Washington (AFP) - Amid a firestorm over Facebook's data privacy scandal, Mark Zuckerberg appears before US lawmakers this week with mounting pressure for new regulations for social media platforms. The 33-year-old chief executive is expected to face a grilling before a Senate panel Tuesday, and follow up with an appearance in the House of Representatives the following day. His appearance comes amid a raft of inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic following disclosures that data on 87 million users was hijacked and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Lawmakers have signaled they intend to get tough on Facebook and other online services over privacy. "A day of reckoning is coming for websites like @facebook," Democratic Senator Ed Markey wrote on Twitter Friday. "We need a privacy bill of rights that all Americans can rely upon." Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat, agreed that … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg to face angry lawmakers as Facebook firestorm rages
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ACCESSIBILITY to data, finances, and people has never been easier thanks to developments in mobile technology. We can pay for almost anything, call anyone in the world at any time and even open our hotel room doors, with our phones. Smart chip technology has revolutionised how we live our lives, but we don't often realise just how much information is floating in the ether following every transaction or interaction. Strava, the activity tracking software favoured by runners, cyclists and swimmers the world over for following their exercise routes, was recently in the news following it publishing every single movement and routine registered by its users. The reason it made the news was due to users in the military flagging their routes at army, naval or air bases around the world, including highly sensitive and top-secret locations. This of course had the chance of being catastrophic and potentially life threatening to those who live and work at these bases, highlighting how easy this … [Read more...] about Who holds the keys in the digital age?
Thousands of women with asthma are struggling to become pregnant, because they are taking the wrong medication, according to new research. Those using short acting reliever drugs – known as beta agonists – took 20 percent longer to conceive on average compared to healthy peers. They were also 30 per cent more likely to have been trying for a baby for more than a year to conceive – seen as the threshold for suffering infertility. But there was no difference in fertility between patients on inhaled steroids, known as longer acting preventer drugs and women without asthma. The study was based on over 5,000 women in SCOPE (Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints) an international trial of first time pregnancies in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. Dr Luke Grzeskowiak, of the Robinson Research Institute at Adelaide University, said it slashed the number of asthmatics requiring fertility treatment. He said: “This study shows women using … [Read more...] about Women with asthma take longer to become pregnant
And…finally, the new results are here: the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur has announced its hotly anticipated results from a clinical dengue vaccine trial in Latin America. "Second large-scale phase III study successfully meets primary endpoint with overall vaccine efficacy of 60.8 percent," the press release reads. Researchers have long awaited these results. In July, Sanofi published the results of the first part of the clinical study in Asia. The substance, called CYD-TDV, showed an efficacy of 56.5 percent against dengue infections in children aged 2 to 14. But for some, it was no reason to be cheerful. Experts said the vaccine's efficacy could only be assessed based on results from a clinical study in Latin America. More than 20,000 children aged 9 to 16 in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras and Puerto Rico took part in the study. Phase III is the final and most expensive part in vaccine development and occurs before a company can attempt to register a … [Read more...] about Future of Sanofi dengue fever vaccine candidate hangs in balance over new results
Since the beginning of the year, all flights that take off or land in EU airports have the carbon output of their trip tallied. Airlines that surpass a certain level of allowed emissions will have to pay, starting next April. But European carriers say besides the cash costs they will also suffer as targets of reprisals against the EU legislation. The EU legislation has put airlines in a bad spot, says Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that represents carriers in more than 100 countries. "We're in a mess because Europe has gone ahead with extraterritorial taxation and this has upset countries around the world," he said at IATA's annual conference, held earlier this month in Beijing. "China is a good example where they've passed regulations preventing their carriers from taking part." China, India refuse to participate China ignored a deadline to submit details about its aviation emissions and threatened to seize European aircraft landing on … [Read more...] about EU emissions policy threatens to trigger trade war