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Category Archives: Human Elements

People Problems at the NYSE

– Recent newspaper articles tried to explain the 4-hour downtime on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, which was experienced by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the trading day. The knee-jerk reaction was that it was a coordinated cyber attack, since The Wall Street Journal home page and United…

Big, Small and Personal Data

– There have been many articles of late bemoaning the fact that personal data are being collected in ever-vaster amounts and being analyzed to build broader profiles of each and every one of us that lead to targeted marketing and fraudulent activities. There have been many questions raised about how…

InfoSec R.I.P.

– I recently had an experience that helped to confirm my skepticism about the accuracy of information on the Internet. I happened to be surfing the Web to find out what an internationally-known InfoSec colleague has been up to lately. Imagine my shock when his Wikipedia page indicated that he had…

Are Social Media Bots “Good”?

– I found it really eye-opening to read Nick Bilton’s article “Phony Friends, Real Profit” which appeared on page E2 of The New York Times of November 20, 2014, and seems to be in favor of using bots to represent fakes. Either Bilton was writing with his tongue in his cheek or, if not, was…

Artificial Ignorance

– On the Op-Ed page of The New York Times of October 3, 2014, David Brooks wrote a column titled “Our Machine Masters,” which discusses how “artificial intelligence” (AI) might be used for good or evil. His thoughts about AI were prompted by the Pandora feeding him suggestions as to what…