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Computerworld: "Encryption bills pose challenges for Congress"

01/29/2016

Computerworld: "Encryption bills pose challenges for Congress"

. . . Professor Darren Hayes, director of cybersecurity at Pace University, said he supports the idea of a congressional commission to review encryption laws and policies.

"The whole idea of government access to communications is nothing new," Hayes said in an interview. "Every telecom company has to set up their infrastructure so that law enforcement can set up a wiretap" subject to a court order.

He also said that some type of legal step may be needed to gain greater access. "The vast majority of companies will never hand over data without any kind of warrant or subpoena. The idea that companies will help out law enforcement is not true at all."

Hayes has served as a forensics encryption specialist in more than two dozen criminal cases in the New York area since 2008 to help prosecutors bring cases against people accused of being pedophiles and other crimes who have resorted to hiding criminal activity with encrypted data.

Hayes is well aware that any U.S. law on encryption wouldn't apply to other countries, but said a broad-based discussion "is a good discussion to have …The list is growing of potential prosecutions held up by [not having] a full disclosure of encrypted data." In any event, he added, "I'm a big proponent that you have to have a warrant to gain access."

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3028014/encryption/encryption-bills-pose-challenges-for-congress.html

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ASTORINO AND PACE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE KICKOFF DATE FOR 2ND ANNUAL #WESTCHESTERSMART MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT BOWL

01/29/2016

Have an idea for a mobile app? Learn from the best and compete against the area’s top young techies

Register by February 12 via http://bit.ly/appbowl

Competition set to kick off February 26 at the Westchester County Center

Alzheimer’s disease can often leave family members feeling helpless. But not Jack Phillips. 

As a student at Mamaroneck High School, he was determined to help his ailing grandmother and her caregivers. And he’s done so using a technology that most people have right in the palm of their hands – a mobile app. Last year he and a team of five other students developed an app that assists with tasks such as remembering faces and names, managing schedules, and even tracking patients using GPS.

“It’s really cool to be able to use something I’ve learned in class and in books to help actual people,” said Phillips, 17, now a senior.

What sparked the idea was the inaugural #WestchesterSmart Mobile App Development Bowl.

The competition – a partnership between County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems – challenged students to create mobile applications to address the needs of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia community. 

This year the competition – which is now accepting registrations – has expanded the mission to include apps that improve life for all people age 65 and older. Whether that means helping people track their health, schedule doctor’s appointments, play memory games, or anything in between, the possibilities are endless. Just like last year, cash awards, tech gear, paid internships and much more are all up for grabs.

“We know Westchester has some of the brightest young minds, and we want to push them to even new heights,” said Astorino. “Last year’s competition was phenomenal, with more than 150 students competing from across the tri-state area. I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year.”

Registration is requested by Friday, February 12. To register, visit http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/mobile-app-development-bowl-2016-challeng... (http://bit.ly/appbowl) or email MobileAppContest@pace.edu with questions. There is no entry fee. 

The competition will officially kick off on Friday, February 26 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, where students will dive right in to workshops on design and development basics.

How does it work?

•             Students must compete in teams (2 person minimum). More than one team from the same school is permitted. Students may form and register independent teams without school affiliation. Students can also register as individuals, and Pace will assist them in forming a team.

•             Once registered, teams will be notified of important dates.

•             Free technical support will be offered to all participants via an online system, so no question will go unanswered for more than 24 to 48 hours.

•             In the spring, a panel of expert judges will score and determine the top mobile apps. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded during an event at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus.

“Pace is proud to partner once again with Westchester County to mobilize high school and college students to help aging populations with technology and help prepare the next generation of technology leaders and innovators,” said Jonathan Hill, Interim Dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Phillips and the Mamaroneck High School team won several awards at last year’s competition, taking home $850 in cash prizes for their Computer Science Club. Phillips also was selected for a prestigious paid internship at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, one of the coveted internships again being offered through this year’s competition. Magazine spotlights, newspaper articles, a youth service award and even public presentations of the app all followed the competition.

But most important of all, said Jigar Jadav, a computer science teacher and coach of the Mamaroneck High School app team, is that the mobile app will soon be made publically available for patients and caregivers.

“At the end of the day, this was an incredible journey, and I was blown away by how many doors were opened for us,” said Jadav. “This was really an amazing learning experience.”

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Mobile App Development Bowl, please contact Deth Sao at dsao@pace.edu or (914) 773-3706.

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E-Commerce Times: "Wall Street Backs Off Apple"

01/29/2016

E-Commerce Times: "Wall Street Backs Off Apple"

. . . Though hardware accounts for more than half of Apple's business, the company has been pivoting toward services, noted Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

That should count for something with investors, he said.

"Its ecosystem, to include iTunes and iCloud services, are either already dominant or possibly on the way to being dominant, and so this is not the time to lose faith in the company or its stock," Chiagouris told the E-Commerce Times.

The current perceived loss of faith likely is a byproduct of the times, he suggested. In a connected world, speed rules and investors don't hesitate to look elsewhere for growth when a company stumbles.

Also, investors are more influenced by media reports today than they were a decade or two ago, Chiagouris pointed out.

"All the reporting as of late has been on iPhone sales slowing, and so investors are reacting to these reports," he said. "The more important fact is that, ultimately, hardware companies always confront shrinking margins as the products that they make begin to become less differentiated or even commoditized."

Read more: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83040.html

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U.S. News & World Report: "Best Online Bachelor's Programs"

01/29/2016

U.S. News & World Report: "Best Online Bachelor's Programs"

Pace University is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings?int=...

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U.S. News University Directory: "Top 11 Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs"

01/29/2016

U.S. News University Directory: "Top 11 Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs"

Pace University is ranked among the Top 11 Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs:

Read more: http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/articles/top-11-online-graduate-criminal-justice-programs_15415.aspx#.Vqoz55zwqPE

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Announcement from President Stephen J. Friedman

01/28/2016

Announcement from President Stephen J. Friedman

January 27, 2016 -- Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman confirmed today that, as he previously indicated to the Board Chairman, he will not request reappointment at the end of his current term in June 2017. Upon the conclusion of his second term, Friedman will have served 10 years as University president. In a letter this morning to the entire Pace community, a copy of which can be found below, President Friedman shared his pleasure on the major strides Pace has made during the past nine years and the very bright future that lies ahead for Pace. The process of selecting the University’s next president will begin shortly.

Stephen J. Friedman became the seventh president of Pace University in June 2007. He was reappointed for a second five-year term by unanimous vote of the University’s Board of Trustees in 2011. Prior to being named president, he served for three years as dean of Pace University School of Law.

Mark Besca, Chairman of Pace University’s Board of Trustees, this morning praised Friedman’s leadership:

“Stephen Friedman is a transformational figure who, from day one, had a keen sense of the University’s potential and a visionary plan to achieve it. Throughout two remarkable terms as president, he has demonstrated passionate advocacy for our students and worked tirelessly to position Pace for a bold and bright future.”

 

 

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace University President Friedman to retire in 2017"

01/28/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace University President Friedman to retire in 2017"

Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman will not seek reappointment at the end of his current term in June 2017, the school said Thursday.

In a letter to the Pace community, Friedman, who has served as the school’s president since June 2007, said he will not seek another five-year term, calling his time at the university the “most challenging and rewarding period” of his professional career.

Friedman also served as dean of Pace Law School for three years before being named the university’s seventh president.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/77187/pace-university-president-friedman-to-retire-in-2017/

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TechNewsWorld: "GoPro Shooters Can Send Live Streams Up Periscope"

01/27/2016

TechNewsWorld: "GoPro Shooters Can Send Live Streams Up Periscope"

. . . "Twitter doesn't make as much money from its advertising as Microsoft and Google do with their search engines," noted Darren Hayes, an assistant professor at Pace University.

Twitter's portfolio isn't as diversified as its competitors either.

"Facebook has purchased many different companies and facilitates many other services," Hayes told TechNewsWorld. "Twitter has done some of that -- but not to the same extent as companies like Facebook do."

Attracting new users has been a problem for Twitter, as is getting a handle on how many flesh-and-blood members it has.

"Twitter has a problem with the number of bots using it. There's a huge number of followers who are just bots. People don't realize how big that number is," Hayes said.

"Twitter tries to adjust that. I've heard of people who have lost tens of thousands of followers in an hour because Twitter was going through and clearing out bots that were using the service," he continued. "So their membership numbers may be inflated."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/83037.html

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The Hill’s Congress Blog: "The state of dis-union in America"

01/27/2016

The Hill’s Congress Blog: "The state of dis-union in America"

Obama entered the upcoming political campaign by defining the choices as he views them.

Read an op-ed by Gregory Julian, a retired professor and former adviser to Pace University's Model United Nations team in Pleasantville, NY:

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/266970-the-state-of-dis-union-in-america

 

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Financial Executives International Daily: "What, Me Retire?"

01/26/2016

Financial Executives International Daily: "What, Me Retire?"

Stephen J. Friedman

How financial executives can develop encore careers.

Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65. The issue of what to do after “retirement” is faced by tens of millions of men and women as they retire, or much earlier, when they sell a family business or are laid off without much hope of obtaining a comparable job. Many, perhaps most, of this group have no idea how to think about what to do next.

The question then becomes what a person should do when, in their 50s or 60s, they stop what they have been doing for most of their lives. That moment should not automatically be seen as an ending or retirement, which connotes a stepping back, but as the beginning of the third great stage in life. The decision about what to do for the next 10 to 20 years is one of the most challenging and least well-marked in our lives. It is filled with uncertainty, fears, surprises and unknown ground, but the rewards of that period can be extraordinary.

Read the article by Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University: http://daily.financialexecutives.org/what-me-retire/

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