Business Ethics, Nanomaterials, Facebook Libra, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 17, 2019


University of St. Thomas: An Ethics Resource at Your Fingertips: Meet BERC. “Business Ethics Resource Center includes ethics and compliance resources from nationally and internationally recognized ethics and compliance centers, consortia and organizations, experts and thought leaders, qualified academics and practitioners, and industry groups.”

European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials: Search for over 300 nanomaterials on the EU market. “It is now possible to search for over 300 nanomaterials found in the EU and link them to hazard data. The search uses REACH registrations, the cosmetic ingredients notification portal and the French and Belgian national inventories to make up the most comprehensive search for nanomaterials in the EU.”


The Hill: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing. “Facebook on Tuesday sought to defend its plans for a new global cryptocurrency at a contentious hearing as lawmakers aggressively blasted the project and questioned whether the embattled company should be in charge of launching such an ambitious venture.”

Mashable: Instagram can’t stop flood of grisly photos from teen’s murder so users step up. “Instagram users are stepping up to stanch the flow of photos showing a popular teen e-girl’s murder as the platform fails to quickly remove the images. As bad actors upload grisly photos showing the teen’s slit neck with certain hashtags, some users are working to bury those posts under images of pink clouds and cats wearing flower crowns with those same hashtags and tagging the victim’s account. The inventive approach makes it harder to search for pictures of Bianca Devins’ dead body.”


The Daily Dot: How to follow along with San Diego Comic Con online. “San Diego Comic-Con is (almost) here, which means it’s time to dig through the laughably huge onslaught of movie trailers, interviews, and of course, panels. Lots and lots of panels. There are so many panels that it’s definitely impossible to catch them all, but even if you’re not lucky enough to have a Comic Con badge, you can still catch up with what’s happening at Comic Con by finding ways to follow along online. Here’s everything we know about how to keep up with Comic-Con 2019, including Twitter accounts to follow, apps, and how to stream Comic Con panels online.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Smart News Apps to Help You Avoid Fake News With More Trustworthy Reports. “The internet has turned anyone and everyone into a news reporter. This has led to a rise in fake news, and the availability of more news than you need. Not everyone can be an expert on how to spot fake news. And sometimes you don’t even know what you should be reading. One solution is the use of reliable journalists, passionate communities, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI). Here are a few developers and their smart apps that have made the news simple again.”


IPP Media: Online database to level the job field for women scholars. “The MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children is preparing a database of Tanzanian women scholars, including those living abroad, to be uploaded online, to enhance their visibility and employability.”

The Hindu: New social media rule for college students sets their teeth on edge. “Many engineering college students are unhappy with new rules that will see their social media accounts being connected to that of their higher education institutes. As per directions from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), on Monday asked all its affiliated colleges to identify a ‘social media champion’ — a faculty or non-faculty member — who will operate all the social media accounts of the college. The SMC will have to to publicise the ‘good work’ done by the institute and its students.”

VN Express: Minister wants Vietnamese replacements for Facebook, Google. “Information minister Nguyen Manh Hung has called for creating a Vietnamese social media network and search engine to replace Facebook and Google.”


Reuters: In systemic breach, hackers steal millions of Bulgarians’ financial data. “Bulgaria’s finance minister apologized to the country on Tuesday after admitting hackers had stolen millions of taxpayers’ financial data in an attack that one researcher said may have compromised nearly every adult’s personal records.”

MIT Sloan Management Review: Casting the Dark Web in a New Light. “The value chain model developed by Harvard Business School’s Michael E. Porter offers a process-based view of business.6 When applied to cybercrime, it reveals that the dark web — that part of the internet that has been intentionally hidden, is inaccessible through standard web browsers, and facilitates criminal activities — serves as what Porter called a value system. That system includes a comprehensive cyberattack supply chain, which enables hackers and other providers to develop and sell the products and services needed to mount attacks at scale. Understanding how it works provides new, more effective avenues for combating attacks to companies, security service providers, and the defense community at large.” A deep but exceptionally-readable dive. Recommended if you’re at all interested in cybercrime.


ZDNet: How much do influencers really earn? That depends on gender, among other factors. “Although Influencer marketing is now mainstream for brands that want to extend their marketing, influencers often do not earn as much for their posts as you might think.” Good morning, Internet…

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