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  • AP Stylebook Changes Definition of the Word "Protest"

    October 06, 2020

    National Review has reported that the Associated Press Stylebook, an English grammar style and usage guide created by American journalists linked with the Associated Press, is discouraging the use of the word “riot” to describe violent protests, instead expanding the definition of “protest” to include violent demonstrations.

  • Carmakal: Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

    October 06, 2020

    In an interview withThe New York Times, Charles Carmakal, an executive with the cybersecurity response company, FireEye Mandian, warns about the increase in the use of ransomware, which is leading some U.S. officials to worry about ransomware groups that may try to freeze voter registration data or otherwise disrupt U.S. elections.

  • New California Law Promotes Race-based Corporate Board Quotas

    October 05, 2020

    USA Today reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a law requiring publicly-traded corporations headquartered in California to appoint directors from underrepresented communities to their boards.

  • U.S. will Block Palm Oil from Malaysian Producer over Human Rights Abuses

    September 30, 2020

    Following a year long investigation, an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency will detain shipments of palm oil and its products from FGV Holdings Berhad in Malaysia after a wide range of labor abuse indicators were found, including physical and sexual violence and forced child labor.

  • The Atlantic: AI Heightens Challenges for Disinformation Campaigns

    September 23, 2020

    As Artificial Intelligence generated content becomes more sophisticated, it will be increasingly difficult to differentiate it from the content that is created by humans, particularly when confronting the problem of disinformation campaigns 

  • Amnesty International: EU companies selling surveillance tools to China’s human rights abusers

    September 23, 2020

    According to Amnesty International, by selling digital surveillance technology to China’s public security agencies, including facial recognition and network cameras, technology companies are willing to risk widespread human rights abuses

  • The Standard: Social Media has Become a Powerful Tool for Manipulation

    September 21, 2020

    According to Judah Ben-Hur writing in The Standard, social media has not only become a tool for surveillance, information collection, and financial gain but has also evolved into a powerful force that has transformed the fabric of societies and how people have come to relate to the world and those around them.

  • Business Insider: The EU may Force Facebook to Stop Transatlantic Data Transfers

    September 14, 2020

    According to Ireland's Data Protection Commission, Facebook's main mechanism to transfer data from the EU to the US may conflict with EU privacy laws, raising concerns that EU citizens privacy rights would not be respected.

  • Guardian: Poisoning of Russian Opponent Navalny May Halt Nord Stream 2 Project

    September 08, 2020

    The future of the largely contested baltic pipeline, Nord Stream 2, may be in limbo, as political rivals, allies and numerous countries, including the United States, are calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to end the the nearly completed project between Germany and Russia after the recent poisoning of Russian opposition leader Navalny.

  • Reuters: CDC Announces Potential Distribution of Covid Vaccine in October

    September 07, 2020

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun preparing the distribution of a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October.

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