Author Archives: Alice Green

Brunei Implements Sharia Law; Gay Sex Punished by Stoning

Starting April 3rd, residents of Brunei who commit the “crimes” of adultery or gay sex can be legally punished with death by stoning. Thieves can be punished with the amputation of a hand or foot. The draconian punishments – which can only be implemented if crimes are “witnessed by a group of Muslims” – are part of a strict Islamic ...

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UK says Facebook “Intentionally” Violated Privacy Laws

In a report released Monday, British lawmakers claim Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated the country’s data privacy laws. The report is yet another step backwards for the social media giant, which has faced increasing criticism since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in March 2018. Facebook’s “handling of personal data, and its use for political campaigns, are prime and legitimate areas ...

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Trump Expected to Ban Chinese Telecom Equipment

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order banning Chinese equipment from US wireless networks. The decision, which comes ahead of a key industry conference later this month, sends a clear signal that US officials are prioritizing cybersecurity amid the global rollout of 5G infrastructure. The directive “could further roil the Trump Administration’s already tense relationship with Beijing, especially ...

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Trump Strikes Unexpected Trade Deal with EU

President Trump met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday to talk about trade. At the end of the meeting, the two leaders announced a plan to work towards the elimination of all tariffs and trade barriers between the EU and the US. Trump had proposed the complete elimination of barriers the day before, suggesting on Twitter that the ...

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SCOTUS Eliminates Union Fair Share Fees

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that unions cannot force government employees to pay dues. The ruling essentially overturns a 41-year-old decision that had given states the authority to decide whether public employees, including non-members, were required to contribute to the unions that represent them. “The 5-4 decision fulfills a longtime wish of conservatives to get rid of the so-called ...

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Facebook Puts Health Research Project on Hold Amid Privacy Concerns

Facebook has decided to pause a patient data harvesting program it says was intended to help connect doctors with patients in need of specialized care. The decision, announced Thursday, comes amid increasing criticism regarding the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal. The health research project, led by Stanford cardiologist Freddy Abnousi, aimed to combine anonymized medical data (provided by hospitals) with ...

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Tennessee Lawmaker Takes on Facebook to Protect Privacy

The FTC announced last week it had opened an official, non-public investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices after the company allowed access to consumers’ information to a third party. Not only does this data-sharing represent a violation of users’ trust, but it most likely violates a consent decree imposed on Facebook after it settled a similar FTC investigation in 2011. To ...

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China Softens – Agrees to Negotiate over Trade Deficit

The stock market made a sharp recovery on Monday after China offered to negotiate better trade deals to decrease its trade surplus with the US. The Dow Jones jumped 669.4 points Monday (the biggest single-day gain since 2008) following a massive loss last week amid concerns of a trade war between the US and China. The market fluctuations came after ...

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China Responds to Tariffs by Targeting Trump’s Voter Base

In response to President Trump’s trade offensives, China is planning to implement tariffs on key agricultural exports like soybeans, sorghum, and live hogs – a move that will disproportionately affect states that voted for Trump. Retaliatory plans were laid out last month during a meeting between China’s Commerce Ministry and Chinese companies that import significant amounts of US farm products. ...

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