Paradise Papers, Pediatric Nursing, Windows 10, More: Monday Buzz, November 6, 2017


New York Times: Millions of Leaked Files Shine Light on Where the Elite Hide Their Money. “It’s called the Paradise Papers: the latest in a series of leaks made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shedding light on the trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens. The core of the leak, totaling more than 13.4 million documents, focuses on the Bermudan law firm Appleby, a 119-year old company that caters to blue chip corporations and very wealthy people. Appleby helps clients reduce their tax burden; obscure their ownership of assets like companies, private aircraft, real estate and yachts; and set up huge offshore trusts that in some cases hold billions of dollars.”

Arizona State University: ASU nursing alum creates online community to fight pediatric misinformation. “A passion for accurate and accessible medical information led Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation alumna Danielle Stringer to come up with a unique solution. The pediatric nurse practitioner found that her patients’ parents were often turning to the internet in order to get questions answered outside the exam room. The problem was that a lot of what they came across online was inaccurate, contradictory or both. ‘I honestly thought the best way to fix the confusion my parents were suffering while reading blogs online was to simply start writing the truth and publishing it myself,’ Stringer said. That’s how was born.”


Ars Technica: The last official way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade is ending soon. “For the first year of its availability, Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of non-enterprise versions of Windows 7 and 8. For most people, that scheme ended last July, but one group of Windows users continued to be eligible for a free upgrade even after that cut-off point: those using assistive technology such as screen readers, Braille screens, or other usability aids.”

Recode: Yuri Milner’s big investments in Twitter and Facebook have now been tied to the Russian government. “Facebook and Twitter received major investments from a firm with ties to Kremlin-owned corporations, a new trove of confidential documents revealed. That cache of confidential documents called the Paradise Papers was obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The documents were reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a series of news outlets.”


The Guardian: Jenna Abrams: the Trump-loving Twitter star who never really existed. “Apparently Jenna Abrams – all-American, Trump-loving, segregation-supporting, Confederate-defending Twitter star – does not really exist. The Daily Beast has exposed her as the creation of a troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg.”

RIT Reporter: Digital Preservation & Corporate Owned Platforms. “When it comes to social media, the vast majority of our personal thoughts and records are only preserved by some company’s far-away servers. For a fairly long time now, we have collectively tied our identities to spaces owned and operated by third parties. Dr. Tamar Carroll of RIT’s Digital Humanities and Social Science program brought up how Facebook embodies this trend.”

27 East: Gardiner Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant To Guild Hall To Digitize Permanent Collection. “The grant will fund building a publicly accessible, searchable online database of more than 2,400 artworks that serve as a critical resource for understanding Eastern Long Island’s legacy as an artist colony, according to Guild Hall, which stated that the permanent collection is composed of works by artists with ties to the East End and includes masterworks from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, encompassing paintings, sculpture, prints, watercolors, photographs, and drawings by internationally distinguished artists such Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam and Jackson Pollock.”

Library of Congress: Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett. “With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people.”


Business Standard: UK may ban kids under 13 from social media to curb sexual abuse . “Under a new legislation to be debated in the UK’s House of Lords later this week, children under the age of 13 will be banned from joining Facebook and Twitter to keep them safe from child abuse on the social media platforms.”


TheWeek: Monopolies are privatizing the World Wide Web. Here’s how to stop it.. “Over the past two decades, internet access has gone from an odd curiosity to a basic necessity of life, akin to water and electricity service. But the quality and usefulness of that service is under threat from monopolist corporations. If we want to preserve the internet and the World Wide Web as a neutral and open platform, we must break up and regulate the corporate behemoths who are effectively gaining control over it.”

Healio: Online, social media intervention improves infant vaccination rates. “The use of a web-based, social media platform that includes blogs, discussion forums and a way for pregnant women to question health care experts about infant vaccination positively affected vaccine behaviors of parents, according to a study published in Pediatrics.” Good morning, Internet…

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