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Minnesota Public Radio: Conflict between privacy rights and security is nothing new

Minnesota Public Radio: Conflict between privacy rights and security is nothing new | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The recent revelations over NSA phone record surveillance has brought the issue of government spying, privacy and transparency back into the spotlight - but not for the first time. U.S. history shows repeated collisions between government's desire for information and a citizen's right to privacy, and between the government's freedom to act and the public's demand for transparency.


We take a historical look at transparency and privacy in American government, from the Nixon days of wiretapping to Obama's gathering of cell phone data. We examine how U.S. law has changed over time to accommodate shifting technologies, and we look at shifting perceptions of government surveillance. [via @MPR and @MPRnews]           

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF Law Professor Susan Freiwald was a guest on this program. Professor Freiwald publishes and presents widely in the areas of cyberlaw and information privacy. A former software developer, Freiwald has authored and co-authored amicus briefs in major cases involving electronic surveillance laws.

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USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on Career Trajectory of Kamala Harris

USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on Career Trajectory of Kamala Harris | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"For someone on a first-name basis with President Barack Obama, California attorney general Kamala Harris keeps a low profile. The former San Francisco district attorney rarely makes waves, and aside from a few instances—like the $20 billion settlement she extracted from banks implicated in the country’s mortgage meltdown—her tenure as AG has been devoid of major fireworks."

 

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"So will Harris keep her head down and be a dutiful worker like Hillary, or will she start flexing her star power early like Obama? “That will be the ultimate choice for her,” says University of San Francisco politics professor Ken Goldstein."

 

[Via @sanfranmag]

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USF Law Professor Tim Iglesias on City's Decision for Preferential Housing

USF Law Professor Tim Iglesias on City's Decision for Preferential Housing | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"San Francisco officials are claiming victory in a dispute with federal housing officials regarding a city effort to combat gentrification.

The city had aimed to help low-income residents secure preferences when applying for a new senior housing complex; this week the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will allow an "anti-displacement" preference for residents living in certain neighborhoods experiencing rapid gentrification."

 

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"It's good that HUD explicitly acknowledges the challenge gentrification poses to following fair housing law, when it comes to serving lower-income residents who live in high-cost cities," said University of San Francisco Law Professor Tim Iglesias, who specializes in housing law. "But there are not enough publicly available details about the compromise to know how much this will really serve the city's initial goal ... to avoid the further displacement of African-Americans in the Western Addition."

 

[Via @NPR]

 

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USF Alumna Stephanie Whitham on Student Disabilities in College

USF Alumna Stephanie Whitham on Student Disabilities in College | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Students with LDs, which also are referred to as “invisible disabilities,” are finding that college is within reach. More schools are providing better services to students with conditions ranging from ADHD to Autism Spectrum Disorders to target a growing market."

 

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" 'The sky is the limit,” said Stephanie Whitham, a 23-year-old graduate of the University of San Francisco (USF). Whitham was told that she would be lucky to graduate from high school and shouldn’t even consider college because of hernonverbal learning disability, which means she has trouble understanding communication that isn’t verbal, such as body language and tone of voice. “The key is to sit down with the school’s office of disability services and get all the help you have a right to.”

 

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Politics Prof Ken Goldstein on his Trump vs Clinton demographic poll 

Politics Prof Ken Goldstein on his Trump vs Clinton demographic poll  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"A close look at the race, gender, age and education of the people surveyed by major polling organizations gives a more detailed picture of the voters behind the numbers—and which candidate is winning them over."

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"It’s hard to know what to make of the numbers because the polls often tell very different stories. These discrepancies start to make sense when you consider how pollsters arrive at their results. They don't simply tally up the answers to questions; they assign greater or lesser weight to each response based on private statistical models that predict which key demographic groups are likely to turn out to vote in greater or smaller numbers."

 

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USF Law Professor Tim Iglesias on SF's affordable and preferential housing 

USF Law Professor Tim Iglesias on SF's affordable and preferential housing  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“The city of San Francisco is in a quandary. Like many big cities, it faces an affordability crisis, and city leaders are looking for a way to build housing to help low- and middle-income residents stay there. But one proposal to give current residents of a historically African-American neighborhood help to do that has run afoul of the Obama administration.”

“That leaves the city in a tough spot, says Tim Iglesias, a University of San Francisco law professor. "Yes, there is an irony in this and the city is, in its own sense, trying to turn this neighborhood preferences, which have been used to discriminate, on its head to enable it to help maintain diversity in the city," says Iglesias.”

 

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Professor of Politics at USF Ken Goldstein on the advertising in Wisconsin's Senate race

Professor of Politics at USF Ken Goldstein on the advertising in Wisconsin's Senate race | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein discusses Wisconsin's lack of advertising in the election in the Feingold/Johnson race."

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USF Sports Management Professor Nola Agha on the impacts of a $56M Minor league Baseball Stadium

USF Sports Management Professor Nola Agha on the impacts of a $56M Minor league Baseball Stadium | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The financing model Rosemont is using has never generated enough new property-tax money for other towns to pay back their bonds, according to Nola Agha, a University of San Francisco professor who studies the financial impact of minor-league baseball stadiums. Also, she says, teams themselves aren’t a big tax base. However, Rosemont may be in a better position than other towns to absorb a loss. The village has only about 4,000 residents, but lots of airport hotels and related businesses paying local taxes. Mayor Brad Stephens recently accepted a 53 percent raise. He earns more money than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel."

 

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A guide to borderland education programs

A guide to borderland education programs | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"A number of universities, especially those in border states like Arizona, New Mexico and California, have programs that examine the influx of people who bring cultural, economic and social changes to their new homes, as well as the bureaucratic structures and policies that impact their lives, for better or worse."

 

"The University of San Francisco’s master’s in migration studies gives students an opportunity to get hands-on experience by conducting fieldwork and attending research seminars. Students enrolled in the two-year program spend their first semester at the University of San Francisco, and their second semester at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where they study migratory mobility as well as other core topics and attend a research seminar."

 

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KGO -TV : USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on Clinton's Illness

"Professor Ken Goldstein comments on Clinton's case of pneumonia and how candidates withholding health information can hurt their campaigns and increase voters suspicions" 
 
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Sports Marketing Professor Michael Goldman on team name changing in minor league baseball 

Sports Marketing Professor Michael Goldman on team name changing in minor league baseball  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Minor League baseball teams rebrand like they’re in batting practice. Just keep swinging. Because to bring in fans, entertainment is often more important than the play on the field.

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So I called Michael Goldman, a sports marketing professor at the University of San Francisco who has analyzed the impact of changing more than 200 baseball team names in the Minor Leagues. (There’s a specialist in pretty much everything.)

Any time you change a well-known team name, Goldman said, “there is going to be a bunch of people who are not happy with you.”

“In our study of 208 cases of name changes in Minor League baseball over 31 years, we found that changing a name, on the whole, is not a good idea,” he said."

 

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USF Conference Brings New Meaning to OBOR

USF Conference Brings New Meaning to OBOR | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Instead of promoting empty talk about One Belt, One Road (OBOR), these two conferences, half a world apart, each provided participants with the knowledge, tools and motivation to profit from President Xi's farsighted initiative and benefit all stakeholders.

 

 

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Sports Management Professor Michael Goldman weighs in on the newest technologies for consumption of sports.

Sports Management Professor Michael Goldman weighs in on the newest technologies for consumption of sports. | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“Dozens of colorful computers and widescreens at Zebra Technologies' command center intricately track the on-field movements of all the nearly 1,700 players active across each week's National Football League games.”

"These companies are providing immediate access to digitize plays, so teams are able to analyze it very quickly," he said. "For some fans, they are attracted to not only what is happening on the field, but also with 'the game within the game,' as the more information and data they have, the more they love."

 

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USF's Ellen Ryder on Building Relationships Beyond Your Campus

USF's Ellen Ryder on Building Relationships Beyond Your Campus | USF in the News | Scoop.it

At a time when our institutions are wrestling with critical issues—access and affordability, diversity and inclusion, articulating our value proposition, effectively using new marketing and communication tools, and advocating for our teams (to name only a few)—how and what we learn from each other is more important than ever.

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USF Law Professor Alice Kaswan on Reduction of Carbon Emissions

USF Law Professor Alice Kaswan on Reduction of Carbon Emissions | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"This month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that will determine the fate of the Obama administration's innovative Clean Power Plan (CPP or "Plan") and its ability to reduce climate-change-causing carbon emissions and improve public health. What is at stake is a fundamentally new and promising approach to reducing pollution from power plants."

 

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"In developing the Clean Power Plan, the agency went beyond its traditional pollution control strategies and recognized the critical connection between emissions reductions and state energy planning decisions about what kinds of energy to use. Under the CPP, states can choose to shut down the most polluting facilities in the most populated areas. They could also invest in energy efficiency and shift their energy supply to less or zero-polluting sources, like solar, wind power, and natural gas. These measures would not only achieve the Clean Power Plan's carbon reduction goals, but also improve air quality."

 

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USF Politics Professor James Taylor on strategies of Presidential candidates for upcoming debates

USF Politics Professor James Taylor on strategies of Presidential candidates for upcoming debates | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"American voters will see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump side-by-side for the first time Monday night when they face off at Hofstra in New York for the first of three presidential debates. 

The stakes are high, with as many as 20% of voters saying they are still undecided."

 

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"Hillary Clinton, the more traditional politician, is taking a traditional approach, studying briefing books at home with a circle of advisors, according to campaign staff.

"She has been off the campaign trail for a good point the last few days and simply studying him and trying to figure out pressure points," said University of San Francisco political science professor James Taylor."

 

[Via @KTVU]

 

 

 

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USF Law Professor Susan Freiwald on hacking website that may be hacking its own users

USF Law Professor Susan Freiwald on hacking website that may be hacking its own users | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"A site that's been warning the public about data breaches might actually be doing more harm than good.

Enter LeakedSource, a giant repository online that can potentially make hacking easier. Your email address and the associated Internet accounts -- including the passwords -- is probably in it."

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"Posting stolen passwords on the site can be considered a form of wiretapping, said Susan Freiwald, a law professor at the University of San Francisco. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act prohibits the dissemination of any device that can be used for "surreptitious interception." She questioned why a site -- that claims to protect users' data -- offers a search function that can crack stolen passwords or look up someone else's information.

"If the whole goal of the site is to warn me, it should never give out my password," she said. "I think this is very suspicious. It doesn't make sense."

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USF Professor Tony Ribera talks quality of life crimes in SF neighborhoods

USF Professor Tony Ribera talks quality of life crimes in SF neighborhoods | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“With auto burglary and theft surging in San Francisco along with complaints about street encampments, it’s no surprise that one of many measures on the city’s November ballot aims to reduce so-called quality-of-life crimes that make people feel less safe in their own neighborhoods. But critics of Proposition R say Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal is a misguided play at residents’ fears that shifts power over day-to-day crime-fighting strategy from the Police Department to City Hall.”

 

“The measure’s overhaul of police decision-making, though, troubles critics such as Tony Ribera, a former San Francisco police chief who directs the International Institute of Law Enforcement Leadership at the University of San Francisco. He said Prop. R would bind the hands of not only the police chief, but also district captains responsible for ensuring safe neighborhoods.

The priorities of the Police Department in terms of crime-fighting change constantly,” Ribera said. “This year, it seems like property crimes, vehicle break-ins and burglaries are the top priorities. We need to address that, but next year it could be something totally different, and our chief needs to have the flexibility to commit resources on a contemporary, as-needed basis.”

 

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USF Director of African American Studies James Taylor on Trump's acceptance of Obama's birth certificate 

USF Director of African American Studies James Taylor on Trump's acceptance of Obama's birth certificate  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“After more than five years as de facto head of the birther movement, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump finally conceded Friday that President Obama was born an American citizen.” 

 

“The idea that he handled it is a strident statement loaded with racism that he single-handedly brought this black man, the president of the United States, to heel,” said James Taylor, a professor of politics and director of the African American Studies program at the University of San Francisco. “And now the suggestion that he’s not going to talk about his leadership of the birther movement will be an issue.”

 

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at USF's School of Law Joshua Davis on Airbnb's lawsuit wave 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at USF's School of Law Joshua Davis on Airbnb's lawsuit wave  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“SAN FRANCISCO — As cities around the country attempt to regulate the growing home-sharing industry, Airbnb is going on the offensive with a barrage of lawsuits intended to kill local rules it doesn’t like.”

 

“It’s bold,” said Joshua Davis, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. “But if it looks like it’s really successful, others may follow. Uber certainly has the resources to get aggressive in this way.”

 

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Professor Joshua Davis on whether Late Shopping of Class Settlements Should Draw Sanctions?

Professor Joshua Davis on whether Late Shopping of Class Settlements Should Draw Sanctions? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"A recent Arkansas news article tipped off a federal judge that plaintiffs' attorneys dismissed their insurance class action from his court only to refile it in a state court where they believed a pending settlement would have an easier time getting approved.

The news led the judge to formally reprimand some of the plaintiffs' attorneys involved. He also gave a warning to some of the defense counsel in the case for their complicity in what he characterized as improper, late-in-the-game forum shopping of a settlement he characterized as unfair."

 

“Defense counsel were likely serving the best interests of their clients,” Joshua Davis of the University of San Francisco School of Law told Bloomberg BNA in an e-mail.

Some legal ethicists say that defense counsel have an obligation not to be complicit in conduct that might harm the class, he said. But he and others find that “hard to square with our adversarial system.”

 

[Via @BloombergBNA]

 

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USF Professor Stephen Zunes on North Korea's Nuclear Weapon Test

"USF Politics of the Middle East Professor 
Stephen Zunes comments on the fifth nuclear weapon test in North Korea and ​the ramifications of such actions​.
He adds that North Korea is a larger threat than Iran."
 
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USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on Trump's lack of support in Wisconsin and Olympic advertising

"Professor Goldstein discusses the unlikelihood of Trump gaining support in Wisconsin and in order to do so must gain support of talk radio. Additionally he discusses Clinton buying national airtime during the Olympics and why this decision could be helpful."

 

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USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on election secrecy 

USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on election secrecy  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Instead of discussing the economy and foreign policy, which affect every voter, the presidential campaigns now are talking just about each other, specifically the health of each candidate, how much they’re paying in taxes and how secretive they are."

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"There’s no doubt that Trump is being graded on a curve here,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco. In terms of secrecy, Trump is one of the most furtive candidates in a generation, analysts said."

 

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USF Politics Prof on Trump's Use of Clinton's Negative Comments

USF Politics Prof on Trump's Use of Clinton's Negative Comments | USF in the News | Scoop.it

We had a question about Donald Trump’s new TV ad released Monday, which riffs off Hillary Clinton’s comment that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables.” At a fundraiser Friday in New York, Clinton said, “to just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

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"No, said Ken Goldstein, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco and a longtime expert on political advertising.“I think it’s a pretty strong ad,” Goldstein told us Monday“One of the great puzzles of this election — and one of the great successes of the Trump campaign — is that they have managed to make this election a referendum on Hillary Clinton and not on Donald Trump.“And her comments, which were unambiguously a political mistake, allowed him to do some political jujitsu on her,” Goldstein said.

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Professor Ken Goldstein on premature projections of Presidential election results

Professor Ken Goldstein on premature projections of Presidential election results | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“A group of data scientists, journalists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is seeking to upend that reporting tradition, providing detailed projections of who is winning at any given time on Election Day in key swing states, and updating the information in real time from dawn to dusk.”

“The networks actually do this quarantine room because they do not want this info to leak out,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and a member of ABC’s decision desk. “That’s to their credit.”

 

[Via @nytimes]

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