96% of US hospital websites share visitor info with Meta, Google, data brokers
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
The Register: “Hospitals – despite being places where people implicitly expect to have their personal details kept private – frequently use tracking technologies on their websites to share user information with Google, Meta, data brokers, and other third parties, according to research published today. Academics at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed a nationally representative sample of 100 non-federal acute care hospitals – essentially traditional hospitals with emergency departments – and their findings were that 96 percent of their websites transmitted user data to third parties. Additi ..read more
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Report – Legal treatment of embryos created through IVF
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
In Custodia Legis: “In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure that involves the “joining of a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm in a laboratory dish.” The MedicinePlus website explains that “[i]n vitro means outside the body. Fertilization means the sperm has attached to and entered the egg.” The procedure can result in “excess” or “surplus” embryos that are not transferred to a person’s uterus as part of the initial treatment cycle. A decision then needs to be made as to what to do with such embryos, which involves both personal and legal considerations ..read more
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New bill would try to make tools like Zoom and Teams work together securely
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
The Verge: “A new proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would require videoconferencing and messaging tools used by the federal government to be able to communicate with each other, even if made by different companies. It would also enforce high security standards for government collaboration tools, including end-to-end encryption. The Secure and Interoperable Government Collaboration Technology Act…would make it so that a government user on Teams, for example, would be able to talk to a colleague at a different agency using Zoom. While the bill would only implement the requirement for tools use ..read more
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Tracking AI-enabled Misinformation
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
“To date, NewsGuard’s team has identified 794 Unreliable AI-Generated News and information websites, labeled “UAINS,” spanning 16 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Turkish. These websites typically have generic names, such as iBusiness Day, Ireland Top News, and Daily Time Update, which to a consumer appear to be established news sites. This obscures that the sites operate with little to no human oversight and publish articles written largely or entirely by bots — rather than presenti ..read more
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The 12 Companies That Together Own 500+ Consumer Brands
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Quartr: “Warren Buffett famously popularized the term “moat,” stating that “a truly great business must have an enduring moat that protects excellent returns on invested capital.” This can take shape in various forms, and according to Buffett, one of them is “possessing a powerful world-wide brand (Coca-Cola, Gillette, American Express).” The consumer goods sector is filled to the brim with such brands, and perhaps to your great surprise, most of the ones you’re using daily are likely owned by one of the twelve companies discussed in this article. Let’s have a look. Consolidated dominance: Th ..read more
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Mapping America’s access to nature, neighborhood by neighborhood
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Washington Post – “A city is a science experiment. What happens when we separate human beings from the environment in which they evolved? Can people be healthy without nature? The results have been bleak. Countless studies have shown that people who spend less time in nature die younger and suffer higher rates of mental and physical ailments. “There’s a really, really strong case for proximity to nature influencing health in a really big way,” said Jared Hanley, the co-founder and CEO of NatureQuant, an Oregon start-up whose mission is to discover what kind of nature best supports human health ..read more
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Police Shootings of Residents Across the United States, 2015–20: A Comparison of States
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Rockefeller Institute: “Broader public, media, and scholarly interest in police shootings of residents in the United States has been a constant since 2014. This interest followed a number of high-profile deadly force incidents, including those leading to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH. In the decade since, researchers from a variety of academic disciplines have learned much about the scope and nature of police shootings. While US police as a whole use their firearms more than most other countries, rates of police shootings of residents vary across ..read more
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Colleges are Failing to Fight Antisemitism on Their Campuses
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Campus Antisemitism Report Card – ADL’s Campus Antisemitism Report Card is a tool for students, parents, alumni, college faculty, guidance counselors, admissions consultants and other stakeholders. Our goal is to serve students and their families looking for information about the current state of antisemitism on campus and how particular universities and colleges are responding. ADL produced this Report Card during a time of incredible volatility on college campuses. It takes the temperature at a moment in time and provides a roadmap for improving campus climate. This is Report Card version 1 ..read more
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5 Tips For Creating A Professional Email Signature
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Forbes: “Email signatures are an important element of professional communication. Think of them as digital business cards. Within a short space, you get to tell potential customers/clients who you are and the services you provide. A well-crafted email signature enhances your brand, reinforces your identity and streamlines your communication, making it easier for recipients to connect or follow up. For those of you who are not sure where to start, here are five tips on how to create a professional email signature ..read more
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How to Stop Your Data From Being Used to Train AI
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
2d ago
Wired: “If you’ve ever posted something to the internet—a pithy tweet, a 2009 blog post, a scornful review, or a selfie on Instagram—it has most likely been slurped up and used to help train the current wave of generative AI. Large language models, like ChatGPT, and image creators are powered by vast reams of our data. And even if it’s not powering a chatbot, the data can be used for other machine-learning features. Tech companies have scraped vast swathes of the web to gather the data they claim is needed to create generative AI—with little regard for content creators, copyright laws, or priv ..read more
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