said they were outraged. In 2020, Illuminate signed a strict data agreement with the district requiring the company to safeguard student data and promptly notify district officials in the event of a data breach.

kept student data on the Amazon Web Services online storage system. Cybersecurity experts said many companies had inadvertently made their A.W.S. storage buckets easy for hackers to find — by naming databases after company platforms or products.

a spate of cyberattacks on both ed tech companies and public schools, education officials said it was time for Washington to intervene to protect students.

“Changes at the federal level are overdue and could have an immediate and nationwide impact,” said Mr. Styer, the New York City schools spokesman. Congress, for instance, could amend federal education privacy rules to impose data security requirements on school vendors, he said. That would enable federal agencies to levy fines on companies that failed to comply.

One agency has already cracked down — but not on behalf of students.

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Pearson, a major provider of assessment software for schools, with misleading investors about a cyberattack in which the birth dates and email addresses of millions of students were stolen. Pearson agreed to pay $1 million to settle the charges.

Mr. Balderas, the attorney general, said he was infuriated that financial regulators had acted to protect investors in the Pearson case — even as privacy regulators failed to step up for schoolchildren who were victims of cybercrime.

“My concern is there will be bad actors who will exploit a public school setting, especially when they think that the technology protocols are not very robust,” Mr. Balderas said. “And I don’t know why Congress isn’t terrified yet.”


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Norman Lear, Creator Of Multiple Groundbreaking TV Hits, Turns 100

and Andrew Hermann
July 27, 2022

Norman Lear’s shows have touched on topics many other shows wouldn’t have in their day, like race, gender, sexuality and abortion.

Norman Lear is about as old as television itself. One might might say they grew up together.

Lear — the producer, writer, director and creator of some of the medium’s most groundbreaking shows — celebrated his 100th birthday Wednesday. 

“My characters have lived a multitude of lives, as have I,” Lear once said. 

Lear grew up in New Haven, Connecticut as the son of a salesman who would serve time in prison for fraud and who would shush his wife with a phrase that would become famous: “Stifle yourself.”

His television shows — “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times” — brought the social issues of the 1970s and 80s into the homes of as many as 120 million viewers a week. 

No topic was off limits. Whether it be race, gender, sexuality, crime or abortion, his shows often reflected the fears of a middle-class America feeling the ground shift. 

The heaviness was lightened by humor, often at the expense of the patriarchy.

In 1999, then president Bill Clinton awarded Lear the National Medal of the Arts, saying Lear “has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.”

Lear has continued working in entertainment even at the century mark, launching shows like a re-imagined “One Day at a Time” on Netflix featuring a Cuban-American working mother.

In between, he became one of the political left’s funniest champions, founding the First Amendment advocacy group “People for the American Way” in 1981.

An eager adopter of social media, Lear tweeted out his thoughts on turning 100 to his 82 million followers.

“I think it has something to do with appreciating the moment,” Lear said. “This is the moment, and it took every split second of all of our lives to get to the moment.”



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Alex Jones’ Defamation Trial Set To Begin In Texas

By Associated Press
July 25, 2022

Two parents of Sandy Hook school shooting victims are suing the Infowars host for telling his audience the massacre was a hoax involving actors.

Jury selection is set for Monday in a trial that will determine for the first time how much Infowars host Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook Elementary School parents for falsely telling his audience that the deadliest classroom shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.

The trial in Austin, Texas — where the conspiracy theorist lives and broadcasts his show — follows months of delays. Jones has racked up fines for ignoring court orders, and he put Infowars into bankruptcy protection just before the trial was originally set to start in April.

At stake for Jones is another potentially major financial blow that could put his constellation of conspiracy peddling businesses into deeper jeopardy. He has already been banned from YouTube, Facebook and Spotify over violating hate-speech policies.

The trial involving the parents of two Sandy Hook families is only the start for Jones; damages have yet to be awarded in separate defamation cases for other families of the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

The lawsuits do not ask jurors to award a specific dollar amount against Jones.

Courts in Texas and Connecticut have already found Jones liable for defamation for his portrayal of the Sandy Hook massacre as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control. In both states, judges have issued default judgments against Jones without trials because he failed to respond to court orders and turn over documents.

The 2012 shooting killed 20 first graders and six educators. Families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school are suing Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems.

Jones has since acknowledged that the shooting took place. During a deposition in April, Jones insisted he wasn’t responsible for the suffering that Sandy Hook parents say they have endured because of the hoax conspiracy, including death threats and harassment by Jones’ followers.

“No, I don’t (accept) responsibility because I wasn’t trying to cause pain and suffering,” Jones said, according to the transcripts made public this month. He continued: “They are being used and their children who can’t be brought back (are) being used to destroy the First Amendment.”

Jones claimed in court records last year that he had a negative net worth of $20 million, but attorneys for Sandy Hook families have painted a different financial picture.

Court records show that Jones’ Infowars store, which sells nutritional supplements and survival gear, made more than $165 million between 2015 and 2018. Jones has also urged listeners on his Infowars program to donate money.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.



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