Dept. of Ed Privacy Technical Assistance Center Data Disclosure Guidance

Data Disclosure Guidance

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center invites you to attend a webinar focused on the latest guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education in the area of Data Disclosure.  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at 1:30 PM ET.  The Department and PTAC will provide an overview of the guidance documents around Data Disclosure avoidance and  best practice strategies for protecting personally identifiable information from education records (PII) in aggregate reports. The webinar will provide suggestions on how to ensure that necessary confidentiality requirements are met, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Michael Hawes, Statistical Privacy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education and Baron Rodriguez from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center will present.
For your reference, the three guidance documents released are available on the PTAC website:
Frequently Asked Questions – Disclosure Avoidance
Case Study #5 – Minimizing Access to PII: Best Practices for Access Controls and Disclosure Avoidance Techniques
Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

Do High School Students Understand that Facebook is Public? Bristol Palin, Levi Johnson, Govenor Sarah Palin 2008

Bristol Palin, Levi Johnson, Govenor Sarah Palin 2008

Do High School Students Understand that Facebook is Public? The problems with web 2.0 and social networks. Parents: Teach Your Children Well!
Video of Govenor Paylin’s husband in bed filmed by Bristol when she was much younger that is placed on Youtube.
Social Networks Explained.

“I’m a whore!”
Female 17 years old WASILLA, Alaska United States
Last Login: 9/2/2008
Levi Johnson

“I’m a fucking redneck!”
Male 18 years old WASILLA, Alaska United States
Last Login: 9/2/2008
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Levi Johnson’s Blurbs About me:
I recently impregnated the Republican Vice Presidential candidate’s whore daughter Bristol. We had a kid earlier, but it got Down Syndrome so we threw it away. Bristol’s mom said she’d take it and tell everyone it was hers. We’re going to name our new mutant, Steve Buscemi Johnson. Who I’d like to meet:Steve Buscemi

Levi Johnson’s Details
Status: Married
Here for: Networking, Dating, Serious Relationships, Friends
Orientation: Gay
Hometown: Wasilla
Body type: 6′ 2″ / Athletic
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Religion: Christian – other
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Smoke / Drink: Yes / Yes
Children: I don’t want kids
Education: High school
Occupation: Hockey
Income: Less than $30,000

#Hurricane Sandy #Disaster Plan Good luck to everyone

Hurricane Disaster Plan

Almost every cell phone available today is able to send and receive SMS text messages.

SMS infrastructure generally holds up better in times of crisis than email, and it automatically appears on your phone’s screen when you receive one.
Satellite phones work in emergencies, transmit calls through networks of low-earth-orbiting satellites technically capable of transmitting calls anywhere on earth, BUT they have the drawback of not working inside buildings and being much heavier and more expensive than cell phones. Trusting cell phones to work in many emergency situations can be dangerous or fatal.
Two firms — Iridium and Globalstar — dominate the satellite-phone market. Cell phones become useless from call traffic overloading, power cutoffs, microcell batteries running down within a couple of days, power failures can turn regional cellular networks into largely useless hardware in short order. Organizations should not depend on inexpensive cell phones rather than the expensive dedicated radio equipment. Newer satellite phones commonly sell for $1,000 to $1,500 dollars. Monthly calling plans aren’t cheap either. Iridium subscribers typically pay between $1 and $1.50 a minute for air time.
The main problem is no communication connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown
Ham Radio’s work no matter what – Do you know a ham radio operator?

  • flashlights
  • fill up your gas tank in the car
  • call your family and invite them to your hurricane party sleep over!
  • get the bucket and fill up the bathtub with water so you can still flush the toilet
  • batteries batteries batteries batteries 
  • candles + matches
  • water
  • P&J + bread
  • magazines – books books books

#Hurricane Sandy Disaster Plan Educational CyberPlayGround

Connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown.

Hurricane, Typoon, Earthquake Weather Disaster Emergency Communication
The main problem is no communication.

Connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown.


Typhoon, Earthquake Weather Disaster Emergency Communication Check List

Learn to use a Ham Radio, become an operator and own the airwaves.

Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content
(“We accuse you, and even if we’re wrong, you need to pay us $35 to research the case.” which means for Hollywood, “heads they win, tails, they get something anyway.”
The Center for Copyright Information says a new system AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon will warn users when accounts are used to illegally download content.
The entire system will be overseen by an organization called the Center for Copyright Information, which includes content owners, such as the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, as well as individual members including Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox, EMI and Universal. Each ISP will have a slightly different version of the system.
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NIST Cybersecurity Awareness Month

To cap Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering its third annual National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workshop, October 30-November 1 at its Maryland campus.  NICE is focused on enhancing the overall cybersecurity posture of the U.S. by accelerating the availability of education and training resources designed to improve the cyber-behavior, knowledge, and skills of every segment of the population.  The workshop will feature four tracks focused on NICE’s primary goals: Raising Awareness: Online Safety Starts with You!; Education, Professionalism, and Certifications; Training and Maintaining a Competitive Cybersecurity Workforce; and the Role of Cybersecurity in Competitions.  Attendees will also observe students competing in a challenge.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO

K12 Administrators Dept. of Ed Family Policy Compliance Office

On October 24, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Department’s Family Policy Compliance Office will present via webinar a basic overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This one-hour presentation will be geared toward local school officials.  TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO

Apple Has Quietly Started Tracking iPhone Users Again, And It's Tricky To Opt Out

Apple Has Quietly Started Tracking iPhone Users Again, And It’s Tricky To Opt Out

Tracking is on by default – DIRECTIONS TO STOP IT

The new iPhone operating system comes with three things that make tracking easier for advertisers and reduce the likelihood that you’ll opt out.

  • iOS 6 comes in a default “tracking on” position. You have to affirmatively switch it off if you do not want advertisers to see what you’re up to.
  • The tracking control in iPhone’s settings is NOT contained where you might expect it, under the “Privacy” menu. Instead, it’s found under “General,” then “About,” and then the “Advertising” section of the Settings menu.
  • The tracking control is titled “Limit Ad Tracking,” and must be turned to ON, not OFF, in order to work. That’s slightly confusing — “ON” means ads are off! — so a large number of people will likely get this wrong.

A Women who codes / develops is called a "Grrlgrammer"

A Women who codes / develops is called a  “GRRLGRAMMER”

“Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem

The surprising thing wasn’t that a 28-year-old “assclown” would channel The Social Network’s Sean Parker—it was that Van Horn’s comments came on the heels of a whole series of tech-startup flareups over everything from advertising women as “perks” at a company event, to a marketing video featuring a woman clad in a corporate T-shirt and underwear, to a startup pitch session featuring a recurring photo of “leaping bikini-clad women.”
Many of the dozen or so people I interviewed for this story pointed to the rise of the brogrammer—a term that seeks to recast the geek identity with a competitive frat house flavor. The essence of it comes through in comments on the question-and-answer site Quora. “How Does a Programmer Become a Brogrammer?”: Brogrammers “rage at the gym, to attract the chicks and scare the dicks!” They “can work well under the tightest deadlines, or while receiving oral sex.” And they have their priorities straight: “If a girl walks past in a see-through teddy, and you don’t even look up because you’re neck-deep in code, expect to spend a lot of time celibate no matter how bro you go.”

Agency aims to rate mobile broadband service performance across the U.S.

Measuring Broadband America, that gauges residential broadband performance.

Agency aims to rate mobile broadband service performance across the U.S.

September 06, 2012
How fast is data access on your smartphone? The Federal Communications Commission wants to find out.

The agency announced plans Wednesday to measure the performance of wireless broadband services across the country. Under the program, called Measuring Mobile America, the FCC will work with major wireless carriers, research and public interest groups, and other parties to assess the performance of wireless services.
The program will be modeled after an existing initiative, Measuring Broadband America, that gauges residential broadband performance. In a report released in July, the FCC said consumers have used the data generated by that program for comparison shopping, leading to increased competition among service providers.
According to the FCC, the residential broadband survey has led to improvements in three areas: Internet service providers (ISPs) are making more accurate promises about network performance; ISPs are more consistent in delivering promised speeds; and consumers are subscribing to higher-speed tiers. [SNIP]