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LLRX January 2023 Issue – Articles and Columns

  • 2023 Healthcare MiniGuideMarcus P. Zillman’s guide addresses the challenging landscape of healthcare information that proliferates on the internet. A large measure of the information hosted on self described authoritative health and healthcare sites is grounded in speculative, e-commerce drive subject matter. Search engines drive traffic to these sites with no transparent and accountable data – the objective being SEO, web tracking and other revenue driven applications. This guide identifies reliable, accurate sites that publish data and research, as well as provide applications, on traditional western as well as some eastern medicine, sponsored and published by government, NGO/IGO, research and academic institutions, hospitals, subject matter journals – in the United States and abroad.
  • Disquiet in the archives: archivists make tough calls with far-reaching consequences – they deserve our supportStuart Kells, Adjunct Professor, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University explains why for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John Milton’s annotations in a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio held in the Free Library of Philadelphia – are examples of how new tools are revealing new evidence, and how distant scholars are making fascinating connections. At the same time, and even more importantly, the holdings of archives, libraries and museums – “memory institutions” – are being scrutinised as the world grapples with legacies of racism, imperialism, slavery and oppression. Some of the holdings speak to heinous episodes and indefensible values. And some of them were flat-out stolen.
  • Is It Equitable to Protect Corporate Leaders From Covid-19 More than Employees and Customers?Augie Ray asks a simple question to encourage you to think more about #COVID19 risks and engage in a discussion about equity in the workplace: If the world’s top business leaders recognize and take precautions against COVID during an ongoing pandemic, shouldn’t they ensure the same for employees and customers? Shouldn’t our companies’ commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion suggest equal treatment for everyone?
  • Scribe faces a strong Chinese rival able to turn handwritten notes into searchable text – David H. Rothman may have identified one reason why the Kindle Scribe has gone on sale. For $400, Lenovo later this year is to sell a Scribe rival able to record lectures with two built-in mikes and turn handwritten notes into searchable text. Handily, you can sync the audio recordings with notes. Perhaps a tool for journalists, too, not just students?
  • ChatGPT Chatbot Weighs in on Law Librarian De-CredentializationSarah Gotschall, Associate Librarian Reference Librarian & Professor of Practice, University of Arizona Law, puts ChatGPT through the paces with a series of engaging questions and answers she has documented, adding additional dimension to the significant interest in the all the rage chatbot.
  • Long COVID stemmed from mild cases of COVID-19 in most people, according to a new multicountry study – Even mild COVID-19 cases can have major and long-lasting effects on people’s health. That is one of the key findings from our recent multicountry study on long COVID-19 – or long COVID – per a new research study by Dr. Sarah Wulf Hanson and Prof. Theo Vos, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 27, 2023Four highlights from this week: 7 Ways to Avoid Scammers on Social Media; Data explosion prompts agencies to look at advanced e-discovery platforms; Apple Cash, Cash App, Venmo, Zelle P2P Payment Apps Compared; and Everyone Wants Your Email Address. Think Twice Before Sharing It.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 21, 2023Four highlights from this week: Apple Faces Third Class-Action Lawsuit Over Privacy Problems; Will Europe’s Privacy Bill of Rights Ever Truly Be Enforced?; Cybersecurity High-Risk Series: Challenges in Establishing a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy and Performing Effective Oversight; and How ChatGPT Hijacks Democracy.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2023Four highlights from this week: A college student made an app to detect AI-written text; Identity Thieves Bypassed Experian Security to View Credit Reports; Adobe Uses Your Content to Train AI; Millions of Vehicles at Risk: and API Vulnerabilities Uncovered in 16 Major Car Brands.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 8, 2023Four highlights from this week: The Hidden Cost of Cheap TVs; Cloud email services bolster encryption against hackers; Did ChatGPT Write That? College Kid Creates AI Essay Detector; and the FBI’s Perspective on Ransomware.

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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 27, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 27, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity 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… Continue Reading

Experian Glitch Exposing Credit Files Lasted 47 Days

Krebs on Security: “On Dec. 23, 2022, KrebsOnSecurity alerted big-three consumer credit reporting bureau Experian that identity thieves had worked out how to bypass its security and access any consumer’s full credit report — armed with nothing more than a person’s name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number. Experian fixed the glitch, but… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 21, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 21, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity 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… Continue Reading

Legal experts slam Supreme Court report on ‘brazenly hackish’ Dobbs leak investigation

Follow up Washington Post Opinion: Was leaking the Dobbs opinion the perfect crime? It sure looks that way. Follow up to today’s post – SCOTUS Statement Concerning the Leak Investigation Jan 19, 2023 – via Alternet: “Legal experts and media pundits have had a lot to say about the investigation results. And many of them… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity 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… Continue Reading

A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?

MIT Technology Report: “…While the images shared with us did not come from iRobot customers, consumers regularly consent to having our data monitored to varying degrees on devices ranging from iPhones to washing machines. It’s a practice that has only grown more common over the past decade, as data-hungry artificial intelligence has been increasingly integrated… Continue Reading

Government watchdog spent $15,000 to crack a federal agency’s passwords in minutes

TechCrunch: “A government watchdog has published a scathing rebuke of the Department of the Interior’s cybersecurity posture, finding it was able to crack thousands of employee user accounts because the department’s security policies allow easily guessable passwords like ‘Password1234’. The report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior, tasked… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 8, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 8, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity 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… Continue Reading

The Opt Out: When it comes to privacy, smart devices are not the smarter choice

Popular Science: “The technology in modern home appliances has breathed new life (and plausibility) into the old saying “If these walls could talk.” Your fridge and smart speaker may not have mouths, but they have an internet connection, and that can be more dangerous than the sharpest of tongues. …Tech companies and manufacturers have made… Continue Reading

How Twitter misleads us about how many people have left and what to do about it

Dr. J. Nathan Matias – Medium: “Why are so many people staying on Twitter, even after the company gutted its child safety team, struggled with information security problems, violated user privacy for political ends, and brought nazis back to the platform? To outside observers, it can seem like Twitter users are continuing as before, seemingly… Continue Reading