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Chinese military again linked to cyberattacks

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According to the New York Times, China is at it again: its military is linked to a cyberattack.

“We know that China is probably the single biggest source of cyberespionage coming into Australia by a very long way,” said Peter Jennings, a former Australian defense official who is the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

In this corner, the British government; in that corner, Apple and Google

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The British government has a plan for contact tracing. Apple and Google see a concern. The New York Times looks at what’s at stake.

At its heart, the debate is about balancing public health and individual privacy. In Britain, which has a history of robust government surveillance to fight terrorism, officials say that more can be learned about the virus by collecting lots of information in a centralized database. They argue this will provide more research capabilities to spot emerging hot spots and patterns of how the virus spreads.

By contrast, Apple and Google are promoting a decentralized approach that would protect against invasions of privacy. But the government says that privacy considerations are only part of a complex calculus it is trying to navigate.

Program cuts coming to U of Wisconsin system; Madison, Milwaukee spared

If I correctly understand these plans, then faculty and staff positions are likely to be cut.

The Associated Press reports

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross directed campuses Thursday to prepare to cut academic programs and brace for layoffs as the coronavirus pandemic deepens the system’s financial losses.

Cross said he wants campuses to evaluate their programs by January with an eye toward cost, whether they are duplicated at another campus, and student demand.

The story also states

Cross also said he wants to consolidate functions such as information technology and human resource operations by January 2022. He wants to bolster online course offerings, too, ordering the system to create four additional courses by the beginning of June.

Cross said the system has been inching along on consolidation efforts in recent years but will have to scramble now as the pandemic freezes up the economy.

Provost: More staff cuts coming to Western Michigan University

MLive.com reports

The university will implement staffing reductions in phases between now and September, said Jennifer Bott, provost and vice president for academic affairs, during a budget briefing published this week on Western’s YouTube channel.

And how deep might those cuts be?

In the best-case scenario, WMU students return to campus for the upcoming fall semester and the state doesn’t cut funding to higher education too drastically. In this scenario, the university expects to lose $45 million, Bott said.

In the worst-case scenario, state funding is cut deeply and distance education continues into the fall semester. In this case, the university could lose up to $85 million, Bott said.

“We must anticipate the worst scenario,” she said.