Don’t mess with Mother Nature

“Ford Discloses Justice Department Probe Into Vehicle Emission Certifications,” The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2019.  Criminal investigation.

The government relies on industry to provide accurate (and truthful) information about their products’ performance in certain tests.  One or more members of the industry fakes information.  The government finds out.  Fines and criminal charges follow.  Rinse and repeat.

Information (test results); Compliance (cheating on tests); Governance (fines and other enforcement, investigations).

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Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Three: Compliance, Theme Two: Governance

Misinformation

“U.S. Broadcaster Under Scrutiny for Disseminating Autocratic Propaganda,” The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2019.  Is Radio Free Europe distributing misinformation and foreign propaganda?  US authorities investigate.

Who controls the information that Radio Free Europe broadcasts?    What does that say about our Governance/culture, where a broadcast to promote the virtues of a free press “spins” the news?

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Illegal information

“How Challenges Over Robert Kraft Spa Video May Hamper Prosecutors’ Case,” The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2019. Were video recordings in a massage parlor illegally made or illegally leaked?

Can prosecutors use information (video) that was allegedly improperly obtained?

Questions about how the warrant was obtained and whether the representations to the court were accurate/truthful.  So, Governance (Constitution), Compliance (by the police), Information (video), and Use (non-use).

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News alert – Facebook doesn’t protect users’ privacy

“Facebook Probe Found Major Shortcomings in Privacy Protection, Canada Privacy Watchdog Says,” The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2019.  Facebook defends against efforts to force it to comply with Canadian law.

Information (user data); Governance (Canadian privacy law); Compliance (suit to force compliance).

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Fake news

“A Small Town Takes a Stand: It Banned Gossip,” The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2019. Philippine town sets a $10 fine for first offense.

Sounds like Information, Governance, and Compliance, all in one.  Balancing freedom of speech v. slander?

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Brain waves

“Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Turn Brain Signals Into Speech,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2019.  Translating brain signals into speech.

Interesting use of Information (brain signals).

Bet you can think of some interesting implications.  Lie detectors? Foreign language learning?

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Cost/benefit

“NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2019.  The cost of storing it outweighs its value for intelligence, net of cost of defending the collection and retention.

So, it costs too much to store the information, versus its value.  Didn’t we all make that argument to justify a defensible deletion project?

Information – cost and value.  Basic Infonomics.

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