Friday Five for September 10, 2021

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

UCSD Privacy 101 Workshop

“Learn about privacy laws and how to best protect yourself through UC San Diego's Campus Privacy Office's online Privacy 101 Workshop. This fun and informative session will discuss privacy issues and how individuals can best protect themselves and the personal data they handle. This training is ideal for anyone who handles personal data, IT professionals, managers, researchers, or any students, faculty, or staff who want to learn how to protect their own data. Training is open to the public and all who are interested.”

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We’re All Designers—Let’s Get Better at IT Together!

UC Santa Cruz recently hired its first chief experience officer (CXO) in the IT department—Phyllis Treige. This new role is a key component of Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Van Williams’s vision for digital transformation. While the idea of integrating user experience into an IT organization is still fairly novel in higher education, in the corporate world it has been critical in helping organizations become more agile and responsive to customer needs.

“Experience design is not a nice-to-have, an afterthought, or technological fluff,” Williams said. “It is what makes technology, data, interactions, and processes usable, equitable, accessible, inclusive, and ultimately… human. Where technology by itself can sometimes close doors to users, great design not only opens doors but also makes those doors bigger. I created the CXO role to bridge the gap between the story we tell of the UCSC experience and digital experiences that bring the UCSC story to life.”" Continue reading.

Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) has directed its officers to collect the social media information of every civilian they interview, including individuals who are not arrested or accused of a crime, according to records shared with the Guardian.

A lawsuit charges that the Rodeo Drive task force has been stopping and arresting Black people without cause. Copies of the “field interview cards” that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in “investigations, arrests, and prosecutions”, and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete.

The documents, which were obtained by the not-for-profit organization the Brennan Center for Justice, have raised concerns about civil liberties and the potential for mass surveillance of civilians without justification." Continue reading.

Our Loggerhead Sea Turtle Underwent a Structured Blue Light 3D Scan! 

In June, our Loggerhead Sea Turtle underwent a structured blue light 3D scan! This technology essentially “mapped” our sea turtle with pulsating lights to create a near-instant and accurate 3D scan.

The scan gathered her overall size and dimensions, unique characteristics of her shell, and helped our aquarists document the current status of her shell’s 3D printed brace!

“Having the latest technologies at our fingertips has been amazing and helpful to our animal population,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, Senior Director of Animal Care, Science and Conservation at Birch Aquarium. “It also provides ease in handling our very large sea turtle quickly and safely.”" Continue reading.

Hacker Lawyer Jay Leiderman Is Dead at 50

Jay Leiderman, a California defense attorney known for his whistleblower advocacy and defense of political dissidents and hackers, was confirmed dead in Ventura County on Thursday. He was 50 years old.

Dubbed the “Hacktivist’s Advocate” by The Atlantic in 2012, Leiderman gained national attention for his pro-bono work for clients accused of crashing corporate and government websites, including members of the group Anonymous.

They were rarely good cases." Continue reading.


See you next week!