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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 11, 2012 BBC Chairman Says Network Needs Radical Overhaul
QUOTE: The BBC’s chairman said Sunday that the broadcasting organization was in a “ghastly mess” as a result of its bungled coverage of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal and in need of a fundamental shake-up.
New York Times Mar 15, 2012 Virginia Tech to review negligence verdict in 2007 shooting rampage
QUOTE: Virginia Tech plans to consider all its options after it reviews a jury verdict that found it was negligent in a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman....Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough following the discovery of two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston dormitory.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 29, 2012 Words matter in Penn State perjury case
QUOTE: the story began with an assistant coach at Penn State, Mike McQueary, who testified that nearly 10 years ago he walked in on former coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in the football team's locker room showers. McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time, said he had no doubt that he witnessed "severe sexual acts" that were wrong and "over the lines." Yet, as a transcript shows, each time McQueary's story was told it became less specific, until others at the end of the line reacted as if what he had seen was no big deal.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 15, 2011 Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case
QUOTE: a federal judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal case against a man accused of stalking a religious leader on Twitter, saying that the Constitution protects “uncomfortable” speech on such bulletin-boardlike sites.
New York Times Jul 07, 2011 To Slow Piracy, Internet Providers Ready Penalties
QUOTE: After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation’s top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means....concerns that consumers might be punished “based on allegations that have not been tested in court.”
New York Times May 25, 2011 PeopleClaim: Taking Complaints Public Via the Web
QUOTE: A site called PeopleClaim aspires to go beyond mere venting, to assist customers in filing a complaint with the service provider in question....PeopleClaim aims to provide an alternative to the legal system for consumers with beefs who may not have the time or money to go even to small claims court...
New York Times Oct 21, 2009 Tweets from the jury box: jurors using Twitter jeopardize trials
QUOTE: in an age of citizen journalism and Web publishing, a growing number of jurors are tapping away at their BlackBerries and iPhones from the jury box and the deliberation room – potentially putting trial outcomes into jeopardy.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 17, 2009 To friend or not to friend? College admissions in the age of Facebook
QUOTE: How colleges can employ social networking sites and the possible conflicts that can arise from their use are hot topics among admissions officials...
USA TODAY Sep 16, 2009 College Stars Run for Cover From Fans’ Cameras
QUOTE: Athletic departments now monitor social networking Web sites, and cellphones are collected at the door of college parties to try to keep embarrassing or illegal moments off the Internet.
New York Times Sep 04, 2009 GQ’s Provocative Article on Russia Will Be Hard to Find in Russia
QUOTE: Condé Nast, publisher of GQ, decided not to send copies of the magazine to Russia, to post the article [that criticizes the Russian government] on GQ’s Web site or to include a translated version of it in any of the four magazines it owns in Russia...
New York Times Sep 03, 2009 When Patient Handoffs Go Terribly Wrong (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: Physicians who are signing out may inadvertently omit information, such as the rationale for a certain antibiotic or a key piece of the patient’s surgical history. And doctors who are receiving the information may not assume the same level of responsibility for the care of that patient.
New York Times Sep 02, 2009 GM crops: Battlefield: Papers suggesting that biotech crops might harm the environment attract a hail of abuse from other scientists. Emily Waltz asks if the critics fight fair.
QUOTE: some scientists say that this activity [attacking papers that criticize genetically modified crops] may be going beyond what is acceptable in scientific discussions, trampling important research questions and stifling debate.
Nature Sep 01, 2009 Case Shows Limits of Sex Offender Alert Programs
QUOTE: the case of Phillip Garrido, the California man accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years, is reigniting a debate about the usefulness of the government-managed lists and whether they might create a false sense of public safety.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.
Mother Jones Aug 27, 2009 Mayhem Crosses the Border With Informers: U.S. Agents Recruiting Mexican Drug Figures
QUOTE: in order to fight the drug traffickers, federal anti-narcotics agents have brought Mexican cartel members north of the border, to use them to gather intelligence and build cases. That has also led to friction between U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Washington Post Aug 27, 2009 Hold the sushi: Mercury in fish
QUOTE: Consumers are now trying to understand how the USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] study’s findings [on mercury in fish] should influence their eating habits.
Economist Aug 25, 2009 Businesses Reluctant to Report Online Banking Fraud (Security Fix)
QUOTE: many victimized companies [of online banking fraud] are reluctant to come forward out of fear of retribution by their bank.
Washington Post Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)
QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.
Washington Post Aug 24, 2009 Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People
QUOTE: Now, as the English-language version of Wikipedia has just surpassed three million articles, that freewheeling ethos is about to be curbed. Officials at the Wikimedia Foundation... say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people.
New York Times Aug 20, 2009 FCC asks us all: what, exactly, is broadband? The FCC wants you to tell the agency what you mean by "broadband," and how the Commission should redefine the term as technology changes.
QUOTE: The FCC has put out a Public Notice asking the wise to help them define "broadband [Internet]."
Ars Technica Aug 19, 2009 A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack
QUOTE: A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against some of the most shadowy Internet criminals... is being used to pry information from a group that is nearly as reclusive as the hackers: banks whose computers have been compromised.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 How to Manage Your Online Life When You're Dead
QUOTE: Other sites [that are like Facebook] are also grappling with the thorny question of what to do with users' information after they die.
Time Magazine Aug 18, 2009 Cellphones problematic for 911
QUOTE: r the millions of Americans giving up their land lines in favor of cellphones, dialing 911 may no longer mean a quick response. It can lead to misrouted calls, delayed information about the location of the caller and, most important, a slower emergency response.
USA TODAY Aug 18, 2009 Court offers guidelines on when to unmask anonymous posters
QUOTE: when do accusations of wrongdoing justify the removal of anonymity from the sources of anonymous statements made via the Internet.
Ars Technica Aug 13, 2009 Privacy Regulations Bedevil Medical Social Media Efforts
QUOTE: To truly participate in social media, healthcare organizations need to allow other people to leave comments on the organizations' content. But that's difficult to reconcile with HIPAA and other government privacy regulations...
InformationWeek Aug 12, 2009 What Do We Know about Tourette's? If you have the idea that every patient curses unpredictably, think again
QUOTE: ...Tourette’s disorder is the subject of popular misconceptions...
Scientific American Aug 11, 2009 Can I make copies of my DVDs? One reader wants to know how to replace his damaged DVD movies and music CDs (Gripe Line)
QUOTE: let's start with the loaded part of the question: "We all know that it's illegal to make copies of CDs and DVDs." I don't think we do know that. In fact, I [Christina Wood] think there is a lot of confusion about this.
InfoWorld Aug 10, 2009 Facebook can threaten relationships, study says ( Capsule)
QUOTE: ...Facebook could be ruining your relationship and driving you toward compulsively jealous behavior.
Los Angeles Times Aug 08, 2009 Where Have You Gone, Joe the Citizen?
QUOTE: The traditional town hall meeting, a staple of Congressional constituent relations, had been hijacked, overrun by sophisticated social-networking campaigns [to protest healthcare reform]...
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 Who’s to Blame for a Missed Diagnosis? (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: Diagnostic failures, or diagnoses that are delayed or in error, are an increasingly popular topic of research in patient safety.
New York Times Aug 05, 2009 Responsible Twittering: The company's security issues are well-known, but users also need to be more responsible about what they tweet.
QUOTE: While this [network hacking] highlights the risks associated with applications in the cloud, it isn't the only security risk associated with Twitter. In addition there are risks with people spoofing other identities, risks of people disclosing sensitive data and people creating risks by talking about some of their activities.
Forbes Aug 04, 2009 More D.C. Kids Had Elevated Lead Than Stated
QUOTE: More than twice as many D.C. children as previously reported by federal and local health officials had high levels of lead in their blood amid the city's drinking water crisis, according to congressional investigators, throwing into doubt assurances by those officials that the lead in tap water did not seriously harm city children.
Washington Post Aug 04, 2009 CNN Calls on Cable Operators to Block Ad Critical of Lou Dobbs (Media Decoder)
QUOTE: A commercial critiquing CNN’s Lou Dobbs is being shown on Fox News and MSNBC this week — but not CNN.
New York Times Aug 02, 2009 Computer-trading worries grow as NYSE builds new datacenter
QUOTE: Not everyone is happy that the NYSE is poised to massively boost the already overwhelming amount of computer trading. At issue is not the simple fact of computers trading against one another over electronic networks—it's the speed with which they appear to be squeezing the humans out of the loop, and the potential instability and fragility that may result from increased automation of global markets.
Ars Technica Aug 01, 2009 Adaptive Evolution: A once-rare type of clinical trial that violates one of the sacred tenets of trial design is taking off, but is it worth the risk?
QUOTE: in an increasingly common approach, a trial can be altered in various ways while it’s still in progress... Such modifications are based on a peek at interim data—which of necessity means unblinding the data before the trial’s completion.
Scientist, The (TS) Jul 29, 2009 Congress: File Sharing Leaks Sensitive Government Data
QUOTE: Sensitive files including Secret Service safehouse locations, military rosters, and IRS tax returns can still be found on file-sharing networks...
CBS News Jul 29, 2009 Chinese Workers Say Illness Is Real, Not Hysteria
QUOTE: As soon as the Jilin Connell Chemical Plant started production this spring, local hospitals began receiving stricken workers from the acrylic yarn factory 100 yards downwind from Connell’s exhaust stacks. A clear case of chemical contamination? Not so, say Chinese health officials who contend that the episode is a communal outbreak of psychogenic illness, also called mass hysteria.
New York Times Jul 29, 2009 Unpopular Science
QUOTE: The problem with the decline of science journalism is not just that there is less attention overall to science; it's that the remaining science coverage is less illuminating. Instead, it indulges in a variety of journalistic pathologies that thwart an improved public understanding of science.
Nation Jul 28, 2009 A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?
QUOTE: in the last few months, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.
New York Times Jul 26, 2009 Lawmakers Seek to Curb Drug Commercials
QUOTE: For some legislators and consumer advocates, the [drug] ads are a daily reminder of a health care system run amok. Critics contend that drug ads are intended to prompt people to diagnose themselves with chronic quality-of-life problems like insomnia or restless leg syndrome; lead people to pressure their doctors for prescriptions for expensive brand-name drugs to treat these conditions; and steer people away from cheaper generic pills.
New York Times Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Rebuffs U.N. Requests for Guantanamo Visits, Data on CIA Prisons
QUOTE: he Obama administration has declined requests from U.N. human rights investigators for information on secret prisons and for private interviews with inmates at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.N. officials said, dampening their hopes of greater U.S. cooperation on human rights issues.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2009 Crackles of hatred: Radio propaganda
QUOTE: Peacekeeping pundits agree that more must be done to pre-empt and counter the effects of “hate radio”.
Economist Jul 23, 2009 Chinese-American Children Sent to Live With Kin Abroad Face a Tough Return
QUOTE: The phenomenon of American-born children who spend their infancy in China has been known for years to social workers, who say it is widespread and worrying....Their repeatedly disrupted attachments to family members “could potentially add up to a mental health crisis for some immigrant communities,” Dr. Bohr wrote in an article in May in The Infant Mental Health Journal.
New York Times Jul 22, 2009 400 Percent APR—Is That Good? Do people take out payday loans because they're desperate—or because they don't understand the terms?
QUOTE: There's been a lot of finger-pointing lately about who is to blame for the untenable financial circumstances of many American families. Among the usual suspects... none is an easier target than payday lenders
Slate Jul 21, 2009 New Technology to Make Digital Data Self-Destruct
QUOTE: A group of computer scientists at the University of Washington has developed a way to make electronic messages “self destruct” after a certain period of time, like messages in sand lost to the surf.
New York Times Jul 20, 2009 Bailout Overseer Says Banks Misused TARP Funds
QUOTE: Many of the banks that got federal aid to support increased lending have instead used some of the money to make investments, repay debts or buy other banks...
Washington Post Jul 20, 2009 Tweleted: Making Mischief on Twitter ( That Viral Thing)
QUOTE: Tweleted raises some larger privacy concerns. When a user deletes a post on Twitter, it disappears from their user profile but not from Twitter's search engine results. Tweleted uses this loophole to dig up its deleted posts.
Time Magazine Jul 20, 2009 U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving (Driven to Distraction)
QUOTE: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers — in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.
New York Times Jul 17, 2009 L.A. weighs plan to replace computer software with Google service
QUOTE: Frustrated by a slow and antiquated computer system, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies.
Los Angeles Times Jul 16, 2009 Bridging the Culture Gap (Doctor and Patient)
QUOTE: Clinicians who are unaware of cultural influences may not only miss important medical implications for a patient but can also inadvertently exacerbate an often already tenuous therapeutic relationship.
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