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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Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

The findings come ahead of National Computer Security Day, which is held each November 30 in the U.S. (the event has been running since 1988). In time for this event, the 2020 Unisys Security Index finds that 1 in 3 (31 percent) of U.S. citizens are concerned about their data security. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of those living in the U.S. are seriously concerned that their identity could be stolen and/or misused.

The survey also identified that upwards of 70 percent of those in the U.S. would agree that the growing amount of data, applications and devices means that it is opportune to create a new, more secure and controlled internet.

Ahead of the event, the Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, Mat Newfield, has provided Digital Journal readers with some advice for keeping cyber-safe while using our computers.

Passwords

Newfield advises people to:

Check their passwords.

To change

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CoderZ Contributes to the National Computer Science for All Movement

The CSforALL movement, to bring computer science to all US students, marked a major growth milestone today. Along with 126 organizations, CoderZ has made new commitments to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States at the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase.

“In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer, we’ve committed to providing coding and robotics instruction to 150,000 students over the next 12 months,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ. “We’re doing this by offering free access to our virtual robotics platform for up to 1,000 teachers working in Title I schools across the United States by the summer of 2021.”

Additionally, CoderZ in partnership with the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation, is committed to empowering traditionally underserved communities with better access to STEM. “CoderZ is very pleased to be involved in the national movement to increase access to and equity in computer science for

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Pawan Soni quits as VP, Head of Programming & Marketing, National Geographic

Pawan Soni, VP, Head of Programming & Marketing has moved on from National Geographic – a joint venture between The Walt Disney and National Geographic Society. Sources in the industry further confirmed that Mili Kapoor, AVP, Marketing and Brand Strategy, National Geographic, has also stepped down. Kapoor is believed to have resigned and is serving her notice period. 

However, neither Star India nor Soni and Kapoor replied to our emails or calls.

Soni joined National Geographic in 2018 and worked for over two years. At Nat Geo, Soni was responsible for overall P&L and building the network’s content and marketing strategy along with overall business affairs. He spearheaded many campaigns involving various ministries dealing with central and state-level ministers while managing political sensitivities.

Soni was the commercial head at Fox Network Group Asia and AVP Marketing and brand solutions at Fox International Channels. Prior to taking up the role at

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UAB computer science professor receives National Science Foundation grant for collaborative research – News

A College of Arts and Sciences professor received a five-year grant to fund the collaborative research for microbes associated with marine invertebrates using computational approaches.

Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media contact: Brianna Hoge

Head shot of Dr. Puri Bangalore (Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences) in the Facebook Suite.A University of Alabama at Birmingham professor has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop novel software to support marine biologists in the assembly, diversification and coevolution of marine invertebrate microbiome. This unique interdisciplinary project connects UAB’s expertise in developing computational tools and data mining strategies with marine biology research at partner institutions.

The grant is part of the NSF’s 10 Big Ideas initiative, which focuses research activities around 10 core areas. This new grant falls within the “Understanding the Rules of Life” idea, which has multiple goals focused on interactions within and between biological organizations, from the molecular to the biosphere itself. Developing research tools and infrastructure to support these discoveries is where

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National Guard called in to thwart cyberattack in Louisiana

  • An exclusive Reuters report details how a series of cyberattacks at government offices across Louisiana prompted the National Guard to be called in to safeguard the 2020 election, according to unnamed sources who are familiar with the issue.
  • Government offices in Washington state were also targeted by malware.
  • Ransomware has the ability, security officials say, to disrupt elections.
  • Staff at several government offices in northern Louisiana were compromised by the hack. 
  • Experts say that a tool used by the hackers was in the past linked to a group associated with the North Korean government.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Louisiana National Guard was called in to stop a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state in recent weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the events, highlighting the cyber threat facing local governments in the run up to the 2020 U.S. presidential

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National Guard Thwarts Cyberattacks in Louisianan: Report

Illustration for article titled National Guard Cracks Down on String of Cyberattacks in Louisiana Ahead of Election: Report

Photo: Sean Gardner (Getty Images)

The Louisiana National Guard stepped in to thwart a series of cyberattacks after several government offices across the state were targeted in recent weeks, according to a Friday Reuters report.

With the 2020 presidential election just days away, hackers seem to be targeting vulnerabilities in local government systems at an increasing rate. A cybersecurity consultant familiar with the matter told the outlet that authorities in Washington state recently faced a similar threat. Hackers hit government offices there with malware known for deploying ransomware, malicious software typically used to shut off access until the attackers are paid off.

Two people with knowledge of the events in Louisiana told Reuters that it wasn’t immediately clear whether the hackers simply wanted to extort money or were intentionally trying to disrupt systems tied to the election. While the attacks successfully compromised several government offices in

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New Mexico boy without home internet walks to school to use WiFi | National News

ROSWELL, N.M. — A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home.

Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angel Endecott says her son Jonathon turns 10 next month and is a very independent child. They live near the school, and Jonathon walked to school and home last year, when school was in session.



Jonathon Endecott

Fourth-grader Jonathon Endecott is shown doing classwork outside his elementary school so he could get on the building’s WiFi network.




Endecott, who works in home health, lost both of her jobs at one point because of COVID-19. She’s back at work at one of her jobs but wasn’t able to afford internet service.

She said her son was happy when she told

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New Mexico boy without home internet walks to school to use WiFi | National

ROSWELL, N.M. — A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home.

Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angel Endecott says her son Jonathon turns 10 next month and is a very independent child. They live near the school, and Jonathon walked to school and home last year, when school was in session.



Jonathon Endecott

Fourth-grader Jonathon Endecott is shown doing classwork outside his elementary school so he could get on the building’s WiFi network.




Endecott, who works in home health, lost both of her jobs at one point because of COVID-19. She’s back at work at one of her jobs but wasn’t able to afford internet service.

She said her son was happy when she told

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