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Daily Archives: February 12, 2023

Point of View: Rethinking academia in a time of climate crisis

Anne E Urai, Clare Kelly (2023) Point of View: Rethinking academia in a time of climate crisis eLife 12:e84991

“Addressing the climate crisis requires radical and urgent action at all levels of society. Universities are ideally positioned to lead such action but are largely failing to do so. At the same time, many academic scientists find their work impeded by bureaucracy, excessive competitiveness, and a loss of academic freedom. Here, drawing on the framework of “Doughnut Economics,” developed by Kate Raworth, we suggest seven new principles for rethinking the norms of scientific practice. Based on these, we propose a call to action, and encourage academics to take concrete steps towards the creation of a flourishing scientific enterprise that is fit for the challenges of the 21st century.”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 11, 2023

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 11, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

How to Make Sure You’re Not Accidentally Sharing Your Location

Wired: “Your devices and apps really, really want to know where you are—whether it’s to tell you the weather, recommend some restaurants you might like, or better target advertising at you. Managing what you’re sharing and what you’re not sharing, and when, can quickly get confusing. It’s also possible that you have inconsistencies in the… Continue Reading

The Death of the Smart Shopper

The Atlantic: “Internet retail was supposed to supercharge the informed consumer. What happened? Amazon is getting worse, but you probably already knew that, because you probably shop at Amazon. The online retail behemoth’s search results are full of ads and sponsored results that can push actually relevant, well-reviewed options far down the page. The proportion… Continue Reading

New York Moves Against Stalkerware, A Tool for Domestic Abuse

Bloomberg: Apps disguised as child safety software are used to monitor spouses, officials say. “Stalkers and domestic abusers in the US for years have been able to access the kind of surveillance tools typically associated with foreign spies. That’s all because of a pervasive industry that promises to help people who want to secretly monitor… Continue Reading

Where is ChatGPT taking us?

JHU Hub: “And do we want to follow? Johns Hopkins computer scientist Daniel Khashabi discusses the pros and cons of the revolutionary natural-language processing tool—and predicts where it may head in the future..To those working in artificial intelligence, ChatGPT is not merely an overnight sensation, but a mark of achievement after years of experimentation, says… Continue Reading

History maps

Nono Umasy – Founder of HistoryMaps: “Learning History involves remembering dates, places, people, and events (the who, what, where and when of something). And remembering things for the sake of remembering is not very fun, atleast not for me. I thought there must be an easier and better way to learn and retain what I’ve… Continue Reading

Billions in Federal Farm Subsidies Flow to a Select Group of Producers

“EWG’s newly updated Farm Subsidy Database shows that federal farm subsidies between 1995 and 2021 totaled $478 billion. This huge amount of taxpayer money does almost nothing to help farmers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or adapt to adverse weather conditions caused by the climate crisis. Our database update also shows that farm subsidy funding… Continue Reading