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Center for Democracy & Technology

Big Data and Privacy

April 17, 2014

Big data has been generating big hype for a while. In January, the White House jumped into the fray, launching a big data and privacy review. CDT participated in all three public workshops convened in connection with the review and submitted written comments.

CDT’s Big Data and Privacy Comments

In our comments, we focused on three main areas: applying the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) to both private sector and government big data programs; exploring technical measures such as de-identification to safeguard privacy; and reforming existing privacy laws, most notably the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, to account for rapid changes in the ways that digital data is collected, stored, and used.

CDT stressed that, as entities collect more data to offer innovative products and more efficient services, they must still be guided by purpose specification, consent, security, and the other elements of the FIPPs framework.

Government and Big Data

“Strong consensus is forming that the bulk collection of phone records should end.”

-Harley Geiger

The Administration says that it will end its bulk collection of telephony metadata, although the details of what will replace it remain unsettled. Meanwhile, CDT is pointing out that the laws the government has used to justify bulk collection are not limited just to phone records. Instead, they could be used to justify collection of location data, Internet browsing history, financial records, and more. CDT has been vocal in advocating the end of all forms of bulk collection, and we endorse the USA FREEDOM Act as the best legislation to do just that.

A report from the White House review is due before the end of April, but it is expected to present more questions than answers. In this complex and unsettled space, CDT will continue to work with companies and other stakeholders to develop workable approaches that will protect privacy while pursuing the benefits promised by advanced data analytics.


Check Out CDT’s New Website

CDT has launched a totally revamped website: http://www.cdt.org. It has a fresh new look and tools that should make our content more easily accessible. Thanks to our partners at iStrategy Labs for their creative and technical efforts on the new site.

MnSCU Mediaspace AKA Kaltura

Getting Started with MediaSpace v5 (PDF attachment)

From: Todd Digby <Todd.Digby@so.mnscu.edu>
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:52 AM
To: Todd Digby <Todd.Digby@so.mnscu.edu>
Subject: MnSCU Mediaspace Update – New Version – New URL

Hello MnSCU Mediaspace user,

We have upgraded MediaSpace systems and now have a new permanent address for MnSCU MediaSpace http://mediaspace.mnscu.edu

You will also see that there have been some changes to this version from the previous version.   Just use your StarID to login, all you existing videos will be available in the site.  There are a few new features in this version of Mediaspace.    I have also updated the getting started document that I originally distributed to make adjustments for the new version.  Once we are confident that you have made the transition to the new version, we will start broadening the use to other campuses and to faculty / staff use.  Expect more announcements to come over the next couple weeks.

New Features

Direct links to videos can now be used.  The steps to follow

  1. Click on your Video title from your My Media listing
  2. Click on the Action button (below the video player box, to the right)
  3. Select “+ Publish”
  4. Chance the privacy settings to “Unlisted”
  5. Click on the “Share” button
  6. Copy link and send out.

Embedding can use an Iframe or the standard legacy embed.  

  • The embedding feature will now have the necessary security measures in place so that the D2L mixed content issues will not be present.

Downloading a copy of the video

  • You can now download a copy of the video from MediaSpace.  If you are the owner of the video, when you select the “Edit” screen for the video, the player will have a “Download” option in the middle of the screen.  This will allow an MPEG moving file to be downloaded to your workstation.  This is only available in the “Edit” screen player, so only the owner of the video will have the ability to download it from MediaSpace.

Thanks,

Todd
_______________________________

Todd R. Digby

System Director of Academic Technology

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

30 7th St. E., Suite 350 | St. Paul, MN 55101-7804 | 651-201-1812 l 612-803-4922 (cell)

todd.digby@so.mnscu.edu  | http://www.asa.mnscu.edu/academictechnology

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

The prowess of these three crackers also underscores the need for end users to come up with better password hygiene. Many Fortune 500 companies tightly control the types of passwords employees are allowed to use to access e-mail and company networks, and they go a long way to dampen crackers’ success.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/how-crackers-make-minced-meat-out-of-your-passwords

opening documents (e.g. PPT) within D2L

From: Jorgensen, Gregory S.
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 10:07 AM
To: Miltenoff, Plamen
Subject: RE: Voice Mail from Galler, Robert W. (33 seconds)

When downloading some D2L Content (usually Microsoft Office documents) with Internet Explorer, the security settings don’t allow the document to be edited properly.

The solution is to use a different browser, such as FireFox, Safari or Chrome,  *OR*, choose ‘Save’ (rather than ‘Open’) and save the file.  When it’s opened, the ‘enable editing’ feature will work properly.

3 cyber bills passed in the House

The House is passing 3 bills:

The House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, which mandates strategic guidance for federal cybersecurity research and development. To establish that guidance, the bill calls for input from public and private stakeholders, and strengthens security automation standards and checklists for federal systems.

How this will impact education and academia? What input can SCSU contribute with?…

http://fcw.com/articles/2013/04/17/cyber-bills-explained.aspx?s=fcwdaily_180413

FISMA – Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Information_Security_Management_Act_of_2002

CISPA- Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Intelligence_Sharing_and_Protection_Act

 

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