Inside CTO/CIO - April 4th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Apr 4th, 2019)

C-suite breach legislation / SUSE on Raspberry Pi / death of the PC

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1. Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation to criminally charge company execs in the event of a personal data breach. The Corporate Executive Accountability Act would expand criminal liability of “negligent” C-suite executives at companies with revenue exceeding $1 billion. In an op-ed citing Wells Fargo as an example, Warren said the law would cover when the company "is found guilty of a crime or is found liable for a civil violation affecting the health, safety, finances or personal data of 1 percent of the U.S. population or 1 percent of the population of any state." --VERGE

2. Holding back company names, SUSE revealed that three customers are deploying SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) on Raspberry Pi computers. The Raspberry Pi Compute Modules are Raspberry Pi 3 designed for industrial applications. We may not know who is using them, but ZDNet said one is an auto manufacturer deploying 8,000 Raspberry Pi's to monitor its production line for outages. In addition, a city will be using 4,000 of the units for monitoring water levels and environmental conditions. SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann stated, "We are about to become the largest independent open source company in this industry… as the Red [Hat] gets sucked into the [Big] Blue of the IBM brand." --ZDNET

3. Azure-based virtual machines signal end-times for traditional PC desktop operating systems, thanks to Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop. With the arrival of Windows Virtual Desktop beta, leading industry pundits are saying we're closer than ever to the death of the PC. Windows Virtual Desktop enables companies to virtualize Windows 7 and 10, Office 365 ProPlus apps and other third-party applications. If Microsoft's schedule holds true, you’ll be able to subscribe to Windows Virtual Desktop this fall. --COMPUTERWORLD

4. Kay Coles James has spun Google’s new AI ethics board into chaos, and it's falling apart. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council launched only a week ago, quickly followed by an employee protest over the board's inclusion of James. The group's aim is to provide guidance on diversity challenges in AI algorithms, and more. James has made public statements contrary to the AI group's mission. Now, of the eight members listed in Google’s launch announcement, only around half may remain. Privacy researcher Alessandro Acquisti said on Twitter that he won’t stay, and Dyan Gibbens, CEO of drone company Trumbull Unmanned, is also the subject of protest. --VOX

5. Expert scientists working in the nation’s top supercomputing centers think your HPC devs need to change. In this in-depth, they specify accelerators, parallelism, and of course, the cloud. --HPE

6. Boardroom strategies are being redefined by algorithms, according to this look at AI for CXO decision-making. In a contributor post, Forbes examines how AI changes boardroom strategies on competitiveness, long-term sustainability, deploying capital across growth channels, owning metrics, and more. --FORBES

7. Overcoming innovation obstacles, Bayer Crop Science is using AI in three key aspects of Bayer's organization. Through its Crop Science R&D pipeline, the company's AI predicts seed genetics, among other fascinating applications. "We might do a billion simulations before we put a single seed in the ground," explained Bayer's CIO. "This enables us to shave one to two years off our research cycle time" --THE ENTERPRISERS PROJECT

8. Oversight and the potential for additional fines is what Elon Musk is facing in court today if he's held in contempt for violating his SEC settlement. In contention is a tweet, which the SEC said "improperly posted material information about Tesla’s vehicle production outlook without first seeking approval from company lawyers." --REUTERS

9. Tom Conrad, ex-Snap VP of product and ex-Pandora CTO, has joined mobile video startup Quibi to lead product and customer support, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman. He is the newest addition to the short-form video venture’s senior management team. --VARIETY

10. You shouldn't use personal messaging or email apps for business, unless you want to end up like recently busted Senior White House staff members. Even if encrypted and wrapped in promises about private communications, C-suite must heed that commercial apps are intended for use by consumers -- not executives. --EWEEK

This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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