Will Video Games Be Regulated Based on Tobacco Imagery?

A provocative essay published earlier this year asked, “Is the Internet a Tobacco Product?” Now an anti-tobacco NGO, the Truth Initiative (formerly the Legacy Foundation) is suggesting that video games can be deemed to be tobacco products. The video game industry should pursue a pro-active approach of engaging in a substantive dialog with the NGO and other public health stakeholders through the public exchange of studies and analyses that comply with the Data Quality Act. CRE encourages all interested persons to post their views and supporting materials on this thread.

Below is an invitation from the Truth Initiative for its webinar on video games.

On Cybersecurity, Trump Must Let the Private Sector Lead

From: Council on Foreign Relations

by Robert Knake

In a video message posted last week, President-Elect Donald J. Trump said that he would ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense to develop a plan to protect critical infrastructure like the power grid from cyberattacks.

In so doing, Mr. Trump fell into the trap that so many politicians new to the challenges of securing cyberspace fall into—believing that cybersecurity is a problem that the military is best equipped to address. Once in office, he will discover what the last three presidents have found: there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to protect private industry from cyberattack.

DHS helps you make your control systems more secure

From: CSO

After a zero-day exploit to the maritime transportation sector, DHS’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center notified potentially affected U.S. ports about the threat. They described the apparent vulnerability and provided preliminary mitigation measures.


This past August, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) received notice that a remote attacker had used a zero-day exploit against the maritime transportation sector. The attacker exploited an SQL injection vulnerability in a web-based application used by multiple U.S. ports that provides real-time access to operational logistics information, resulting in a loss of valuable data.

Michigan regulators to beef up utility cybersecurity

From: Utility DIVE


EPA Regulates One-in-a-Million Environmental Risks But Cyber Hazards Remain Unregulated

From: ITS International

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation System has apparently been targeted by hackers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the agency to shut down its light-rail ticketing machines and point-of-payment systems and allowing passengers to ride for free.

Agency computers displayed the message “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted”, the San Francisco Examiner reported on Saturday.

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