Back at the end of April, I contacted Tom Graves (my representative) about how much I disagreed with his CISPA vote. I got a nice long (formulaic) email response from him at the start of May, and have been trying to decide what to do with it until today.
I was first pointed at a Guardian article about how our government has decided to just gather ALL communications by the people in this country. Welcome to the party general media!
I then read through Tom Graves’ response to me more thoroughly and came up with a response I felt needed to be sent (there was an “issue type” selection box that I’m referring to in the first paragraph):
Really this should be under the topic of “Information Security”, but “Telecommunications” will have to do as the issue type. At the end of April, I contacted you regarding your vote in favor of CISPA. While I still disagree with you about what points of that act were concerning to the people you’re supposed to be protecting, you make the following claim in your response to me:
“Like you, I believe each American’s privacy protections should be upheld. As well, I have serious concerns that legislation enabling the federal government to block websites dangerously encroaches upon individuals’ privacy and freedom of speech.”
Should that be the case, you should definitely be fighting against the current data policies that the NSA, FBI, and other security related departments of our government. As highlighted in this Guardian story from earlier this month, the battle to maintain our individual privacy has already been lost: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston Even though signing petitions and sending emails typically does nothing for we the people, I implore you to help us regain our innate privacy. Just because it exists in a previously unimagined medium by our forefathers doesn’t mean that the government is exempt from upholding the fourth amendment.
— Update —
Just saw a rather related article to the above privacy concerns: http://www.thoughtcrime.org/blog/saudi-surveillance/
Categories: Inspired, Intuition, Web CISPA, FBI, Government, Inspired, Intuition, NSA, Privacy, The Guardian, Tom Graves
Since I am a graduating senior from college this year (as opposed to just a senior, which I was last year), I have been going strong with the job hunt. Thanks to a career fair on campus in mid-September, I have actually had a pretty large number of leads and a decent number of interviews. I really wasn’t expecting the career fair to produce much going in, but was pleasantly surprised by it. My approach came down to:
- Ask the recruiter to tell you more about their company beyond what you already know about them (in the case of some companies, I actually knew who they were, so would mention that and then ask for more information).
- Follow that up with “how can my [insert professional interest here] fit into your company” or “what kind of [insert professional interest here] opportunities do you have?”
- From here, it became a case-by-case situation dependent upon what I was interested in that they mentioned, and any questions I might have had. To stand out from other candidates, I told some about projects that I have worked on over the summer and also told a few of the recruiters about the senior design project I am working on (to be discussed a bit in a later post).
You really cannot beat a strong resume though. Because of my large amount of professional experience at 3 different companies during my college career, I had an easy time finding additional material to discuss with those companies of actual interest (there were some that I talked to who just had absolutely NO opportunities to offer me, or were simply not situated to even need my talents and interests).
So, to give a small list of some of the companies I have applied to already, partially but not all due to discussions at the career fair, are (career fair contacts, and then the rest):
- Wipro – applied.
- Booz Allen Hamilton – on-campus interview scheduled for 10/14.
- NSA – applied.
- Cardlytics – haven’t gotten back to me via email yet, will follow up soon.
- Endgame Systems – no online application, awaiting a call from them, but haven’t heard yet.
- Barracuda Networks – applied.
- Capital IQ – have gone through an on-campus interview with them.
- — non-career fair opportunities —
- Google – ON SITE INTERVIEW AT THEIR MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA OFFICE ON 10/18, ALL EXPENSES PAID!! Excited, obviously.
- Manhattan Associates – applied and was personally told I would hear from them, but haven’t yet.
- Factset – interviewed with them on 9/16, haven’t heard back though.
- Cisco – applied.
- Neustar – was my summer job, an am part-timing with them still. Will likely discuss this opportunity with them further in November.
The Google one is obviously VERY exciting, and we’ll see how the on-site interview goes on 10/18. Considering that they are flying me out there, and putting me up for 2 nights, I am SUPER stoked about it!!