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May 21, 2019

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Predictive Modeling Could Help Fight Neighborhood Crime

New technology could help police officers predict where burglaries are likely to ... read more

New Legislation Needed to Regulate Police Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology, being trialled by two major police forces in Britain, should be subjected to more rigorous testing and transparency, according to new ... read more

Brexit Will Affect the UK's Ability to Tackle Illicit Drugs Trade, Warn Experts

Exclusion from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) because of Brexit will have serious consequences for public health in the UK, warn ... read more

Holding Law Enforcement Accountable for Electronic Surveillance

A new cryptographic system is aimed at improving government accountability for surveillance while still maintaining enough confidentiality for police to do their jobs. AUDIT involves a public ledger ... read more

Using Social and Risk Networks Helps Identify People Undiagnosed With HIV

Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other ... read more

Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems

A recent paper illustrates the success of an improved system that tracks foodborne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews developed by the Columbia University Department of Computer Science. ... read more

Nuclear Energy Programs Do Not Increase Likelihood of Proliferation, Study Finds

Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research. In a historical analysis of the relationship ... read more

For $1000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads to Track Your Location and App Use

New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness ... read more

There Is Almost No Research on What Distinguishes Potential Terrorists, Study Finds

A recent analysis of the existing research on factors associated with an individual's risk for engaging in terrorist activity highlights how little we know about these factors and the need for ... read more

Unforeseen Impacts of the Fair Trade Movement

Fair trade certified coffee is the kind of phrase that sounds good on a Whole Foods shelf, merging first world affluence with third world resource. For the average consumer, it implies fairness in ... read more

Door and Window Locks Are Less Carbon-Costly and More Effective Than Burglar Alarms and CCTV, a New Study Finds

A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. ... read more

How Behavioral Science Can Help Tackle Problem of Idling Engines

New research suggests that insights from behavioral science can help inform the design of road signs to bring about changes in driver ... read more

Malaria Control Efforts Can Benefit from Forecasting Using Satellites

Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the ... read more

Study Uses Social Media, Internet to Forecast Disease Outbreaks

When epidemiological data are scarce, social media and Internet reports can be reliable tools for forecasting infectious disease outbreaks, according to a ... read more

1 in 7 People Living With HIV in the EU/EEA Are Not Aware of Their HIV Status

With 29,747 newly reported HIV infections in 2015, the EU/EEA notification rate is similar to recent years with an overall insignificant change from 6.6 per 100 000 population in 2006 to 6.3 in 2015 ... read more

Into the Gray Zone: New Report Analyzes Potential of Active Defense as a Response to Sophisticated Cyber Threats in the Private Sector

A new report offers the most comprehensive assessment to date of the legal, policy and technological contexts that surround private sector cybersecurity and active defense measures to improve U.S. ... read more

Massive Cyberattack Poses Policy Dilemma

The coordinated cyber attack that crippled parts of the internet on Friday highlighted key policy problems, a cybersecurity scholar ... read more

Just Give Me Some Privacy

Not everyone who strives to navigate the internet without being tracked is up to no good. This is the underlying premise of a qualitative study led by researchers who gathered the stories of people ... read more

US Rules for Targeted Killing Using Drones Need Clarifying, RAND Report Asserts

Current US policies on using drones for targeted killing are characterized by ambiguities in interpretations of international law and too many generalities, despite recent efforts by the Obama ... read more

Cancer in Context: 37 Years of Painstakingly Collected Data

A new report includes every cancer diagnosis in the Los Angeles region over the past 37 years -- more than 1.3 million. With easy-to-read charts, the book divides L.A.'s population into 11 ... read more

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