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NEWS:  So how many threats have you detected...in the last five minutes?  How about just plain conspiracy?








YOUTUBE = GOOGLE DEPT.
Guardians of our information are one.
The question of controlling access to "Fake News" is before us.  Perhaps we need a definition?  Prioritizing recognized news sources' reports is one idea.  How about top billing ("top" being a class of news reports, not literally 1-2-3 type sourcing) official news from the elected Government? 

Stories:
https://nypost.com/2018/07/10/youtube-committing-25m-to-fight-fake-news/
https://nypost.com/2018/07/18/eu-plans-record-5b-fine-on-google-over-mobile-system/





CT SENATE ON NET NEUTRALITY
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180504_senate_resurrects_net_neutrality_and_sends_to_house/









CT throws a tantrum - remember the letter saying pay up or else?
It wasn't so long ago that the Commissioner's minions sent out letters saying an online company reported that purchases had been made and demanded sales tax payment or else...
So according to this article get ready after the Democrat ascendance to Congressional control in November:  https://ctmirror.org/2018/04/27/ct-tax-chief-slams-key-gop-lawmaker-online-sales-tax-issue/





NWS TESTS TSUNAMI WARNING AND "THE ROBOTS" CRASH THE MARKET
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-machines-took-over-Inside-the-biggest-Dow-12553649.php






No more "NET NEUTRALITY"?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/technology/fcc-net-neutrality.html?_r=0






Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device
Matthew Lee and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press Updated 4:33 am, Thursday, August 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device...is this related to all the leaks in D.C.?

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That's three years ago
and we are first hearing from the Governor???
SO WHAT'S NEW SINCE 2014?

"...Asked who should be concerned, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro said everyone should be concerned.

"She said people need to use different passwords for important accounts and change their passwords. She said they also need to update their security and antivirus software. And they should be wary of anyone trying to get them to click on a link when the sender of the email is unknown to them.

"She also asked that residents call state or local police to let them know about any suspected cyber crimes."

Full report here:  Connecticut Continues Focus On Cybersecurity










POLICE HAVE TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS TO RECORD BAD BEHAVIOR IN SOME JURISDICTIONS.  "BACK DOOR" INTO SOCIAL MEDIA TO PREVENT TERROR ATTACKS NATUALLY FOLLOWS

...Facebook said in a statement that it is committed to providing a safe experience for its users.

"Our Community Standards make clear that there is no place on Facebook for groups that engage in terrorist activity," the company said, "or for content that expresses support for such activity, and we take swift action to remove this content when it's reported to us. We sympathize with the victims and their families."

The other company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  But, Berger added, Congress could seek to change those laws if it saw fit.

"In our brave new world starting January, who knows?" he said.

Story in full:  http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Tech-companies-profit-from-ISIS-allege-10808540.php







E L E C T O R A L    C O L L E G E    M E T    D E C .   1 9 TH   -    S U R P R I S E ! ! !   


     


NOT SO FAST - CHECK THIS STORY OUT FOR ACCURACY!

No that we can be sure of its accuracy, but the case of the Podesta e-mail on GOOGLE does give one pause...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/28/wikileaks-email-shows-how-hackers-targeted-john-po/




All over by October 11, 2016;  and a link to Big Brother Is Watching You department story...


New York TIMES OP-ED piece today shows how the rest of the campaign will go.  Since they can't "DUMP TRUMP" bridge-playing Republicans protest by playing "Two No-Trump Doubled" for the rest of the month...

Anything bad about Hillary is blamed on Russia hacking (so you don't think her e-mail server was hacked for four years when she was Secretary of State?).  Read OP-ED here










State Urged To Seek Cheaper, Faster, Better Broadband To Bolster Economy
CTNEWSJUNKIE
by Steve Majerus-Collins|
Mar 29, 2016 5:30am


Connecticut has the potential to become a national leader in offering the ultra-high speed Internet that many companies are looking for in an increasingly digitalized business world, according to a new state study...story in full:  

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/state_urged_to_seek_cheaper_faster_better_broadband_to_bolster_economy/







 
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House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation
http://connecticut.news12.com/news/house-sends-bill-to-trump-blocking-online-privacy-regulation-1.13331754



Americans one step closer to losing control of their browser history

NYPOST:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/24/americans-one-step-closer-to-losing-control-of-their-browser-history/

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A report in the LWV of Weston files:  http://www.lwvweston.org/FCCrpt-BB.pdf

LWVCT has a position on this, we think!  A study some years ago:  http://www.lwvweston.org/lwvctmediastudy.pdf

And a terrific Fall Conference on the subject (it will upload slowly - but owrth waiting for!!!).  http://www.lwvweston.org/wifi.html#stream

Followed by presentation post Concurrence at LWVCT Convention.






 

Police surveillance system hacked in D.C. days prior to Trump’s inauguration - we listened for a while on a snowy day and snow is the correct word.
By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Saturday, January 28, 2017

"... Technologists determined the devices had been infected with two separate strains of ransomware, an increasingly popular and profitable type of malicious software recently attributed with sidelining city computer systems throughout the country, all the while causing upwards millions of dollars in monthly damages, according to the FBI..."
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/28/police-surveillance-system-hacked-dc-days-prior-tr/





Cyberbullies of all ages or just kids?
http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v3/comments/landon_no_comment_on_lanni_parents_letter/#more








Many pockets of the state lack broadband Internet access, FCC data show
CT MIRROR
August 22, 2016

While every town is serviced by a company that provides Internet far faster than the federal definition of broadband (25Mbps upload/3 Mbps download), there remain pockets where broadband Internet is not available. This map shows each the percentage of U.S. Census blocks in each town where broadband Internet access isn't available...story in full:  http://trendct.org/2016/08/22/many-pockets-of-the-state-lack-broadband-internet-access-fcc-data-show/



FWIW - WE"RE NOT SO GOOD AT PROOFREADING EITHER!
Already having had to apologize for previous mistakes, crack researcher at CT MIRROR might have to make another, EVEN WORSE, in the capsule sentence above the graphic (headline for the graphic "
Percentage of Census blocks without broadband access").  This one shows the proofreading capabilities at CT MIRROR - it is correct in the article itself, we note.  Proofreaders not knowing the difference between upload and download speeds is better than reporters not knowing (?) - DOWNLOADS are supposed to faster!  Also, the number of Census blocks varies according to population density.  Or was he referring to "blocks" as a play on words, because of slow speeds???





Battle cry for greater connectivity:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_connecticuts_digital_divide_could_widen_if_popular_devices_are_locked/

Or not?  http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/us/article/NYC-to-pull-plug-on-sidewalk-internet-after-porn-9223149.php







CHENA IN SWING!!!  https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/03/19/with-federal-help-alaska-telecoms-plan-big-expansion-of-rural-broadband/




ON WHOSE WATCH WILL THIS HAVE BEEN DONE?


Sending everyone back to the stone age department?  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/world/europe/russian-presence-near-undersea-cables-concerns-us.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news







CELLULAR LIFE

How is the term "your connections" defined in 2015?  Not "who you know" anymore, but connectivity to the Internet!  According to the NYTIMES:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/realestate/the-cellphone-imperative-if-i-cant-text-im-moving.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region&_r=0






SAUGATUCK RESERVOIR LOOKING NORTH

Macqquarie bought from Kelda the venerable U.S. company Bridgeport Hydraulic some years ago....

Altice to buy Cablevision for $17.7B to expand in the U.S.
Roger Yu, USA TODAY
3:50 p.m. EDT September 17, 2015

Altice Group, a European telecom company controlled by French cable entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable operator Cablevision (CVC) in a deal valued at $17.7 billion.

Not including Cablevision's debt, Altice will pay about $10 billion in cash -- or $34.90 per share -- for the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company that is controlled by the Dolan family

The deal would create the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S. market, the companies said. The acquisition also includes Newsday Media Group, publisher of Newsday and amNewYork. The deal doesn't include the Madison Square Garden Company, which is also controlled by the Dolans and owns the New York Knicks and Rangers and their home arena in Manhattan.

Shares of Cablevision ended Wednesday down a penny to $28.54 in regular-hour trading. Shares zoomed 16% to $33.25 in pre-market.

In May, Altice, headquartered in the Netherlands, entered the U.S. by agreeing to buy cable operator Suddenlink Communications in a deal valued at $9.1 billion. Drahi, Altice's chairman, said a month later that he was not done dealing here and that he was interested in expanding the company's revenue in the world's largest TV and Internet market.


Amy Yong, an analyst at Macquarie Group, told USA TODAY earlier this month that Cablevision, which serves cable Internet and TV customers in the New York region, was widely seen as an attractive acquisition target and investors were expecting an imminent deal. "In the last (Cablevision earnings) call, a lot of people read from the body language that it's something they're looking into," she said...

Story in full:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/09/16/cablevision-altice/32530389/


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DEP, BHC, Nature Conservancy Seal Largest Open Space Preservation Deal in Connecticut History
Memorandum of Understanding Will Preserve All BHC Land Forever

                   BRIDGEPORT, CT, February 6, 2001 – The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Kelda Group, its Aquarion and BHC Company subsidiaries, and The Nature Conservancy...

                





Not a very smart activity...one syllable words only

Presidential Campaigns See Texting as a Clear Path to Voters
NYTIMES
By NICK CORASANIT
AUG. 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even a presidential candidate’s most devoted supporters could be forgiven for trying to tune out the torrent of campaign emails, Twitter messages, Facebook posts, Instagrams and Snapchats from that steadily flood voters’ inboxes and social-media feeds in this digitized, pixelated, endlessly streaming election cycle...from the NYTIMES.







FOR REFERENCE, WE REFER YOU TO 2007 MOVIE ABOUT HACKING, "LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD - #4"

AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks
DAY
By GARANCE BURKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press
Published December 21. 2015 3:30AM
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid.  Digital clues pointed to Iranian hackers. And Wallace found that they had already taken passwords, as well as engineering drawings of dozens of power plants, at least one with the title "Mission Critical." The drawings were so detailed that experts say skilled attackers could have used them, along with other tools and malicious code, to knock out electricity flowing to millions of homes...story in full: 
http://www.theday.com/nationworld/20151221/ap-investigation-us-power-grid-vulnerable-to-foreign-hacks








Obama’s Doctrine of Restraint
Roger Cohen, NYTIMES - part one in full:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/13/opinion/obamas-doctrine-of-restraint.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region
OCT. 12, 2015

One way to define Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as a Doctrine of Restraint. It is clear, not least to the Kremlin...

Yet the cost of the Doctrine of Restraint has been very high. How high we do not yet know, but the world is more dangerous than in recent memory. Obama’s skepticism about American power, his readiness to disengage from Europe and his catastrophic tiptoeing on Syria have left the Middle East in generational conflict and fracture, Europe unstable and Putin strutting the stage. Where this rudderless reality is likely to lead I will examine in my next column...










RETURN OF THE BOTNET ATTACK - THIS TIME A TWIST ON HOW DEVICES SIMPLIFY OUR LIVES...RIGHT.

From the I-BBC:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37738823








Downing of Russia jet 'stab in back'
I-BBC
24 Nov 2015

President Putin condemns the downing of a Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border, saying it is a "stab in the back" by "accomplices of terrorists"...story in full:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34913173






Russia Destroys Piles of Banned Western Food

NYTIMES
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
AUG. 6, 2015


...Throughout the Ukraine crisis, there has been a real war in which more than 6,000 people have died and, on the sidelines of that war, a food fight. Russia has a track record of applying food import rules politically.

In 2013, the Kremlin banned Ukrainian chocolate, ostensibly for health reasons.

As tensions escalated, Russia banned European milk products like yogurt, giving rise to the term Milk Curtain for the new East-West divide in Europe.  After Western nations imposed sanctions on Russian banks and oil companies over Moscow’s support for separatism in eastern Ukraine, Russia turned, as it has so often before, to food, banning European and American imports.  But Russia’s notoriously corrupt customs inspections turned out to be as porous as, well, Swiss cheese. Many products, like Danish canned ham, easily found in Moscow grocery stores, were slipping through.  Importers had taken to obscuring the origins of shipments, suggesting that they came from Turkey rather than a European Union country, for example, or used other ruses to slip sustenance over the borders.

In response, Mr. Putin on July 29 issued a decree with a title as long as a menu item in a farm-to-table restaurant — “On Special Economic Measures to Protect the Russian Federation’s Security” — and it ordered the destruction of contraband food discovered inside Russia starting Thursday...

Story in full:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/world/europe/russia-destroys-piles-of-banned-western-food.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-5&action=click&contentCollection=Europe&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article


NORTH POLE COUP CUTS OUT SANTA?
In an effort to repair his global image, Vladimir Putin of Russia will claim that Xmas gifts come "from Mother Russia."  Thus gaining support from children and feminists in the western world,  as well.








 
We note that this subject is related to M.O.R.E. Commission "Municipal Efficiencies" Sub-Committee...

New Connecticut agency focuses on high-speed Internet

Mildletown Press
By Luther Turmelle
Posted: 07/22/15, 6:49 PM EDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago


NEW BRITAIN >> The state has created a new agency focused on facilitating efforts to bring widespread ultra-high-speed Internet to Connecticut.

The Connecticut State Broadband Office is a division of the Office of Consumer Counsel, the job of which is to advocate for the interests of the ratepayers of regulated utilities. The agency is being created as a result of the passage of Public Act 15-5 by the Connecticut General Assembly during this year’s legislative session.

The Connecticut Broadband Office will not a have any regulatory authority, said Elin Swanson Katz, the state’s consumer counsel. It will, however, require the hiring of an additional employee to meet the needs of the new agency, Katz said.  The Connecticut Broadband Office will not a have any regulatory authority, said Elin Swanson Katz, the state’s consumer counsel. It will, however, require the hiring of an additional employee to meet the needs of the new agency, Katz said.

“They wanted this agency to be about consumers and how we could better meet their needs,” she said Wednesday. “Creating a new agency helps create a critical mass around this issue and legitimizes the focus.

“We’re trying to move the needle toward wider availability of ultra-high speed Internet service through advocacy,” she said.

Even before the creation of this new agency, Katz’s office has been taking the lead for more than a year in trying to identify the need for ultra-high-speed Internet among state businesses and municipalities. That effort had been dubbed the “CT Gig Project...”
 
Story in full: 
http://www.middletownpress.com/business/20150722/new-connecticut-agency-focuses-on-high-speed-internet


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Better known as "The Implementer" for those who follow this website:  "CTGIG" had been referred to by the First Selectman as something perhaps of interest to Weston.

SB1502 which became Public Act 5...

Sec. 40 (c) There shall be established an Office of State Broadband within the Office of Consumer Counsel. The Office of State Broadband shall work to facilitate the availability of broadband access to every state citizen and to increase access to and the adoption of ultra-high-speed gigabit capable broadband networks. The Office of Consumer Counsel may work in collaboration with public and nonprofit entities and state agencies, and may provide advisory assistance to municipalities, local authorities and private corporations for the purpose of maximizing opportunities for the expansion of broadband access in the state and fostering innovative approaches to broadband in the state, including the procurement of grants for such purpose. The Office of State Broadband shall include a Broadband Policy Coordinator and such other staff as the Consumer Counsel deems necessary to perform the duties of the Office of State Broadband.






Connecticut to Congress: Don’t Infringe On Our Jurisdiction

CTNEWSJUNKIE
by Cara Rosner | Jul 9, 2015 5:30am

As Congress considers enacting a national law regarding data-breach notifications, Connecticut and most other states worry that such a law would potentially infringe on their right to investigate breaches.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and 46 other state attorneys general on Tuesday sent a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them to preserve states’ abilities to investigate and take action in response to data breaches impacting their residents.

There are eight bills before Congress addressing data security and data breach notification. According to Jepsen, while the bills differ in the protections they would offer consumers, all but one would pre-empt state laws and enforcement efforts.

“It would be a serious error for the federal government to pre-empt states from investigating and enforcing data privacy and security laws,” Jepsen said...story in full:  http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/connecticut_to_congress_dont_infringe_on_our_jurisdiction/






CT Cyber security unprotected?  Another way to have infrastructure fall apart:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1112559/cyber-security-and-connecticuts-utilities.pdf
State has plan to protect utilities from cyberthreats
DAY
Johanna Somers
Article published Apr 14, 2014

Hartford — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a cybersecurity plan for Connecticut’s utilities to protect lives and commercial activities against a “mounting threat” from nation states and individuals trying to hack into utility companies across the country.

At a press conference Monday, Malloy said, “We know what having 1.2 million customers without power is like.

“... We have experienced it, and if that was to be the result of a cyberattack, sustained over a period of time, obviously it can have devastating effects.”

The plan is based on the role of states — not the federal government — in regulating utility companies. A recent report — “Cybersecurity and Connecticut’s Public Utilities” by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority — called for a multi-tiered approach to preventing attacks and said utility companies should weigh the pros and cons of using outside, third-party audit companies when trying to measure the results of their efforts.

The state’s major electric companies were present Monday along with ISO New England, which distributes electricity throughout New England, to express their support for a collaborative effort...

Please search the New London DAY archives for the remainder of this story.



 
Does this story remind you of anything else?  New meaning to "government secrets" we wonder.
http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/12/18/sanders-campaign-disciplined-for-breaching-clinton-data/






How does the government deal with "spy" issues in the 21st century?
Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern
NYTIMES
By MATT APUZZO, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
OCT. 10, 201

...If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as several officials said they expected, it will be the latest example of American law enforcement agencies bringing an espionage investigation into the public eye, only to see it dissipate under further scrutiny. Last month, the Justice Department dropped charges against a Temple University physicist who had been accused of sharing sensitive information with China. In May, prosecutors dropped all charges against a government hydrologist who had been under investigation for espionage...linked to this story:  See immediately below.


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Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn’t
NYTIMES
By NICOLE PERLROTH
MAY 9, 2015

...The agents accused Mrs. Chen, a hydrologist born in China and now a naturalized American citizen, of using a stolen password to download information about the nation’s dams and of lying about meeting with a high-ranking Chinese official...story in full at NYTIMES.




QUICK REPORTS: 

Russia grants Snowden three more years of asylum: lawyer
NYPOST
By Associated Press
August 7, 2014 | 6:31am

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden’s lawyer says the NSA whistleblower has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years...Please search the NYPOST archives for the remainder of this story.

More articles from previous research...

Or...you can sing along with this page - just a simple substitution - just substitute "lawyers" for "clowns" and do a Judy Collins imitation!.  Or how about ever changing attitudes on  "net neutrality" rules in the U.S.A.?  "Up, up and away..." in the words of the 5th Dimension, or perhaps "Both Sides Now" written by Joni Mitchell...








Memories of another Times Square moment?
And also from the New York POST, this:  http://nypost.com/2017/05/24/manchester-bomber-just-latest-terrorist-to-slip-through-the-cracks/