As I [wrote](http://bit.ly/wBfY6U) back in January, the publishing companies were starting to gear up their lobbying efforts to fight any threat to their hegemony over access to research results. Well, Eighty-one publishers expressed their *strong* opposition to legislation that would free up research results of federally funded research. Continue reading Bill for Access to Federally Funded Research Opposed By For-profit Journals
Today is the day that sites have banded together to raise awareness about [SOPA and PIPA legislation](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/january-18-internet-wide-protests-against-blacklist-legislation). There are two bills, SOPA in the House and PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA) in the Senate. Important sites have gone dark, at least on their logos, as a way of raising awareness and protesting the potential legislation. Continue reading Several sites dark for SOPA protests
As you probably know, there is a new specification for the security audit. It
was [SAS 70](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statement_on_Auditing_Standards_No._70:_Service_Organizations), but is now [SSAE 16](http://www.aicpa.org/Research/Standards/AuditAttest/Pages/SSAE.aspx). This is an important consideration if you are consuming a service from someone else, or if you provide a service to someone. Somewhere in that mix, if you have auditors, you are going to run into the new SSAE 16. Continue reading SAS 70 -> SSAE 16 – What does it impact?
I just read an interesting study from the [EFF](https://www.eff.org/) which [surveyed] (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/social-media-and-law-enforcement-who-gets-what) the policies regarding sensitive data handover to agencies that come asking for it. Sobering reading. Continue reading EFF study on social networking policies for handing over data