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Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

03/23/2016

Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016

Pace University to host fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film, Tuesday, March 29

Panel discussion with leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City

New York, NY – March 22, 2016 – Pace University will host its fourth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film on Tuesday, March 29, from 4 pm to 9 pm in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan. Pace’s Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 focuses on individuals with disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities. The marathon highlights eight short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.

What: The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2016 is sponsored through Pace’s Dean for Students and the outreach programs of its Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, in partnership with AHRC New York City, an organization for helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City. A panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society will discuss the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators will engage in Q&A with audience guests in opinion polling on film themes.

Who: Panelists include Anita Altman, Founder, ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival; Kathy Broderick; Associate Executive Director, AHRC New York City; Victor Calise, Commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Allan B. Goldstein, Senior Lecturer, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Maria Hodermarska, Parent and Teacher, New York University; and Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, Professor Emerita, Pace University. Moderators: Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, Dean for Students, Pace University; Melanie A. Greene, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, Information Technology, June 2017; and Cassandra Raffucci, Kingsborough Community College – Melissa Riggio Program, June 2015, Self-Advocate.

Where: Pace University in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza (opposite City Hall), Manhattan. Enter at 3 Spruce Street.

When: Tuesday, March 29. Displays and Exhibits of Community Partners: 4 pm – 6 pm. Entertainment by the Zulu P Band, Reception and Refreshments: 5 pm – 6 pm. Discussion and Films: 6 pm – 9 pm.

For more information, contact James P. Lawler, DPS, Professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and Chair and Organizer of Film Festival Marathon 2016. Phone: (212) 346-1013; email: jlawler@pace.edu.

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

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Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

03/23/2016

Associated Press: "FBI Official: Time Needed to Know If Phone Can Be Unlocked"

. . . Speculation about the source of the new method has centered on a little-known but thriving industry of computer forensics in which firms work with the FBI and other police agencies around the world.

While it could be an independent hacker, several experts said the proposed solution most likely came from one of those firms, possibly one that already works for the government.

"The FBI contracts out a lot of work, like every other government agency, and a lot of stuff gets shipped off to data-recovery contractors," said Jonathan Zdziarski, an independent iPhone forensics researcher.

He said the most straightforward possibility is that the FBI described the problem to a variety of contractors and one of them came forward with a proposed solution.

Other experts mentioned an Israeli company, Cellebrite Inc., that's a leader among several firms selling smartphone forensics services and software tools to U.S. police agencies. The programs can extract data from iPhones running older versions of Apple's operating system, but they have been stymied by the latest version, known as iOS 9. That's the version running on the San Bernardino iPhone.

Cellebrite hasn't announced any new product that works with iOS 9, but it's likely working on developing one, said Darren Hayes, a computer scientist and cybersecurity expert at Pace University in New York.

Cellebrite representatives couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. The company did not respond to an email and phone message left at its U.S. offices in New Jersey.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/fbi-attackers-phone-possibly-accessible-apple-37831413

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Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

03/22/2016

Agence France-Presse: "Apple-FBI encryption showdown postponed, for now"

- Paris, Brussels and encryption -

Darren Hayes, a Pace University professor specializing in computer forensics, said the issues will be seen as more urgent in the wake of attacks last year in Paris and on Tuesday in Brussels.

"If we hear more about iPhones used in terrorist attacks, people may side with the government a little more," he said.

The question of access to encrypted devices will probably be dealt with in the legislative arena in the United States and elsewhere, Hayes added.

"This is not just a struggle in the US," he said. "It's a toss-up on whether the US or EU implements legislation first."

Read more: http://www.afp.com/en/news/apple-fbi-encryption-showdown-postponed-now

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Lohud.com: "Out and About: Where lohud was this week"

03/21/2016

Lohud.com: "Out and About: Where lohud was this week"

Nancy Cutler (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

Monday, March 14: Pace University, Pleasantville

Opinion columnist Nancy Cutler spoke to journalism students at Pace University in Pleasantville. She discussed the role of community engagement in building both a brand and developing community sources. She also explained the struggle between the urge to be first in reporting breaking news and the need to be accurate. Cutler also gave tips on beat development and basic copy editing skills, as she explained how a reporter’s credibility is on the line with every single article. The students (attending their last class before spring break) asked about various journalism topics, including how to work in a 24-hour deadline environment, when deadline is always “now.”

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2016/03/21/out-and-about-march-20/81481210/

 

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Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

03/18/2016

Bankrate.com: "Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds"

. . . Sophisticated skimming operations like this have become more common in recent years, says Darren Hayes, an assistant professor at Pace University who specializes in cybersecurity.

"It's big business," says Hayes. "For the organized criminal gangs that have traditionally been involved in burglary, car theft, sometimes even human trafficking or narcotics, skimming is one part of their portfolio of criminal activities."

Overlays make skimming easy

Part of the reason the man in the video is able to install the skimming device so quickly is that it's likely custom-made to fit that terminal, says Hayes.

"They can create them very easily," Hayes says. "Sometimes what they'll do is go to a machine that they want to target -- say it's a particular type of ATM -- they'll hack off the card reader and they'll make a mold of them."

Some thieves go so far as to use paint swatches to match the paint color exactly, he says.

The advent of 3-D printing has made the process of overlay manufacturing even easier, Hayes says. And those without the skills to manufacture the devices can also easily find them for sale online.

However they get them, a high-quality overlay on a debit-card point-of-sale terminal can be almost impossible for a victim to spot, he says.


 

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La Opinión: "La base republicana no quiso nada con 'el nuevo siglo' de Rubio"

03/16/2016

La Opinión: "La base republicana no quiso nada con 'el nuevo siglo' de Rubio"

Su familia abraza y consuela a Rubio tras su discurso en el que anunció esta noche que suspendía su campaña por la presidencia. Foto: Angel Valentin / Getty Images

. . . La profesora Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, directora del departamento de ciencias políticas de Pace University en NY, estuvo de acuerdo con Rubio en esto: su mensaje era más optimista que la mayoría de los votantes republicanos y ese mensaje no conectó co n ellos. “Pero aún es joven, aún puede tener un futuro político”, agregó.

Otro observador, sin embargo, indicó que Rubio “siempre fue sobreestimado por todos y por sí mismo”.

Read more: http://www.laopinion.com/2016/03/15/la-base-republicana-no-quiso-nada-con-rubio/

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Bloomberg: "How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork"

03/16/2016

Bloomberg: "How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork"

File photo taken in 2015 shows an illustration of an iPhone held up in front of the Apple logo.(Photo: Philippe Huguen, AFP/Getty Images)

. . . In Riverside, Apple is arguing it would take weeks of programmer time to figure out how to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, which runs the iOS 9 operating system, and could weaken security for all phones. Meanwhile, in a Brooklyn case against a drug dealer, it is arguing that it faces an undue burden in cracking phones with older operating systems, too -- even though prosecutors say it has opened such phones “dozens” of times. Of 12 other devices for which the company said it is opposing federal search warrants, seven run iOS 7 or older operating systems.

“I don’t see any reason why Apple wouldn’t comply” with the Brooklyn warrant, said Darren Hayes, a professor of cyber security and digital forensics at Pace University, in New York. “They’ve gotten into those phones many times.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-16/how-apple-helped-me-crack-iphones-like-clockwork

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Computerworld: "Defense Dept. wants your help in imagining the worst"

03/15/2016

Computerworld: "Defense Dept. wants your help in imagining the worst"

. . . The U.S. government is concerned about the use of new technologies, which may threaten the safety and security of our citizens," said Darren Hayes, an assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York.

Examples include the release of blueprints for manufacturing a gun using a 3D printer, said Hayes. A drone has been used to transport drugs across the border, and hacking Internet of Things technologies such as medical devices and thermostats is now commonplace, said Hayes.

Websites such as a Shodan, which can expose IoT connections, "clearly demonstrate how vulnerable many of these devices" are, said Hayes.

"It's important to encourage young, tech-savvy people to identify how the latest technologies may be misused," said Hayes.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3043984/security/defense-dept-wants-your-help-in-imagining-the-worst.html

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TechNewsWorld: "USA Today to Experiment With Virtual Reality News Show"

03/15/2016

TechNewsWorld: "USA Today to Experiment With Virtual Reality News Show"

. . . At risk with the launch of VRtually There is more than money for the USA Today Network. A poorly received user experience could impact negatively the adoption of VR, according to Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

Google's Cardboard VR platform, the cheapest and most basic form of VR available, also could have a negative impact on the USA Today Network's efforts and the industry at large.

"The most important contributing factor to the success of VR is creating as realistic an experience as possible," Chiagouris told TechNewsWorld. "In the early stages, if an inexpensive means negatively impacts the user experience, that will do more harm than good to the adoption of VR."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/83231.html

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Wall Street Journal: "Can a College Student Outsmart Janet Yellen?"

03/14/2016

Wall Street Journal: "Can a College Student Outsmart Janet Yellen?"

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, front, posed with Pace University’s victorious Fed Challenge team—from left: Jozef Lampa, Daniella Gambino, Yuliya Palianok, Katherine Craig, Jonathan O'Kane, Melissa Navas, Prof. Gregory Colman, Omar Habib, Prof. Anya Shostya and Prof. Joseph Morreale—in December in Washington. Photo: Federal Reserve

“The labor market is strengthening, but inflation remains stubbornly below target and financial conditions are volatile,” Daniella Gambino, 22 years old, told listeners gathered in the Federal Reserve’s chandeliered boardroom in Washington.

Katherine Craig, 21, said her colleagues were considering “the risk of premature tightening” and discussed an option that “prescribes low rates until inflation shows clear signs of picking up.”

If those sound like the private deliberations of Federal Reserve officials, they are meant to.

As Fed officials were weighing what to do with interest rates ahead of their mid-December policy meeting, students at dozens of U.S. colleges were learning how it is done.

Each fall, many of the nation’s keenest college economics students—such as Ms. Gambino and Ms. Craig from New York’s Pace University—face off in a central-bank-run contest called Fed Challenge. Last year, the national finals won by Pace wrapped up in Washington two weeks before the central bank’s hotly anticipated Dec. 16 decision to raise rates.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/can-a-college-student-outsmart-janet-yellen-1457865215

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