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Ransomware: The New “Protection” Racket

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In an article for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Gary Robbins reports: “Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen said it paid $28,000 in bitcoins to the hackers, who had used malicious software to commandeer a variety of systems, including key computers and emails. “’It was the assessment of our outside cybersecurity experts that…

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Why Monica (Crowley) Matters

BY AARON BARLOW Questions of ‘intellectual property’—oh, how I hate that term—continue to plague us in this new digital age, and in ways never contemplated when patents and copyrights and trademarks and more were first protected by law in the English/American tradition three- and four-hundred years ago. We have built up assumptions of ‘ownership’ without…

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Monica Crowley’s Massive Plagiarism

BY JOHN K. WILSON CNN is reporting some very important news about talk show host Monica Crowley, Trump’s pick as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council: she is a plagiarist. And this is not your garden-variety, “oops I copied a few things accidentally” excuse kind of plagiarism. This is massive, systematic, intentional…

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Law School Faculty Oppose Sessions Nomination

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Statement from Law School Faculty Opposing Nomination of Jeff Sessions for the Position of Attorney General Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.  The list below is updated regularly and is current as of 9pm PST 1/3/17. If you are a law professor and want to add your name to this statement, click…

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Scholarship Worth Less than the iPhone on Which It Was Written

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In an article in the New York Times titled “A Peek inside the Strange World of Fake Academia,” Kevin Carey has provided much illustrative detail on the burgeoning business in very dubious academic conferences, impostor academic societies, and predatory journals. Beyond some of the illustrative detail that is often as compelling…

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“New Voices” Laws and Student Press Freedom

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Currently featured on the website of University Business magazine is an article by Matt Zalaznick titled “‘New Voices’ Laws Aim to Ensure Student Press Freedoms in Higher Ed: College Media Outlets, However, Face More Threats than Just Censorship.” Zalaznick reports: “Campus newspapers face many of the same challenges confronting the professional…

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Why Donald Trump Shut Down His Foundation

POSTED BY JOHN K. WILSON Donald Trump announced today that he will be shutting down the Donald J. Trump Foundation. But he won’t be shutting down the investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office, nor should he shut down the scrutiny over his corrupt charity. The Trump Foundation existed for Trump to use for…

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CUNY Executives Under Fire

BY AARON BARLOW When the retiring Chancellor of a university system is able to negotiate for himself a new position as Chancellor Emeritus worth some $3,000.000, questions of the integrity of the institution should be raised. At the City University of New York (CUNY) this happened three-and-a-half years ago, but only now is a new…