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  • Picks of the Week | The Impact of Cheap Oil; SOTU and Cybersecurity

    Cheap Oil and Security Falling oil prices hit Venezuela, Iran and Russia hard | The Washington Post Russia ends US Nuclear security alliance | The Boston Globe Americans are thrilled with the drop in gas prices over the last six months—I know I am.  Every time I fill my car up for $35 instead of $55, I smile.  But the drop in oil prices that underlies the drop in gasoline … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces Upcoming Events for Spring 2015

    Topics to be discussed include “farm-to-table”, science and policy Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center has announced the topics for the 2015 Spring lecture series. All lectures are free and open to public and audience participation is encouraged. The lectures will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production, and Their Consequences will host a panel of speakers to discuss the chain … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Seminar Discusses Main Takeaways from the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

    NEWPORT, R.I. – As part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), the Pell Center recently hosted a cybersecurity seminar in collaboration with Verizon focused on major cyber-attack patterns and how to help businesses improve their defenses in combating them. As identified by Verizon in the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), today’s cyber attacks happen faster and more frequently than ever. Thousands of breaches are attempted every … Read More

  • President Obama’s State of the Union Echoes Recommendations from the Pell Center

    The Pell Center’s work on cybersecurity has proven to be a step ahead when these topics reach the national stage. President Barack Obama has previewed some of the key issues he plans to discuss during his State of the Union address, especially new cybersecurity initiatives in areas from ID theft to consumer privacy. One of the more notable proposals is the creation of a national data breach notification law that … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable | #JeSuisCharlie and Freedom of Speech

    The two gunmen who committed the horrific massacre at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, said that they had “avenged the prophet”, referring to the Prophet Muhammed who had been satirized by the magazine on numerous occasions. In the wake of the attack, Je Suis Charlie (French for “I Am Charlie,”) became a slogan to symbolize those who stood in support of the slain … Read More

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    Pell Center at the Forefront of the National Discussion on Data Breach Notification Law

    By Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership Obama calls for data breach notification law, privacy bill of rights | Computer World Obama: Hackers pose a ‘direct threat’ to families | The Hill Pell Center Cybersecurity Workshop Discusses Necessary Updates to the RI Data Security and Breach Notification Law | Pell Center President Barack Obama recently announced that he plans to propose new cybersecurity initiatives—in areas from ID theft to consumer … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Absence of U.S. at Paris March; Redistribution of Taxes

    “Lafayette, We are Here!” America’s Absence | The Providence Journal White House: We should have sent someone to Paris march | USA Today U.S. embarrassed by lack of top-level figure at Paris March | The Washington Post President Obama should have been at the march in Paris.  It was a singular moment in the world’s response to extremism.  It was powerful imagery, a tremendous message, and a lost opportunity for … Read More

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    Advocates’ Academy Leads Communications Training for R.I. Non-Profit Organizations

    Pell Center Program helps Rhode Island non-profits with their marketing and communication strategies Newport, R.I. — Some of Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organizations came together at the Pell Center this past Fall, to practice their skills and develop more effective strategies. The Pell Center’s “Advocates’ Academy,” led by Senior Fellow for Public Policy Joe Grady, helps advocates in both the nonprofit and public sectors find ways of connecting better with … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Charlie Hebdo

    Gun Laws in France France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims? | The Washington Post Charlie Hebdo Massacre: France Gun Control Debate Unlikely to Spring Up After Paris Shooting, Experts Say | International Business Times Americans expressed shock, anger and sadness over the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on Wednesday. Many also shook their heads and expressed incredulity over the idea that both the bodyguards at the … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Sony Hack

    Is the Sony Hack Setting a Dangerous Precedent? U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony | The New York Times The Sony Hack Shows How Lawless the Internet Really Is | Harvard Business Review Three weeks after the malicious hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, American intelligence officials have concluded that the cyber attack was both state-sponsored—North Korea is said to be “centrally involved”–and the most destructive cyber … Read More