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Daily Caller News Foundation: "Hackers Are Gunning For Your Personal Data By Tricking You"

12/05/2016

Daily Caller News Foundation: "Hackers Are Gunning For Your Personal Data By Tricking You"

. . . “Phishing scams are a highly effective social engineering attack – everyone clicks links and it’s easy to impersonate a person or entity’s email or link,” Pace University Prof. Darren Hayes told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It plays on our emotions.”

And there are studies to back that up. One study conducted at a German university of 1,700 participants found that roughly half of people click on infected links from email addresses or Facebook accounts they are unfamiliar with even after knowing the risks. (RELATED: Everything Online Is Connected, Now There’s A Growing Need For Cyber Insurance)

“Cybersecurity is not terrible in the USA, but we always appear to be several steps behind the hackers,” Hayes said. “We should, however, be concerned about the brain-drain in government when government employees are leaving in droves to start up their own companies in cybersecurity. Additionally, enormous vulnerabilities exist in our critical infrastructure,” he concluded.

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Network World: "A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump"

12/01/2016

Network World: "A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump"

. . . . Of course, there are plenty who support the Justice Department’s assertion that strong encryption on personal devices poses a serious national security threat. Pace University professor and computer forensics expert Darren Hayes argued just that point in an editorial for the Guardian’s website at the time.

“Many mobile forensics examiners, including myself, know that what is at stake is not just the San Bernardino case but a growing backlog of criminal cases – some involving suspected child abusers or terrorists – that cannot proceed because of Apple’s defiance in assisting law enforcement,” he said.

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Washington Times: "Battle stations: Democrats say they’re ready for ‘one hell of a fight’ with Trump"

12/01/2016

Washington Times: "Battle stations: Democrats say they’re ready for ‘one hell of a fight’ with Trump"

Photo: Troubled Democrats watch results during presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (Associated Press)

. . . YEAH, ABOUT THAT RECOUNT

Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein garnered considerable press coverage after she demanded a recount of the final election results in some states. It proved a convenient vehicle for Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well; they too joined the fray — deemed a “delusional melodrama” by Edward Morrissey, a columnist for The Week. Indeed, it could be all for naught.

“The Wisconsin and other possible recounts are very unlikely to change the results,” says David A. Caputo, a political science professor at Pace University. “The number of votes which change in a recount are usually far less than the margin of victory here for Donald Trump. There is no credible evidence of fraud in Wisconsin or elsewhere. I would expect the Wisconsin recount and any others to have no impact on the final results unless the Green Party knows something that others do not. I doubt if that is the case.”

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The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's best option for North American trade"

12/01/2016

The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's best option for North American trade"

“The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and America abolished most tariffs on goods and services that are traded between these countries,” writes Narendra C. Bhandari, Ph.D., professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “The trade and investment between these countries have exploded.

“Their economies have become highly interdependent. Some of the major products traded between these countries include, agricultural products, chemicals, technologies, medical equipment, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, services and textiles.

“Unfortunately, the agreement has also caused America to lose about 700,000 jobs. During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal or renegotiate NAFTA to help grow American jobs.

“America has the following options: cancel NAFTA, renegotiate NAFTA or legislate trade equilibrium.

“A country may withdraw from the agreement six months after providing a written notice of withdrawal to the other two parties, according to Article 2205 of NAFTA. The agreement would then continue to remain in force for the remaining two parties.

“Other things remaining same, canceling NAFTA could force America to impose or increase tariffs on imports of products from Mexico and Canada. The latter two countries would do the same. It would reduce imports from, and exports to, each other.

“The net effect of this trade war on their production and jobs may actually be negative. Mexican immigration to America would increase. China would take advantage of the trade and diplomatic vacuum so created. It would defeat Trump’s main goals.

“Renegotiating the terms of the agreement would have its own challenges. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to do so. But according to Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal, his country is not.

“And don’t forget, President Obama also found renegotiating the terms challenging. It won’t be easy for Trump to renegotiate or nullify the agreement either.

“If and when legislated, the trade equilibrium law would provide Trump with a trump card to create jobs and bring back home, even if he cannot renegotiate or nullify NAFTA.

“Trade equilibrium can be defined as a situation when trading among different countries is such that the trading partners remain generally deficit-free from one another over a cycle of every two to three years. This theory has two major goals: to stop exporting of additional American jobs and to regain the American jobs already exported by legally requiring the dollar-trade surplus countries to eliminate their surplus over a 10-year period by buying American products.

“The absence of new trade deficit would save three American jobs per $1 million of such absence. The emergence of new trade surplus would create three American jobs per $1 million of such surplus.

“From 2000 to 2015, the U.S. accumulated a trade deficit of $767 billion with Mexico and that of $843 billion with Canada. Once the trade equilibrium law is in place, Mexico and Canada would have to use their surplus dollars to buy American products. Dollars coming back home from Mexico would create 2.3 million new jobs in America. Those coming back home from Canada would create 2.5 million new jobs in America. Thus, $1.610 trillion returning home would create 4.8 million new jobs in America. This is much, much more than the 700,000 jobs America has lost due to NAFTA.”

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SC Magazine (Video): Dr. Darren Hayes, Pace University

11/30/2016

SC Magazine (Video): Dr. Darren Hayes, Pace University

Photo: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is shown at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Darren Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, was featured in a video produced by SC Magazine about Trump’s cybersecurity policy.

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Marketplace: "Do Democrats need to rebrand?"

11/30/2016

Marketplace: "Do Democrats need to rebrand?"

Photo: Hillary Clinton greets staff and supporters after addressing them at the New Yorker Hotel after her defeat in the presidential election. - 

. . . “Well, so much of a party brand is dependent upon party leadership,” said David Caputo, a political science professor at Pace University.

Some House Democrats think that, with Republican control of the House, Senate and White House, they’re better off with the experienced hand of Nancy Pelosi. But as for the future? Caputo said Democrats need to groom new, younger leaders.

“So you start to think, 'Who are the logical candidates for president with the Democrats in 2020?'" he said. "And you’re left with not a lot of names.”  

Caputo said we don’t really know if the Democratic brand needs a major overhaul. We won’t know that for a few years, when we find out if Trump’s victory signaled a national sea change or was just based on the strength of his personality. If it was a major shift, both parties will have to re-evaluate their policies on trade, jobs and our place in the world. And, yes, overhaul their brands.

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USA Today: "Trump is keeping too much of Obamacare"

11/29/2016

USA Today: "Trump is keeping too much of Obamacare"

. . . Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans must allow “children” up to the age of 26 years old to remain on their parents’ plan. Ostensibly, this provision of Obamacare was meant to cover more healthy young people between 19 and 26, 30% of whom did not have health care before 2010.

And here in 2016, the dependent coverage mandate still appears to be completely non-controversial. After his election on Nov. 8, President-elect Donald Trump immediately laid out the provisions of Obamacare he would keep; among them was the so-called “slacker mandate” to allow kids to stay on their parents’ plans until 26. (Before implementation of Obamacare, 37 states already had some form of extended parental coverage law.)

But the ridiculous notion that full-grown adults up to age 26 are somehow still wards of their parents appears to be a modern convention.  By age 26, Napoleon had conquered Italy. Isaac Newton created calculus at 23. Benjamin Franklin had published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac by 26. The Beatles disbanded when Paul McCartney was still 27. And yet, somehow, we can’t expect a 25-year-old to calculate a copay?

One of the primary arguments in favor of the dependent coverage mandate was the same argument Oscar Wilde made in favor of socialism: That freeing individuals from the burden of work would allow them to find more productive uses of their time.

According to a study by Gregory Colman of Pace University and Dhaval Dave of Bentley University, the law has been somewhat effective on the former point, with the effect on the latter being a bit more debatable. Their study shows that employment of Americans between ages 19 and 25 is down, but that adults in that group self-report higher degrees of “satisfaction” and “well-being.”

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MarketWatch: "6 things not to buy at an outlet store"

11/28/2016

MarketWatch: "6 things not to buy at an outlet store"

. . . Small accessories such as key chains also probably aren’t heavily discounted, says Charles Aaron Lawry, assistant professor of marketing at Pace University in New York. For some consumers, “if they can walk away with a keychain with a logo on it, they’re happy,” he says. These are known in the business as “open your wallet” items: Consumers get to buy into a brand and open their purse psychologically so they keep spending.

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Indian Express: "26/11 stories of strength: When a professor played translator for a terrorist"

11/28/2016

Indian Express: "26/11 stories of strength: When a professor played translator for a terrorist"

When Professor P V Viswanath was requested by the Jewish Chabad movement in New York to monitor the Indian media’s coverage of the 26/11 terror attack while it was still underway — Nariman House, where the Mumbai Chabad centre was located, was one of the sites of the attack — he didn’t imagine he would end up talking to a terrorist over the phone.

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Screening of the documentary ‘GENERATION STARTUP’ and a live panel discussion at Pace University on Thursday evening, December 1st

11/28/2016

Screening of the documentary ‘GENERATION STARTUP’ and a live panel discussion at Pace University on Thursday evening, December 1st

New York, NY – November 28, 2016 -- The Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business is hosting a screening of GENERATION STARTUP, a documentary that takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing an in-the-trenches look at the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to launch startups. The event takes place on Thursday, December 1 in the Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza on the downtown New York City campus from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHO and WHAT: The screening will be followed by a live panel discussion with Cheryl Miller Houser, Co-Director and Producer; Andrew Yang, CEO of Venture for America and an expert character in the film; and Labib Rahman, one of the six entrepreneurs featured in the film. Moderator: Bruce Bachenheimer, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace.

Shot over 17 months, GENERATION STARTUP is an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, December 1 in the Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza on the downtown New York City Campus from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Agenda:

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Registration

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Screening

7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Discussion

8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Networking

The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverage will be served. Prior registration is required.

To RSVP, visit http://elab.nyc/events/ScreeningofGenerationStartup

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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