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  • Cybersecurity Protects Our Way of Life
  • GM Battling Ignition-Switch Plaintiffs
  • Fast Food Must Shore up Late-Night Security
  • 'Docs v. Glocks' Law Faces Further Challenges
  • Benefits, Challenges and Developments in Edtech Space


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Cybersecurity Protects Our Way of Life
Jeffrey Wells
Executive Director of Cyber Development
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
"Cybersecurity is not just national security. It's not just espionage. It's economic stability. It's individual privacy. And it really is protecting the global way of life and doing business as usual here in the U.S."
Maryland is the epicenter for cybersecurity. Other states including Virginia, Michigan and Delaware are patterning initiatives after Maryland's. However, Maryland is the first state to provide cyber-specific investment tax credits and security-related tax incentives. Maryland is also home to a unique concentration of assets that attract talent such as the National Security Agency (NSA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IAPRA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the headquarters of U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and intelligence and communications responsibilities at Fort Meade and at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Maryland's military installations have an estimated impact of $18 billion on the state's economy.
Jeffrey Wells was appointed executive director of cyber development in the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) in September 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was managing partner and founder of i2 -- Innovation Intelligence, LLC, a consultancy focused on sustainable growth strategies in emerging markets. In 2007, Wells established the social business and anti-poverty enterprise Khalakom, which focused on developing a new generation of entrepreneurs in extreme emerging markets via the affordable sale of mobile communications products. Prior to that, he was Chief of Operations and Lead Analyst for the innovation arm of Nokia, Innovent. He has also founded several non-profits, including the Connected Warrior Foundation, to improve the quality of life for wounded veterans. He is available to discuss cybersecurity, cyberdevelopment, technology transfer, IT security, hackers, cybercommercialization, hiring veterans.
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Media Contact: Andrew Ratner,

GM Battling Ignition-Switch Plaintiffs
John DeGroote
John DeGroote Services, LLC in Dallas
"Auto manufacturing powerhouse General Motors is seeking protection from scores of plaintiffs and potential plaintiffs who claim they were injured or suffered economic losses based on the ignition-switch defect that has led GM to recall more than 2.5 million vehicles so far. GM says it is exempt from the lawsuits based on bankruptcy protections secured prior to its 2009 sale to a government-backed entity in Chapter 11 proceedings. But both GM and the plaintiffs should focus on the end game. No matter what the parties' legal positions may be, both sides have interests that a courtroom can't give them. GM's Ken Feinberg-driven compensation fund is a great start, and the key going forward will be whether both sides can step away from their legal arguments long enough to find a reasonable solution for the claims that remain."
Media Contact: Bruce Vincent,

Fast Food Must Shore up Late-Night Security
Chris Hamilton
Standly Hamilton, LLP in Dallas
"Businesses that rely on late-night revenue must focus on customer safety. Convenience stores learned ways to protect customers in the 1970s after adopting extended hours and experiencing the late-night crime that exists practically everywhere. The fast-food industry has been operating under extended hours since the mid-2000s, but many still don't have proper security to protect customers."
Hamilton represented the families of two Texas teens who died after a late-night altercation at a McDonald's, securing a $27 million jury verdict against the restaurant.
Media Contact: Bruce Vincent,

'Docs v. Glocks' Law Faces Further Challenges
David M. Walsh IV
Health Care Appellate Lawyer
Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C. in Dallas
"Recently, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to overturn a federal judge's ruling that Florida's 'Docs v. Glocks' law that stops doctors from asking patients about gun ownership impinged upon health care providers' rights to free speech and likely will face further court scrutiny. Proponents of the law say it preserves patient privacy and curbs abuse of physician-patient confidentiality. When screening patients, many physicians ask about gun ownership, smoking, eating habits, and other variables. Lawyers representing doctors argue that banning such questions infringes upon doctors' First Amendment rights by threatening them with heavy fines and the loss of their medical licenses if they ask those questions. This case poses interesting constitutional questions and physicians' attorneys have promised to appeal it further."
Media Contact: Dave Moore,

Benefits, Challenges and Developments in Edtech Space
Jen Shoop
Chief Innovation Officer
"Educational technologies are not a silver bullet, and purely digital solutions can be a challenging proposition, especially for the underserved markets many of these solutions are intended to meet. Implementation and learner support should always be kept front of mind."
Shoop is an expert on education technology, digital courseware, product design and development for underserved populations, curriculum design and educational impact measurement, e-learning, and the issue of educational access. She has written published many blog posts on educational technology, product design, and piloting edtech solutions among low-income youth on the Moneythink blog ( She has collaborated with giants in the industry, such as and Causelabs. She is available to share thoughts on the benefits, challenges, and developments in the edtech space.
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