Use American airpower to support forces on the ground—including … Read More

  • DoD on Cybersecurity, Homelessness and Obama Administration Strategy | Picks of the Week

    DoD Focus on Cybersecurity and Innovation In Newport, Hagel says defense establishment must push for greater innovation | The Providence Journal Pentagon to introduce reforms for speedier buying  | Washington Business Journal   Five Questions with Francesca Spidalieri | Providence Business News As Congressional, Pentagon, and industry leaders gather in Newport this week to take part in the Defense Innovation Days Conference and discuss the future of innovation and technology in … Read More