Risk and Policy

By Carl Southwell | Risks that impact policy issues

MGM Resorts Sues 1,000 Victims of Las Vegas Shooting, Seeking to Avoid Liability

Faced with potential lawsuits from hundreds of victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International is trying an untested strategy: suing the victims first.<p>The company’s aggressive legal approach, which stirred outrage on social media Tuesday, turns on an interpretation of …

Homeland Security

Viral WhatsApp Messages Are Triggering Mob Killings In India

Iram Sabah, mother of two, is terrified by messages her family has been receiving on their smartphones.<p>Her husband recently was forwarded a video that shows a child's mutilated body. It's unclear where or when the video is from, or whether it has been doctored. A voice implores people to forward it …

India

HHS Plans to Delete 20 Years of Critical Medical Guidelines Next Week

Experts say the database of carefully curated medical guidelines is one of a kind, used constantly by medical professionals, and on July 16 will ‘go …

Health Care

Trump fundamentally undermines NATO, says 'aggressive' Montenegro could attack Russia to start World War III

President Donald Trump returned to undermining NATO on Tuesday by singling out the alliance's smallest and newest member, Montenegro, following a European tour that Republicans largely said misrepresented US values.<p>In an interview with the Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Trump was asked …

Geopolitics

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies …

Health Care

Silicon Valley, from 'heart’s delight' to toxic wasteland

There was a time when California’s Santa Clara Valley, bucolic home to orchards and vineyards, was known as “the valley of heart’s delight.” The same …

Silicon Valley

Officials admit they may have separated family – who might be US citizens – for up to a year

The Department of Justice (DoJ) told a federal judge Tuesday that it may have mistakenly separated a father and toddler who could both be US citizens for as long as a year, in the process of enforcing the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union …

Immigration

Doctor Burnout Widespread, Helps Drive Many Medical Errors

More than half of American doctors are burned out, a new national survey suggests, and those doctors are more likely to make medical mistakes.

Burnout

Man Got Flesh-Eating Bacteria In NJ Waters, Family Says

The man is fighting for his life, his family says. County officials say he was in an area where the bacteria could be found.<p>A man is fighting for his …

New Jersey

They were zip-lining on their honeymoon when they collided. He died, she was injured

An Israeli couple on a honeymoon cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship were involved in a zip-line accident that left one dead in …

Zip-lines

Viral video shows El Paso police officer pulling gun on children in Lower Valley

CLOSE<p>Deputy City Manager Dionne Mack spoke about the viral video that showed an El Paso Police officer pulling a gun on a group of boys.<p>A video …

Law Enforcement

L.A. gangs stockpile untraceable 'ghost guns' that members make themselves

A small arsenal of weapons that authorities seized from gang members during a six-month undercover operation lay across the tables at LAPD’s Hollywood station Thursday.<p>It’s not unusual for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to grab …

Guns

Toddler, 2, dies of self-inflicted gunshot with parents not home

A toddler somehow got his hands on a pistol and fatally shot himself in the head in a tragic accident in Fresno, California, on Saturday.<p>Police told …

Fresno

Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

Record heat sparked several destructive brush fires across Southern California that burned numerous homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.<p>Powerful sundowner winds on the Santa Barbara County coast helped fuel the Holiday fire, which burned several homes Friday night in the hills above …

California

Tiny Hurricane Beryl Intensifying, May Reach Lesser Antilles as a Hurricane Late Sunday or Monday

Hurricane Central<p>Tiny Hurricane Beryl Intensifying, May Reach Lesser Antilles as a Hurricane Late Sunday or Monday<p>less than an hour …

Weather

He is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group; So Why is He Working for a Defense Contractor with a Security Clearance?

<i>This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between</i> <i>ProPublica</i> <i>and FRONTLINE that includes documentaries scheduled to begin on PBS in August 2018.</i><p><i>If</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

Hopkins cancer research buildings evacuated after frozen tuberculosis spilled

A tuberculosis exposure scare on the campus of Johns Hopkins Hospital prompted evacuations Thursday afternoon.<p>Two cancer research buildings on …

Cancer

What if AI made actors immortal?

AUDREY HEPBURN DIED in 1993, but in 2013 she nevertheless starred in an advertisement for Galaxy, a type of chocolate bar. She was shown riding a bus …

Artificial Intelligence

Gmail messages 'read by human third parties'

<b>Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.</b><p>People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given human staff permission to read their messages.<p>One company told the …

Apps

Prying Eyes Archives

No matter where you go, you’re never alone<p><b>Ben Grubb</b>, Jul 09, 2018<p>Your movements often reveal your buying habits. Which is why companies follow you …

Privacy

Hobby chemists fall foul of YouTube's content purge

To read this article log in to your Chemistry World account. Or register now, it's free.<p><b>Registered users can view more of our premium content each</b> …

Internet

Canadian Catholics grapple with a history of “whitewashing” indigenous children

The top of the <i>wikuom</i> is just visible from the retirement residence of the Sisters of Charity. Its off-white canvas approximates the birch bark the …

Canada

'It's a huge subsidy': the $4.8bn gamble to lure Foxconn to America

We are going to have rush hour and traffic jams. There will be a lot of change and you can’t make everybody happy John Crimmings<p>​Republicans have made it almost impossible for the people of Wisconsin to benefit from this Randy Bryce<p>Most people in Wisconsin believe they are going to be paying for …

Foxconn

Infographic: How to Predict If a Species Is At Risk

To calculate the likelihood that organisms will be harmed by climate change, researchers estimate their exposure, sensitivity, and ability to adapt …

Climate Change

Four hospitalized, police eye more arrests after Portland clashes

(Reuters) - Clashes between anti-fascist and right-wing militants in Portland, Oregon on Saturday sent four people to the hospital including a police officer and led to at least four arrests, authorities said.<p>Police seized knives, clubs and pepper spray after running battles between members of the …

Demonstration

Risk of Dying Levels Off in Super Old Age: Study

The researchers say that their results are evidence we haven’t yet reached a limit to human lifespan.

University of California

California just passed the toughest data privacy bill in the US

California lawmakers passed a law to give people more control over how companies like Google and Facebook use their data.<p>In one day (June 28th), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 unanimously passed both legislative chambers and was signed into law by governor Jerry Brown. Similar to the …

Privacy

Home | Dark Patterns

What are dark patterns?<p>Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The …

Design

Facebook and Google accused of manipulating us with “dark patterns”

I agree with you. “Dark Patterns” is one researcher’s cool, marketing-friendly jargon name for what I think is much more clearly expressed as …

ISPs