Digital Border Searches

Changes have been steadily implemented for entry into the USA which would place staff at risk of breaching privacy and ethics agreements by exposing data to third parties.

❝ In the last six months, nearly 15,000 travelers had one of their devices searched at the border. Compare that to just 8,503 between October 2014 and October 2015, or 19,033 the following year. ❞ [1]

What are the issues?
• Warrantless device searches (US Borders) [1, 2, 3]
• A push for foreign visitors should have to give up their online passwords and submit to social-media searches if they want to enter the United States
• The government has asserted that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers may operate immigration checkpoints anywhere within 100 miles of the external boundary of the United States. [2, 3]
• Britain and the US have banned laptops and tablet computers from the passenger compartment of flights from several Middle East and North African nations [5]
• The US is considering a cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports [6]

These searches impact on laptops, tablets and smart phones and any or all of these devices could expose staff to a breach of privacy and/or ethics depending on the level of access to data from the device. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution available and each staff member should identify the risks associated with their devices and data before traveling.

There are several approaches recommended by the EFF [4] for minimizing the data exposure risk;
• Leave Your Devices at Home or Work (If you do not need them, do not carry them)
• Use a Temporary Device (Use a loan laptop, use a phone without data, hire devices on arrival)
• Shift Content From Devices to Cloud Services (Have you used MyUniApps and Office365?)
• Delete Information From Your Devices (do not carry the data on the devices)
• Use Private Browsing Mode (Pages will not be cached locally using this mode)
• Digital Cameras (Don’t forget that these devices contain data that is hard to secure)

[1] The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches (2017-Apr-12)
[2] Privacy at Borders and Checkpoints
[3] The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone
[4] Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border:
Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud
[5] Laptop ban explained: What do new US and UK rules mean
[6] US considers cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports

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This weeks links (2017-04-24)

❝ Badass Lady Gang: (noun) A sisterhood of women (and super groovy men) who aren’t afraid to push one another, and themselves, to be the best they can be while having the best time doing it. ❞

via: 7 Reasons Why You Should Join The Badass Lady Gang

In brief:



* London Marathon 2017

* Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees helps a struggling runner cross the line at the #LondonMarathon

I’m always conflicted with these stories; I see this as a DQ for the aided runner for “Receiving Outside Assistance”. There is an official there to help if required.


* Summary – Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017

* Liège Bastogne Liège 2017 – Women’s Race (Finish)

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Wake Up by The Long Run

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Tour De Tarwin

Event: 11th Annual Tour de Tarwin Bike/Walk Tour
Distance: 6km (was 4.7km)
Date: Saturday the 15th April 2017
Location: Venus Bay
Organised by: Venus Bay – Tarwin Lower Easter Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Tour De Tarwin Easter Festival is South Gippsland’s largest fundraiser for local emergency services. Our Walk, Run, Ride event on Easter Saturday, Beach Fun Run on Easter Sunday, 4-day Fishing Classic and our ‘U Beaut’ raffle all raise vital money for the CFA in Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club and CERT to purchase equipment, vehicles and communication devices to help keep our communities safe. Our all ages events are fun and healthy. Bring the whole family and join in the fun.

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Ok, so it has been listed as a FAT ASS event, what does that mean?

The name comes from Joe Oakes of the San Francisco Bay Area, who organised a training run “Recover from the Holidays Fat Ass 50” the idea being that after a little holiday overeating there was a need to reduce the “fat ass”;

In the fall of 1978, Joe Oakes was on a solid streak of running, having completed four marathons in an eight week period. Joe had his sights set on a fairly new event in California, the Western States 100 miles. Only 15 people had earned a silver belt buckle at Western States and Joe wanted to join that select group. In order to qualify for Western States, Joe needed a 50 mile qualifying time. He explains: “There were no 50 mile races in the Bay area at that time of year. “There was, however, a seven-person relay race, on the Pacific Coast highway from Half-moon Bay to Santa Cruz. Race officials would not let me enter as an individual, so I sent in an entry with seven different names: Joe Oakes, Joseph Oakes, J. Oakes, etc. You get the idea.”
Oakes qualified for Western States, going on to earn his buckle. The seeds had been sown however, for Fat Ass races. “We decided to put on our own low-key race around the holidays after that,” says Oakes. ‘Things layoff around the holidays, so that’s how we came up with the name. It was kind of a macho thing, all for fun.” The spirit of the Fat Ass races is what really matters to Oakes. “There is so much greed and so much money in sports these days,” says Oakes, adding, “there is not a nickel involved in any of these events. You just show up and run. It’s very simple.”

This lead into the FAT ASS philosophy;

“No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps.”

This means that it is not an official, sanctioned race. There will be no road closures, there will most likely be no aid stations, there will be no course markers, and you will need to be self sufficient. There is no guarantee of anything other than a course to run.

What seems to remain a common approach for all FAT ASS event is that they give runners a chance at a challenging long run in a fun, friendly atmosphere without all the trappings of a highly organized event. Fat Ass runs typically serve as training runs and social events for those more committed runners.


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American Gods

American Gods – Featurette

❝ “Hey,” said Shadow. “Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.”
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
“Say ‘Nevermore,'” said Shadow.
“Fuck you,” said the raven.” ❞

American Gods

❝ “People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.” ❞

Having read Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods with 1B1T back in 2010, I have been looking forward to Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation. Thankfully, American Gods is not following the Game of Thrones Foxtel lock in for Australian audiences but is instead available using Amazon’s Prime Video (who are currently running an introductory offer of $5.99 $2.99 USD/month for the first six months; cancel anytime).

* American Gods [Starz]
* Starz – American Gods – YouTube playlist
* The American Gods TV Series Isn’t Afraid To Go Full-On Weird, And That’s What Makes It Great (2017-Apr-18) [Gizmodo]
* ‘American Gods’ Heads To Amazon Prime Video In Australia (2017-Apr-11) [Huffington Post – AU]

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This weeks links (2017-04-18)

In brief:



* Ban on council park fun run fees proposed in England (2017-Apr-15) [BBC News]
The proposals would make it illegal for local authorities to charge Parkrun or junior Parkrun, which organises 2km runs for children, for the use of a public park.

* First Woman to Enter Boston Marathon Runs It Again, 50 Years Later (2017-Apr-17) [NYT]
Fifty years ago, a runner officially entered as K.V. Switzer participated in the Boston Marathon. On Monday, she did it again at age 70.
Kathrine Switzer’s marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman to complete the all-male race as an official entrant — her registration as “K.V. Switzer” hid her gender. The race resonated far beyond a footnote in the record books when an official tried to force her from the course after a few miles.

* Kathrine Switzer Reflects After Finishing 2017 Boston Marathon

* Sights and sounds of the 2017 Boston Marathon finish line


* Amstel Gold Race – Highlights

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Marathon by Francis

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Wednesday WIN (2017-Apr-12)

How To Run [Episode 9] Pre Race Briefing

How To Run [Episode 10] Race Day

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