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Published 11 September 2019

·  Hurricane Recovery in the Bahamas: Turning Good Intentions into Good Decisions

·  Earthquake Fault Long Thought Dormant Could Devastate Los Angeles, Researchers Say

·  Developers Get Open Source Boost for Data Privacy Protection

·  Why a Judge’s Terrorism Watchlist Ruling is a Game Changer: What Happens Next

·  Cyber Command’s Biggest VirusTotal Upload Looks to Expose North Korean-Linked Malware

·  Ebola Is Raging Again — and the U.S. Is Not Ready

·  At Ground Zero, Homeland Chiefs Say Cyber Is Top Future Threat

·  States Still Not Up to Snuff on Election Security, Researchers Warn

·  Right-Wing Network One America News Sues Rachel Maddow For Calling it “Paid Russian Propaganda”

·  New Fake-News Worry for Instagram

Hurricane Recovery in the Bahamas: Turning Good Intentions into Good Decisions (Melissa L. Finucane and Joie D. Acosta, RAND Blog)
As the extent of destruction from Hurricane Dorian on the northern Bahamas becomes clear, the country’s government has to make rapid-fire decisions. Where will they send the next rescue crew? How will they distribute food and water? How will they get the power back on? Lives are at stake.

Earthquake Fault Long Thought Dormant Could Devastate Los Angeles, Researchers Say (Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times)
Scientists citing new research say an earthquake fault along the Los Angeles coast, previously believed to be dormant, is active and could cause a destructive 6.4 magnitude earthquake if it ruptured.
And if it linked with other faults, it could trigger an earthquake in the magnitude 7 range, according to a team of researchers from Harvard, USC and the U.S. Geological Survey.
The fault, known as the Wilmington Blind-Thrust fault, stretches for about 12.5 miles, running northwest from Huntington Beach, directly beneath the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, past the east side of the Palos Verdes Pensinula and out toward Santa Monica Bay.
Researchers have known for decades that the fault existed, but it was long thought to be dormant and therefore of no concern for the residents of Los Angeles.

Developers Get Open Source Boost for Data Privacy Protection (Nancy Cohen, Tech Explore)
Google has announced that it is releasing the open-source version of a differential privacy library that helps power some of its own products.
Google invested in differential privacy protection, for example, in gauging how popular a specific restaurant’s dish is on Google Maps, said Engadget. Now the tool might help other developers reach a desired level of differential privacy defense. “By releasing its homegrown differential privacy tool, Google will make it easier for any company to boost its privacy bona fides,” said Wired.
Back up. What is differential privacy? This is data science parlance. Here is how Lily Hay Newman described it in Wired: It strategically adds random noise to user information stored in databases so that companies can still analyze it without being able to single people out.