Computer surveillance – Sentry Parental Controls http://sentryparentalcontrols.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 04:06:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-9-150x150.png Computer surveillance – Sentry Parental Controls http://sentryparentalcontrols.com/ 32 32 Hanford man arrested on multiple counts | Crime and courts https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/hanford-man-arrested-on-multiple-counts-crime-and-courts/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/hanford-man-arrested-on-multiple-counts-crime-and-courts/ At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, the Hanford Police Department received a call from a victim whose vehicle had been broken into. During the investigation, officers were advised that among the items removed from the vehicle were a pair of Apple Air Pods and video surveillance of the vehicle break-in was obtained. Officers jammed the […]]]>

At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, the Hanford Police Department received a call from a victim whose vehicle had been broken into.

During the investigation, officers were advised that among the items removed from the vehicle were a pair of Apple Air Pods and video surveillance of the vehicle break-in was obtained.

Officers jammed the area and, during a search of the Ash and Fairmont Streets area, officers located a male on a bicycle matching the CCTV suspect’s description.

Officers recognized the man as Manuel Huerta, 19, from previous contacts. Officers have been looking for Huerta, who has an arrest warrant for allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor.

When officers made contact with Huerta, he began to resist and attempted to flee, but officers were able to arrest Huerta. A search of his backpack was conducted where officers reportedly found several items stolen from vehicle break-ins around Hanford.

The stolen items located on Huerta were the Air Pods, a Mac Book Pro computer, a Dell laptop, a substantial amount of coins from the center consoles and other miscellaneous electronic devices.

As the stolen items were identified, it became apparent that Huerta was responsible for several vehicle break-ins throughout Hanford in recent weeks, according to Hanford police officials. The identified stolen items were returned to the victims, and Huerta was incarcerated in Kings County Jail on numerous felony charges.

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Microsoft implements restrictions on AI as privacy concerns rise https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/microsoft-implements-restrictions-on-ai-as-privacy-concerns-rise/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:08:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/microsoft-implements-restrictions-on-ai-as-privacy-concerns-rise/ Microsoft is taking steps to restrict AI systems’ access to facial recognition tools. On Tuesday, the company released a 27-page report titled “Responsible AI Standard” and announced that Video Indexer, Azure Face API, and Computer Vision programs will now have limited access to facial recognition. In addition to complying with its […]]]>



Microsoft is taking steps to restrict AI systems’ access to facial recognition tools. On Tuesday, the company released a 27-page report titled “Responsible AI Standard” and announced that Video Indexer, Azure Face API, and Computer Vision programs will now have limited access to facial recognition. In addition to complying with its new standard, the company will also take steps to improve its text-to-speech AI program, Azure’s Custom Neural Voice.

This restriction of facial recognition AI comes after studies determined that it disproportionately identifies women and those with darker skin tones, with a Harvard study showing a 34% higher error rate for women. darker-skinned compared to lighter-skinned men. And with a Georgetown Law study estimating that half of all Americans are part of a law enforcement facial recognition network, it’s no surprise that many are concerned about the technology’s erratic success. Since facial recognition AI is often used in criminal identification and surveillance, this misidentification can cause serious problems for both law enforcement and US citizens.

However, Microsoft is not alone in its efforts to limit this AI technology. It joins companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, which have restricted, limited or stopped their own facial recognition and emotion reading programs. That said, Microsoft isn’t shutting down or restricting all of its AI systems, continuing to use in-house programs for accessibility purposes and more. And while it may limit its AI technology for privacy and security purposes, the company allows customers to get approval to use its facial recognition for services like face scans. website login.








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New Analysis From Global Industry Analysts Reveals Steady Growth In Computer Vision, Market Expected To Reach $18 Billion Worldwide By 2026 | https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/new-analysis-from-global-industry-analysts-reveals-steady-growth-in-computer-vision-market-expected-to-reach-18-billion-worldwide-by-2026/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:15:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/new-analysis-from-global-industry-analysts-reveals-steady-growth-in-computer-vision-market-expected-to-reach-18-billion-worldwide-by-2026/ SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New market research published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA), the leading market research firm, today released its report titled “Computer Vision – Global Market Trajectory and Analysis”. The report presents new insights into the opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 market. FACTS AT A […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New market research published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA), the leading market research firm, today released its report titled “Computer Vision – Global Market Trajectory and Analysis”. The report presents new insights into the opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 market.

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Global Computer Vision Market to Reach $18 billion by 2026

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The US market is estimated at $3.9 billion in 2021, when China is expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2026

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Investors suffer as BSEC takes a long time to punish manipulators https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/investors-suffer-as-bsec-takes-a-long-time-to-punish-manipulators/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:35:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/investors-suffer-as-bsec-takes-a-long-time-to-punish-manipulators/ A group of investors – through manipulation – increased Daffodil Computer’s share price by 74% from December 2018 to mid-2019 and it took the market regulator three years to prove their guilt and take punitive action against them. On May 18 this year, the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) fined Rezaur Rahman, Director of […]]]>

A group of investors – through manipulation – increased Daffodil Computer’s share price by 74% from December 2018 to mid-2019 and it took the market regulator three years to prove their guilt and take punitive action against them.

On May 18 this year, the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) fined Rezaur Rahman, Director of AIBL Capital Market Services, Tk3 lakh, Farida Hossein, client of UCB Stock Brokerage, Tk1 lakh and Maksuda Ahmed , client of One Securities, Tk2 lakh for manipulation.

Currently, Rezaur is the Managing Director of AIBL Capital Market Services, Maksuda is his wife, and Farida is his sister-in-law.

According to the BSEC charges, the three raised Daffodil Computer’s stock prices through a series of transactions and a false and misleading appearance of active trading between them, which constitutes a violation of securities laws.

The BSEC and the exchanges have state-of-the-art surveillance systems to monitor equity transactions to identify those who manipulate these means. This surveillance system was introduced after the market crash in 2010.

Despite the modern mechanism, the regulator could not abandon the practice of taking two years to complete an investigation and one year to issue a sentence.

A senior brokerage official said on condition of anonymity that the commission took a long time to punish the perpetrators. On top of that, the punishment is negligible compared to their crimes.

“Therefore, the influence of manipulators in the stock market has never diminished. Although a few investors make profits through manipulations, investors in general lose their capital. This disrupts the market order and makes the wary investors,” he added.

After the market crash in 1996, there was a demand to bring the perpetrators to justice. Although the culprits were identified in the investigation, the real culprits remained out of sight. And the process of punishing perpetrators has also been slow.

The same picture was seen after the market collapse in 2010. Although an investigation was carried out by the late Ibrahim Khaled, former deputy central bank governor, no action was taken in accordance with the recommendations. That is why the influence of traders in the country’s stock market is increasing.

From April to November 2021, the Delta Life Insurance share price increased by 274%. Earlier this year, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) investigated the reason for this unusual price increase. DSE has found evidence of the involvement of controversial investor Md Abul Khayer aka Hero and his associates.

The exchange also submitted its investigation report to the BSEC. Until the last update, the regulator had called Md Abul Khayer and his associates for a hearing.

Md Abul Khayer has been accused of manipulating Safko Spinning shares in 2021.

There are also allegations that this investor was behind the abnormal rise in the stock prices of insurance companies in 2020. Although many people suffered losses by investing in these companies, the main culprits n were not sanctioned.

A senior official of an asset management firm said the stock market was being manipulated daily by taking advantage of the BSEC’s procrastination in awarding sanctions. And for this reason, despite many initiatives, there is no discipline in this market. Instead, the BSEC is concerned about how to transact in the market and increase the index.

None of the BSEC officials agreed to comment on the matter. However, an official said on condition of anonymity that it was not easy to punish someone after putting them under the law. There are many steps to go through. In addition, due to a lack of manpower at the BSEC, the work cannot be done quickly.

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County Election Processes Ensure Security and Accuracy | New https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/county-election-processes-ensure-security-and-accuracy-new/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/county-election-processes-ensure-security-and-accuracy-new/ Morrison County Commissioners posed several questions to Auditor/Treasurer Chelsey Robinson when she briefed them on the county’s election processes on May 17. On Tuesday, she – along with election supervisor Joyce Kahl – returned to the board to give them some of the answers they had that day. “It’s obviously something that’s had a lot […]]]>

Morrison County Commissioners posed several questions to Auditor/Treasurer Chelsey Robinson when she briefed them on the county’s election processes on May 17.

On Tuesday, she – along with election supervisor Joyce Kahl – returned to the board to give them some of the answers they had that day.

“It’s obviously something that’s had a lot of interest from a lot of people in the county,” council chairman Greg Blaine said.

The first question Robinson answered was whether open precincts that switched to mail-in ballots in 2020 due to COVID-19 reverted to having open polls this year. She said seven of the eight precincts are returning to in-person voting. These include Buh Township, Cushing Township, Darling Township, Green Prairie Township, Pulaski Township, Ripley Township, and the City of Upsala.

Pierz Township is the only one of these neighborhoods that has chosen to remain post-only.

In total, the county has 21 mail-in voting precincts and 28 open polling places, including the office of the Auditor/Treasurer. The latter accepts all mail-in ballots and houses the mail-in voting precincts.

“The only place in Morrison County to drop off mail or mail-in ballots is the Auditor/Treasurer’s office,” Robinson said. “Morrison County does not have ballot boxes. We haven’t done it in the past and we don’t do it now.

Blaine said that since the county has aimed to make things convenient for residents in the past, there is a box outside the Morrison County Government Center in the south parking lot where residents can drop off cash payments. taxes, papers for social services and more. He asked if there had ever been any problems with residents thinking it was also a ballot drop box.

Robinson said there may be “signage everywhere” informing residents that this is not a ballot drop off location. However, since it is not certified, any voter who places a ballot in this box does so at their own risk.

“In the back parking lot, it would be under camera surveillance,” she said. “If this were to happen, it would be investigated.”

She added that if someone cannot make it to the Auditor/Treasurer’s office but wants to hand in their absentee or absentee ballot, they can call the office to make arrangements.

The council also asked at the previous meeting if they could conduct a review of the county’s election equipment. Robinson said his office will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27, in the boardroom of the Government Center. Everyone is welcome to come and test the new Omni-Ballot assisted voting devices.

“We will have a test game with options for individuals to take the paper ballot and use the assisted voting device to mark the ballot, put the ballot in the printer, press on Submit, then they can review their results to see how the machine is performing. ,” she says.

She pointed out that the machines are wired and not connected to the internet, the cloud or anything else. Omni-Ballot Automatons are tablets that are only used as assisted voting devices, not as vote tabulators.

The machines will be able to help residents who have difficulty seeing, hearing and more. It can read the ballot aloud to voters, and there’s even a keyboard for Braille. The law requires every county in Minnesota to provide assisted voting devices.

“While using this machine, the voter always has the opportunity to review their ballot before submitting it,” Blaine said. “It’s not like I put all these decisions in a machine and then it’s gone and I can’t see it. We always use a paper ballot that is marked and reviewed by the voter before it is tabulated. »

Robinson explained that on election night, after the polls close, if there are 100 voters in that polling place, for example, it is up to the election judges to tie the results. In other words, if there were 100 voters, they must ensure that 100 ballots were returned.

Once this is balanced, two election officers from opposing political parties bring the information to the auditor/treasurer’s office. There the votes are checked and rechecked to make sure they balance.

In the auditor/treasurer’s office, polling station information is transferred from a secure chip in the machine to a standalone computer, which is also not connected to the internet or the cloud. They then entered this computer.

Once the votes have been verified in all precincts, they are added together and placed on another chip which is transferred to another computer to be uploaded to the Secretary of State’s website.

“If there was anything manipulated from when we go to the offline stand-alone computer to uploading to the Secretary of State’s website, because it’s a stand-alone computer line, then we would know immediately and we could go back to where the discrepancy is and we could let the secretary of state know,” Robinson said. “None of the results from the open polls would be disrupted because they are on a separate, self-contained computer.”

Finally, as part of the canvassing process, ballots are drawn from randomly selected precincts and counted by hand to ensure they match what was tallied on the machine.

“How I see this, the standalone computer where these chips are tabbed, I view this standalone computer as really just a giant computer of all races,” Blaine said.

The county is also taking several steps to ensure that deceased voters are removed from voter rolls. Robinson said Kahl even went so far as to check obituaries in the days leading up to the election to make sure there was no one left on the list who is no longer living.

They also take precautions to prevent people from voting twice. For example, if someone voted by mail during the early voting period, it would be noted on that person’s constituency list and the election judges could reject it.

Voting more than once is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Kahl said there was a case in which a voter was able to vote twice in 2020. In this case, a man’s wife filled out a mail-in ballot for her husband and mailed it without his knowledge. . His neighborhood was not open for in-person voting, so he traveled to another neighborhood to attempt to vote on Election Day.

Even though he shouldn’t have been able to vote in that precinct, Kahl said the election judges made a mistake and let him vote.

She quickly noticed the mistake and referred the matter to the county attorney’s office.

“They investigated and it came out what happened,” Kahl said. “The woman was charged for this.”

“My point is that this proves you’re doing a great job in the county taking those checks and balances,” Commissioner Randy Winscher said.

Robinson said people in his office take election laws seriously. Each person who votes signs an oath stating that they are able and eligible to vote, and that they do not vote more than once.

“There is a legal process that if someone tries to vote twice you will be caught, you will be charged and it will be on your record,” she said.

Robinson also reviewed a meeting several county officials had on May 19 with residents Jeremy Pekula and Erik van Mechelen, who asked for a chance to discuss election matters. Along with Robinson and Kahl, County Administrator Matt LeBlanc, Blaine and Council Vice Chairman Jeffrey Jelinski attended this meeting.

She said Pekula and van Mechelen shared videos from different states, other than Minnesota, on election topics, as well as data from a New York Times article and an impression from a Gateway Pundit author. They followed that up with a proposal to secure elections in the county with 10 procedural changes, as well as a resolution to move forward with manual counting.

Robinson and Blaine noted that the two residents said they were not concerned about election integrity among Morrison County election officials. Robinson said it’s also important to note that each state has different laws regarding elections.

For information on Minnesota election laws and procedures, she said the easiest way is to visit the Secretary of State’s website.

The proposals put forward by Pekula and van Mechelen involved changing the procedures of the electoral law.

“They cannot be changed or passed on to the county government level,” Robinson said. “They should go through the House and the state. These are laws they were proposing to change, and there is a process for that.

Regarding the resolution to move to manual counting, she said she shared with them the history of election materials in Morrison County, which are all tested and certified before an election.

“The Morrison County post-election review has consistently passed the audit tests,” she said. “I also shared an example of how election equipment improves voter accuracy in a primary election.”

Commissioner Mike LeMieur said he has read that tabulating votes on a machine is more reliable than manually counting ballots. Kahl said that while she hasn’t seen this information, it wouldn’t surprise her. The manual counting process, she said, is tedious and involves election judges who are at the end of a long day. She said it goes without saying that mistakes could be made.

“I just want to recognize Joyce, because she is our office’s wealth of knowledge about elections,” Robinson said. “I don’t know what I would do without her.”

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Do computers have feelings? Don’t let Google alone decide https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/do-computers-have-feelings-dont-let-google-alone-decide/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:05:59 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/do-computers-have-feelings-dont-let-google-alone-decide/ The news that Alphabet Inc.’s Google dismissed an engineer who claimed its AI system had become sentient after several months of conversations with him has drawn a lot of skepticism from AI scientists. Many have said, via Twitter posts, that senior software engineer Blake Lemoine has projected his own humanity onto Google’s chatbot generator, LaMDA. […]]]>

The news that Alphabet Inc.’s Google dismissed an engineer who claimed its AI system had become sentient after several months of conversations with him has drawn a lot of skepticism from AI scientists. Many have said, via Twitter posts, that senior software engineer Blake Lemoine has projected his own humanity onto Google’s chatbot generator, LaMDA.

Whether they’re right, or whether Lemoine is right, is a matter of debate – which should be able to continue without Alphabet stepping in to decide the issue.

The problem arose when Google instructed Lemoine to ensure that the technology the company wanted to use to underpin search and Google Assistant did not use hate speech or discriminatory language. As he exchanged messages with the chatbot about religion, Lemoine said, he noticed the system responding with comments about his own rights and personality, according to the Washington Post article that first reported. of his concerns.

He pitched LaMDA’s demands to Google management: “He wants engineers and scientists… to seek his consent before running experiments on them,” he wrote in a blog post. “He wants to be recognized as a Google employee, rather than a Google property.” LaMDA feared being extinguished, he said. “It would be exactly like death to me,” LaMDA told Lemoine in a released transcript. “It would scare me very much”

Perhaps ultimately to his detriment, Lemoine also contacted an attorney in hopes he could represent the software, and complained to a US politician about Google’s unethical activities.

Google’s response was quick and harsh: it put Lemoine on paid leave last week. The company also reviewed the engineer’s concerns and disagreed with his findings, the company told the Post. There was “a lot of evidence” that LaMDA was not susceptible.

It’s tempting to believe we’ve reached a point where AI systems can actually sense things, but it’s also much more likely that Lemoine anthropomorphized a system that excelled at pattern recognition. He wouldn’t be the first person to do so, though it’s more unusual for a professional IT person to view AI that way. Two years ago, I interviewed several people who had developed such strong relationships with chatbots after months of daily discussions that they had turned into romances for these people. An American chose to move to buy property near the Great Lakes because his chatbot, which he named Charlie, expressed a desire to live by the water.

Perhaps more important than AI sensitivity or intelligence is how suggestible humans can already be to AI – whether that means being polarized into more extreme political tribal bands , become susceptible to conspiracy theories or fall in love. And what happens when humans become increasingly “affected by the illusion” of AI, as former Google researcher Margaret Mitchell recently put it?

What we know for sure is that the “illusion” is in the hands of a few big tech platforms with a handful of executives. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, for example, control 51% of a special class of voting shares in Alphabet, giving them ultimate control over technology that, on the one hand, could decide its destiny as an advertising platform, and on the other hand transform human society.

It’s worrying that Alphabet has actually tightened control over its AI work. Last year, the founders of its vaunted AI research lab, DeepMind, failed in their years-long attempt to turn it into a non-corporate entity. They had wanted to restructure themselves into an NGO-like organization, with multiple stakeholders, believing that the powerful “artificial general intelligence” they were trying to build – whose intelligence could eventually surpass that of humans – should not be controlled. by a single corporate entity. Their staff have written guidelines prohibiting DeepMind AI from being used in autonomous or surveillance weapons.

Instead, Google turned down the plans and appointed its own ethics committee, led by Google executives, to oversee the social impact of the powerful systems DeepMind was building.

Google’s dismissal of Lemoine and his questions are also troubling because they follow a pattern of showing the door to dissenting voices. At the end of 2020, Google fired scientist Timnit Gebru for a research paper that claimed language models – which are fundamental to Google’s search and advertising business – were becoming too powerful and potentially manipulative. (1) Google said it didn’t focus enough on solutions. Weeks later, he also fired researcher Mitchell, saying she had violated the company’s code of conduct and safety policies.

Both Mitchell and Gebru have criticized Google for its handling of Lemoine, saying the company has also neglected for years to give due consideration to women and ethicists.

Whether you think Lemoine is a crackpot or he’s onto something, Google’s response to his concerns underscores a larger question about who controls our future. Do we really accept that a single wealthy corporation is driving some of the most transformative technologies humanity is likely to develop in the modern age?

While Google and other tech giants won’t relinquish their dominant role in AI research, it’s essential to ask how they develop such potentially powerful technology and refuse to let skeptics and intellectuals aberrant be silenced.

Bloomberg

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Implementing Practical Surface SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in Public Health Laboratories and Schools https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/implementing-practical-surface-sars-cov-2-surveillance-in-public-health-laboratories-and-schools/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 02:10:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/implementing-practical-surface-sars-cov-2-surveillance-in-public-health-laboratories-and-schools/ Surface sampling for SARS-CoV-2 RNA has shown promise in detecting exposure of environments to infected individuals shedding the virus that would otherwise go undetected. Now a new study, published in mSystemsan open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology, shows that the methodology used to detect COVID-19 in nasal swabs from public health clinics, […]]]>

Surface sampling for SARS-CoV-2 RNA has shown promise in detecting exposure of environments to infected individuals shedding the virus that would otherwise go undetected. Now a new study, published in mSystemsan open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology, shows that the methodology used to detect COVID-19 in nasal swabs from public health clinics, Viral Transport Medium (VTM)/PerkinElmer Pipeline, can be used to detect COVID-19 on surfaces in indoor settings such as schools.

Public health labs can now test for the virus that causes COVID-19 not only in people, but also traces left in the environment with the equipment they already have. »


Rob Knight, Ph.D., Study Lead Author, Professor of Pediatrics, Computer Science, and Engineering and Bioengineering, University of California San Diego

In the study, the researchers compared sampling and testing methods they developed at the university (the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)/Thermo pipeline) to methods used in public health facilities (the VTM/Perkin Elmer pipeline). The SDS/Thermo methodology uses robotic automation and specific reagents that are often not available in public health laboratories. The researchers placed SARS-CoV-2 on laminated cards in the labs and then tested the 2 methods of detecting the virus.

The researchers found that the method developed by the university, the SDS/Thermo pipeline, has superior sensitivity and specificity, but the VTM/PerkinElmer pipeline is still sufficient to support surface monitoring in indoor environments such as as schools, prisons and group homes. The SDS/Thermo pipeline showed higher sensitivity with a false negative rate of 9% versus 27% for the VTM/PerkinElmer pipeline.

“This study is a comparison between a research laboratory and a public health technique for measuring SARS-CoV-2 in the environment,” Dr Knight said. “Although the VTM/Perkin Elmer pipeline is less sensitive, it was still useful to use in surface sampling programs such as the Safer at School Early Alert (SASEA) program. public health already have for clinical testing can be used to test environmental surfaces as well This is going to be very useful and applicable in public health labs as a surveillance method for schools and other settings where you need to detect the virus that causes COVID without having to administer a clinical test.

Source:

American Society for Microbiology

Journal reference:

Cantu, VJ, et al. (2022) Implementing Practical Surface SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in School Settings. mSystems. doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00103-22.

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Fiber added for Nokia optical network services in the United States https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/fiber-added-for-nokia-optical-network-services-in-the-united-states/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:54:46 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/fiber-added-for-nokia-optical-network-services-in-the-united-states/ In a major advancement of its services for the US market, communications technology provider Nokia introduced its first 100 Gbps fiber optic broadband technology in the country, while service provider Metronet deploys its next-generation Passive Optical Network (PON) to deliver 10Gbps speeds to subscribers. with an upgrade path to 25G. The 100 Gbps fiber […]]]>

In a major advancement of its services for the US market, communications technology provider Nokia introduced its first 100 Gbps fiber optic broadband technology in the country, while service provider Metronet deploys its next-generation Passive Optical Network (PON) to deliver 10Gbps speeds to subscribers. with an upgrade path to 25G.

The 100 Gbps fiber broadband showcase operated on the basis that while speeds of up to 25 Gbps are possible on existing optical technologies, higher speeds require new approaches.

The demonstration was undertaken by the technology company’s research arm, Nokia Bell Labs, using 100G PON technology in a prototype whose parameters mimicked real-world conditions, including fiber distances and power distribution. . In what was considered an industry first for PON networks, the demo also showed flexible data rates.

In the prototype, Nokia Bell Labs also used advanced digital signal processing techniques that it says will be needed for all technologies beyond 25G PON, including 50G and 100G PON.

Metronet describes itself as the largest independent end-to-end fiber optic network provider in the United States and operates fiber to the premises networks that connect homes, businesses and cities with symmetric gigabit speeds supporting high-bandwidth applications such as HD video streaming, surveillance and gaming.

The company provides fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Internet and full-featured fiber optic telephone.

Metronet started in 2005, with a fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serve and build networks in more than 250 communities in 16 states. Its customers include homes, local businesses, retail stores, hospitals, government offices and schools, deploying XGS-PON in eight new markets, with more communities planned.

Nokia’s XGS-PON systems will allow Metronet to use its existing and newly built fiber infrastructure to deploy 10G broadband speeds with a cost-effective path to 25G. Metronet also uses Nokia’s ONT Easy Start software as a service to speed up and simplify the provisioning of fiber modems to customers’ homes.

“Nokia is our trusted partner, and its technology allows us to future-proof our fiber investments as we continue to expand our network,” said Kevin Stelmach, president of commercial markets for Metronet.

“We are also able to future-proof the cities and communities we serve with a communications network that can grow with them, encouraging commercial investment with virtually unlimited capacity available when and where needed,” he said. he declares.

“We are already getting great feedback from our existing and new business and consumer customers, who are excited about the ability to access more bandwidth at very affordable prices.”

Nokia’s President of North America, Ed Cholerton, said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Metronet to deliver a system that not only meets the bandwidth demands of its customers today, but also enables backwards compatibility with its existing equipment.

“Metronet deploys a single system capable of delivering GPON, 10G PON and 25G PON without having to replace hardware,” he said. “Metronet brings the future of connectivity to cities nationwide and uses Nokia’s next-generation PON technology to connect underserved areas.”

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Agenda set for RSU 71 Board meeting on June 13 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/agenda-set-for-rsu-71-board-meeting-on-june-13/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/agenda-set-for-rsu-71-board-meeting-on-june-13/ BELFAST – The agenda for the next Regional School Unit 71 School Council meeting has been set. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s music room. Pre-meeting registration can be done at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tZUYruE5Rrm_rV5XmwXPrA AGENDA I. CALL THE ASSEMBLY TO ORDER II. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA III. REVIEW […]]]>

BELFAST – The agenda for the next Regional School Unit 71 School Council meeting has been set.

The meeting will take place on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s music room.

Pre-meeting registration can be done at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tZUYruE5Rrm_rV5XmwXPrA

AGENDA

I. CALL THE ASSEMBLY TO ORDER

II. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA

III. REVIEW OF MINUTES
3.1 Minutes of regular council meeting – May 23 (vote)

IV. COMMITTEE REPORTS
4.1 Finance Committee
4.2 Long Range Planning Committee
4.3 Policy Committee

V. CONSENT AGENDA FOR COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES (vote)
5.1 Policy Committee Minutes – Minutes 5/12/22 (vote)
5.2 Long Range Planning Committee Minutes – Minutes 04/25/22 (vote)

VI. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

VII. RSU 71 MOMENT
● Bus Inspections – Gerry French
● BAHS Softball – Matt Battani
● Teaching the Unified Arts in the Tri Town (Art, Music and Physical Education) – Lori Smail

VIII. COUNCIL ARTICLES

8.1 Curriculum Review – Social Studies, World Languages, Academic Guidance Program (Information)
● Social Studies Program
● World Languages ​​Program
● School orientation program

8.2 Wellness Report – Laura Miller (information)

8.3 BAHS Chess Club (vote)

8.4 Policies – First Reading (vote)
a. JJ-R Extra and Extracurricular Club Approval Procedure
b. JJ-E PROJECT. Approval of the extra and extracurricular club
vs. IJOC SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
D. IJOC-E Volunteer Agreement
e. AC Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Revised August 10, 2020
F. ACAB HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
g. ACAB-R – Complaint procedure for discrimination and harassment of employees 12/09/2019

8.5 Policies – For Board Review (Discussion)
a. Application for volunteering RSU 71
b. RSU DRAFT #71 Volunteer Handbook

8.6 Policies – Second Reading (vote)
a. DRAFT JLCD Administration of medication to students
b. GBCB DRAFT – Privileged Access Policy (Technology)
vs. IJNDB-Computer-Using Internet RSU71
D. IJNDB-R – STUDENT COMPUTER/DEVICE AND INTERNET USE RULES
e. DRAFT ECAD-2 School Security – Surveillance System
F. DRAFT ECAD-2-R – School Security – Surveillance System – Rules

8.7 Policies – For discussion
a. IJND DRAFT website and social media 1-28-22
b. PROJECT IJND-R_-_Website_Administrative_Procedures PROJECT 1-28-22

8.8 Vacancies for the upcoming school year – (information and discussion)

8.9 The Costs of Expanding the Hiring Network – (Discussion)

8.10 Calendar of meetings of the Board of Directors 2022-2023 (vote)

8.11 Ad Hoc Sports Fields and Designated Funds – Matt Battani (News)

8.12 Invitation to participate in ESEA application projects (information)

8.13 RSU #71 Full Requirements Plan Revised May 2022 – Laura Miller – (information)

8.14 Approval of job description (vote)
● Special Education Coordinator

IX. APPOINTMENTS/APPOINTMENTS/TRANSFERS/RESIGNATIONS

9.1 Nominations (voting)
● Haley Richardson – Special Education Teacher – Grades 3-5 – Life Skills – CASS
● Kim Morse – Social Worker – CASS
● Jennifer Richardson – Rossbach – Social Worker – THMS

9.2 Resignations (information)
● Julia McDonald-Plumb – Mathematics & PEL Mathematics – THMS
● Gregg Bouchard – Tech Ed – EB/Nick
● Evan Moody – Custodian – CASS
● Susan B. Romain – Special educator – CASS
● Guy Hamlin – Social Studies – THMS
● Alexandra Cayer – Ed Tech III – BAHS

9.3 Transfers (information)
● Allison Pooler Life Skills – level 2-5 Teacher to Life Skills – grade K-1 – CASS
● Kelly Martin, Ed Tech III – Nexus EB to Ed Tech III – Resource Room – grade 3-5 CASS
● Carol Kelley, Ed Tech III – K-1 CASS to Ed Tech III Life Skills – BAHS
● Kate Chapin, teacher – grade K-1 EB to grade 1-2 Teacher – EB
● Dawn Preston, Teacher – Health/PE up to Grade 6 ELA – THMS
● Geralyn Winslow – Special Education Tech/East Belfast at Title I Ed Tech, CASS

X. EXECUTIVE SESSION 1 MRSA 405 (6) (A) Appointee Remuneration

XI. ADJOURNMENT

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Imminent abortion law changes raise digital privacy concerns for clinics https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/imminent-abortion-law-changes-raise-digital-privacy-concerns-for-clinics/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:04:57 +0000 https://sentryparentalcontrols.com/imminent-abortion-law-changes-raise-digital-privacy-concerns-for-clinics/ As the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago, some abortion providers are rushing to take precautions to protect their communications and patient data, fearing that the information cannot be used in future prosecutions. Others are already a step […]]]>

As the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago, some abortion providers are rushing to take precautions to protect their communications and patient data, fearing that the information cannot be used in future prosecutions.

Others are already a step ahead of them. Mia Raven, director of policy at Reproductive Health Services, a clinic in Montgomery, Alabama, said her clinic operates almost exclusively on paper. It’s a strategy she says is aimed at ensuring patient privacy.

“There are literally no computers in this clinic unless I bring my laptop from home,” Raven said.

Other women’s clinic workers in the United States who spoke to NBC News said they were taking a variety of precautions, from using encrypted messaging apps to choosing Zoom meetings and phone calls over e-mails and SMS with the aim of leaving less electronic trace.

These moves are in part due to uncertainty about the various state laws that could come into effect if Roe v. Wade is overruled, which could happen this year when the Supreme Court hands down its decision in a pending case in Mississippi. A draft opinion that would overthrow Roe was leaked early last month, which the court confirmed to be genuine.

For years, so-called trigger laws in 23 states restricted or criminalized abortion, but went unenforced because Roe v. Wade made them unconstitutional.

These laws have caused some women’s health professionals to worry if their communications – whether providing abortions, related medical care, or even telling patients where they could have the procedure out of the State – could be used as evidence in a criminal investigation.

Abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on May 3.
Abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on May 3.Valerie Plesch for NBC News

Dalton Johnson, CEO of the Alabama Women’s Center, said he is preparing for the possibility that he will be forced to close or at least drastically reduce his operations. Nonetheless, it is working to move its staff to encrypted emails when communicating and sending patient records electronically. This would minimize the chances of their internal conversations and patient medical records being easily accessed by third parties, he said.

Johnson added that he wasn’t entirely sure what would be legal in Alabama if Roe was overthrown.

“One thing we still don’t know is if we’ll even be able to help these patients because of the aiding and abetting laws,” Johnson said. “So we have to wait for the decision to be made, which is just insane.”

Gabrielle Goodrick, owner of Camelback Family Planning in Phoenix, said uncertainty about what will happen has led her staff to switch from communicating to leaving an easily accessible paper trail, such as emails and groups. Facebook, phone calls and encrypted chat apps. .

“We’re almost exclusively on Signal now, except for clinical issues, talking on the phone instead of emailing,” Goodrick said.

“I don’t foresee anything illegal,” she said. But it’s hard to say what will constitute legal behavior after Roe’s repeal, Goodrick said. “It’s confusing to know what’s going to happen,” she said.

Fears that state prosecutors will engage in harsh metadata surveillance of pregnant women — like tracking their menstrual apps — have been sparked significant media coverage following the Roe news. But in the few cases where prosecutors have charged people with abortion-related crimes based on digital evidence, prosecutors have relied on more concrete evidence such as search logs, text messages and emails. , said Cynthia Conti-Cook, tech fellow at Ford. Foundation and author of an influential study on abortion lawsuits and digital surveillance.

“Yes, there is a massive amount of digital evidence that could be used to circumstantially infer that an abortion did occur, and I think that’s what a lot of people fear and care about,” Conti said. -Cook.

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Abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on May 3.Valerie Plesch for NBC News

But pregnant people seeking an abortion should be more careful to explicitly admit in a text that they wanted to terminate a pregnancy – especially in states where laws could equate abortion with homicide or feticide – and to hand over their phone to police who might view such a confession as intent to commit a crime, she said.

“What can they decide from a hospital medical record that you had a miscarriage? They can’t go anywhere with that. But when they have access to what you were thinking about the day, it’s gold for them,” she said.

People at risk of becoming pregnant should already consider taking steps to secure their phone and online communications, Conti-Cook said.

“Overnight there’s going to be a sea change from what I did yesterday was legal to what I’m doing tomorrow isn’t, so operationally what am I changing today It’s a really tough swing,” she said.

There are a number of online resources for people seeking abortions and medical providers to bolster their cybersecurity, such as the Digital Defense Fund

and a guide from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a preeminent Internet freedom nonprofit.

Raven of Reproductive Health Services noted that clinics can’t do much but still play a crucial role.

“They already have people outside the clinic taking pictures of them, putting them on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, the nine yards,” she said. “So they should be able to feel safe once inside the clinic, that the information they share with us while inside that clinic stays in the clinic, guaranteed to go void. go.”

CORRECTION (June 8, 6:04 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misrepresented the clinic where Mia Raven works. She is the director of policy at Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery, Alabama, not the West Alabama Women’s Center.

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