At least the concerns about sensitive info are being aired in public this time, albeit not on the record: the regulators aren't commenting, and neither is industry. (It was their lobbying that scuttled FOIA reform become law last December, despite bills passing both houses of Congress unanimously.) Behind this story is a deeper one about how power and influence are used. The odds against strong FOIA reform being passed in the 114th Congress look longer today.
Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/jury-kleiner-perkins-not-liable-for-paos-gender-discrimination-claims/
NYTimes first take: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/28/technology/ellen-pao-kleiner-perkins-case-decision.html
After the trial, gender & discrimination issues in Silicon Valley will remain. A positive change: who's covering them. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellencushing/the-real-revolution-of-the-ellen-pao-trial
Benedict Carey: "The most important question when dealing with reams of digital data is not whether perceptual skills will be centrally important. The question is when, and in what domain, analysts will be able to build a reliable catalog of digital patterns that provide meaningful “clues” to the underlying reality, whether it’s the effect of a genetic glitch, a low-pressure zone or a drop in the yen."
At least the concerns about sensitive info are being aired in public this time, albeit not on the record: the regulators aren't commenting, and neither is industry. (It was their lobbying that scuttled #FOIA reform become law last December, despite bills passing both houses of Congress unanimously.) Behind this story is a deeper one about how power and influence are used. The odds against strong FOIA reform being passed in the 114th Congress look longer today.
Here's my newly published interview with him about his plans for the role: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/uks-first-chief-data-officer-to-focus-on-making-data-a-public-asset/
Good news: passwords were hashed salted, + & 2 Factor Authentication is now available. If you're a user, I recommend turning it on.
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