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Note Taking & Zettelkasten Method for Researchers & Academics

This semester I am doing an independent study with one of my graduate students that focuses on the practical, nuts and bolts aspects of research and being an academic. This week’s topic is note taking and, in particular, the zettelkasten method. The topic might seem too mundane or basic. It certainly falls into that category […]

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NSA Collects 151 Million American Phone Records Based on Just 42 Warrants

  The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans’ phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer. The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats […]

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Anti-encryption Legislation Under Trump? The FBI Director Thinks It’s Possible

  On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey left the door open for a law that would require tech manufacturers like Apple or Google to come up with a way to decrypt data for the feds. “I could imagine a world that ends up with legislation saying if you are going to make devices in the […]

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Judge Rules Phone Passcodes Are Not Protected By 5th Amendment

The big question: Can authorities access potentially incriminating information on your phone by compelling you to reveal your passcode? Or is access to your phone’s secrets protected under the Constitution? The answer, at least in this case, is that phone passcodes are not protected, a judge ruled Wednesday. Source: ‘Sextortion’ case fuels legal debate over […]

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Anti-Porn Law Gives UK Police Power to Disable Phones on a Whim

UK police have quietly acquired a new power. Last Friday, the Digital Economy Act became law, much of which focuses around restricting access to online pornography, and what sort of sexual acts can legally be included in porn. But with the legislation’s passing, law enforcement agencies can remotely disable or restrict a mobile phone if […]

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