Government used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019

The federal government used the Patriot Act to collect website visit logs in 2019, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed in letters made public Thursday, putting a renewed focus on surveillance authorities that lapsed earlier this year.

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Government used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe, in a Nov. 6 letter in response to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), wrote that Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the FBI to covertly obtain court orders to collect any business records relevant to a national security, was not used to get internet search terms.

He later clarified that position in a Nov. 25 follow-up letter after being contacted by the Justice Department to note that the authority had been used once to collect logs showing which computers “in a specified foreign country” had visited “a single,

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Computer science student faces doubts head on to win national government programming competition – Dal News

Without the support of her supervisors, Master of Electronic Commerce student Tahajjat Begum feels that she would not have had the confidence to achieve everything she has during her time at Dalhousie, including winning a national programming competition.

She was recently surprised when she was announced as the 2019/20 winner of the Statistics Canada Business Data Scientist Challenge.

“I have this imposter syndrome. Sometimes, I feel I’m not worth it or maybe my skills aren’t good enough,” Tahajjat says. “I told my supervisor I’m scared of failing or maybe I’m not good enough, but he said, if you don’t participate, you won’t understand.”

Making real predictions

The annual Statistics Canada Business Data Scientist Challenge invites graduate students and senior undergraduate students in economics, data science, computer science, mathematics and statistics to apply data analytics or analysis techniques to increase the Government’s understanding of data trends and opportunities.

Tahajjat’s challenge was

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Second Ontario government computer specialist fired in wake of alleged $11M COVID-19 fraud

A second senior information technology employee has been fired from the Ontario government after the alleged theft of $11 million in pandemic relief funds, the Star has learned.

Shalini Madan was terminated with cause from her $132,513-a-year job as manager of E-Ministries Support at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

She had been suspended with pay since Aug. 11.

Her dismissal came after her husband, Sanjay Madan, was sacked from his $176,608-a-year post as director in the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch in early November.

In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the province alleges that “some or all of” Shalini Madan, Sanjay Madan, their sons Chinmaya Madan and Ujjawal Madan, and associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated “a massive fraud” to siphon COVID-19 aid payments to hundreds of Bank of Montreal and TD accounts.

The government, whose accusations have not been proven in court, alleges “damages for fraud,

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CCTV, smart classroom gadgets stolen from government school in Puducherry

The D-Nagar police on Wednesday registered a case against unidentified persons for stealing a monitor, CCTV, DVR and projector from the Government Primary School, Indira Nagar in Gorimedu.

The culprits managed to enter the school by breaking a grill at the rear. the backside grill. The stolen gadgets were kept inside the Smart Room Class and chamber of the school headmistress.

The police registered a case under section 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by the school’s headmistress, Jeeva Krishna Prasad.

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New website connects attorneys with those who need legal help | Local Government

The State Bar has had plans to create such a tool since last year. While Wisconsin Supreme Court rules encourage all Wisconsin attorneys to do 50 hours of pro bono legal work each year, many don’t know where to look for such volunteer opportunities.

“Civil legal aid programs in the state are telling us that pro bono assistance is crucial to making our shared goal of equal justice for all a reality,” said State Bar President Kathleen Brost. 

State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Portal

As record numbers of people seek help with civil legal problems, a new tool from the State Bar of Wisconsin lets attorneys and law students volunteer where they’re needed most.

With the pandemic, the professional association wanted to connect those eager for help with those eager to help. Students who have completed a certain amount of law school may practice if they are supervised by an attorney, and staff at the law

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2nd ETF to start trade soon if government accepts our proposal: SEO head

TEHRAN- The head of Iran’s Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) announced that the units of the second exchange-traded fund (ETF) will be traded soon if the government accepts this organization’s proposal.

“A few days ago, a proposal was submitted to the government, and if this proposal is accepted, the second ETF will start trade soon”, Hasan Qalibaf-Asl said on Sunday.

The second ETF’s director had announced in late October that the time when the fund’s units would be tradable was unclear.

Davood Razaqi said, “As two of the four refineries, whose shares are due to be offered via this fund, have increased their capital, but the capital boosting has not been considered in the ETF’s asset, the fund’s index cannot be opened yet.”

As he said, the capital boosting has occurred at Tehran Oil Refining Company and Isfahan Oil Refining Company.

In May, the Iranian government sold shares in three

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Next Step in Government Data Tracking is the Internet of Things

WASHINGTON—U. S. government agencies from the military to law enforcement have been buying up mobile-phone data from the private sector to use in gathering intelligence, monitoring adversaries and apprehending criminals.

Now, the U.S. Air Force is experimenting with the next step.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is testing a commercial software platform that taps mobile phones as a window onto usage of hundreds of millions of computers, routers, fitness trackers, modern automobiles and other networked devices, known collectively as the “Internet of Things.”

SignalFrame, a Washington, D.C.-based wireless technology company, has developed the capability to tap software embedded on as many as five million cellphones to determine the real-world location and identity of more than half a billion peripheral devices. The company has been telling the military its product could contribute to digital intelligence efforts that weave classified and unclassified data using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The Air Force’s

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Government website to show what tier you are in crashes

The government postcode checker designed to show people what tier they will be in today crashed just minutes after going live.

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 Social media users shared issues with the site as many flocked online to see the latest lockdown information.

People putting in their postcode this morning were told: “Sorry, we’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.”

The checker was on the website at around 11am, just half an hour before Health Secretary Matt Hancock was due to give further details on the tier-system to the House of Commons.

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Make government jobs cool again

What Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries achieved was deeply flawed. But it was unquestionably superior to the capricious chaos of that era’s kings, emperors, and princes. Sound familiar?

In 2020, we are again facing an onslaught of would-be tyrants and strongmen making an assault on democracy, and that is only one of the many jams we’re in while too many of today’s Hamiltons — let’s call them the A-Team — for years have largely shunned politics and government.

In this year from hell, we’re seeing what happens when too many critical collective functions, like having a coordinated national policy for combating COVID-19, is left to third-rate politicians and managers who not only lack imagination and competence but have declared war on expertise and science.

The problem existed well before the Trump administration. For at least a generation, many of America’s top minds have resisted, if not actively disdained, going into

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