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STAFF OPINION: What the pandemic has taught me about loneliness | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | #onlinedating | romancescams | #scams

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

I live with five roommates, all of them close friends. We live in a small duplex, sharing bathrooms and kitchen space and everything in between. We pass each other in […]

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#deepweb | Opinion: Three Spurs players who were far from their best against Man City – Spurs Web

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Tottenham Hotspur recorded a famous 2-0 win over Man City this afternoon in the Premier League, leapfrogging up to fifth in the table. Goals from Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son sealed a delightful win and clean sheet for the Lilywhites against the current champions. However, a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#school | #ransomware | What towns and cities must do to confront the ransomware epidemic | Opinion

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans By Diane Reynolds, Bradford Meisel, and Rick Gideon, Jr. America’s city and local governments are under attack from ransomware, which disables entire computer system networks until the victim pays a ransom in cryptocurrency, and the results have been catastrophic. On Dec. 13, New Orleans suffered a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Opinion | Jeff Bezos’s Phone Hack Should Terrify Everyone

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

What Mr. Pierson describes is low-hanging fruit — the kind of security flaws that can quickly be fixed with a little knowledge and attention to detail. Even then, he said, it takes time for the true nature of clients’ vulnerability to sink in. “They’re shocked when we give them their password and tell them where we found it, but it doesn’t hit as hard as when we tell them their entire home automation system has been potentially online and viewable for three or five or eight years,” he said.

When it comes to a Bezos-style breach — potentially at the hands of a nation-state’s intelligence service — high-profile targets would likely be even less prepared. As Mr. Bezos’s lengthy investigation into the 2018 attack shows, it’s difficult to get straight answers even when you have the money and resources to run full forensics.

Of course, it’s not just wealth that turns somebody into a person of interest for hackers. Journalists, government employees, workers at energy companies and utilities could all be targets for someone. Those who work for financial firms, airlines, hospitals, universities, Hollywood studios and tech firms are all potentially at risk. To mitigate that risk, there are plenty of things you can do. You can take steps to secure yourself from corporate data collection using privacy settings on your phone. And to protect yourself from cyberattacks there are helpful guides you can use that have been vetted by security professionals.

For most of us, the attack against Mr. Bezos isn’t the death of privacy, but a reminder of the risks of living a connected life. It should be a moment to think as critically about what you do online as you might in the real world. Invest in a password manager. Turn on dual factor authentication. Be skeptical of any communication that looks out of place.

For the ultrarich and influential, the Bezos hack should be a terrifying revelation that, as the former State Department employee and whistle-blower John Napier Tye told me last autumn, “For someone who’s truly a high-value target, there is no way to safely use a digital device.” The stakes are astronomically high. Not just personally, as Mr. Bezos found, but professionally. Company secrets, matters of national security, access to critical infrastructure and the safety of employees could all be compromised by lax security at the top.

The internet has long been thought of as a truly democratic tool, flattening and democratizing the ability to publish and communicate. It’s also the great privacy equalizer. Money can buy a lot of things. But on a dangerous internet full of exploits, flawed code, shady actors and absent-minded humans, total, foolproof security is not one of them.

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#deepweb | The tech giants dominated the decade. But there’s still time to rein them in | Jay Owens | Opinion

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The 2010s will be remembered for a new era in the development of capitalism, one of mind-boggling scale. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are closing the decade as the world’s first trillion-dollar companies. Last year, Apple’s revenue was larger than Vietnam’s GDP, while Amazon’s research and development […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Bernie Sanders is right, it’s time to redistribute economic power | Mathew Lawrence | Opinion

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Oligarchy rules the United States: the republic has been ransacked, its commonwealth privatised, and rentierism runs amok. The richest 10% of Americans capture an estimated 97% of all capital income – including capital gains, corporate dividends and interest payments. Since the financial crisis of 2008, almost half of all new income generated in the US has gone to the top 1%. The three wealthiest people in the US now own more wealth than the bottom 160 million Americans. And the richest family in America – the Walton family, which inherited about half of Walmart’s stock – owns more wealth than the bottom 42% of the American people.

The case for bold action is clear and overwhelming. Only a deep reconstruction of economic and political rights can challenge oligarchic power and halt runaway environmental breakdown. Fortunately, Bernie Sanders has just announced a new plan that matches the scale of the crisis.

His announcement on Monday of the corporate accountability and democracy plan is the latest and boldest proposal for economic democracy in America to emerge from the Democratic presidential race. At its core, it seeks to democratise the company by redistributing economic and political rights within the firm away from external shareholders and executive management toward the workforce as a collective. This is about redistributing wealth and income, but critically, it is also about redistributing power and control. Democratising the company would transform it from an engine of wealth extraction and oligarchic power toward a genuinely purposeful, egalitarian institution, one where workers would have a collective stake and say in how their company operates, and would share in the wealth they create together.

The Sanders plan would transform and democratise economic and political rights by fundamentally rewiring ownership and control of corporate America. Companies would be required to share corporate wealth with their workers, transferring up to 20% of total stock over a decade to democratic employee ownership funds. The monopoly on voting rights that private external shareholders and their financial intermediaries have benefited from would be ended; employees would be guaranteed the right to vote on corporate decision-making at work, and have a voice in setting their pay, regardless of the kind or size of company or firm they work for. Corporate boards would be democratised, with at least 45% of the board of directors in any large corporation directly elected by the firm’s workers. And the outrageous power of asset management – whose actions have done so much to accelerate the climate crisis by continuing to invest heavily in fossil fuel companies – would be ended. Asset managers would be banned from voting on other people’s money – the collective savings of millions of ordinary workers – unless following clear instructions from the savers.

Taken as a whole, Sanders’s plan would radically re-engineer how the company is controlled and for whom. The echoes with Labour’s agenda for democratising economic power is obvious, particularly John McDonnell’s inclusive ownership fund proposal, and further evidence of an increasingly fertile transatlantic pollination of ideas and practice, from the Green New Deal to movement building. Common Wealth, the thinktank that I am the director of, is another example of this, committed to designing ownership models for the democratic economy on both sides of the Atlantic. In this, at least, there is much to learn from the right; Anglo-American conservatism and the new right have long shared intellectual and organisational resources and common aims, from the incubation of neoliberalism, to current salivations over a disaster capitalism-style US-UK trade deal. It is time progressives did the same.

An emphasis on reimagining ownership and governance is a vital step forward. We face two deep crises – environmental breakdown and stark inequalities of status and reward – both sharing a common cause: the deep, undemocratic concentration of power in our economy. Working people lack a meaningful stake and a say in their firm. Corporate voting rights are near-monopolised by a web of extractive financial institutions. The needs of finance are privileged over the interests of labour and nature. Tinkering won’t address this deep imbalance in power. To build an economy that is democratic and sustainable by design, we need to transform how the company operates and for whom.

For the left, remaking corporations must be at the heart of a radical agenda. The company is an extraordinary social institution, an immense engine for coordinating production based on a complex web of relationships. The critical question is who controls how it operates and who has a claim on its surplus. Today, the answer is a combination of shareholders, institutional investors and executive management; the company has been captured by finance and extractive economic practices, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

The company – and the distribution of rights within it – are neither natural nor unchangeable. There is nothing inevitable about the existing, sharply unequal distributions of power and reward within them. The company is a social institution, its rights and privileges publicly defined. We can organise it differently: through social control, not private dominion, via democracy, not oligarchy. Sanders’s announcement is an important step toward that democratisation, and the deeper economic reconstruction that both people and planet deserve.

Mathew Lawrence is director of the thinktank Common Wealth

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EUROPEAN COURT OPINION THREATENS NSA SPYING OVERSEAS

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A land­mark agree­ment on data-shar­ing between the United States and Europe is “in­val­id,” an ad­viser to a top European court said Wed­nes­day, in a de­cision that could lay the ground­work for lim­it­a­tions on the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency’s glob­al In­ter­net spy­ing prac­tices. The NSA’s use of a trans-At­lantic “safe-har­bor” agree­ment forged in 2000 to com­pel com­pan­ies like Face­book to share per­son­al data on European cit­izens demon­strates a lack of ad­equate pri­vacy pro­tec­tions un­der­gird­ing the pact, said Yves Bot, the ad­voc­ate gen­er­al for the European Court of Justice, in a non­bind­ing but po­ten­tially in­flu­en­tial leg­al opin­ion. “The law and prac­tice of the United States al­low the large-scale col­lec­tion of the per­son­al data of cit­izens of the EU … without those cit­izens be­ne­fit­ing from ef­fect­ive ju­di­cial pro­tec­tion,” Bot wrote. Bot also said that the level of ac­cess gran­ted to the NSA on trans­ferred data con­sti­tuted an in­ter­fer­ence with the Charter of Fun­da­ment­al Rights of the European Uni­on, which prom­ises a right to pro­tect per­son­al data. The ad­voc­ate gen­er­al also said European data-pro­tec­tion au­thor­it­ies could sus­pend trans­fers of data to oth­er coun­tries on grounds of pro­tect­ing pri­vacy. The case was brought by Max Schrems, an Aus­tri­an law stu­dent, who ini­ti­ated a chal­lenge ori­gin­ally against […]

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Rape prevention classes should be mandated within Cleveland schools: Jack Coffey and Kelly Papenfus (Opinion)

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that nearly one in five women in the United States has been raped during her lifetime. The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center reports that women between the ages of 16 and 24 are four times more vulnerable to rape than any other national demographic. Furthermore, victims of sexual assault and violence are at an increased risk of acquiring a litany of mental health issues, ranging from major depressive disorder to post-traumatic stress disorder, and the experience of sexual assault and violence increases the risk of suicide. Read More….

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