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  • The Outpacing of Anti-Virus Software by Machine Learning & AI
  • Overtime Lawsuits Should be FLSA Wake-up Call
  • 'Gainful Employment' No True Test in Assessing a College
  • Changes to Cuba Policy (2 Experts)


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The Outpacing of Anti-Virus Software by Machine Learning & AI
Simon Crosby
Founder and CTO
San Francisco, Callifornia
"Won't it be great when you can ditch Anti-Virus software forever? That day is coming, made possible by massively secure devices that react at machine learning speed to machine-timescale attacks, protecting themselves 'by design' and automatically remediating each attack with no need for signatures or a leap of faith on fallible AI-based detection."
Crosby is the co–founder and CTO of Bromium. He was the co-founder and CTO of XenSource, and later served as CTO of the Virtualization and Management Division at Citrix after the acquisition of XenSource by Citrix. Previously, Crosby was a principal engineer at Intel, where he led strategic research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. He was also the founder of CPlane, a network-optimization software vendor. In 2007, Crosby was awarded a coveted spot as one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs.
He currently contributes to Forbes, and was also a tenured faculty member at the University of Cambridge, where he led research on network performance and control, and multimedia operating systems.
Website: www.bromium.com
Contact: Trevor Carver, [email protected]

Overtime Lawsuits Should be FLSA Wake-up Call
Audrey Mross
Employment Law Attorney
Munck Wilson Mandala, Dallas
Overtime lawsuits have spiked in recent years, particularly in the energy sector, and businesses should take a close look at their payroll practices and ensure that they are in compliance with the FLSA wage-and-hour guidelines. Says Mross: "The FLSA's administrative exemption is routinely misapplied by employers, and this case is a wake-up call to businesses that use a loose interpretation of the 'duties test' in order to obtain the desired outcome of exempt status. Employers may have breathed a sigh of relief when the planned December 2016 doubling of the minimum salary for most FLSA white-collar exemptions was put on hold via an injunction. And they may be assuming that agency enforcement of FLSA classification will wane as the DOL faces a 20 percent cut in its annual budget under the new Trump administration. But this case is a good reminder that individuals and groups of employees can still file lawsuits and the judiciary will hear their plea. The biggest take-away here is that these FLSA classification disputes may not be resolved via summary judgment, meaning employers leave their fate in the hands of a jury, who are often pre-disposed to favor employees in these types of cases."
Contact: Robert Tharp, [email protected]

'Gainful Employment' No True Test in Assessing a College
Aaron Gottlieb
Bankruptcy Attorney
Godwin Bowman & Martinez, Dallas
Just before it was set to take effect, the Department of Education has stopped the implementation of a rule designed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for marketing claims concerning employment rates for graduates. Had the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule taken effect, for-profit colleges would have had to prove their programs led to the "gainful employment" of graduates or risk the loss of federal aid. Says Gottlieb: "There is no doubt that the student loan bubble may burst in the near future due to the crushing amount of student loan debt. However, some responsibility must still remain with the student loan borrower to carefully choose which colleges and programs to attend. If a for-profit school provides the student an education and degree for which the student paid tuition, then a 'gainful employment' requirement following graduation seems to be too broad a brush to wield in determining whether the for-profit school made a material misrepresentation. Several lawsuits have been dismissed over the past five to 10 years on the basis of student borrowers' reliance on publications which listed inaccurate employment rates of graduates. The courts have consistently considered this information mere 'puffery,' rather than any sort of guarantee."
Contact: Rhonda Reddick, [email protected]

Changes to Cuba Policy
Mark Grabowski, Esq.
Associate Professor, Communications Department
Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
"[The proposed changes to America's Cuba policy] are bad news for Americans and Cubans. But, if there's a silver lining, it's that tech and telecom will be exempt from the rollback and will be able to continue to make inroads in Cuba. A senior White House official today indicated that expanding telecommunications and internet access to Cubans are among the Obama-era exemptions Trump will leave in place. Getting Cuba online is one of the best and quickest ways to bring about change there. The new connectivity will have a momentum all its own. The Obama Administration knew this and that's why they focused on expanding tech in Cuba. Google recently became the first foreign internet company to operate in Cuba. In fact, even if we roll back to where we were before Obama started loosening sanctions, it shouldn't hinder tech. Congress's embargo gives the president more leeway over telecom than over other sectors."
Two groups of Adelphi University students and faculty were among the first U.S. scholars to explore and experience Cuba on the brink of transformation in January 2016. Grabowski taught Global Perspectives: Cuba in Transition; the student journalists who participated posted stories directly from Cuba (see http://cubastories.com).
Website: http://www.adelphi.edu
Contact: Kali Chan, [email protected] 

Changes to Cuba Policy
John Drew, M.A., M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Communications Department
Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
"I am deeply troubled by Trump's heightened aggression towards Cuba, although I am not surprised, since he has shown great interest in and capacity to undo some of the most noteworthy accomplishments of the Obama presidency. What Trump has failed to realize is that American tourism and economic development on the island makes it much harder for the Cuban regime to get away with repressive human rights tactics. In fact, one could say that more international and internet-enabled and savvy eyes and ears on the island can be seen as a way of heightening surveillance on the Cuban regime's human rights record; thus, if this record was really the Trump administration's most pressing concern in Cuba, they would be better suited to further expand American travel and economic investment in Cuba. What we have seen today, however, is perhaps far more worrisome. Last month, Russia resumed oil shipments to Cuba for the first time in more than a decade and there are now reports emerging that Putin and the Cuban regime are discussing the re-opening of a Russian military base on the island. One would think that with all the news reports about potential Russian interference in the recent U.S. presidential elections, that the country's executive leadership would be doing everything it can to prevent Russia from developing further opportunities in which to interfere or influence U.S. domestic policy and political outcomes. And yet, by suddenly isolating Cuba after the previous administration had just created major momentum towards building a potential alliance in Cuba, the Trump administration has given Russia a very enticing opportunity to exploit this renewed isolation, and the fact that Venezuela is all but a failed state now means that Cuba has very few countries to turn to for help. And given that the Cuban economy remains one of the most vulnerable in the region suggests that the Cuban regime will seek assistance and build economic alliances wherever they may present themselves, i.e., enter Russia. It remains to be seen how much more difficult the U.S. treasury department will make it to legally travel to Cuba, but as a professor who has seen firsthand what sort of impacts materialize by taking American students to Cuba and introducing them to one of our nearest and friendliest neighbors, you can be sure I will do everything I can to hold up this tradition and to resist yet another and increasingly dangerous foreign policy blunder by the current presidency."
Two groups of Adelphi University students and faculty were among the first U.S. scholars to explore and experience Cuba on the brink of transformation in January 2016. Drew taught Global Perspectives: Cuba in Transition; the student journalists who participated in posted stories directly from Cuba (see http://cubastories.com).
Website: http://www.adelphi.edu
Contact: Kali Chan, [email protected] 



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