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Friday Cyber News, October 20 2017

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 10/14 - 10/20:

1. "Last year, for the first time in decades, the number of Americans employed in manufacturing increased." Responses to this statistic--driven by the "reshoring" of some manufacturing jobs that has been enabled by greater automation--vary, depending on whether you're a Steelcase factory worker seeing productivity go up but hiring go down; a roboticist building robots that can manipulate small, delicate objects; a K'Nex factory owner able to bring production back to the US from China as a result of robotic extruders and shapers; or a Chinese factory-robot seller and installer, driven by the vision of the dark factory, where the lights are only needed when a human journalist visits. The ways in which these responses may be wrong--perhaps by being unimaginative about the potential changes to the workforce that will accompany the increased use of robots, or the tendency to assign many extraordinary capabilities to a machine that has one extraordinary capability, are the basis of seven deadly sins of AI prediction. [New Yorker; Technology Review]

2. A flaw in the RSA keys generated by Infineon hardware chips means that some physical identity devices, including Estonian ID cards, could be compromised. [CRoCS; Ars Technica]

3. The KRACK vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol allows adversaries in range of your wifi to read information thought to be encrypted. [Cyberscoop] 

4. The Honest Ads Act, debuted in Congress this week, would subject political ads on social media to the same disclosure rules as TV and radio ads, meaning large platforms would need to disclose who is buying political ads. [The Hill]

5. As social media companies in the US worry about content moderation and removing harassment and fake news from their sites, Chinese and Russian companies feel vindicated over their stricter control of internet companies. Meanwhile, a sophisticated technological surveillance system is being used in China to monitor the ethnic minority Uighur population. [NY Times; Buzzfeed]

6.​ The National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate this week includes a policy of notifying countries when the US becomes aware that a third country has mounted a cyber attack against their infrastructure. [The Hill]

7. Created with lofty goals that eschewed monetization and advertising, Silicon Valley's largest companies have sold out; do we need greater regulation in order to curb their control of our attention? [NY Times]

8. States are adding various cybersecurity measures to their election systems in advance of the 2018 elections, including paper audit trails, better storage for voter registration databases, and risk-limiting audits. [NY Times]

9. This week DHS directed the federal government to implement the DMARC protocol for its .gov emails, one in four of which are currently fake, according to an email security contractor working with the government. [The Hill].

10. Maybe we're overestimating the effects of AI on labor and the workforce. [Technology Review]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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