Carnegie Mellon University: Machine Learning Tool Helps Human Rights Workers Seek Justice. “Interdisciplinary researchers at CMU created a tool that can scan thousands of hours of multimedia in a matter of minutes. It can help human rights practitioners build cases against war criminals.”
University of Texas at Dallas: Criminologist, Student Team Build Database on U.S. School Shootings. “A criminologist and her students at The University of Texas at Dallas are creating a database that tracks shootings at K-12 schools in the United States going back to 1990. Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said the National Institute of Justice project aims to fill a need for reliable data on gun violence on school campuses.”
ZDNet: New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informants. “The relationship between the FBI and employees of Best Buy’s computer and device repair unit Geek Squad is more complex than first thought, according to newly released documents. Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs.”
Naked Security: 3 simple tips to stay off the hook this phishing season. “We know that the majority of Naked Security readers are strongly interested in IT and computer security, as well as partly or fully responsible for security at work or at home (or, more likely, both). So, even if you could spot a phish at 100 paces, what about your friends, family and colleagues? We thought it might help if we put together a brief “story in pictures” to help you do the explaining. Here goes.” A good article to pass around to your less technically-savvy friends and family.