Security toolkit – Disaster Recovery Playbook http://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-92.png Security toolkit – Disaster Recovery Playbook http://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ 32 32 Review of the fight for Israel at the United Nations https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/review-of-the-fight-for-israel-at-the-united-nations/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:23:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/review-of-the-fight-for-israel-at-the-united-nations/ Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, attends a virtual meeting of the Security Council. Photo: United Nations Mission in Israel. Danny Danon, who previously served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and is now chairman of the global Likud, has just published an exciting book, ‘In the Lion’s Den: Israel and the […]]]>

Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, attends a virtual meeting of the Security Council. Photo: United Nations Mission in Israel.

Danny Danon, who previously served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and is now chairman of the global Likud, has just published an exciting book, ‘In the Lion’s Den: Israel and the World,’ which is a must-read for everyone. . interested in Israel and the Middle East.

The book explores Danon’s struggles and successes as Israel’s ambassador to the UN during the Obama-Trump years. In the book, Danon reveals his behind-the-scenes strategy and planning and describes the methods he used to counter the daily harsh and unfair criticism of Israel at the UN and around the world.

The book examines the role of the United States in the United Nations under the Obama administration, which many have characterized as anti-Israel, and during the more pro-Israel US administration under Donald Trump. The foreword to the book is written by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN from 2017 to 2019.

Before tackling politics and diplomacy, Danon first addresses intimate moments throughout his life. The reader learns of his fathers’ journey from Egypt to Israel and the poverty his father’s family endured upon reaching the Jewish homeland. Danon reflects on the unique challenges Sephardic Jews faced when emigrating to Israel and reveals the trauma his father suffered, which profoundly affected the family’s worldview. (You can read an excerpt here).

One of the most fascinating parts of the book concerns Danon’s actions against United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, in December 2016, which declared Israel’s settlement activity a “flagrant violation” of human rights. internationally and had “no legal validity”.

“In the Lion’s Den” is Danon’s second book. Like the first, “The Will to Prevail,” it is a powerful call to action, providing global Jewry with a toolkit to combat anti-Israel hatred, now and in the future. .

Danny Danon is an Israel fighter, Israel defender and ideologue who has spent his life fighting for the Jewish people. His book is required reading for those interested in the Middle East and the State of Israel.

Ronn Torossian is a public relations manager.

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Mayor Adams declares a state of emergency in New York due to a nationwide shortage of infant formula https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/mayor-adams-declares-a-state-of-emergency-in-new-york-due-to-a-nationwide-shortage-of-infant-formula/ Sun, 22 May 2022 17:17:08 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/mayor-adams-declares-a-state-of-emergency-in-new-york-due-to-a-nationwide-shortage-of-infant-formula/ May 22, 2022 EEO 98 allows Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to crack down on price gouging for formulas The multi-agency effort will focus on ensuring a steady supply of formula for New York City families, especially those who need it most. NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed Emergency […]]]>

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EEO 98 allows Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to crack down on price gouging for formulas

The multi-agency effort will focus on ensuring a steady supply of formula for New York City families, especially those who need it most.

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today signed Emergency Executive Order 98 (EEO 98), declaring a state of emergency related to the shortage of infant formula supplies. The order will empower the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) to prevent price gouging for the formula under New York City Rules Title 6, Section 5-42. York. The effort comes as the United States grapples with a nationwide infant formula shortage, resulting from a voluntary recall and temporary facility closure by Abbott Nutrition, one of the world’s largest infant formula suppliers. infants of the country.

“The nationwide shortage of infant formula has caused unimaginable pain and anxiety for New York families – and we need to act urgently,” said Mayor Adams. “This Emergency Executive Order will help us crack down on any retailer seeking to take advantage of this crisis by raising prices for this essential good. Our message to mothers and families in difficulty is simple: our city will do everything in its power to help you during this difficult time. »

“The national infant formula shortage is hurting parents and families in our city at a time when we are all still reeling from the crisis of the past two years,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Social Services Anne Williams-Isom. “This executive order will ensure that all of our agencies can use every tool in their toolbox to get infant formula to those in need and ensure that our youngest New Yorkers stay.”

“As the national infant formula shortage manifests locally, we are using the tools at our disposal to protect consumers and working families,” said Deputy Mayor for Labor and Economic Development Maria Torres-Springer. “The actions we are taking with this declaration of emergency and this executive order send a clear message to any unscrupulous actors who may try to take advantage of this situation: not in New York.”

Nationally, more than 40% of major retailers are out of formula stock, including 43% of retailers in the tri-state area, according to the most recent data estimates. Earlier this week, US President Joseph Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to order formula ingredient suppliers to prioritize delivery to formula makers. President Biden also announced the creation of Operation Fly Formula, which directs the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture to import infant formula from overseas, provided that it meets US health and safety standards.

New Yorkers who are overcharged for formula can file a complaint with DCWP online at nyc.gov/dcwp or by calling 311 and saying overload.”

“As New York’s consumer protection agency, we are committed to ensuring that retailers do not take advantage of this nationwide formula shortage for their own financial gain,” said DCWP Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga. “Under this new executive order, DCWP will oppose any instance of price increases, and we encourage any New Yorkers who see a significant increase in infant formula prices to report it to 311.”

“At its core, the national infant formula shortage is a public health issue, triggered by failures in our economic and regulatory systems,” said Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan. “Parents and caregivers in New York City who depend on formula to feed their babies deserve stable access for the healthy development and nutrition of their children. We are committed to working in partnership with our sister agencies to ensure a steady supply of formula for all New Yorkers. »

“We know that shortages of essential goods often affect our city’s most vulnerable, especially New Yorkers and their families who depend on city services,” said Gary Jenkins, DSS Commissioner. “DSS will work collaboratively with city, state and federal partners to meet infant formula needs and fill supply gaps, especially for those who need it the most. need.”

“The primary mandate of the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy is to promote policies and initiatives that improve food security and increase access to healthy, nutritious food, and nothing can be more urgent than providing the necessary sustenance to our youngest and most vulnerable,” said MOFP Executive Director, Kate MacKenzie. ‘As the shortage plays out nationally, we know the pain is sorely felt locally – and we will do everything in our power to bring meaningful relief to struggling New York families. to find affordable prices, accessible formula.

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Department of Justice Announces New Initiatives to Address and Prevent Hate Crimes and Incidents https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/department-of-justice-announces-new-initiatives-to-address-and-prevent-hate-crimes-and-incidents/ Fri, 20 May 2022 20:45:30 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/department-of-justice-announces-new-initiatives-to-address-and-prevent-hate-crimes-and-incidents/ On the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, the Department of Justice today announced a series of measures to deter and combat hate crimes and other bias-related incidents. , particularly : Release new guidelines with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes […]]]>

On the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, the Department of Justice today announced a series of measures to deter and combat hate crimes and other bias-related incidents. , particularly :

  • Release new guidelines with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Publish grant applications for programs to create state-run hate crime reporting hotlines and support community-based approaches to preventing and combating hate crimes; and
  • Hiring of the Department’s first language access coordinator.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Assistant Attorney Lisa O. Monaco, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Andrea Palm, and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta announced the new initiatives during an event at the Department of Justice. commemorating the first anniversary of the Department of Justice. memorandum on enhancing the Department’s efforts to address hate crimes and hate incidents and enacting the COVID-19 Hate Crimes and Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Acts. They were joined by family members of Congressmen Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer; Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community organizations; civil rights organizations; and law enforcement officials.

“Throughout our history, and to this day, hate crimes have a singular impact because of the terror and fear they inflict on entire communities,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “No one in this country should have to fear the threat of hate-motivated violence. The Department of Justice will continue to use all the resources at its disposal to confront unlawful acts of hate and to hold accountable those who commit them.

“We have seen an increase in hate crimes against many communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, people are still afraid to leave their homes, not only for fear of contracting the virus, but also for fear for their physical safety. This is unacceptable,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, who serves as co-chair of the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. “The Biden-Harris administration is committed to addressing hate crimes against all Americans. Today’s announcements help deliver on the President’s commitment to keep our communities safe.

As noted in the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, the Department of Justice and HHS announced the joint release of guidelines to raise awareness of hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide provides an overview of the increase in hate crimes and hate incidents during the pandemic, including an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents against Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, and several steps that forces law enforcement, government officials and others can take to raise awareness of the increase in hate crimes and incidents, and to use increased awareness as a tool to prevent and respond to hate crimes.

The Department of Justice also announced the release of $10 million in grant solicitations under newly created grant programs to address hate crimes and hate-motivated incidents. This includes grant solicitations authorized under the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act programs. Through these programs, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will provide up to $5 million in grants to the Bureau of Justice Statistics to support the transition of state and local law enforcement agencies to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and reporting hate crimes through the NIBRS, and for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to fund states to establish and operate state-run reporting hotlines for victims of hate crimes. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has also launched applications for $5 million in grants under the Community-Based Approaches to Preventing and Addressing Hate Crime program, which supports community organizations and advocacy groups. of civil rights in implementing comprehensive approaches to promote community awareness and preparedness, increase victim reporting, build community resilience, and improve responses to hate crimes.

The Department of Justice announced that Ana Paula Noguez Mercado will join the Office of Access to Justice, where she will act as the department’s first-ever Language Access Coordinator. Language access is a major barrier to reporting hate crimes, and the Language Access Coordinator will help improve the knowledge, use and expansion of Department of Justice language resources.

Finally, the Department of Justice announced that Saeed Mody will serve as the department’s new Hate Crime Resource Coordinator, after the very first coordinator was recently appointed Director of the newly restored Office of Access to Justice.

Over the past year, the Department of Justice has taken a number of other actions in response to an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents. Some of these actions include:

  • Designate an Associate Deputy Attorney General as the Department of Justice’s first Hate Crime Resource Coordinator;
  • Designate the Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division to play the role of facilitating the expedited review of hate crimes;
  • Go beyond the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act directive to expedite the review of certain hate crimes by including other types of hate crimes;
  • Designate at least one Assistant United States Attorney as Civil Rights Coordinator in each United States Attorney’s Office (USAO);
  • Vigorously investigate and prosecute hate crimes – since January 2021, the department has indicted over 40 defendants in over 30 cases and secured over 35 convictions of defendants charged with bias-motivated crimes;
  • Elevate civil rights violations and enforcement of hate crimes as priorities among the FBI’s 56 field offices;
  • Facilitate FBI-hosted regional conferences across the country with state and local law enforcement agencies regarding federal civil rights and hate crime laws; encourage reporting; strengthen relationships between law enforcement and local civil rights organizations; and build trust within the diverse communities they serve;
  • Launched an FBI-led national hate crime campaign involving all 56 FBI field offices to encourage reporting. The campaign includes outdoor advertising, billboards and radio streaming in addition to social media;
  • Ensure that all states are now certified to participate in the FBI’s National Uniform Incident Reporting System;
  • Revitalize the Community Relations Service (CRS) by installing, among others, the newly confirmed director, Paul Monteiro;
  • Added information to the Department of Justice website on reporting hate crimes in 24 languages, including 18 of the most widely spoken AAPI languages ​​in the United States;
  • Create an online toolkit that provides USAO Civil Rights Coordinators with customizable community outreach materials and easy access to other resources and training;
  • Pilot a new local training called United against hate help improve hate crime reporting by teaching community members how to identify, report and help prevent hate crimes and provide an opportunity to build trust between law enforcement and communities;
  • Develop additional resources to help local officials, community leaders and residents address and design community responses to hate crimes and incidents, including a toolkit to address hate crimes and incidents against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, which has been translated into Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog, and Vietnamese;
  • Release nearly $21 million in grants through these programs to state and local partners to investigate and prosecute hate crimes and assist victims of hate crimes, including through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Program, Jr. Hate Crimes to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies in their efforts to investigate and prosecute hate crimes and in their outreach and education activities to the public, victims and others about hate crimes; and
  • With the Department of Education, publishing fact sheets on bullying and discrimination in schools, including bullying based on COVID-19 related issues, bullying of LGBTQI+ students, and discrimination based on national origin and immigration status.

Find out more at the Ministry of Justice

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On the Lebanese election results and Hezbollah’s options https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/on-the-lebanese-election-results-and-hezbollahs-options/ Wed, 18 May 2022 10:03:43 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/on-the-lebanese-election-results-and-hezbollahs-options/ Both old and new Lebanon overthrew Hezbollah and its allies, especially the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). The old and the new Lebanon charged the party, together, simultaneously, and overthrew it in the last elections. The former Lebanon, the Lebanon of religious sects, which no longer supports the duplication of arms, removed the FPM from its […]]]>

Both old and new Lebanon overthrew Hezbollah and its allies, especially the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). The old and the new Lebanon charged the party, together, simultaneously, and overthrew it in the last elections.

The former Lebanon, the Lebanon of religious sects, which no longer supports the duplication of arms, removed the FPM from its position of high representative of the country’s Christians, halving this prerogative between them and the Lebanese Forces (FL); he also elected warmongering Sunnis despite Saad Hariri’s position and protected Walid Joumblat’s leadership over the Druze. This change deprived Hezbollah of most of its allies who weigh among their sects, leaving the party confined to its own sect. This change has also deprived Hezbollah of some of the party’s most prominent satellite deputies from different sects, who are also among the most important satellites of the Syrian security regime.

The new Lebanon, youth of the “civil society” resulting from the revolution of October 17 and anxious to repel looting and corruption, has shown unequivocally that it is aware of the interdependence between the regime and its armed protector. Gathered around their opposition to both sides of this bond, they succeeded, for the first time in the history of Lebanon, in obtaining a considerable number of deputies who could develop new meanings for politics and open unknown paths.

These are the same young people who had been repressed by Hezbollah after challenging the regime of plunder and corruption in 2019. Since then, journalists and Hezbollah talking heads have smeared them and accused them of treason.

For them and for the new Lebanon they symbolize, the resistance seems like a miserable relic of the past, an old outdated concept, even if it is politically besieged by the rest of the old guard.

Indeed, time and again we see new parallels between the states of affairs in Lebanon and Iraq: old Iraq, the Iraq of sects and ethnicities, pushes back Iranian influence through the Sunni and Kurdish blocs . Meanwhile, the Iraq of youth is waging a struggle against Iranian influence and proxies through the civic revolution that modernist, secular Shiites launched three years ago.

Nevertheless, we must not get carried away thinking that Hezbollah will “understand” the fact that the majority of the Lebanese do not support its weapons and its regime. We must not fall into a kind of “parliamentary naivety” and assume that the party will respect the decisions and legislation of the new parliament. The nature of this party should make us very skeptical about its acquiescence to the “will of the people” expressed in the legislative elections.

Certainly, senior Hezbollah officials, including its secretary general and deputy, have repeatedly stressed the importance of these elections and the need to recognize their results. These assertions were obviously reiterated to be used in the event of a victory. The opposite has been asserted on other occasions to be used in the event of a party defeat, which has happened. In this latest version, those who won are conspirators; behind them are embassies, foreign non-governmental organizations and colossal sums. These are “the shields of Israel”; they seek to normalize relations with her and are “fodder for civil war”. Of course, we can’t hand over the country to these guys.

Hezbollah’s penchant for the militarization of political life, especially elections, has always been evident. In the absence of a democratic toolkit and discourse, Hezbollah pushes a discourse-laden narrative of supremacy and subjugation, martyrdom and martyrdom, and the blind worship of its leader.

More dangerous are the warnings in Hassan Nasrallah’s fiery speeches ahead of the elections, particularly his insistence on oil exploration on Lebanon’s southern coast. It is more dangerous because the Lebanese, as the Secretary-General said, have a “treasure” which they dare not use for fear of Israel and the United States. As for the resistance, it is quite ready to protect such a courageous step.

This narrative could translate into military action aimed at gathering popular support at all times: it promises the Lebanese, who are drowning in poverty and hunger, a “treasure” that would leave their lives overflowing with prosperity after having overflowed with misery.

The party betting on some sort of military adventure driven by the need for gas exploration is no exaggeration. This would divert attention from the latest results of the legislative elections. Indeed, it would be a sort of rendition of the July 2006 war, which Israel launched because the party kidnapped two of its soldiers in an effort to deflate the pro-independence agenda imposed by the 2005 assassinations.

This outcome could go hand in hand with the political – and perhaps security – tensions that will be part of every major parliamentary vote: from the appointment of the president and prime minister to the formation of a government and the election of a new president. Tensions would become even more acute if the party’s opponents, old and new, were to establish some kind of front in which they come together and coordinate.

Thus, it would not be shocking to see the party, once again, lean towards punishing the rest of the Lebanese for their vote, punishing them in the name of protecting them or defending their prosperity. And we know from many previous experiences how vast the repository of lofty party goals is. Used to cover their despicable actions, this deposit is worth no more than the bank deposits seized by the Lebanese.

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The Survival Toolkit for Journalists: How to Protect Against Digital Surveillance https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/the-survival-toolkit-for-journalists-how-to-protect-against-digital-surveillance/ Mon, 16 May 2022 08:48:31 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/the-survival-toolkit-for-journalists-how-to-protect-against-digital-surveillance/ The Survival Toolkit for Journalists: How to protect yourself against Digital Surveillance was developed in response to the growing threat of digital surveillance and cybersecurity legislation, used by governments and others to track and monitor journalists in their efforts to harass and prevent journalists from carrying their work. The guide provides journalists and media with […]]]>

The Survival Toolkit for Journalists: How to protect yourself against Digital Surveillance was developed in response to the growing threat of digital surveillance and cybersecurity legislation, used by governments and others to track and monitor journalists in their efforts to harass and prevent journalists from carrying their work.

The guide provides journalists and media with a deeper understanding of legal frameworks on cybersecurity laws in the SADC region, and offers essential knowledge and tools that can be implemented by journalists and media to protect their online spaces, their digital footprint and their data.

ARISA would like to thank and acknowledge Golden Maunganidze from the Media Regional Institute (MISA) Southern Africa, Jean le Roux from DFR Lab and Tawanda Mugari from Digital Society of Africa, for developing the informative and rich content in the toolkit, we know it will be an important resource for journalists in the region.

Special acknowledgment is also given to Dr Allen Munoriyarwa, University of Johannesburg, who worked closely with the ARISA team to develop the curriculum and content of the digital surveillance training program and who provided insights additional and expert knowledge of the toolkit. ARISA would also like to thank Golden Maunganidze of the Regional Media Institute (MISA) Southern Africa for writing the foreword to the toolkit.

Access the full toolkit here (1MB PDF)

Source: MISA Zimbabwe

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Recruitment AI risks discriminating against people with disabilities • The Register https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/recruitment-ai-risks-discriminating-against-people-with-disabilities-the-register/ Sat, 14 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/recruitment-ai-risks-discriminating-against-people-with-disabilities-the-register/ The Biden administration and the Justice Department have warned employers using AI software for recruiting purposes to take extra steps to support applicants with disabilities or risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . Under the ADA, employers must provide adequate accommodations to all qualified job applicants with disabilities so that they can participate […]]]>

The Biden administration and the Justice Department have warned employers using AI software for recruiting purposes to take extra steps to support applicants with disabilities or risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) .

Under the ADA, employers must provide adequate accommodations to all qualified job applicants with disabilities so that they can participate fairly in the application process. But the increasing deployment of machine learning algorithms by companies in their hiring processes opens up new possibilities that can put candidates with disabilities at a disadvantage.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the DoJ released a new document this week, providing technical guidance to ensure that companies do not violate the ADA when using the technology of the AI for recruitment purposes.

“New technologies should not become new means of discrimination. If employers are aware of how AI and other technologies can discriminate against people with disabilities, they can take steps to prevent it,” said EEOC President Charlotte Burrows.

“As a nation, we can come together to create workplaces where all employees are treated fairly. This new technical assistance document will help ensure that people with disabilities are included in employment opportunities of the future. .”

Companies that use automated natural language processing tools to filter resumes, for example, may reject candidates with gaps in their work history. People with disabilities may have had to take time off work for health reasons and therefore risk being automatically turned down at the start of the hiring process despite being well qualified.

AI can discriminate against people with disabilities in other ways. Computer vision software that analyzes a candidate’s gaze, facial expressions or tone is not appropriate for those who are speech impaired, blind or paralyzed. Employers should take extra care when using AI in their hiring decisions, the document says.

Companies should ask the software vendors providing the tools if they designed them with people with disabilities in mind. “Has the provider attempted to determine whether use of the algorithm disadvantages people with disabilities? For example, has the provider determined whether any of the traits or characteristics measured by the tool correlate certain disabilities? It said.

Employers should consider how best to support people with disabilities, such as informing them of how its algorithms assess candidates or giving them more time to take the tests.

If algorithms are used to rank applicants, they might consider adjusting scores for people with disabilities. “If the average scores of one demographic group are less favorable than those of another (for example, if the average scores of individuals of a particular race are less favorable than the average scores of individuals of a different race), the tool can be modified to reduce or eliminate the difference,” according to the document.

“Algorithmic tools shouldn’t be a barrier for people with disabilities seeking access to jobs,” concluded Kristen Clarke, assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “These tips will help the public understand how an employer’s use of these tools may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, so people with disabilities know their rights and employers can take steps to avoid discrimination.” ®

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Navy chief backs Biden’s defense budget shelving Trump-era nuke https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/navy-chief-backs-bidens-defense-budget-shelving-trump-era-nuke/ Thu, 12 May 2022 19:02:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/navy-chief-backs-bidens-defense-budget-shelving-trump-era-nuke/ The Navy chief shared his support for the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 defense budget, which would end a sea-launched cruise missile development program. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he disagreed with a handful of other defense officials who said the SLCM-N should be for follow-up. […]]]>

The Navy chief shared his support for the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 defense budget, which would end a sea-launched cruise missile development program.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he disagreed with a handful of other defense officials who said the SLCM-N should be for follow-up.

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“I think we should zero out the SLCM line. I think the president has all the tools in his toolbox to deter and deal with the threat,” he said.

His comments came during a hearing to consider the Navy’s budget request. Del Toro, Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, and Gen. David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, testified together.

The Biden administration submitted its fiscal year 2023 budget request for more than $813 billion for national defense, including $773 billion allocated to the Department of Defense, in late March. While the price is the highest in the country’s history, it was designed before Russia invaded Ukraine and before inflation hit its highest rate in 40 years in the favored gauge by the Federal Reserve at the end of March.

Republican lawmakers in particular have argued that President Joe Biden has not allocated enough money to the Pentagon, given the unexpected rise in inflation.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee in early April, “This president or any president deserves to have multiple options for dealing with national security situations,” and in written responses when confirmed in 2019, he said sea-launched ballistic missile warheads “are necessary to enable our flexible and responsive deterrence strategy as we modernize aging nuclear forces.”

Additionally, Admiral Chas Richard, head of US Strategic Command, told lawmakers he believed ending that program would leave “a vacuum of deterrence and assurance”, and General Tod Wolters, the commander of the U.S. European Command, while testifying on Capitol Hill, told lawmakers he agreed with Richard’s position.

“Yes, Congressman, and I know his words were trying to convey that having multiple options heightens the challenge for potential enemies against us,” he explained.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin played down the situation during an appearance on the Hill, saying: “The marginal capability this provides is far outweighed by the cost.”

The secretary also defended the budget proposal saying, “Clearly when we broke the chalk line, when we built the budget, inflation was at a different point. But this budget gives us the ability to continue that kind of things that we think we need to support our strategy.

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Local food council releases election toolkit https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/local-food-council-releases-election-toolkit/ Sun, 08 May 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/local-food-council-releases-election-toolkit/ Resource intended to “strengthen community advocacy efforts during Ontario elections” PRESS RELEASESIMCOE COUNTY FOOD COUNCIL*************************The Simcoe County Food Council (SCFC) is pleased to announce the release of its 2022 Ontario Election Toolkit. Provincial elections can have a significant impact on the social structure and well-being of a community. The toolkit was created to support candidates, […]]]>

Resource intended to “strengthen community advocacy efforts during Ontario elections”

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The Simcoe County Food Council (SCFC) is pleased to announce the release of its 2022 Ontario Election Toolkit.

Provincial elections can have a significant impact on the social structure and well-being of a community. The toolkit was created to support candidates, community organizations and residents of Simcoe County, engage in public policy advocacy and inspire conversations about critical issues related to household food security and health. community access to food in Ontario’s June 2 election.

“Two years of province-wide action and response to COVID-19 have highlighted how access to food has a profound impact on our health, our culture, our communities and our economy. According to research, one in eight households in Ontario cannot afford to buy food and one in six children live in food-insecure households in Ontario. The unprecedented levels of inflation we are experiencing today, coupled with soaring food prices, will exacerbate household food insecurity as many Ontarians will find themselves without the financial means to absorb these additional costs. A sustainable, resilient and local food system that serves Ontarians while remaining affordable should be a priority for our next provincial government,” said Courtney O’Neill, Community Coordinator, Simcoe County Food Council.

The toolkit was created by members of the SCFC and is comprised of resources to improve community advocacy efforts during Ontario elections. Resources include:

  • Easy-to-follow information on key issues related to the SCFC’s three areas of focus – income solutions, school feeding and food literacy, and agriculture and local food
  • Key messages, questions for candidates and recommendations on key issues the provincial government needs to address
  • A social media toolkit to help make advocacy easy, consistent and concise
  • A call to action to show support via videos and images

The SCFC Toolkit can be found by visiting www.scfoodcouncil.com/provincialelectiontoolkit2022. For more information, please contact foodcouncilcoordinator@gmail.com.

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How Apple, Google and Microsoft will kill passwords and phishing in one fell swoop https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/how-apple-google-and-microsoft-will-kill-passwords-and-phishing-in-one-fell-swoop/ Fri, 06 May 2022 18:33:39 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/how-apple-google-and-microsoft-will-kill-passwords-and-phishing-in-one-fell-swoop/ Getty Images For more than a decade, we’ve been promised that a world without passwords is fast approaching, yet year after year this security nirvana proves out of reach. Now, for the first time, a convenient form of passwordless authentication is about to be made available to the general public in the form of a […]]]>

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For more than a decade, we’ve been promised that a world without passwords is fast approaching, yet year after year this security nirvana proves out of reach. Now, for the first time, a convenient form of passwordless authentication is about to be made available to the general public in the form of a standard adopted by Apple, Google and Microsoft that allows passwords. cross-platform and cross-service access.

Password killing schemes pushed in the past suffered from a host of problems. One of the major shortcomings was the lack of a viable recovery mechanism when someone lost control of phone numbers or physical tokens and phones linked to an account. Another limitation was that most solutions weren’t really passwordless after all. Instead, they gave users the option of logging in with a face scan or fingerprint, but these systems eventually fell back on a password, which meant that phishing, reuse of passwords passwords and forgotten passwords – all the reasons we hated passwords to begin with – haven’t gone away.

A new approach

What’s different this time is that Apple, Google, and Microsoft all seem to be on board with the same well-defined solution. Not only that, but the solution is easier than ever for users, and it’s less expensive to deploy for big services like Github and Facebook. It has also been carefully designed and reviewed by authentication and security experts.

A mockup of what authentication without a password will look like.
Enlarge / A mockup of what authentication without a password will look like.

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Current multi-factor authentication (MFA) methods have made significant progress over the past five years. Google, for example, lets me download an iOS or Android app that I use as a second factor when signing into my Google account from a new device. Based on CTAP – short for Client to Authenticator Protocol – this system uses Bluetooth to ensure that the phone is near the new device and that the new device is, in fact, connected to Google and not to a site posing as Google. That means it’s not phishing. The standard ensures that the cryptographic secret stored on the phone cannot be extracted.

Google also offers an advanced protection program that requires physical keys in the form of standalone dongles or end-user phones to authenticate logins from new devices.

The current big limitation is that MFA and passwordless authentication are deployed differently, if at all, by each service provider. Some providers, like most banks and financial services, still send one-time passwords via text or email. Recognizing that these are not secure means of transporting security-sensitive secrets, many services have moved to a method known as TOTP – short for Time-Based One-Time Password – to allow the addition of a second factor, which effectively augments the password with the “something I have” factor.

Physical security keys, TOTPs and, to a lesser extent, two-factor authentication via SMS and email are a big step forward, but three main limitations remain. First, TOTPs generated through authenticator apps and sent by SMS or email are phishable, just like regular passwords. Second, each service has its own closed MFA platform. This means that even when using non-phishable forms of MFA, such as standalone physical keys or phone-based keys, a user needs a separate key for Google, Microsoft, and all other Internet properties. To make matters worse, each operating system platform has different mechanisms for implementing MFA.

These issues give way to a third: outright unusability for most end users, and the significant cost and complexity that each service faces when trying to offer MFA authentication.

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Unity and Trinity desktops get new builds • The Register https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/unity-and-trinity-desktops-get-new-builds-the-register/ Wed, 04 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/unity-and-trinity-desktops-get-new-builds-the-register/ Two minority Linux desktop environments were updated this week. Coincidentally named Unity and Trinity, both are forks that continue projects long abandoned by their creators. With the announcement of public testing, 7.6, which is Unity’s first update in six years, begins the process of modernizing Ubuntu’s old desktop. When it was still part of the […]]]>

Two minority Linux desktop environments were updated this week. Coincidentally named Unity and Trinity, both are forks that continue projects long abandoned by their creators.

With the announcement of public testing, 7.6, which is Unity’s first update in six years, begins the process of modernizing Ubuntu’s old desktop.

When it was still part of the Ubuntu distribution, there were three separate branches of the Unity desktop. The original Unity desktop derived from Ubuntu’s special launcher for netbooks and was implemented as a plugin for the now discontinued Compiz composition window manager.

The new release comes from Ubuntu remix prodigy Rudra Saraswat. Saraswat has plans for the development of a new Unity-like desktop, named UnityX.

In the meantime, however, he and his collaborator Khurshid Alam are working to resolve some of the issues with the old Unity7 codebase.

Unity7 and the UnityX project are entirely separate and independent from Unity8, Ubuntu’s planned touchscreen mobile desktop.

It’s not dead either: the UBports community continues its work and has renamed the Lomiri office.

Part of Ubuntu’s problem was the size of its efforts. Unity8 was running on the Mir display server.

This meant that in addition to a desktop UI and a separate mobile UI, as well as the Snap packaging format, Canonical was also working on a new display server to replace the now old X.org – duplicating much of the Wayland project.

Almost ironically, while Mir might have gone a little too far, he survived when Ubuntu killed Unity in 2017 and is still alive today.

There used to be a separate non-composite Unity2D, like KDE, built using the Qt toolkit. Unfortunately it used Qt 4, unsupported since 2015, and the effort to move it to Qt 5 or the new Qt 6 would be very considerable.

Speaking of KDE, the other popular desktop is a new maintenance release, version 14.0.12, from the Trinity project, a fork of KDE 3. KDE 4 appeared in 2008 and once annoyed our own Steven J Vaughan -Nichols, and he was not alone.

In addition to moving to new versions of Qt, KDE 4 and later 5 brought new features, such as “Plasmoid” desktop widgets. However, newer versions also dropped basic features that some users liked, such as the ability for a single panel to span multiple monitors. Even if you never wanted this, there’s an obvious comparison to Windows 11’s inability to have a vertical taskbar.

KDE remains, as it always has been, highly customizable, but it shows an important lesson: one person’s unimportant thrift shop is someone else’s essential functionality. Freeing the widgets from the panel and allowing them to run on the desktop can make for some awesome tech demos, but it annoys users who just want to span their panel across the bottom of two screens.

With a widescreen, horizontal space is plentiful, but vertical space becomes a premium feature. For the author, the way Unity combined the top panel with the menu bar was a vital space saver on a netbook and is still very useful today when every monitor is a widescreen. If you have half a dozen windows, each with its own menu bar, that wastes a lot of vertical space, while Unity saves it. In-window menu bars also require precise mouse control, while an ergonomic principle called Fitt’s Law means that an edge of the screen is very easy to reach.

GNOME eliminates this problem by simply removing menu bars. However, hiding functionality behind keyboard shortcuts and hamburger menus results in additional wasted time searching for features that were previously in plain sight.

For the author, Unity has combined the best of the Windows user interface, like window manipulation and a menu bar that can be controlled by standard keyboard shortcuts (alt+F for the File menu, for example) with the efficient use of macOS space.

The vertical app launcher used up some of that plentiful screen width, while still allowing me to see more of the document I was working on. Windows 11’s obligatory horizontal taskbar and chunky graphical ribbons in modern Office apps waste that precious space on a beginner-friendly user interface, one that annoys me. and leaves me with less available workspace.

It may seem like small things, but those little paper cuts add up. They are the reason whole teams of people come together and form abandoned projects to keep them alive.

Today half a dozen teams all maintain separate Linux desktops that replicate the Windows 95 user interface. KDE and Trinity, as well as LXQt, do this using the Qt toolkit. Xfce replicated it using Gtk 2, while MATE derived GNOME 2; both are now moving to Gtk 3. Raspberry Pi’s PIXEL forked and continues LXDE, while Mint’s Cinnamon replicated the look and feel by forking GNOME 3.

They are all at risk of being left behind as the GNOME Project moves forward with Gtk 4. And let’s not forget that the reason the GNOME Project started wasn’t for a functional reason: it was because KDE used Qt, which at the time was not GPL-licensed software, and it was mostly written in C++, while Unix traditionalists tend to favor old C.

Elementary OS’ Pantheon desktop superficially resembles macOS, but lacks features like a global menu bar — or menu bars at all — which means its top panel is almost entirely wasted, empty space. This helps motivate Unity, but there are currently two separate Unity-derived codebases (versions 7 and 8), and possibly a new UnityX to replace Unity 7.

The SolusOS Budgie environment also does this, on a GNOME basis, although it plans to switch to Enlightenment’s EFL instead.

That’s a huge amount of duplicated effort. Meanwhile, the Linux desktop market share remains tiny, although ChromeOS is selling strongly.

ChromeOS, like macOS, has none of these rich features or customizations. And yet, Mac sales far exceed all desktop Linux distributions combined, and ChromeOS until recently sold more units than Apple Macs.

Surely there is a lesson to be learned from this. What was that old saying? Something about divide and conquer? ®

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