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Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 2, 2020

Via LLRXPete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 2, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Managers turn to surveillance software to ensure employees are (really) working from home; Coronavirus impact: Meat processing plants weigh risks of prosecution if they’re blamed for spreading infection; How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19; Zoom or Not?; and NSA Offers Agencies Guidance for Choosing Videoconference Tools.

COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint

University of Minnesota: COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint Part 1: “The future of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned from pandemic influenza” (Apr 30, 2020) “Welcome to “COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint.” We appreciate that other expert groups have produced detailed plans for mitigating SARS-CoV-2 transmission and for reopening the country after stay-at-home orders and other important mitigation… Continue Reading

What Do Famous People’s Bookshelves Reveal?

The New York Times – In quarantine, people are inadvertently exposing their reading habits — embarrassing, surprising and impressive. Bibliophiles do not approach bookshelves lightly. A stranger’s collection is to us a window to their soul. We peruse with judgment, sometimes admiration and occasionally repulsion (Ayn Rand?!). With celebrities now frequently speaking on television in… Continue Reading

Covid Stimulus Watch

New Website Documents Accountability Track Records of CARES Act Recipients: “The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) provides hundreds of billions of dollars in assistance to large and small corporations whose operations have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The public deserves to know which companies are receiving the assistance… Continue Reading

Best free music services in 2020

ZDNet – Drowning out the pandemic with streaming tunes – “With many of us stuck in our home offices during the pandemic, the silence gets pretty boring. You may require tunes to work — or maybe you need to drown out the distractions. Either way, while there are numerous music streaming services well worth paying for,… Continue Reading

Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience

Harvard University: “Our bipartisan group of experts in economics, public health, technology, and ethics from across the country, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has released the nation’s first comprehensive operational roadmap for mobilizing and reopening the U.S. economy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. “Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience: Massive Scale Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (TTSI)… Continue Reading

The Immunity of the Tech Giants

The New York Times – Kara Swisher: When the pandemic is over, we most certainly should fear the industry more than ever. “If power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, how can we best describe the kind of power Big Tech will wield when the coronavirus crisis is over? How about this: The… Continue Reading

Cellphone monitoring is spreading with the coronavirus

Washington Post via MSN – So is an uneasy tolerance of surveillance. “To the feelings of fear, restlessness, insecurity and sorrow taking hold around the globe, the pandemic era has added another certainty: being watched. In a matter of months, tens of millions of people in dozens of countries have been placed under surveillance. Governments,… Continue Reading

The Rise of Sanitised Travel

This report by SimpliFlying “maps out over 70 areas on the day of travel and summarizes them in key stages of travel. Special sections featured in the report: The Touchless Cabin In-flight janitor The end of the 30-minute turn End of the printed in-flight magazine All bags to be “Sanitagged” The THA: Transport Health Authority..” Continue Reading