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Friday Cyber News, October 30 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 10/24 - 10/30:

1. CISA, a bill intended to allow companies to share cybersecurity threat information with the government, passed the Senate, but privacy advocates argue the bill is just a cover for more government surveillance, and has significant privacy gaps. [Wired]

2. Should online laborers control the means of evaluation--their five-star ratings--and be able to argue against unfair ratings, or bring their reputations and feedback history to other platforms? Apps that allow the customer control over the worker's feedback are pushing middle manager responsibilities on to you. At failed cleaning-on-demand startup Homejoy, this created problems that were hidden from the company's leadership. [The Verge; Medium]

3. Colleges are tracking how often applicants visit their websites, engage over social media, or mention the college online, to find the prospective students most likely to matriculate, thereby improving the school's admissions statistics. [Chronicle of Higher Ed; Quartz]

4. Internet freedom has improved in India--fewer punishments for online speech, more access--and China ranks last in an evaluation of 65 countries because of its Great Firewall and restrictions on foreign companies. Canada is #3, US #5. [WSJ; NY Times]

5. The Library of Congress has decided that medical devices and automobile software will be exempt from the DMCA, so tinkering will be protected. [CSM Passcode; NPR]

6. Russian submarines are loitering close to undersea internet cables, raising concerns that they could be planning to disrupt service to the US. [NY Times]

7. DoD CIO indicates that money buys relationships in Silicon Valley--government contracts are used as a means to engender trust with techies. [CSM Passcode]

8. It doesn't mean much, but it's a nice gesture--the EU voted to encourage member states to protect Edward Snowden from extradition. [CNN]

9. Slate will explain your creepy Internet experiences--like Facebook suggesting friends who aren't friends--in an advice column called Ask Dr. Strangedata. [Slate]

10. As concerned as we assume people are about surveillance, NYU is planning to track 10,000 New Yorkers very closely for 20 years--including medical, financial, and educational records--for science. [Science]




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