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Daily Archives: June 30, 2019

Five data lies that need to die … now streaming on Netflix

Via LLRXFive data lies that need to die … now streaming on Netflix – Using Netflix as an example and referencing a number of articles touting the company’s expert use of data analytics and algorithms, marketing savant Jason Voiovich argues that data helps make content decisions, but alone does not alone drive the decisions. Data is one asset among many – but humans decide what counts in the analysis. As data analytics increasingly drive corporate decision-making in all sectors, the lessons Voiovich highlights are critical to effective, accurate and responsible business practices.

The T-Shaped Factor: An Exposure to Tech in Law School

Via LLRX – The T-Shaped Factor: An Exposure to Tech in Law School – Saba Samanian is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. She provides her perspective on the future of the legal profession concerning the intersection of law, technology, access to justice, and her responsibility to be technically competent as she enters… Continue Reading

Facebook’s First ‘Civil Rights Audit’

Vice: “On June 30, 2019 Facebook published its first ever Civil Rights Audit, which aimed to gauge the areas Facebook needs to focus on in order to strengthen civil rights and liberties on the platform. Over 90 civil rights organizations contributed to the audit, according to Facebook. The report also contains a number of recommendations,… Continue Reading

New Stanford research shows difference in language used by Republicans and Democrats

“New Stanford linguistics research has analyzed how Republicans and Democrats use different language when discussing mass shootings on social media and found that Republicans talk more about the shooter and Democrats focus more on the victims. Focusing on posts shared on the social media platform Twitter, the researchers found that Republicans tended to concentrate on… Continue Reading

Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?

BBC: “A new US cancer database – the Firefighter Cancer Registry which was fully funded by Congress in June – aims to track the careers and health histories of thousands of firefighters in order to better understand the link between emergency work and disease, writes Victoria Oldridge. For thousands of years, firefighters have entered into… Continue Reading

Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

Pro Publica – “As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims extra… The payments underscore the lack of other options for individuals and businesses devastated by ransomware, the failure of law enforcement to catch… Continue Reading

Amid measles outbreak NY closes religious exemption for vaccinations – but most states retain it

Pew – “New York recently became the fifth state – after California, Maine, Mississippi and West Virginia – to enact a law requiring children in public school to be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical reason. Legislatures in several other states are considering similar legislation. Most states (44), however, allow children to be exempt… Continue Reading