#STEAM: Science, Technology, English, Arts, Math
Protect the US from cyber attacks and ensure our online world is a safe place to live, work and play.
- Get 8th Graders interested in stem *https://code.org/minecraft
*Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
They have tutorials on programming, using user-friendly environment and concepts like minecraft, star wars or frozen, to appeal to children. It really makes it fun and engaging to create something using the programming logic and see it work; especially if you're working on your favorite pc game (eg. minecraft). There's even categorization on grades: *https://studio.code.org/courses
Show them around the website, watch short inspirational videos and complete a simple game together.
- Girl Scouts of America will offer a total of 18 K-12 cybersecurity badges
Engineering | Robotics: Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits.
Engineering | Mechanical Engineering: Girls complete hands-on engineering activities, such as building and testing rollercoasters, race cars, and gliders.
Engineering: Think Like an Engineer. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.
Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer. Girls learn how programmers solve problems as they (girls) participate in interactive computational-thinking activities and complete a Take Action project.
Outdoor STEM: Think Like a Citizen Scientist. Girls practice the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project. They make observations, collect data, and work with scientists who provide feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute 81% of 11 year old girls are interested in pursuing a STEM related career, but by the age of 15 they have already lost interest. There is a lack of role models and mentors, not enough hands-on experience in STEM subjects, and an intimidating lack of gender equality in the STEM career fields of their choice.
MAGIC (More Active Girls In Computing) aims to be such a program. We believe that we need to start with middle school girls, and foster in them a positive attitude towards computing, since the high school level might be too late. What is needed is a mentorship program throughout the country, available to everyone.
How to get the pre-teen and teen audience interested:
Try to make the subject matter interdisciplinary and relevant to their immediate interests or some part of their everyday life. Many kids show their particular interest in science or tech when it explains make-up (the science behind color theory or creating homemade cosmetics), constructing clothing and accessories (proportions in the human body, dying fabric, fashion design drawing apps ), how to take better or more unusual digital pictures/video (the importance of natural light, shutter speed), the science behind cars and recording music (what is behind synthetic music or digital editing).
Ask them to design a dress, shoe or chair. This kicked off a discussion on algorithms. Then math was discussed as their projects required taking or identifying measurements to use for construction. If the project construction continued over several days, then they were required to keep track of their costs and time.
WOMEN AND THEIR ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN COMPUTER
Barbara Liskov, professor at @MIT, receives the @IEEEorg Computer Society’s 2018 Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering data abstraction, polymorphism, and support for fault tolerance and distributed computing in the programming languages CLU and Argus." Women's History Month - Computer Wonder Women and the Digital Diva's:
Internships/Research Opportunities for High school Students
- AI4ALL Education Programs For The Social Good of the Nation
AI4ALL is a nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence.
We believe that some of the best ideas come from the voices you don’t often hear. Our supportive and rigorous summer education programs are an entry point into artificial intelligence and computer science for underrepresented high school students. Applications are now open for programs across North America.
We create pipelines for underrepresented talent through education and mentorship programs around the U.S. and Canada that give high school students early exposure to AI for social good. Our vision is for AI to be developed by a broad group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity’s benefit. Apply to 2018 Summer Programs
Free CS (Summer Camp) Program for High School Girls
- ChickTech is an organization that provides free technology workshops for high school girls 1 weekend a month for 6 months. Find out if there is a chapter in your city.
- Kode With Klossy But it has only a few cities it services. They're dedicated to making the program free, including assisting with transportation costs. This page gives more information about the cities and how the scholarship works, and something new this year is that if you know a young woman who might be interested in the program, you can nominate them for the scholarship!
"For the most part, I’m self-taught. I took a series of C programming language classes a few years ago from Stanford’s program. I learned the Python programming language on my own.
In eighth grade, I took advanced-placement calculus and statistics courses, which enabled me to take multivariate calculus in ninth grade. We are fortunate at my school because we have a professor from Foothill College who teaches this course. This class turned out to be useful for understanding machine-learning algorithms. I’ve finished Udacity’s online machine-learning engineer nanodegree. I also interned at Nvidia, in Santa Clara."
If anyone is interested, we open sourced all of the design files, with instructions on how to build a car of your own for around $900 (at the time, this was several years ago)
Here is a video of the results from the semester. One group was able to max out the speed on the car, which at scale is equivalent to 128 MPH.
ELECTIONS: SECURITY - SECURE THE VOTE
Three senior intelligence officials told NBC News that the intelligence community believed the states as of January 2017 were Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. The officials say systems in the seven states were compromised in a variety of ways, with some breaches more serious than others, from entry into state websites to penetration of actual voter registration databases.
Days after the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision allowing unlimited outside spending in elections, President Obama, in his first State of the Union address, warned that the decision “will open a floodgate for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections.”
U.S.-based Russian news outlet RIA Global LLC has registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Justice Department, the fourth Russian-linked media company to do so since November under pressure from the U.S. government. According to the Washington Post, Justice Samuel Alito, who was sitting in the chamber alongside his fellow Supreme Court jurists as Obama spoke, “winced at the accusation and muttered ‘not true.’ ”
The new report raises the specter that Obama’s fears have been realized.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election. The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said. - Reuters
Since Citizens United, over $800 million in “dark money” has poured into federal elections.
Donald Trump was with Chris Cox (L), Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action and Wayne LaPierre (R), Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, were at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The source of these funds is largely untraceable for the public because it has been funneled through secretive nonprofits, such as the NRA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The FBI is investigating the National Rifle Association to determine whether Russians illegally funneled money through the organization to help the Trump campaign. Foreigners are not allowed to spend in American elections — not in presidential races, not for state or city officials, not for dog catcher. But a nonprofit playing this dark money shell game could easily hide an illegal foreign source of money as just another anonymous donor and that would be akin to money laundering.
THE NRA - The National Rifle Association continues to wield immense influence over American legislators, primarily through enormous campaign contributions. When it comes to funding, the NRA may have finally gone too far: the FBI recently launched an investigation to determine whether a Russian central banker, and Putin ally, illegally funneled money through the organization to help the Trump campaign. These allegations have prompted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission and an effort by Sen. Ron Wyden to obtain documents from the Treasury Department and the NRA.
The NRA is among the largest "dark money" organizations, reporting the greatest amount of campaign spending without revealing the source of the funds — over $35 million in the 2016 election cycle alone. Still, this amount was just a fraction of the over $175 million in reported campaign-related spending that came from unknown sources. NRA spent $30 million on Trump, now did every one of their 5000 members pony up $6000.00 ?
FACEBOOK AND DATA PRIVACY LAWS
FACEBOOK IS A SURVEILLANCE COMPANY that is collecting your data. You are the product. They are NOT "social media"!
Mercer owns Cambridge Analytica.
Trump’s campaign wasn’t the only organization paying Cambridge Analytica. According to election complaints filed in 2016 by the Campaign Legal Center, a SuperPac, Make America Number 1, with ties to both Steve Bannon and billionaire hedge fund manager, Robert Mercer, paid $4.6 million to Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica had digitally mined private information on more than 50 million Facebook users which it then used to target voters for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump’s campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in the spring of 2016 and “paid it more than $6.2 million,” according to a Reuters report.
Cambridge Analytica says they won the election for Donald Trump and describe how. VIDEO
Trump’s election consultants were filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers. The company’s chief executive Alexander Nix said the British firm secretly campaigns in elections across the world. This includes operating through a web of shadowy front companies, or by using sub-contractors.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Met with Assange in order to help propagate Hillary emails. Roger Stone contacted Assange about Hillary emails. Roger Stone and Cambridge Analytica both worked for Trump campaign.
FACEBOOK took the money from Cambridge Analytica and kept the money
Facebook has a business model of “you are learning about me and taking me and my relationships apart to monetize that.” It’s a trojan horse for something sinister. Facebook has said we want your emotional and social attachments in one place and we will control it for you. They are openly asking you to give that power to them and it seems like a dangerous combination. Social media is destroying human relationships by turning our fundamental emotional connections into commodities.
Sir Tim Berners Lee says in regard to Cambridge Analytica that we need to rethink out Attitude towards the web
Government officials, have failed to pass the sort of campaign finance disclosure or data privacy laws or rules that could make it more difficult to target Americans online thanks to SiliCON Valley lobbyists and lobbyist Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash. Shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.
We know Trump won because of the Electoral College but his "victory" would not have happened without help from the Russians. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian agents for criminal conspiracy helped the citizens of the US know that this is a fact. We know that the Russians helped.
Republicans, Democrats and Independents have an opportunity to remind everyone everywhere of what we do know: that the Russians attacked us, and that the president has done nothing in response.
Mueller’s indictment of the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, show that they adopted Silicon Valley's best practices and turned them against U.S. democracy. The indictment says the Russian outfit also used data analytics to track which of their posts were proving most successful, sent private social media messages to stir up genuinely American grass-roots activists and registered accounts on PayPal to pay for ads. The organization even double-checked the content generated by its posting “specialists” to make sure it had the kind of authenticity to make it believable to Americans.
Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls An online auction gone awry reveals substantial new details on Kremlin-backed troll farm efforts to stir up real protests and target specific Americans to push their propaganda.
Samidh Chakrabarti, Product Manager, Civic Engagement
Around the US 2016 election, Russian entities set up and promoted fake Pages on Facebook to influence public sentiment — essentially using social media as an information weapon. Russians created 80,000 posts that reached around 126 million people in the US over a two-year period. A nation-state used our platform to wage a cyberwar intended to divide society.
1) HOW MUCH MONEY DID FACEBOOK MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
2) HOW MUCH MONEY DID TWITTER MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
3) HOW MUCH MONEY DOES GOOGLE CONTINUE TO MAKE FROM RUSSIAN ADS?
Below are snapshots of the network generated from these 9000 “crisis actor” YouTube videos. I’m not finished with this part of the analysis yet, so these are very rough drafts. But they are interesting to look through to get a sense of the quality and breadth of content that’s being hosted, monetized, and promoted on Youtube.
2/2018 More than 4000 government websites are infected with cryptocurrency mining software like Coinhive, including the US court system website without their knowledge or consent.
Tech's ethical Dark Side Harvard, Stanford and others try to address this in 2018 ! ! !
Meanwhile in 1998 Sidney Karin Ph.D., P.E. was already teaching a course in Ethics and Social Impacts of Computing at UCSD.
Sidney Karin Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
San Diego Supercomputer Center
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0505
A Horse Is a Horse, of Course: Farewell to the Horse: A Cultural History
In 1937, a car carrying Rebecca West got stuck in a snowdrift on a Croatian hilltop. “Peasants ran out of a cottage near by,” she wrote, “shouting with laughter because machinery had made a fool of itself, and dug out the automobile with incredible rapidity.