Monthly Archives: November 2015

China will continue to take prisoners organs

‘‘Once organs from willing death-row prisoners are included in our national distribution system, they will be considered voluntary citizen donations, and the expression ‘death-row donations’ won’t exist any more.’’ http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/fresh-doubt-over-chinas-pledge-to-amend-transplant-policy/?ref=world That statement, reported by The Beijing Times last year, by Huang Jiefu, a former deputy minister of health and China’s leading organ transplant official, makes […]

AMA calls for ban on pharmaceutical TV ads

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on advertising prescription drugs and medical devices directly to consumers, saying the ads drive patients to demand expensive treatments over less costly ones that are also effective. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/645dff9967b04f12b863a9229b724d97/american-medical-association-backs-prescription-drug-ad-ban The influential doctors’ group said the new policy reflects physicians’ concerns that marketing spending on a proliferation […]

US to use Paris attacks to further police state

It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/opinion/mass-surveillance-isnt-the-answer-to-fighting-terrorism.html?emc=eta1 The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. Speaking less than three days after […]

Police use of lethal force bridges racial divide

A black man shot by police in an incident that sparked large protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has died. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34848250 Jamar Clark, 24, had been on life support in hospital since the shooting on Sunday morning. Police say that he was the suspect in an assault case and was interfering with medics who were working on […]

Facebook begins tracking non-users

A court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking people in who are not members of its social network. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34765937 Facebook says it will appeal against the decision and that the order relates to a cookie it has used for five years. The cookie is installed when an internet user visits a Facebook page […]

Smartphones relay behavioral and health data

Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users’ information to third parties, research has suggested. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34732514 Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities studied 110 apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. They found 73% of the Android apps shared users’ email addresses, and 47% […]

Political ads that can read viewer emotions

In the lobby of a Mexico City office building, people scurrying to and fro gazed briefly at the digital billboard backing a candidate for Congress in June.  They probably did not know that the sign was reading them, too. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/04/world/americas/neuropolitics-where-campaigns-try-to-read-your-mind.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news Inside the ad, a camera captured their facial expressions and fed them through an algorithm, […]