Phil 12.12.19

7:00 – 7:00 ASRC Research

  • 1st International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems – ACSOS 2020
    • Washington DC from August 17 to August 21, 2020
    • Important Dates (tentative)
      • April 1, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
      • April 8, 2020: Paper submission deadline
      • June 8, 2020: Notification to authors
      • July 8, 2020: Camera Ready Deadline
  •  Dissertation
    • Starting on Ethics
    • A Framework for Making Ethical Decisions
      • Decisions about right and wrong permeate everyday life. Ethics should concern all levels of life: acting properly as individuals, creating responsible organizations and governments, and making our society as a whole more ethical. This document is designed as an introduction to making ethical decisions.  It recognizes that decisions about “right” and “wrong” can be difficult, and may be related to individual context. It first provides a summary of the major sources for ethical thinking, and then presents a framework for decision-making.
    • Archipelago-Wide Island Restoration in the Galápagos Islands: Reducing Costs of Invasive Mammal Eradication Programs and Reinvasion Risk
      • Invasive alien mammals are the major driver of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation on islands. Over the past three decades, invasive mammal eradication from islands has become one of society’s most powerful tools for preventing extinction of insular endemics and restoring insular ecosystems. As practitioners tackle larger islands for restoration, three factors will heavily influence success and outcomes: the degree of local support, the ability to mitigate for non-target impacts, and the ability to eradicate non-native species more cost-effectively. Investments in removing invasive species, however, must be weighed against the risk of reintroduction. One way to reduce reintroduction risks is to eradicate the target invasive species from an entire archipelago, and thus eliminate readily available sources. We illustrate the costs and benefits of this approach with the efforts to remove invasive goats from the Galapagos Islands. Project Isabela, the world’s largest island restoration effort to date, removed >140,000 goats from >500,000 ha for a cost of US$10.5 million. Leveraging the capacity built during Project Isabela, and given that goat reintroductions have been common over the past decade, we implemented an archipelago-wide goat eradication strategy.
    • Galápagos Monday: When Conservation Means Killing
    • Galápagos Redux: When Is It OK to Kill Goats?
  • Flynn’s proposal defense 11:30 – 1:30
    • Qualitative study of mental models with respect to security?
    • Limited qualitative studies in this area
    • How do you transfer a sophisticated user to a more naive one?
    • The profit model incentivised insecure design
    • Biometric adoption (what about legal?)
    • Experts are more disposed to use biometrics!
    • Government guidance is broad, technical, and hard to use
    • Commercial guidance is narrow and easier, but has a price
    • What was the sampling technique?
    • What does “technical” mean? Technospeak?
    • What about a validation study to show that the approach works more than untrained small business users? What about confounding variables, like whether companies that participate are more likely to be security aware

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