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The Impact of HIPAA on Email Communications — What You Need to Know Before You Click ‘Send’ 

The Impact of HIPAA on Email Communications — What You Need to Know Before You Click ‘Send’  | Moreno | Scoop.it

The recent Sony Pictures hack exposed embarrassing emails, unreleased intellectual property and plenty of passwords, social security numbers and financial data — but it was also a giant HIPAA violation. In addition to unencrypted spreadsheets full of sensitive medical data, the hackers leaked an HR exec’s memo about the special needs and diagnosis of an employee’s child.

While we don’t yet know the cost of Sony’s myriad of security failures, the medical details of many Sony employees and their families now exist on the Internet, where it will likely stay available for the foreseeable future.

 

The Sony hack has taught us plenty of information security lessons, but one of the stickiest is the importance of protecting protected health information (PHI). We’ve already written about the reasons Sony should have used client-side email encryption, but HIPAA compliance is yet another compelling reason to encrypt your email messages.

The Need for HIPAA Compliant Email

If you’re new to the world of HIPAA compliant email, the idea of safely sending messages and files to your patients, other health providers and business associates can seem overwhelming at first. While any professional email should be approached with mindfulness of data security and awareness of the threats to your email privacy, from hacking to phishing, businesses that deal with PHI must be extra vigilant to make sure their communications are compliant with HIPAA and HITECH. After all, a HIPAA violation is as easy as accidentally sending an email to the wrong recipient, and can lead to fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

While HIPAA compliant email doesn’t need to be rocket science, the stakes facing the medical community are pretty high. Consumers want more and easier access to their personal health data, but have greater demands when it comes to privacy.

Protecting Patient Privacy In the Digital Age

Any organization that handles PHI (known as a “covered entity”), from health providers such as doctors, nurses, chiropractors, pharmacies and nursing homes to businesses that provide health plans like HMOs, company health benefits and government programs like Medicare — as well as all of their business associates — needs to ensure that their email solutions are HIPAA compliant. And it’s not just corporate organizations – state and local governments, universities, and non-profits also fall under HIPAA and must protect PHI.

 

Since the introduction of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, it seems that the demand for greater digital access to health data is at odds with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which demands that a patient’s past, present and future PHI be accessible only to authorized recipients. One of the goals of HITECH was to spur adoption electronic health records (EHRs) for patients and health information exchanges (HIEs) to help doctors share patient data. If your ophthalmologist recently asked you to sign up for an online patient portal, that’s HITECH in action.

 

But another HITECH provision put many covered entities on notice: where prior to HITECH, $250,000 was the maximum annual penalty for a HIPAA violation, that threshold has moved up to $1.5 million. This presents the medical community with the puzzle of how to increase digital access to data without compromising patient privacy.

The Importance of Encryption in HIPAA Compliant Email

The challenges facing healthcare data security, from data thieves and “hacktivists” targeting hospitals to user error and technology adoption, make HIPAA compliant email more important than ever. But what makes an email HIPAA compliant?

 

One of the most important steps any business handling PHI should take is enabling email encryption. Encryption uses a complex cipher algorithm to render your data unreadable to anyone without the necessary credentials (or the encryption key). In short, if a cybercriminal cracks into an email you send to a patient or insurance company, they won’t be able to use that data unless they also get ahold of your encryption key.

 

There are a few options when it comes to email encryption. Many hospitals, healthcare providers and insurance companies deploy portal solutions that use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt messages. In these scenarios, patients and other providers establish and maintain a separate account for a portal where they can exchange sensitive information. While these solutions do provide for HIPAA compliance, their user experience tends to be clunky and frustrating. At one time or another we’ve all forgotten our username or password and been locked out of our health or financial data.

 

At the end of the day, employees prefer to use the applications they’re used to — including their email service providers. Newer email encryption solutions are able to integrate with the email service you’re already using to provide a seamless, easy-to-use user experience with powerful client-side encryption.


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Before clicking send, do even think twice about it? What happens when hackers leak sensitive information under the name of famous companies/corporations such as the case of SONY is something common? In recent times, the Sony hack showed and taught us plenty of information security lessons, but one of the stickiest is the importance of protecting protected health information (PHI). What this article expose us to a violation that is as easy as accidentally sending an email to the wrong recipient, and can lead to fines of a lot money. While we do not know about the security measures taken by the institution we put out trust in, there are medical details of many employees and their families on the Internet before you even know, a giant violation to your life. Protecting patient privacy in the digital age can be a really hard to do, especially when the world is just a click far from you. However, a positive thing to highlight such organization handles PHI which is known as a “covered entity” that allow companies to keep track of the user info. Opposite to that, the introduction of what happened with hacking patients; it seems that organizations demand for greater level of security when accessing health data and more. Moreover, just remember that every message, image, and video you send everything you do will be recorded and stored in a data collection base.
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Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY]

Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY] | Moreno | Scoop.it
Social media may do more harm than good when it comes to personal well-being, a small study from the University of Salford in the UK indicates. About half of the survey's 298 pa...

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           How often do you check your Facebook account? Does the 'Likes' you get affect you some way? Stress and anxiety is more related to the interaction with social media than you think. The issue with this is that people usually struggle with how to incorporate social media into their lives in a healthy way. Many social media users show that their self-esteem and behavior also suffers harm when they compare their lives to other online. Facebook is a multi-edged sword riddled with many paradoxes. On the one hand, Facebook builds social connectivity, but it also isolates people and creates situations where we are “alone together. Facebook can fortify friendships, but it can also destroy relationships, and the list goes on and on. This is uncharted territory. In addition, fully relaxing or sleeping end up being hard after spending time on social networks. So what can someone do with those uncomfortable personality traits that is sucking their life? Do they keep anxiety in check? If any of this bring into line with your own experiences with social media, let me know how.
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Macy Manolis's curator insight, March 15, 2014 2:47 PM

This article discusses how social media fuels low self-esteem, but also how social media can create anxiety. Participants in the study discussed report that use of social media has actually “made their lives worse.” Social media is a breeding ground for comparing oneself to other friends. This comparison makes people feel worse about themselves when seeing how much others may have accomplished. Because my project revolves around the effect of media on self-esteem, this article provides a lot of useful insight and support for my argument.

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Huge New Facebook Data Leak Exposed Intimate Details of 3 Million Users // New Scientist

Huge New Facebook Data Leak Exposed Intimate Details of 3 Million Users // New Scientist | Moreno | Scoop.it

By Phee Waterfield and Timothy Revell

 

"Data from millions of Facebook users who used a popular personality app, including their answers to intimate questionnaires, was left exposed online for anyone to access, a New Scientist investigation has found.

 

Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed the data from the personality quiz app myPersonality to hundreds of researchers via a website with insufficient security provisions, which led to it being left vulnerable to access for four years. Gaining access illicitly was relatively easy.

 

The data was highly sensitive, revealing personal details of Facebook users, such as the results of psychological tests. It was meant to be stored and shared anonymously, however such poor precautions were taken that deanonymising would not be hard.

 

“This type of data is very powerful and there is real potential for misuse,” says Chris Sumner at the Online Privacy Foundation. The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, has told New Scientist that it is investigating.

 

The data sets were controlled by David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge’s The Psychometrics Centre. Alexandr Kogan, at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica allegations, was previously part of the project.

 

Facebook suspended myPersonality from its platform on 7 April saying the app may have violated its policies due to the language used in the app and on its website to describe how data is shared.

 

More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and nearly half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project. All of this data was then scooped up and the names removed before it was put on a website to share with other researchers. The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data “in an anonymous manner such that the information cannot be traced back to the individual user”.

 

To get access to the full data set people had to register as a collaborator to the project. More than 280 people from nearly 150 institutions did this, including researchers at universities and at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Easy Backdoor

 

However, for those who were not entitled to access the data set because they didn’t have a permanent academic contract, for example, there was an easy workaround. For the last four years, a working username and password has been available online that could be found from a single web search. Anyone who wanted access to the data set could have found the key to download it in less than a minute.

 

myPersonality wasn’t merely an academic project; researchers from commercial companies were also entitled to access the data so long as they agreed to abide by strict data protection procedures and didn’t directly earn money from it.

 

Stillwell and Kosinski were both part of a spin-out company called Cambridge Personality Research, which sold access to a tool for targeting adverts based on personality types, built on the back of the myPersonality data sets. The firm’s website described it as the tool that “mind-reads audiences”.

 

Facebook started investigating myPersonality as part of a wider investigation into apps using the platform. This was started by the allegations surrounding how Cambridge Analytica accessed data from an app called This Is Your Digital Life developed by Kogan.

 

Today it announced it has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into apps that had access to large amounts of information on users."....

 
 

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https://www.newscientist.com/article/2168713-huge-new-facebook-data-leak-exposed-intimate-details-of-3m-users/ ;

 

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Data is more than simple information stored in the web. For many it means their entire life and for others it means a way of manipulating, controlling and even extorting people. Lately, researchers via a website have insufficient security provisions, which lead to vulnerability for others to access your personal life. The worst part is that the access to your privacy is becoming easier every time. The passage Talks about the leak exposed intimate details of 3m users of Facebook. Even though data was meant to be stored privately, one bad side of nowadays technology is that it allows hackers to slide and reveal personal details of Facebook users and even extort them. Why? Because we left the door, open. For those who were not entitled to access the data set because they did not have a permanent academic contract, for example, there was an easy workaround. For the last four years, a working username and password has been available online that could be found from a single web search. Anyone who wanted access to the data set could have found the key to download it in less than a minute Poor precautions in some website has left not to be much hard for other to see all about you.
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Man Claiming to Be Anonymous Hacker Sentenced to Prison for Blackmailing University

Man Claiming to Be Anonymous Hacker Sentenced to Prison for Blackmailing University | Moreno | Scoop.it
Man Claiming to Be Anonymous Hacker Sentenced to Prison for Blackmailing University (RT @AnonOpsSE: Man Claiming to Be #Anonymous Hacker Sentenced to Prison for Blackmailing University http://t.co/vt56zk9dsq)...
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Do you make part of the big percentage of people that do not pay much attention of what is being downloading or the site you visit? Well! be careful because blackmailing can be around your corner. Creating false social media accounts/profiles is just one of the several ways hackers have to get all your private information. Threatening people with the posting or releasing really personal info is a usual modern way of extortion anonymous ones find in order to get to you. Even though this may seem like something silly, the University of Pittsburgh is a clear example of the great exposure students have nowadays with the use of technology. The article by Softpedia News exposed the dark side of data collection in these educational establishments. However, it is important to take into account the risk and flaws any institution have to face with the huge danger out there in the web with the vast advance of tech. The good point about this particular issue is that investigators found several pieces of evidence leading to the extortion individuals. Nevertheless, be cautions though because this positive outcome do not imply that you can be this lucky, especially when there much more danger behind the picture.
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Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis

Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis | Moreno | Scoop.it

Even Facebook agrees that social media can be bad for your mental health. And research by the Department of Education has found that the mental well-being of teenage girls in the UK is worsening, with the impact of social media cited as the cause.

Yet my research reveals that more people are turning to these platforms for help with their mental health issues. This has been exacerbated as the crisis in the NHS sees waiting times for appointments grow. While most of the people I spoke to believed social media helped them, there is a concern that it could be adding to ongoing mental health problems.

Mental health has recently become the focus of attention within UK policy, with the proposed rehash of the Mental Health Act, and the new Power Threat Meaning framework, which aims to reduce the “medicalisation” of mental health. Despite raised awareness of some the issues, more and more people are turning away from their GPs as they fail to get the support they need. This is usually due to lengthy waiting lists for counselling, or a tendency to overly rely on prescribing medication as a cure all.

Facebook sad face symbol. Shutterstock/Lina_R

Many of these people turn to online support, which in recent years has been through the medium of anonymised peer-to-peer community forums. This has evolved and people with mental ill-health are now turning to social media to “out” their health issues.

But social media’s relationship with mental health is controversial. If even Facebook is telling us that being on social media can be bad for our health, why are people using it to create support networks?

Celebrity social media “outings” have also helped to raise awareness. Last year, Sinead O’Connor publicly posted a video of herself on social media where she was clearly in need of support. She said it was her hope “that this video is somehow helpful”, using the hashtag #OneOfMillions. Her post sparked discussions about the “right way” of asking for help, but the debate by no means came up with any answers.

Status updates and future employers

It is estimated that 39% of health information seekers use social media, often joining a specific health-related group. But many people are now choosing to use their personal profiles to post their “social outing” of their mental health problems. While there is no statistical evidence for the amount of users doing this, Facebook have realised that people are using their status updates to talk about their mental health, including suicidal feelings.

Not only has social media been linked with an increase in cyber bullyingbut posting information about risky behaviours (such as social drinking) has been linked to a decrease in job opportunities in the future. It is therefore realistic to imagine that current and future employers are looking at our mental health history if we are posting about our health online.

My research has shown that there are many positives about asking for support for mental ill-health through social media, as long as you have already sought medical advice and have a firm diagnosis. General status updates that are woeful or cryptic may mean that the person is seen as “whingy” and friends may not see a cry for help, potentially leaving the poster isolated and vulnerable.

Two of my PhD participants who used social media sites to out their mental problems found that they were still intolerant of others who did the same. One said of their friend’s Facebook activity:

Most of her posts are about her battles, her daily battles, and she’s really open about it. And actually, I don’t mind, but sometimes even I go, well you don’t need to share everything.

Social media might not be the best to seek help for people struggling with mental issues. Shutterstock/dolphfyn

Another expressed her irritation at having to deal with other people’s problems when she is trying to get support with her own.

The issue is that people may be getting fed up with constant posts of people talking about their mental health and there are signs that they can retaliate in a negative way. One of the participants in my research stated that after he had “come out” on Facebook, a (former) friend told him, in no uncertain terms, that Facebook was “not the place for that kind of thing”.

So although Facebook can have a positive effect for those seeking support should we really be looking at social media as a supportive mechanism for health? Or should we still pretend that our lives are perfect and that we are always happy because that is what our Facebook and Instagram “friends” want to see?

In the short term, it seems that social media could be helpful in creating supportive networks for people with mental ill-health. But in the long term, it depends on how we start to challenge societal perceptions of the issue. If nothing changes, then at least be prepared for a lack of job offers in the future.

The Samaritans can be contacted in the UK on 116 123. Papyrus is contactable on 0800 068 41 41 or by texting 07786 209 697 or emailing pat@papyrus-uk.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.


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Yes, it is not a big secret for almost anybody that we live in a technological and digitalized world. Over the decades, the rapid growth of tech and the way one interacts with each other has taken a main role in our society. However, when you see, that even one of the most used worldwide social media recognize the negative effects it is causing in people´s sanity, but still refuse to do something about it, you start to think twice before getting in that digital world again. Here are some thoughts about what I found while searching for information related to problems over people´s mind for using social platforms. Studies have shown that the excessive use of social media is leading to mental health diagnosis. Do you want to know what is even more shocking than this...? It is the fact that nowadays more and more people are getting support from the place where the illness stated from, I mean, Facebook. In concordance with the reading passage, I think that it is becoming a really bad habit to use Facebook to deal with every single problem affecting people´s live, especially if this one is associated to problems such cyberbullying, depression and even bad behaviors like social drinking. Now, I am not saying that someone should stay quiet when there is a cry for help, Facebook do have its positive points but one may also consider not to post every single thing concerning with their own lives because that also may have an unexpected reaction over other people problems. Let´s think it this way, we all struggle with problems daily, I would say, whether our jobs, school, personality, personal or social life, etc. so dealing with your own problems and other people´s may not be quite the overwhelming emotion you want to experience at all. At the end, it would sensitive to consider that maybe, our mental health is damaged and condemned by the fact that social media show us the good-perfect side of the coin many people wish to have, but is not that keeping us in the darkness of our reality? So why do with seek for help and answers to our complications more in the web that in the outside world? Why don´t we come to an agreement of thinking through before posting, adding or sharing something on social media, or at least try to do it so? Just remember, Facebook can be like double-edge weapon, it can be supportive to your needs but it can also let things worse than they were before.
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Diego Salazar's curator insight, April 5, 11:24 PM
Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis.

taken from: The conversation journal (February 28 - 2018)

author: Kim Heyes

this article is so interesting at this times, because so many people of all ages is using social media in a huge amounts of time, in view of the fact that this technology is reachable and easy to use.  the impact of social media mainly on teenagers is getting more dangerous for their mental health, but what is more incredible is that people who have problems in their daily lifes are choosing facebook or instagram in order to overcome their issues which is somehow ironic, the article tells that even facebook accepts that bad use of social media can be harmful for our health. another problem is that on one side people are posting their problems for getting help of the audience, and on the other side they are posting lies in order to look happy all the time which is not the reality. from this point, we can say that social media is not the solution for mental health instead is the main threat mostly for young people that do not know how to control social media uses. 
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The one crucial skill our education system is missing | #Empathy #EmotionalIntelligence

The one crucial skill our education system is missing | #Empathy #EmotionalIntelligence | Moreno | Scoop.it

From Blade Runner to I, Robot, the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Automated intelligences will wait our tables and drive our cabs. They will serve us by performing menial tasks. But fact is now surpassing fiction. Automation has moved beyond the factory assembly line as computers are diagnosing illnesses, providing legal counsel, and make financial and political decisions. And if artificial intelligence really is faster, smarter and more reliable, what are we left with?

The answer is precisely that element which makes us less efficient and slower. Our humanity. But rather than being seen as a weakness, this is actually our strongest suit. It’s one we need to empower, because studies show that as the world becomes increasingly automated, computerised and digitalised, we are losing the very skills that define us as human. Just when we need them the most.

Our empathy is something that computers will always struggle to emulate. We need to celebrate what makes us different from even the smartest of the machines. While the future belongs to those who are able to navigate this increasingly digitalised world of ours, the choicest spoils will fall to those who can combine technological fluency with emotional intelligence.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Empathy

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Emotional+intelligence

 


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For years, the discussion about the introduction and advance of technology such as the AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the computerized world has been set on the table and put on question owing to the effects it has on society as a whole. Seeing this from the educational rearview, the article argues that we are losing a crucial human skill, empathy. All this, because of the influence machines and tech imply in our social and learning surroundings. A great point to highlight about this article is the way it is supported by factual information such surveys and studies of the caliber of Michigan University that claims that more and more, students are becoming less aware of seeing things from other people’s perspectives or putting in their shoes. “Our empathy is something that computers will always struggle to emulate” and now little by little humankind is getting more depending on such thing that since to take more control over our lives and even our education. Another thing that I agree with in the reading passage is the one that states that the decline of empathy is causing us to “dumbing down” when we really should be exercising our empathy muscles. Yet, technology can be really helpful if it is limited and used in a good pedagogical way in education, take as an example this one, that allow me, this novice writer, to get to you through this platform or mean of interaction. I personally think that while time pass we, citizens of the world, are reaching the point of no return in AI innovation. Even though many people argue that this is just part of evolution, I consider that if this keep going the rate it has been lately it might be too late for learners to get back to the affectional/emotional factor society had one before. But why? Well, maybe it is just because “students need more than tech prowess to thrive” but still, what do you think about it? You can explore this and let me know. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/one-crucial-skill/
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Sirpa Vellonen-Myllylä's curator insight, March 11, 9:37 AM

Finally I can see this topic emerge in public discussion about education - something I've been privately preaching about. 

Felipe Rincon's curator insight, March 14, 8:22 PM
It is very interesting the way in which this article emphasizes the importance of empathy and the other characteristics belonging to the human being in our society, also how that characteristics distance us from machines. I think that the implementation of methodologies that take into consideration this aspects in education in general will contribute to the comprehensive citizens education. The appropriate combination of technological fluency with emotional intelligence should be one of the goals in modern education
Patrice McDonough's curator insight, March 15, 11:49 AM
Who knew our humanity would be buried under the weight of automated intelligences.  Overtaking #EmotionalIntelligence!!
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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People | Moreno | Scoop.it
The rate at which you learn and progress in the world depends on how willing you are to weigh the merit of new ideas, even if you don’t instinctively like them. Perhaps especially if you don’t like them.

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When it comes to succeeding whether personal or prfessionally we can tag people into two groups which are open-minded and close-minded respectly. The first one has to do with people that are willing to see the change. On the other hand close minded focuses on the one that rather be dead to be wrong. The ability to change your mind may define and shape your future according to this article. The same way, there are some stages that a person has to go through in order to overcome or get stuck in the different challenges he face in his lieftime. To conclude, one must understand that going fron close-minded to open-minded is not an easy process and it will not occur in one night.
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Abel Linares's curator insight, October 7, 2017 11:53 AM
The ability to change your mind is a superpower.
Pascale Hotterbeex's curator insight, October 8, 2017 1:59 PM
"Closed-minded people focus much more on being understood than on understanding others..." - tout est dit!
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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar is here to let us know that everything will be alright and that Hip-Hop is alive and well in his Presidential campaign speech.
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    The article explains by itself the evolution of rap/Hip-Hop music and how it has been influenced by those who acknowledge and develop  such amazing art of expression. Kendrick Lamar who is consider one of the best rappers nowadays explains his opinion on what he thinks about the importance of rap music in our community/society through many stories and how rap is not dead instead.

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Rudje Beckford's curator insight, February 19, 2017 1:48 PM

In today's music Hip Hop is starting to take a back seat to the modern version of rap music people call Trap music. The style of music is more hardcore, less lyrical but it keeps people jumping and energetic unlike hip hop which is more lyrical and requires more thinking and understanding to enjoy the music. Kendrick Lamar is trying to remind people that Hip Hop is not dead and it is coming back harder and better and he is a great pioneer for this new voyage because his music is what new generation hip hop artist are pursuing to sound like. Hip Hop music at one point was irrelevant, now that it is relevant its the job of the artists to keep it relevant and thats what Kendrick is fighting for.

Lino Marchesi's curator insight, April 17, 2017 10:47 AM
Kendrick is an incredible rapper with a specific ideology ! 
John Williams's curator insight, June 16, 2017 12:10 PM

This article really captures the topic that has been on everyone's mind in Hip Hop culture: who will carry the torch? As the legends get older, we are bombarded with this "mumble rap" generation of music that only millennials seem to like, and have lost the art of storytelling that use to be the cornerstone of what hip hop was based off of. Artisticmanifesto.com has a very in depth structure to how it presents its news and entries with a large staff to cover many areas to gather information. I am not sure its actual relevance to the culture and community, but I was captivated by the information provided by this article.

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How Should Schools Navigate Student Privacy in a Social Media World?

How Should Schools Navigate Student Privacy in a Social Media World? | Moreno | Scoop.it
Protecting student identities while encouraging web tools in the classroom is a challenging balancing act.

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The article draws attention to the protection of student identities and the encouragement of using web tools in the classroom. How kids are most exposed now than ever to the risk of the technological world around them can be a challenge for their privacy protection. Education is just one of the most known tools we can use in order to deal with the challenges in the globe, especially if you have another supporting tool to help you with that, technology. However, one must be careful and consider that free exploration to social media and experiment with new technology tools, can be an open window for hackers to invade your life and privacy. Considering this, the K-12 environment considered some measures to deal with danger on how schools should navigate student privacy in a social media world. Particularly, the author argues that consideration always has to be given to student privacy when entering uncharted territories in order to prevent schools from leaking information about students, even though sometimes students are the ones doing the leaking. According to the data collected by the author, Mercer Hall and Patricia Russac from the ASIDE Blog argued that “Most projects and social networks encourage users to upload a personal ID or photograph. Student safety, however, is paramount to shelter identities. Clever and quirky avatars, therefore, can help students distinguish their profiles and still remain incognito.” In addition, the education-approved social networks and cartoon avatars will work on elementary and perhaps some middle school students. The article, however, does not seem to expose any significant measures once learners are on their personal devices. It seems that it is out of the school’s hands. This could be, for example, an easy way for hackers to steal your personal information and even your identity; at least nothing like that is mentioned in the text. In conclusion, despite of the difficulties of protecting students´ privacy, a good strategy educators can take is help students to raise awareness when engaging in social media activity of their online identities instead of just preventing them from accessing social media while they are connected to school networks. So, how can a school promote digital citizenship and protect student privacy? Let me know by giving your opinion.
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Kwang Hyun's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:18 PM

This is one critisim I can really agree with. How can the school protect students identities while balancing the learning about social media. This could be a big concern in our education system.

Felipe Rincon's curator insight, May 24, 9:58 AM
The main topic of this article is very interesting and a current problematic in the 21st century education, trying to protect the students from the many digital dangers and protect their privacy while encouraging them to use the digital tools available in a way that help them in their learning process. one of the most innovating ideas was to encourage students to design and create online avatars that represents them while using the digital tools sin it not only protects them, but also foster their creative skills.
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The Impact of HIPAA on Email Communications — What You Need to Know Before You Click ‘Send’ 

The Impact of HIPAA on Email Communications — What You Need to Know Before You Click ‘Send’  | Moreno | Scoop.it

The recent Sony Pictures hack exposed embarrassing emails, unreleased intellectual property and plenty of passwords, social security numbers and financial data — but it was also a giant HIPAA violation. In addition to unencrypted spreadsheets full of sensitive medical data, the hackers leaked an HR exec’s memo about the special needs and diagnosis of an employee’s child.

While we don’t yet know the cost of Sony’s myriad of security failures, the medical details of many Sony employees and their families now exist on the Internet, where it will likely stay available for the foreseeable future.

 

The Sony hack has taught us plenty of information security lessons, but one of the stickiest is the importance of protecting protected health information (PHI). We’ve already written about the reasons Sony should have used client-side email encryption, but HIPAA compliance is yet another compelling reason to encrypt your email messages.

The Need for HIPAA Compliant Email

If you’re new to the world of HIPAA compliant email, the idea of safely sending messages and files to your patients, other health providers and business associates can seem overwhelming at first. While any professional email should be approached with mindfulness of data security and awareness of the threats to your email privacy, from hacking to phishing, businesses that deal with PHI must be extra vigilant to make sure their communications are compliant with HIPAA and HITECH. After all, a HIPAA violation is as easy as accidentally sending an email to the wrong recipient, and can lead to fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

While HIPAA compliant email doesn’t need to be rocket science, the stakes facing the medical community are pretty high. Consumers want more and easier access to their personal health data, but have greater demands when it comes to privacy.

Protecting Patient Privacy In the Digital Age

Any organization that handles PHI (known as a “covered entity”), from health providers such as doctors, nurses, chiropractors, pharmacies and nursing homes to businesses that provide health plans like HMOs, company health benefits and government programs like Medicare — as well as all of their business associates — needs to ensure that their email solutions are HIPAA compliant. And it’s not just corporate organizations – state and local governments, universities, and non-profits also fall under HIPAA and must protect PHI.

 

Since the introduction of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, it seems that the demand for greater digital access to health data is at odds with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which demands that a patient’s past, present and future PHI be accessible only to authorized recipients. One of the goals of HITECH was to spur adoption electronic health records (EHRs) for patients and health information exchanges (HIEs) to help doctors share patient data. If your ophthalmologist recently asked you to sign up for an online patient portal, that’s HITECH in action.

 

But another HITECH provision put many covered entities on notice: where prior to HITECH, $250,000 was the maximum annual penalty for a HIPAA violation, that threshold has moved up to $1.5 million. This presents the medical community with the puzzle of how to increase digital access to data without compromising patient privacy.

The Importance of Encryption in HIPAA Compliant Email

The challenges facing healthcare data security, from data thieves and “hacktivists” targeting hospitals to user error and technology adoption, make HIPAA compliant email more important than ever. But what makes an email HIPAA compliant?

 

One of the most important steps any business handling PHI should take is enabling email encryption. Encryption uses a complex cipher algorithm to render your data unreadable to anyone without the necessary credentials (or the encryption key). In short, if a cybercriminal cracks into an email you send to a patient or insurance company, they won’t be able to use that data unless they also get ahold of your encryption key.

 

There are a few options when it comes to email encryption. Many hospitals, healthcare providers and insurance companies deploy portal solutions that use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt messages. In these scenarios, patients and other providers establish and maintain a separate account for a portal where they can exchange sensitive information. While these solutions do provide for HIPAA compliance, their user experience tends to be clunky and frustrating. At one time or another we’ve all forgotten our username or password and been locked out of our health or financial data.

 

At the end of the day, employees prefer to use the applications they’re used to — including their email service providers. Newer email encryption solutions are able to integrate with the email service you’re already using to provide a seamless, easy-to-use user experience with powerful client-side encryption.


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Before clicking send, do even think twice about it? What happens when hackers leak sensitive information under the name of famous companies/corporations such as the case of SONY is something common? In recent times, the Sony hack showed and taught us plenty of information security lessons, but one of the stickiest is the importance of protecting protected health information (PHI). What this article expose us to a violation that is as easy as accidentally sending an email to the wrong recipient, and can lead to fines of a lot money. While we do not know about the security measures taken by the institution we put out trust in, there are medical details of many employees and their families on the Internet before you even know, a giant violation to your life. Protecting patient privacy in the digital age can be a really hard to do, especially when the world is just a click far from you. However, a positive thing to highlight such organization handles PHI which is known as a “covered entity” that allow companies to keep track of the user info. Opposite to that, the introduction of what happened with hacking patients; it seems that organizations demand for greater level of security when accessing health data and more. Moreover, just remember that every message, image, and video you send everything you do will be recorded and stored in a data collection base.
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Edward Snowden says judge's ruling vindicates NSA surveillance disclosures - The Guardian

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The Guardian Edward Snowden says judge's ruling vindicates NSA surveillance disclosures The Guardian “I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public...

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Have you ever thought about who or what entity is in control of all your data/information while you make a call or surf in the internet? Well! if you don´t, you are not alone when ignoring this. With all the things we have to do in our daily lives is really hard to focus in everything around us. However, when such thing affects and has a huge influence in our personal life in a much deeper level you might need to wonder if you are under surveillance and by whom your personal information is been checked. A clear example of this is what happened years ago with the NSA (National Security Agency) and the info leaked that violated constitutional rights. Years ago, Edward Snowden, former security contractor, showed the world what in my perspective is one of the darkest sides of technology advances, the violation of personal information. By the exposure of national security documents, this article present us a national hero (Snowden) who did not agreed with the invasion of people's privacy, but the irony of this was that he basically did what the NSA did, that it to say, to take out private information from others. Even though, the NSA did some good like stopping terrorist or other imminent attacks, we do not know what bigger issues this could let to and what they are using all this recollection of data/info. It is a fact; nobody likes others to peek in our personal stuff specifically when the organization doing it is the one supposed to be in charge of our security. I cannot tell you what decisions to take upon problems like these but do you think is fair-minded or appropriate for one be searching in your private matters without even asking you? Next time try to consider this question before letting the advance of tech take control or be in every aspect of your entire life.
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¿INDEPENDENCIA?

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Con la llegada de la independencia en nuestro país, Colombia, llegaron también muchas oportunidades de prosperar de manera colectiva, pero lo que pareció alguna vez un nuevo comienzo progresista y equitativo, parece haberse convertido más bien en manojo de tristezas y desesperanzas, especialmente cuando la balanza parecen sólo favorecer a algunos o ciertos grupos específicamente. Nuestra patria se ha visto inmersa en interminables cruzadas o conflictos no solo armados sino políticos que le han dado un giro muy agrio, el cual no alude a las bases en que nuestro himno fue fundado. Un aspecto primordial presentado en el video fue la división de poder que gobernó el régimen socio-político por mucho tiempo, estoy hablando de los particos políticos Conservador y Liberal, dos caras de una misma moneda, la cual presentaba dos opciones a la población colombiana sin siquiera realizar un análisis exhaustivo del porqué o para qué elegir o tan siquiera examinar otra alternativa. Desde más de 200 años el país ha estado sumergido en una gran disputa entre partidos y desde más de 50 años en una querella de grupos armados en la que al final solo salen desfavorecidos los más pobres o desfavorecidos; sin embargo, de este dilema no solo hacen partes algunos sino todos como comunidad inconsciente y sin doliente alguno, y los pocos que ha habido han sido, por “coincidencia”, asesinados de manera misteriosa _ Gaitán por ejemplo_ Partiendo de este contenido audio-visual de la “Historia Política de Colombia”, podríamos agregar también que la nación se encuentra en una actitud soliloquia del yo con el yo, una inexistencia del dialogo y el desempleo masivo que no sabremos a donde irá a parar. Concluyendo con este problema social, es imperativo decir que Colombia estaría preparada para el cambio y la prosperidad cuando sus participantes (todos y cada uno de sus individuos) realmente hagan parte y se vean involucrados en las decisiones de gran magnitud que le dan dirección a este carrusel colombiano, pero hasta entonces, supongo yo, seguiremos enfocados en nuestros trabajos y otras preocupaciones superficiales que al final no llevan a nada más que a un país totalmente dividido, desigual e inequitativo que se une, en mi opinión personal, sólo cuando juega la selección de futbol. Este video muestra de manera resumida aspectos aquí ya expuestos y más, para todo aquel que desee saber un poco más del ámbito político en la historia de nuestra patria.
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10 Fascinating Facts About Slavery - Listverse

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Ten fascinating facts about slavery that should be unknown to most of our readers.^Ten fascinating facts about slavery that should be unknown to most of our readers.^Ten fascinating facts about slavery that should be unknown to most of our readers.

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What can be seen as the footprints of humanity; that is to say, History, is always hiding a story to be told especially when one its most significant topics that has been in the core of society is involved. This topic, which was a major issue in different parts of the world and which according to Jamie Frater still thrive in society today, now, present us some shocking facts that are unknown or strange for many people and that also may make you think twice before discriminating another human being just for a pigmentation in his skin. Of course, I am referring to Slavery. One of the facts that really called my attention was where and how slavery in the U.S. started. A bad thing observed in the reading passage was how this article, in fact number ten (10), covers the big guiltiness and role the white man play in slavery by saying that basically everything started because of Anthony Johnson, a black man, who persuaded to slave another man (also black) in the state of Virginia in 1654. Another point to highlight is the relationship between the Bible and slavery and how this so popular religious book do not forbid slavery against another human. As far as I see it, this somehow goes against the claim that “All men are created equal”. However, slavery at that time also brought a new way of dealing with cotton in 1793 when Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin (a device for processing raw cotton). Whether god or bad, slavery period was and still is (in Libya for example) a topic that put a lot things to discuss, to think and reflect about from different sides or point of views, this article show us just some of the facts that took a great part in slavery at that period. So is you´d like to take a look just in case you want to know a bit more about this facts and how “Slavery Today” still exist as stated in this article here is the link for you to interact with the reading. http://listverse.com/2009/01/14/10-fascinating-facts-about-slavery/
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The 5 Priorities of Classroom Management

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To effectively manage a classroom, teachers must prioritize building relationships, leveraging time, and designing behavioral standards.
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      This academic article focuses on the activities effectiveness in the classroom and how they are developed by implementing certain important strategies for building relationships among students and teacher. The same way, it refers to 5 key components that help and prioritize the teaching, organization and mastering of a lesson.One of the main strategiess to implement is the one named the "Cornell Note" in which learners need to correlate and compare their notes at the left of their paper and a short summary of what they have read/learned. Finally, as a suggestion for the right implementation of this a good and well-organized plan is required so.  
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