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UpGuard's cyber risk analyst, Chris Vickery, discovers 198 million US voting records in an Amazon S3 bucket freely available online. One particular spreadsheet also calculates the voters probabilities for situations such as "how likely you are to have voted for a certain presidential candidate".  This breach is another reminder of how important personal data security is.
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by:Nicholas
Having this data in a public cloud provider is wrong to start with no?
After a quick glance through the article the data wasn't even encrypted.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Millions of dollars worth of data analysis, available for anyone to download for free. Brilliant!
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Whoa, whoa, whoa... Apparently in West Virginia, being a State Senator is a part time job. Which means that a State Senator likely has to work a normal, private-sector job. A job for a company that might have a strong opinion about a particular vote. A company that then might fire the State Senator after they voted in a way the company didn't like... Uh... Conflict of interest much?

What do you think? Is this system broken? How would you fix this?
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I don't have a problem with being in the $65 to $100K range. I do have a problem with paying a pension.  How many businesses have that anymore?  It's a lot for the tax payers to be on the hook for that kind of money (In Illinois).
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by:Jim Horn
There's very few employers that would allow someone to be gone for six months of the year and only work half time the other six months, which is the normal time demands of a Minnesota state legislator, so I’m having a hard time imagining what these part-time legislators would do for a career.     When I was in the Army National Guard employers didn't even care for me being gone one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

At those salaries I'm surprised we don't hear more stories about bribery, corruption, and employer conflict of interest.

As a side note when Jesse 'The Body' Ventura was governor he frequently refereed pro wrestling matches.  No conflict of interest there as I don't think it would affect the state if 'Bruno the Midnight Stalker' or 'The Bushwackers' won.   I still think it would have been great if he hired Axe and Slash as his state budget directors.
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In light of President Trump being investigated, and given the current political climate, I wanted to share my personal viewpoint on these subjects.

I have no problem seeing a President get impeached for actively trying to impede an investigation against him (if the facts show this is the case). That being said, any truthful observer of 2017 American Politics must conclude that a kind of witch hunt's been going on since President Trump first took office. That’s not to say that President Trump hasn’t made some blunders or that the American people should ever turn a blind eye, but I believe serious damage is being done to our form of government. That's the real unfortunate thing here, not that a President might be impeached, but that the following message to the people is loud and clear: "If you don't like a President. It’s okay to withhold all support and pounce at the optimal moment."

Our democracy will be the weaker for having chosen this approach to “checking” President Trump. We’ve chosen to pick up the same insidious tool labeled “McCarthyism” by some and “Witch Hunt” by others. And now that this tool is fresh in-hand, it will be far easier for the next disgruntled group of Americans to run at the next President with it. Perhaps, successfully.

If precedence is set with this President, the trend will start. By precedence, I don’t mean impeachment (that’s happened before) but the whole-sale rejection of the legitimacy of a President followed by unrelenting…
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the whole-sale rejection of the legitimacy of a President followed by unrelenting fault-finding, culminating in an impeachment, that’s new.

This isn't new; unrelenting fault-finding is the very foundation of politics.
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by:David L. Hansen
Fair point Lucas.  However, "He's not my President" is a phrase I used to hear only very rarely in years past even among the most adamant detractors. They'd find fault but still show respect for the office. It feels much different today. I'm in my late 40's so I can only speak to what I've experienced in my lifetime of course.
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The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 today to start the process of eliminating net neutrality rules and the classification of home and mobile Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/05/net-neutrality-goes-down-in-flames-as-fcc-votes-to-kill-title-ii-rules/
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by:Lucas Bishop
net neutrality office space
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To submit complaints about the FCC getting rid of Net Neutrality, you can go here, then click "+Express" and fill out the form.

http://www.gofccyourself.com/
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by:Kyle Santos
Cool thank you
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by:Juana Villa
Done :D
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by:Doug Walton
I mainly use my VPN to change my location (Netflix has different shows available in different countries, and you can watch Doctor Who on BBC in England), but otherwise I don't use it much.
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by:Lucas Bishop
I run a vpn on my home computer and on my phone (when using public wifi) just because I can't stand the thought of my data being collected without my permission. It's not foolproof though. For example, on public wifi many of your personal apps will connect to the internet, before the VPN connection is established... hence a bunch of personal data is potentially exposed. Or your VPN could go down and the same scenario happens. Putting together an article might be a good exercise though!
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Net Neutrality in the spotlight once again: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/fcc-chair-ajit-pai-wont-say-whether-hell-enforce-net-neutrality-rules/

Excerpt: Pai argues that removing regulations frees up money for ISPs to invest in building and upgrading networks.

My problem with that arrangement is whomever invests in implementing or upgrading infrastructure likely expects control over it. This can lead to difficulties applying regulation later as our needs and understanding change. Cable companies are a great example of this: http://gizmodo.com/5830956/why-the-government-wont-protect-you-from-getting-screwed-by-your-cable-company
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by:Brian Matis
Ugh...
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by:Lucas Bishop
Eventually there will be one company that owns all of the fiber. The monthly payment to access Google (the internet) will consist of having Google glasses implanted on your retina.
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Deploying ransomware is now officially illegal in California:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/01/watch-out-hackers-deploying-ransomware-is-now-a-crime-in-california/

The article notes that prior cases had been tried using existing extortion laws, so I wonder why ransomware needed its own specific version? Perhaps just a way to make it *extra* clear that it's illegal?
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