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Poland to Test a Cybersecurity Program for Aviation Sector

CircleID CircleID: During the two-day Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation conference, Poland announced an agreement to test a cybersecurity pilot program for the aviation sector as Europe's European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) civil aviation authority face increasing threats posed by hackers to air traffic. "We want to have a single point in the air transport sector that will coordinate all cybersecurity activities… for airlines, airports, and air traffic," said Piotr Samson, head of Poland's ULC civil aviation authority. "Despite the assurances of experts in the field, computer systems failures triggered by hackers or accident have caused flight chaos in recent years. Poland's flagship carrier LOT was briefly forced to suspend operations in June 2015 after a hack attack." See full report.
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Local journalism is dying, so let’s fix it

I Want My Name I Want My Name: So let’s start here. Media platforms are desperate for traffic because their ad revenue depends on it, and ad revenue is now their most reliable source of income because subscriber rates are plummeting. I’ll let André Staltz take over from here:
From where do media sites get their traffic? Prior to 2014, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was a common practice among Web Developers to improve their site for Google searches, since it accounted for approximately 35% of traffic, while more than 50% of traffic came from various other places on the Web. SEO was important, while Facebook presence was nice-to-have. Over the next 3 years, traffic from Facebook grew to be approximately 45%, surpassing the status that Search traffic had. In 2017, the Media depends on both Google and Facebook for page views, since it’s the majority of their traffic.

So here we are today. Media companies feel forced to treat you as the product for their ad buyers, and their traffic comes from places where you’re also the product for their ad buyers. You’re the product all the way down. All the time.
And it’s all harmless. The furniture company on the ad side is just trying to sell a product to pay their mortgages. Facebook employees are building their product to pay their mortgages. Your local journalists are writing to pay their mortgages. All so you can be a more informed citizen. Or something like that.
This is usually where I get frustrated, but I need to go further.
I can’t fault the furniture maker for wanting to advertise their product. Their deal is solid — pay for a few ad spots here and there and hopefully move a few more physical products. I also can’t fault Facebook, even though I think they’re morally corrupt. When Facebook first came out, I was in one of the first colleges the service made it to, and it changed everything. For a while there, I really was more connected. It couldn’t stay free forever though, so they had two options to choose from: make people pay for it or make it an ad platform. Their decision, if you look at it in a good light, gave thousands of employee’s families the ability to send their kids to college.
Local newspapers though? What the f were they thinking? The internet was inevitable, and expecting people to pay for a local subscription when they can read every voice from every city is insane. INSANE. How could they not see that a few national publications would thrive, while lower output, lower stakes journalism would suffer? Why would I spend money on a dwindling Arizona Republic when The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, New York Mag, etc., are winning awards right and left? (sorry for my America moment there… change publications to your home city/country and I’m sure it’s the same story).
A prettier print edition isn’t going to fix it. Print is dead. (I love print, but printed daily newspapers just aren’t the future.) A prettier website isn’t going to fix it. It might help, but the problem is with the content. Hiring a better social media manager isn’t going to fix it. Social media is a problem, not a solution. Making people feel bad for not supporting local journalism might work for awhile, but if I’m only going to pay for 1-2 subscriptions, I’m going to fund the investigative journalism that topples presidents, not city council members.
What local newspapers need to do is create a product worth buying. And they probably can’t do it alone. Here’s an idea:
I read memorandum.com every day (more like every hour) — it’s a cultivated news aggregator that tells me what’s going on in politics. Don’t copy this — that wouldn’t fix the problem.
What local papers need to is band together and allow their content to be dissected into aggregators like memorandum. But not for free (STOP THE FREE CONTENT). Create a license that would allow paid aggregators to access articles on demand. With that, an aggregator could be created that could get licensed access to all the content they want, and give their readers access to all those articles for a reasonable fee.
That license would likely be expensive, but if the model could be proven, it could become an opportunity. You could have aggregators by city, by state, by region, by topic, by anything. For example, I’d love to pay for an aggregator of all the best local sports writers in the US. Or maybe an aggregator that just supports long-form investigative journalism — that would be amazing.
Proving the model is the challenge though, so they need to create their own Hulu-like platform to get the ball rolling. Basically, aggregated journalism, aggregated by journalists. (Lots of feelings would get hurt, so hiring an independent team to do the aggregation would be key.) That combined aggregator, if done well enough, might prove to be an item worth supporting by enough people to keep local journalism going.
I’ll leave you with this. If you think this idea is terrible, that’s fine. I don’t have all the answers, but solutions need to be found. Forcing media companies to rely on social media for success is only going to work for the biggest of brands, and your local journalists will be left behind (if they’re still around).
But we need them. And they need you. Hopefully we can figure this out before they’re gone.

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Domain Shane Domain Shane: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on November 7, 2017. 
If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the auction ended, but the name may not have sold if a reserve was in place.
DropCatch Names at Auction

Top 10 Namejet sales for yesterday as listed on Namebio.
ivm.com $18,375
visacards.com $10,000
xxww.com $8,000
actresses.com $6,210
erdong.com $2,300
iob.org $2,101
doyoubelieve.com $2,055
vrhr.com $1,705
merce.org $1,210
cyfz.com $1,101

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